Optimising Your Space: A Guide To Door Hanging

Optimising Your Space: A Guide To Door Hanging

29th Feb 2024

Optimising the functionality and aesthetics of your space often involves more than just furniture arrangement and decor selection; your room could be the most aesthetically stunning space in the world, but you still need to get into it somehow, and that somehow is through a properly-installed door.

Whether you're renovating your home or simply looking to refresh a room, understanding the process of door hanging can significantly impact both the look and feel of your space. In this guide, the team at Canterbury Timber will give you a blueprint for the intricacies of door installation, from assessing your space to adding those finishing touches that make all the difference.

The Importance of Proper Door Installation

The importance of correctly installing a door cannot be overstated. A properly hung door ensures privacy, security, and energy efficiency. It prevents drafts and noise from entering the room and facilitates smooth operation without sticking or squeaking. Additionally, a well-installed door complements the room's design, enhancing its overall appeal.

Assessing Your Space Before Door Installation

Before embarking on your door installation project, it's essential to assess your space and determine whether a new frame is needed. Examine the existing door frame for signs of wear, damage, or warping. If the frame is compromised, replacing it alongside the new door is advisable to ensure a snug fit and smooth operation. Measure the dimensions of your current door and frame to ensure the new door will fit perfectly.

Removing The Existing Door

The first step in the installation process is to remove the existing door. Start by taking the door off its hinges, removing any hardware, and then carefully extracting the frame if necessary. This process requires precision to avoid damage to the surrounding wall.

Gathering Tools and Materials

To hang a new door, you'll need some basic tools and materials, including a tape measure, level, drill, screwdriver, chisel, hammer, and possibly a saw for adjustments. Ensure you have the new door, frame (if replacing), hinges, and any additional hardware ready before beginning the installation.

Choosing Material for Your Door

The choice of material for your door is a vital part of the preparation process (you could say it hinges on it), as it will impact not only the appearance of your space but also its functionality and durability. The selection process should consider factors such as the door's location (interior vs. exterior), the climate, and the level of maintenance you're willing to undertake.

Timber doors, for instance, offer a classic and warm appeal suitable for both interior and exterior applications, but may require more maintenance in harsh weather conditions.

For interior doors, materials like MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) can offer a cost-effective solution with a variety of design options. Assessing your specific needs and the aesthetic you wish to achieve will guide you in selecting the perfect material for your door.

For more information on choosing the perfect door, consult our handy article.

Installing Hardware and Finishing Touches

Once the space is prepared, begin by installing the new frame (if needed), ensuring its level and securely fastened. It’s crucial to ensure that the door jambs are perfectly vertical, or the door will swing at an angle and scrape the floor, preventing it from opening fully. Next, attach the hinges to the door, aligning it carefully within the frame. It's crucial to ensure the door swings freely and closes properly.

Finally, install any remaining hardware like doorknobs, skirting, mouldings, or locks and apply the finishing touches, such as paint or varnish, to match your interior design.

What Makes A Successful Project

Door installation is a project that, while challenging, can significantly enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your space.

By following this guide, assessing your space, preparing the necessary tools and materials, and applying the finishing touches, you can achieve a professional-looking door installation. Remember, patience and precision are key to a successful project, and when in doubt, don't hesitate to contact us for professional assistance.


Do I need special tools to hang a door?

You don’t need specialised tools, a basic toolkit including a drill, screwdriver, level, tape measure, chisel, and hammer will be sufficient. A saw may sometimes be required for minor adjustments.

How long does it take to hang a door/installation?

The time it takes can vary depending on your experience and the complexity of the project. On average, it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to hang a door, excluding any additional work like painting or varnish application.

Can I install a door by myself, or do I need professional help?

Installing a door can be a DIY project if you have the necessary tools and a basic understanding of the process. However, for more complex installations or if you're not confident in your abilities, seeking professional help is advisable.

How do I know if my door is hanging correctly?

A correctly hung door will open and close smoothly without rubbing against the frame or floor. Check for even gaps around the edges and ensure the door is level and plumb within the frame.

What should I do if my door doesn't fit properly in the frame?

If the door doesn't fit, you may need to trim it slightly. Use a plane or saw to carefully remove excess material, checking frequently to ensure a proper fit. If the issue lies with the frame, adjustments may need to be made to ensure it's square and level.

Do Canterbury Timber offer trade accounts and discounts?

Canterbury Timber are proud to offer trade accounts and pricing. To find out more and apply for a trade account, visit our website