Need help   01727 226666

How to hang an internal door

How to hang an internal door

Here at Lawsons we stock a wide range of beautiful internal doors, supplied by our leading supplier Deanta, who have been present in the door industry for more than 20 years. Our extensive range covers many types of doors including Oak, Walnut, White Primed doors, and Fire check doors. With a wide range of internal doors in stock, in this blog we’re focusing on how to hang an interior door.  


Materials and tools, you’ll need:

  • Internal door of your choice
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Workbench
  • Clamps
  • Plane
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Circular Saw
  • Wedges
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Sanding block
  • Screwdriver


Step One:

Check the instructions that come with your new door and remove the old door (if required).


Step Two:

Using a tape measure, measure the inside of the door frame (height and width).

Then grab your new door, making sure it’s the right way round.

Top Tip – You’ll probably find a print on the door, so look out for this as this is the side where the handle and latch fit.


Step Three:

Check your doorframe is plumb and square and then transfer your doorframe height measurement onto the new door and mark the height using a pencil.

Once you’ve measured your doorframe height onto the door, cut off the excess from the bottom of the door. To do this, the tools you’ll need are hand saw, clamps, circular saw and sandpaper.

  1. Trim the door
  2. Sand the edges


Step Four:

After you have measured and trimmed the height of your new door, transfer the width measurement of your doorframe onto the door. Using a tape measure and pencil, mark up on the door and then use a planer to remove the excess from the width.

Once the excess is removed sand the door edges.


Step Five:

Mark the hinges using a wedge and a 2p piece. Place the door on the doorframe and support it with the wedges. Mark the bottom, middle and top hinge positions on the door using a pencil.

The next step is to mark the hinge positions onto the side of the door following the mark points you made on the door earlier. You also need to mark the depth of the hinge.


Step Six:

Chisel around the outline of the hinge – the tools you’ll need to do this is a drill, drill bits, chisel, hammer and screwdriver.

Top Tip – cut at 5mm intervals to avoid splitting and then use the chisel flat down to remove the excess.

Grab the hinges and then mark the holes. Once you’ve marked the holes drill pilot holes and screw all the hinges to the door.


Step Seven:

Using the wedge supports to hold the door onto the doorframe and then insert the middle screw into each hinge.

Check if it fits – if so, insert the remaining screws.


How to install the door handles

The next step is to install the door handles!

The materials you’ll need are door handles, masking tape, latch, fixings, flat bit (this needs to slightly larger).

  1. Mark the centre of the strike plate onto the door
  2. Use a set square to transfer marks for the handles and latch
  3. Mark the centre of the door edge and mark the depth of the latch onto the flat bit
  4. Use the wedges to hold the door steady and then drill to the correct depth
  5. Next, use a pencil to mark the latch size and use a chisel to remove the excess
  6. Drill pilot holes
  7. Use a countersink bit to allow for the back of the latch plate
  8. Using the flat bit and latch bar, mark the position for the latch bar and drill from both sides to avoid splintering
  9. Then insert the latch and drill into place
  10.  Place the handles into the latch and screw into position