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How To Accurately Measure A Door

Get the Size of Your Front Door Just Right By Learning How to Accurately Measure a Door

Whenever you order a new door, you’ll be asked to provide the door company accurate measurements so they can get the size of the new door and frame right for your home. At Today’s Entry Doors, we replace the entire door system, so you don’t have to worry about fitting the frame to the door, but you will need to get the measurements right for the entry space as a whole. This is precise work, but fortunately we’re experts when it comes to door sizing. We can help with this step-by-step guide for how to measure a door accurately.

Step One: Measure the Width of the Door

Start by measuring the width of the door in three places: top, middle, and bottom. The widest measurement taken is typically in the middle and will count as the width of the door. Don’t worry about measuring the frame in this or any other steps. Once you’ve sent us the measurements for the door, we’ll fit the frame to it based on that.

Step Two: Measure the Height of the Door

Next, you’ll want to measure the height of the door. Measure on both sides for full accuracy. This will allow you to double check your work as well as get the full sense of the door before you send those dimensions to the door company.

Step Three: Measure the Depth of the Door

Finally, you want to get a sense of how thick the door is. Measure the edge of the door depthwise in order to get a sense of how thick your door is.

Step Four: Look at Standard Door Sizes

Once you have your measurements, compare them to standard US door sizes. It should be a fitting match. The most common front door size in the US is 36 inches wide, 80 inches tall and 1 3/4 inches thick. However, some doors can be 84” or even 96” tall, so it really depends on the size of your door frame. Make sure the size you order matches before you order the door.

Step Five: Double Check Before Installation

Again, the size of your door should be precise. You don’t want to damage the door or door frame by trying to fit an ill-fitted door onto your home. Make sure you measure your door again before it’s installed to make sure it’s exactly what the measurement advertised. It might be worth it to double-check your measurements of your door frame, as well, before the installation begins.

Step Six: Count on a Professional

Because every little detail matters when it comes to replacement door installations and measurements, it can be easy to get one of the details a little bit off and to pay dearly for it. Door installation itself can also be a more careful, more time-consuming process than you might expect. That’s why for many homeowners, it’s better to leave the measurements and door installation to a professional. Even if you feel confident in your ability to install your new front door, a professional will save you the effort so you can relax and simply enjoy your new front door.

At Today’s Entry Doors, we’re experts when it comes to premium fiberglass doors. We take care with every measurement, lock, jamb, and hinge. The best news is we install every door we sell, so you don’t have to worry about it yourself. Are you interested in one of our fiberglass entry doors, whether front, back, or side doors? Contact Today’s Entry Doors today to learn more or to get started by scheduling a free entry door consultation. Also, check back to our blog for more information about door choice and installation.