To get the right size door for your property, you’ll need to measure the height, width and internal depth of the existing door frame which will give you the dimensions of the doors to fit your frame.
The first thing you need to know when you’re looking for a replacement UPVC or composite door is the exact size of the door to fit your frame. To make this job easier, this guide will take you through how to correctly measure your door frame.
This works for figuring out the size you’ll need for internal doors, a fire door, exterior door (such as french doors). To do this you’ll need a tape measure to take an accurate reading of the frame dimensions, and potentially a partner or family member to help with the height measurement which is normally the largest measurement you’ll be taking.
It’s essential that when you’re measuring for a new door, you must always measure the frame, and not the door itself. It’s important to not rush this process, and a general rule is to double check and follow the age old adage “measure twice, cut once”.
The second thing to look for is which direction the door opens. Take note of the hinges on the right or left side of the door when recording door measurements. If the door opens away from you, stand in front of it, and observe whether they are on the right or left side. A left hand side hinge indicates that the door is open to the left, whereas a right-hand hinge indicates that the door is open to the right.
Take three measurements inside the door frame – at the top, middle and bottom. The widest width measurement determines the width of the door.
Measure the inside of both vertical sides of the door frame. The tallest length of the door frame determines the height of the door required. Remember to make allowance on the floor or for any carpet or flooring.
When measuring the height of the door you may need a step ladder to reach the top of the frame.
One thing which is often forgotten is the thickness of the door frame.
You’ve now got all 3 measurements for the door thickness, width and height that you need and you can look for the best door to fit your home’s frame. We’ve got a wide range of used doors to choose from including UPVC Front Doors, UPVC Back Doors, Composite Front Doors, Composite Back Doors, Stable Doors and French & Patio Doors.