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How to measure to fit a door

How to Measure to Fit a Door

If you’ve never replaced a door before, you’re probably wondering how to measure to fit a door. Although it may sound daunting at first, the process is really simple and requires only a few simple tools, including a tape measure, a pencil and our handy door measurement worksheet. With these tools, anyone can accurately measure doors when remodeling or building a new entry way.

Here are the three measurements that are needed:

  1. Rough Opening Width: This is the smallest measurement found when measuring at the top, center and bottom of the door opening.
  2. Rough Opening Height: This is the height from the floor to the bottom of the header.
  3. Wall Width: While most interior walls are 4 9/16″ wide, exterior walls can vary. The width measurement should include the sheeting on each side of the stud, but should not include any of the trim work.

measuring for a door

You can use our worksheets to record measurements and details here.

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