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How to Measure a Front Door: 3 Simple Steps


How to Measure a Front Door: 3 Simple Steps

Replacing your front door enhances the curb appeal of your home. Once you have made the decision to purchase a new front door, it is necessary to select the door material first. You could opt for timber doors, uPVC doors, composite doors, fire doors, or any other type of front door.

Though measuring your front door can seem a simple task, this is where many people commit mistakes. You need to carefully measure your front door through all the different places and angles to get the perfect measurements for your new door.


How to Measure a Front Door

When replacing your front door, it is advisable not to make assumptions and measure your door manually. A tape measure is all you need to measure your front door. Once you are ready, follow this step by step guide to perfectly measure your front door.


Step 1: Measure the door Width

To measure the width of the door, run your tape measure alongside your door, starting from the left corner to the right side of your door and note down the measurement. It is advisable to measure in more than one location, especially with older doors, in case the doors are not perfectly rectangular. If the measurements vary, consider the largest figure.

How to measure door width?

The standard door width is around 30 inches (76 cm) and 36 inches (91 cm). A door width measuring 33 inches is more commonly used in modern buildings, as they comply with regulations for disability access. The standard door width may vary in the case of Garage doors.


Step 2: Measure the Door Height

To measure the height of the door, run your tape measure alongside your door, starting from the top of the door to the bottom corner of your door and note down the measurement. It is advisable to measure in more than one location, especially with older doors, in case the doors are not perfectly rectangular.

How to measure door height?

You could take the help of a chair or a table to reach the top corner of the door. The standard door height is around 78 inches (198 cm) to 80 inches(203 cm). The standard door height may vary in the case of Garage doors.


Step 3: Measure the Door Thickness

To measure the thickness of the door, run your tape measure alongside your door edge, starting from the left edge to the right edge of your door and note down the measurement. The standard thickness of a front door is 1.75 inches (4.4 cm), which may vary in the case of Garage doors

How to measure door thickness?

It is advisable to measure the edge on the door frame as well to get an accurate measurement. Both the measurements will be nearly the same.


Dos and Don’ts for Measuring Your Front Door

Before getting started on measuring your front door, check out the below mentioned dos and don'ts to make your work simpler.


1. Do Use a New Tape Measure

An old or weared-out tape measure that has been used a lot is likely to have its markings faded, especially the smaller measurements. It is advisable to use a new tape measure to measure your external door, where all the markings on the tape measure can be clearly visible.


2. Do Note Each Measurement Down

It is advisable to not take all the measurements at once without noting them down. It is always wise to note down the measurements as and when you take them in case you fail to recall the exact figures.

3. Don't Measure the Existing Door and Frame

While there are standard door sizes available, every door may not fit the same. There are chances you could end up with a door that’s the exact size as your current door, but doesn’t fit perfectly in the available space. Though it might seem that it would be easier to measure the existing door and the door frame, it is advisable that you measure from the brick opening.


Key Points to Remember

  • Always consider metric (millimeters) measurements over imperial (inches) measurements.

  • Measure from the structural opening, instead of the current door and door frame.

  • Whenever in doubt, consider the widest width and the tallest height measurements for your new front door.

  • If your current door measurements are not standard, always purchase a bigger door size over a smaller one.

  • Ensure always to double-check your measurements, as there is no going back after the new door arrives.

  • If you are thinking of getting a customized front door for your home, it will be manufactured and delivered exactly according to the measurements you provide.


Conclusion

These are some of the easiest steps to measure your front door. However, if you don’t feel confident, you can always take the help of a professional door fitter to take the perfect measurements for your front door measurement.


How to Measure a Front Door FAQs

1. What metric unit is used to measure a door?

Metric units such as millimeters and centimetres are preferred over imperial units such as feet and inches. Because of the decimal value in the metric units, the calculations are more simple and accurate than imperial measurements, which are usually in whole numbers.

2. What is the standard size of a front door?

The size of a front door depends upon the type of front door you select. When considering residential and commercial buildings, the standard door height is 80 inches, while the standard door width is around 36 inches.

3. When measuring a door do you include the frame?

It is advisable to measure from the brick opening rather than measuring your existing door or door frame. If you prefer a customized front door, your existing door frame will not be of any help. However, if you wish to proceed with the standard door measurements, you can include the door frame.

4. How long does it take to replace a front door?

Replacing your front door will take roughly around 5 to 6 hours on average. However, measuring your front door should not take more than 30 minutes. Replacing an internal door takes less amount of time than replacing a front door.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SHABANA KAUSER

Shabana Kauser is the dynamic owner of Emerald Doors, the famous door-selling company in the UK with immense knowledge and experience in working with architecture, interior design, and home decor. She continues to share tips and technical know-how of balancing interior elements, door fittings, room aesthetics, and the like. Personally, she loves coffee, always dabbling with several blends.