How To Fit Internal French Doors - A Step By Step Guide
French Doors are often identified as two hinged doors that meet in the middle and open outwards. Internal French doors are perfect for ensuring that your home has an easy flow of light. Installing Internal French Doors is an ideal way to let sunlight filter through your home. The large glass panels in these internal french doors allow natural light to flow between rooms whilst dividing your space into clear zones.
TOOLS REQUIRED TO FIT AN INTERNAL FRENCH DOOR
- Tape Measure
- Spirit level
You will also need a french door kit which comprises a frame, door and knobs. Also, keep additional safety measures handy such as safety goggles, dust protection masks, and gloves while carrying out any such task.
4 Steps on HOW TO FIT THE INTERNAL FRENCH DOOR
Fitting an internal french door is surely a daunting task, but can be achieved by following proper steps and measures effectively.
To perfectly fit an internal french door in your home, you will need to follow the below-mentioned steps that we have outlined carefully.
1. REMOVE THE OLD FRAME
Start this process by removing the old frame. First, loosen the already attached screws on the existing door and the door frame. Before removing the door frame, you will first have to remove the casing. Then carefully remove the door with someone’s help. Once the door is removed, pull out the door frame from the wall.
2. CHECK THE OPENING
Measure the opening of the old door frame to ensure that it is square in shape. Check whether all the sides are levelled using a spirit level. Next, measure the width at the top, middle and bottom. After measuring the width, measure the height at the opening's left, middle, and right. In case the openings are not levelled, level them up using shims.
3. INSTALL THE FRAME
Install the new door frame by screwing it into position. Meanwhile, fit handles and other hardware to the french door. Slot the new door in the new frame to ensure it perfectly fit. Mark the position of the hinges and fit them to the door frame.
4. MOUNT THE DOORS
With the help of someone, hold the doors in position to line them up with the hinges. Then, hang the doors onto the hinges accordingly. Once you have completed mounting the french door, don’t forget to test the door to ensure that it functions smoothly.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHILE FITTING INTERNAL FRENCH DOORS
While fitting an internal french door, it is necessary to consider the cost that will be incurred for this project. You can avoid labour costs by replacing an internal french door by yourself. It is advisable to have a pair of helping hands while replacing internal french doors. Also, wear safety goggles and dust protection mask while carrying out this project to avoid any health hazards.
On an average, Internal French doors will cost around £499 to £999. If you do not wish to fit the internal door by yourself and wish to hire a professional, the labour charges will cost you around £80 to £100 per day.
A beautiful set of french doors can transform the overall look of your home, and fitting one shouldn’t be a headache. Measure carefully, take your own time, and ensure that you have someone to help you.
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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.