We’re putting a spin on our previous Metrie Masters series, by giving you a behind-the-scenes look of trim installation and sharing tips from the experts on how to get to a beautifully finished space. This month, we’re covering interior door installation with our friend and contractor, Andrew Wood, of Ecnomus Construction. With over 10 years of experience rehabilitating homes, working alongside HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler, and using Metrie interior finishings for a number of his projects, we’ve looked to him to share his expertise on best practices and tips.
So, if you’re already a pro, looking for a quick refresher, or a DIYer, ready to tackle your first door install, follow Andrew’s quick tips below as he installs Masonite’s Melrose moulded panel slab door*, brought to you by Metrie:
Step 1: Locate the Bevel of the Door
Check to see if your door has a bevel; some doors can have up to a 3-degree bevel. It’s important to make sure that the narrower side faces into the door frame for easier installation. This will allow for a tighter fit when the door is in the closed position as well as ensuring the door will pass the jamb.
Step 2: Mark Out Your Hinge Placement
You’ll need to be precise in the location of your hinges, start your measurements from the top. It is recommended that the top hinge starts 7″ from the top of the door frame, while the other hinge is located 7″ from the bottom of the door frame. Measure the distance and mark the location both on the door and the frame.
Pro tip: Andrew advises starting your jamb 1/8″ down from where you actually want the door hinges to be so that the door doesn’t catch on the top of the jamb, and it is able to swing freely.
Note: Measurements depend on the size of hinges and hardware, Andrew is using 4″ hinges. For heavier, solid wood or solid-core doors, we recommend adding a third hinge for added stability.
Step 3: Router Out the Mortise
Trace the outline of the hinge on the door, while placing the hinge on the door and the jamb.
Pro Tip: Only router as deep as the hinge thickness. You want the hinge to sit flush in the jamb to be able to provide more strength and aesthetic appeal.
Step 4: Drill Door & Jamb Hinges into Place
The hinge must go into both the door and jamb. Screw the hinge into the mortise of the door and then the jamb.
Pro Tip: To make it easier to set the screws, mark with a pencil and drill pilot holes.
Note: Andrew is installing with the hinge pin out.
Step 5: Align & Set the Door into Place
Hold the door in place and line up the two hinge plates so that the ones on the door match the ones in the jamb.
Pro Tip: To stabilize the door while you’re placing the hinges, use a block to elevate the door. Slide the hinge pins into place, and then remove the blocks from the door.
Step 6: Make Sure the Reveal is Even
Check to make sure you have an even reveal and there are no issues within the frame. An uneven reveal indicates that something is crooked.
Tada! Enjoy Your Newly-Installed Door!
Now your doors are all set to be trimmed out with casing. Check back here soon for Andrew’s door casing install tips in part two of this Metrie Masters series.
Steps may vary depending on door style, materials, and whether it’s prehung or slab, for prehung interior door installation check out this video.
Other Helpful Resources: 10 Questions to Answer before You Buy or Specify a Door
More Inspiration: Five Inviting Space That’ll Have you Rethinking Your Interior Doors
*While Metrie’s interior finishings are distributed throughout North America, interior doors are only offered in Canada.