How To Build An Exterior Door Decorative Frame?


  • Measure the height and width of the door using the tape measure. …
  • Cut two studs to the height that you measured, using the electric saw. Set them upright on each side of the door opening.
  • Cut one stud to the width of the door and place it on top of the door opening. …
  • Nail one door jamb to the wood frame you built, on the hinge side. This is where you’ll hang the door. …
  • Nail the other jamb to the wood frame.
  • Mark the places for the hinges with a pencil.
  • Screw the hinges in place.
  • Hang the door by attaching it to the hinges.
  • Make sure the door swings freely and has space to open and close [sources: Caldwells, Tipdeck ].

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you disguise a door frame?

Hanging curtains over a door hides the door but can also add visual interest and texture to your room. Curtains are inexpensive and easy to install, and you can use them to add color or to give the illusion of another window.

What kind of wood should I use to frame my front door?

For exterior frames a nice, solid long-lasting wood like white oak will keep its appearance throughout the years, and can withstand a lot of punishment. The wood is also very easy to stain or paint, giving it added flexibility. Alternatively, for exterior doors you might consider a steel frame to add a huge layer of security to your door.

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