A swinging door is easier to open and close than a traditional door. It is easy to access from both directions and is an attractive way to separate two living spaces. Before installing this type of door, you must change the door hinges and a helper can make this project much easier. A well-made and properly installed swinging door can last for a lifetime.
You will need:
Step 1: Identify the doorway where the swinging door will be installed. The area should be clear of anything that can be damaged when the door swings. Use the tape measure to take measurements of the door frame. Purchase a wooden slab for your new door and have a professional cut the door to the proper dimensions and carve the desired design into the wood.
Step 2: Paint or finish the door and let it dry.
Step 3: Determine the weight of the door to identify how many hinges will be needed to support it. Mark where the door hinge screws will be located on the door frame, ensuring that the hinges will allow the door to open and close smoothly. Drill holes in the correct spots.
Step 4: Attach the door hinges to the door frame by placing screws into the holes in each door hinge and screwing them into the appropriate holes drilled in Step 3. Do not attach the screws too tightly or the hinges or door could become damaged.
Step 5: Have someone hold the door in the correct location. Mark the spots for the hinge screws. Remove the door from the doorway and drill holes for each screw. Have the person hold the door in the doorway again while you attach the screws to the door side of the hinges and screw these into the holes drilled in the door.
Step 6: After the door has been installed in the doorway, test it to make sure it swings smoothly.