How do I install door hinges?

  • First, you need to decide whether your door will open to the left or right. That will determine your hinge placement.
  • Mark the spots where you want to install the hinges on your doorframe. (Most hinges are installed 5 inches from the top of the door and 10 from the bottom.)
  • Measure the same distances on the door itself and mark your doors for the hinges by tracing the outline of the hinges on the doorframe itself.
  • On your outline, place Xs where you’ll need screws.
  • Use a hammer and chisel along the outline of the hinge on the doorframe to create an impression of the hinge so that your hinge will lay recessed into the door facing.
  • Clear away any wood splinters.
  • Screw the hinge onto the door. (Do not over screw.)
  • Create a recession on the door using the same method if necessary. (Some hinges don’t require that both sides of the hinge are recessed. Check the instructions that came with your hinge.)
  • Insert the hinge pins (starting with the top) to hang your door.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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