how to measure the front door size for purchasing a new one

How To Measure The Front Door Size For Purchasing A New One
Tools Needed
1 pry bar
2 tape measure
Materials Needed
1 pencil
2 Utility Knife
Total Cost
$25-$50
Find a handyman
Estimated Time
30-45 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
The total cost and duration may vary when hiring a handyman!

Project Overview

How To Measure The Front Door Size For Purchasing A New One

Doors come in many standard sizes. You want to make sure, however that you don't just grab a door and assume that it will fit. You need to actually measure and then choose the door that you would like to purchase. You may find that measuring as not as easy as you would think it to be. There are a few steps that you probably didn't realize you need to do. If you know some of the words you are already ahead, and this tasks should be pretty easy for you.

In case you aren't familiar with with some of the words that will be used we can go ahead and go over those now.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Door Swing Direction

How To Measure The Front Door Size For Purchasing A New One

This is either right or left. This term is used to tell which sides will have a knob and which will be hinged. When you look at your door from outside your home, the hinges are located on the side that you will call the direction. Hinges that are on the right side are right will mean that you have a right-handed door.

2

Door Jamb

How To Measure The Front Door Size For Purchasing A New One

This is used to describe the wooden framework which surrounds your doorway. This term does not refer to any casing or trimming that is adhered to your exterior or interior wall surface and used to help hide where your door jamb meets the house, The door jamb is just the framework that the door is set in.

3

In-swing And Out-swing

How To Measure The Front Door Size For Purchasing A New One

Most of the exterior doors that you see are known as in-swing doors. This means that they open up into your home. On occasion though you may see a custom door and it may swing out towards the exterior of your home. If you have an out-swing door your vendor needs to know when you make your door purchase.

4

Trim/Moulding/Casing

How To Measure The Front Door Size For Purchasing A New One

This is a decorative piece and it is attached to the exterior and interior walls, as well as to the door jamb. It helps to hide where the surface material meets the jamb. When you are measuring for a replacement door these should not be included.

Now that you know all the terms you are ready to grab the tools you will need and get started.

5

Removing The Trim

Since the trim is not to be included in the measurements that you take, you will need to remove the interior trim at this time. To do this you can use a utility knife to cut back the caulk. Once you have done this you can then use the pry bar. Take the pry bar and use it to pry the trim away from the jamb.

Don't panic right away if you break a piece. You can often use a bit of wood glue on the broken area and most of the time the break is not even noticeable. If you break it just place it to the side and you can repair it once you are finished.

Make sure to remove the trim from all the way around the door.

6

Rough Opening

Now that the trim is removed you should see the doors rough opening. Before you measure check to be sure that the studs for the door are level. The door studs are beams which are found behind the molding of the door, which frames your rough opening. If you find your studs to be over a ¼ inch out from being plumb, then they should be aligned before you get your measurements, This will ensure that your measurements are accurate.

Start by measuring the width of your rough opening. You should place the tape measure at the stud of one side to the stud on the adjacent side. All the measurements that you take should be written down in inches. And you should measure the width from the top and the bottom. Write this measurement down and list it as the width for the rough opening.

Now measure the height. To do this you will place the tape measure on the floor and bring it up to the rough opening top. Measure in the middle and on both sides. Again write down this measurement.

Now you need the depth. To get this you will take the take measure and measure the front of your rough opening to the back of it. Write this measurement down. Measure again in three places.

Measuring more than once helps to ensure that you have accurate measurements.

7

Ordering Your Door

You need to look at the swing of the door now as well as the door swing direction. You will need this along with the measurements that you took to select the proper door. The door that you choose will likely have a standard size that you choose. This door size can not be any larger than the smallest of the measurements that you too for the height or the width. This is extremely important to remember.

Your exterior door provides curb appeal to your home. This being said you will want to choose a door that will look great on your home as well as keep your safe from unwanted entry, and your home safe from the outside weather conditions.

Conclusion

Keep in mind that you measuring the front door size for purchasing a new one is much easier than installing the door. However, you can preform the door installation yourself also if you have a bit of experience. It is not a project for a beginner though. Now, you can put the trim back on until you are ready for the new door to be installed.

How To Measure The Front Door Size For Purchasing A New One

Shop All New Sales
Find the door you need for your home or office!
View asGridList

1020 items

Page
Set Descending Direction
Filter Products
  1. Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Segment Head Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Segment Head Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  2. Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite and Surround Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite and Surround Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  3. Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  4. Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and No Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and No Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  5. Forta Doors Double Door with Single Sidelite-Right and No Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Single Sidelite-Right and No Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  6. Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and No Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and No Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  7. we’ve got all the answers...
    and doors!

    Give us a ring if you need help 
    or just want to chat.

    leadgenstrip contactCall Now!!!
    1-800-319-2304
  8. Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Mahogany Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Mahogany Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  9. Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  10. Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and No Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and No Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  11. Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite and Rectangular Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite and Rectangular Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  12. Forta Doors Single Door with Double Sidelite and Rectangular Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Double Sidelite and Rectangular Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  13. Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Oak Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Oak Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
View asGridList

1020 items

Page
Set Descending Direction

Questions And Answers

What is the best color for a front door?

There is some logic, along with some science, in color selection. A color wheel is the best place for you to start choosing your color. You can mix various colors quickly and easily to find the perfect color scheme for your entry door and the exterior of your home.

Is a steel or fiberglass door better?

Fiberglass doors and steel doors are both great doors. If struck hard enough a fiberglass door can crack, steel does not. Other than that, these doors are both really great options. Steel is the more affordable of the two but fiberglass may be slightly better in all other aspects.

What is the best color to paint your front door?

Most importantly, you want the color of your door to blend with the rest of the exterior. White and red seem to be the most commonly used colors for a front door. After red and white, it is found that is brown, blue, and green come next in popularity.

How much does it cost to replace a door and door frame?

The cost of replacing a door and frame will vary greatly. It is going to depend on the type of material the door is made of and how customized it is. You sho.d expect to spend at minimum $500 for an exterior door and at least $300 for interior replacement.

What color should your front door be if it is facing north?

If your door is facing North, feng shui colors for your door are as follows: blue, white, black, and gray. You should avoid the color of deep pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, and brown on a front door that facing North.

What kind of paint do you use on a front door?

First, you need to know whether the door has oil-based or latex paint. You don't want to mix and match, it needs to be the same. Next, you need an exterior paint. Finally, most people prefer a glossy paint for their exterior door. It tends to highlight the architectural features.

How much does it cost to install a new door?

On average the cost of a new entry door is between $500 and $700. The price varies greatly depending on things such as the material of the door, the brand, the type of door, the company installing the door, and more. Installing the door yourself will reduce the cost.

How much does it cost to install a door frame?

A lot of the cost of your door frame will depend on what the current frame looks like. For example, rotting wood would be most costly as things need to be repaired and replaced. For a single door frame, you will need to plan for a minimum of $150.

What is a good feng shui color for the front door?

Your entry door, in feng shui, is how your house is able to receive energy for nourishment. The energy quality determines the energy that your home has. Often, the color you choose is based on the direction in which your door faces. For example, North, South, West, East.

Can you paint a PVC door?

Yes, you most certainly can. You will want to be sure that you clean the door before painting and be sure that it is dry completely. You then will prime and paint. Be sure to use a good set of rollers when painting your door.

Load More

INTERESTING RESOURCES

Brown Entry Doors With Garage

Residential Front Entry Doors

Residential front entry doors play a substantial role in the curb appeal of your home. They often serve as a focal point and are usually a reflection of the architectural style of the house combined with indications about your personal style. Most buyers have a multitude of options when they purchase residential front entry doors. Additionally, residential front entry doors come in a broad selection of styles ranging from traditional or historical to modern contemporary. Even industrial-styled options are available, as well as doors with a more rustic aesthetic. In many cases, doors in almost any style can also feature various glass inserts, allowing additional light to enter your interior entry space while staying true to your appearance-related preferences. Residential front entry doors can vary in price depending on the material used and overall design, though most shoppers can find a suitable option for almost any budget. read more

Fiberglass/Composite

Blue Entry Door With Clear Glass Windows And Palm Trees

Steel

Entry Door With Clear Glass Windows And Small Garden

Wood

Gray Entry Door With Palm Trees And
Insulation For A Front Entry Door

Insulated Front Entry Doors

Does your current front door cause you to shiver each time to walk toward it in the winter? Can you just feel that chilly air coming toward you even through it’s not from a drafty and leaking door seal? Well, it’s time to replace that older door. Foam insulation is generally the core of any new front door, regardless of material. Insulation inside the door keeps weather elements from causing discomfort in your home, reducing energy consumption and in turn the costs of your monthly bills. Some front doors feature insulation separators that prevents heat and air from entering or escaping the home. Insulated doors ensure year-round comfort in the home. An insulated front entry door is a must in cold weather climates and extremely beneficial for homes in other climates as well. The insulation will prevent the heat transfer from outside in the summer and the cold transfer in the winter. Best is that it doesn’t change the appearance of your home, yet you reap the rewards of lower energy costs. With an array of unique insulated front doors, every homeowner can find the perfect style for their needs. read more

Easing Door Costs

Front Entry Door With Insulation

Insulated Door Buying Tips

Front Of House With Insulated Door

Insulated Front Door Material

House With An Insulated Front Door In The Entrance
brand new double fiberglass brown front door

New Front Doors For Homes

New front doors for homes can enhance the style and appeal of your property while adding safety, weather protection, and many other benefits. Perhaps you want a new front door because the current style is old and outdated or has simply worn out its welcome. Maybe you’re tired of the extra maintenance required for your original door and want to install one that has modern features and need less maintenance. Because production methods and materials have improved greatly over the years, it is a great idea to investigate your options. Research can help you select a door that adds the impressive look you want and gives the features you need. Perhaps the current door is damaged or is a door that was in place when a home was purchased and is something you find unflattering. No matter why you’re replacing the door, make this a purchase that counts the first time around because this investment can pay off when you need to sell the home. read more

Choosing a Door

exterior front door with a transom

Budget

double entry door with glass inserts

Research

dutch style front steel door
Load More

Quick consultation

Call us to find out more details about doors and purchasing options, in your area!