Measuring up for Interior Doors

We still have 4 5 openings in the new construction that will need doors.

The master bathroom door actually shuts it off from the bedroom in the middle of the hall.  The layout is very private.
The master bathroom door actually shuts it off from the bedroom in the middle of the hall. The layout is very private.

The master bathroom is laid out in such a way that even without a door it is very private but a bathroom door is still mandatory, n’est-ce pas?

The bathroom door is the one
The bathroom door is the one nearest the toilet — a wall separates them.

Also in the master suite we need a door  for the master closet shown above.

The master closet will get Shaker-style double doors  like those on the pantry.
The master closet will get Shaker-style double doors like those on the pantry.

Instead of one large door, we’re going to mimic the pantry doors except these will open into the closet so they can stand open without impeding the hallway.

The conservatory closet has two 38-inch openings thus two 3-foot double doors will be needed.
The conservatory closet has two 38-inch openings thus two 3-foot double doors will be needed.

In the conservatory downstairs we have a long closet that will also get the double door treatment.

The mudroom closet has 4-foot Shaker double doors which will be repeated twice on the conservatory closet.
The mudroom closet has 4-foot Shaker double doors which will be repeated twice on the conservatory closet.

Two sets of Shaker-style double doors which will open into the room and make the closet accessible.

The openings from left to right: bathroom, closet closet.
The openings from left to right: bathroom, closet closet.

The final door is an extra-wide (36-inches) door on the conservatory bathroom to make it possible for a wheelchair to comfortably enter the bathroom.

The conservatory bathroom doorway is 38 inches wide -- needs a 3-foot wide door which we'll order prehung.
The conservatory bathroom doorway is 38 inches wide — needs a 3-foot wide door which we’ll order prehung.

The opening for these various doors are different sizes so we needed to find out what size door to order.  The rule is: measure the opening and subtract 2 inches.  For example the conservatory bathroom opening is 38 inches wide, thus a 36-inch door.

If my description of door swing below is not helpful maybe this diagram is.
If my description of door swing below is not helpful maybe this diagram is.

To order the correct swing of the door: Stand with your back where the hinges will be and decide left or right.  Whichever hand swings that same way as the door determines a left or right door.

I bought extra antique pewter handles for the closet doors when the first ones were installed.
I bought extra antique pewter handles for the closet doors when the first ones were installed.

I have door hardware for the double doors but will need knobs for the other two.  It’s always something.

Do you get all this building lingo or let someone else worry about it?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Measuring up for Interior Doors”

    1. When I first asked our contractor for doors similar to the kitchen cabinets I didn’t know what he’d come up with. I love them, too. Jo

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