How to Replace an Interior Door – Step-by-Step Guide

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How to Replace an Interior Door

Hello DIY enthusiasts! Want to replace your worn-out or cracked door? Worry not!! I’m here to share with you my personal step-by-step guide on how to replace an interior door. 

This isn’t like rocket science at all! You just need to take care of a few things and follow this guide!!  Whether you’re refreshing your home’s look or fixing a worn-out door, this guide can significantly save you money. With a bit of patience and the right tools, you can achieve professional results on your own!!😍

How to Replace an Interior Door

Let’s just start!! So there are major steps that you need to take to replace your new interior door. Like list of tool needed, preparation, removing,

Well…I have tried to keep this blog as short as possible so that you don’t get bored while reading it!! 😅😅😅

Materials and Tools Needed⚒️⚒️

Before you begin,  you can either buy these or borrow these from neighbours the following materials and tools:


  • New interior door (Of course! You know that 😁)
  • Hinges (usually come with the door)
  • Screws – Take extra just in case.
  • Door handle and lock set


  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Chisel
  • Saw (if adjustments are needed)
  • Safety gear (gloves, safety glasses) –  A Must Thing Always


You can just start with measuring your existing door frame. You can not be so inaccurate with the measurements, otherwise there is no guarantee  that your new door fits perfectly. 

When selecting your new door, consider the style and material that best match your home’s decor like the colour of the wall and patterns!

Once you are done with that, now you can carefully remove the old door from its hinges. 

Remember!! This step requires caution to avoid damaging the door frame. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the hinges from the door, then gently lift the door out of the frame.

You can also read – How to Install Interior Door

Removing the Old Door

  1. Unscrew the Hinges: Use a screwdriver to remove the screws from the hinges attached to the door.
  2. Dispose of the Old Door: Remove and Handle the old door with care, especially if you plan to repurpose it. You can keep it in your storage or garage!! 

Preparing the Door Frame

Now you have to check the door frame if there is any damage or irregularities. If needed, repair the frame by filling in holes or cracks and ensuring its level and secureness. This step is crucial for a smooth installation process.

Installing the New Door🚪

  1. Align the Door: Position the new door in the frame to check for size.
  2. Install Hinges: Attach the hinges to the door first, then align them with the frame.
  3. Attach the Door: Secure the door to the frame by screwing the hinges into place. You’re gonna need someone to help you with this!! 
  4. Check Alignment: Ensure the door swings smoothly without any noise like your old door and aligns perfectly with the frame.

Finishing Touches

We are not done yet!! Installing the door handle and lock according to the manufacturer’s instructions is a must thing as every door design is different. Adjust the door as necessary to ensure it opens and closes smoothly. You can also paint or stain the door to match your home’s decor.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

There can be some issues but don’t worry If you encounter issues like misalignment or sticking, 

here are some solutions:

  • Misalignment: Adjust the hinges or plane the door edges slightly.
  • Sticking: Sand down any rough edges or adjust the strike plate.
  • Gaps: Add weatherstripping or adjust the door stop for a better fit.


I understand that replacing an interior door can be very tough but I feel that it is a rewarding DIY thing that can greatly enhance your home look. Take your time with each step to make sure that you have a perfect fit and finish. 

I hope this small guide on how to replace an interior door inspires you to tackle more DIY projects in your home. 

Just feel free to share your experiences in the comments below. Or you can just send us an email!!📩📩 I would really be happy to read your message!! Happy DIY-ing!

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