Hey there, fellow home improvement enthusiasts! You were staring at a door frame, scratching your head, and wondering, “Just how tall is this thing anyway?” Well, you’re not alone. As someone who’s been around the block (and through countless doorways) a few times, I’m here to shed some light on the mysterious world of doorframe measurements. So, grab your tape measure, and let’s dive in!

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Door Height Measurement Guide

  1. Height Measurement: Measure the height of the door frame by running a tape measure from the top corner to the bottom corner on each side and recording the most extended length. – JB Kind
  2. Door Height for New Installation: For a new installation, subtract 3 inches from the measured height to account for the door frame and any additional materials like flooring. – Sun Mountain Door
  3. Measuring Rough Opening: Measure the rough opening height to determine the needed door height by measuring from the floor to the bottom of the upper stud, subtracting 3 inches from this measurement. – Sun Mountain Door
  4. Standard Interior Door Height: The standard door height for interior passage doors is 80 inches. – Bob Vila
  5. Commercial Frame Head Size: The head jamb is typically 2 inches tall for a commercial door frame, leaving a 6-inch space between the head jamb and the next block. – Reeb
  6. Common Door Heights: Doors can be available in heights of 6 ft., 8 in., and 8 ft. tall. Door & More
  7. Measuring Door Height: Measure the height of the door frame multiple times on each side to ensure accuracy. – JB Kind
  8. Door Height for Masonry Construction: For a 6/8 door, the height matches the height of 10 blocks in masonry construction. – Reeb
  9. Door Height Allowance: Make allowance for any floor covering when measuring the door height. – JB Kind
  10. Height Measurement Importance: Accurate height measurement is crucial to ensure proper fitting and alignment of the door with the surrounding structure. – Reeb

Why Understanding Door Frame Measurements Matters


You’ve just bought the door of your dreams. It’s perfect – the right style and colour – and was on sale! You get it home, ready to install, and… uh-oh. It doesn’t fit. Cue the sad trombone.

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This, my friends, is why knowing how to measure your door frame correctly is crucial. It’s not just about avoiding those facepalm moments (though that’s certainly a bonus). Accurate measurements can save you time, money, and a whole lot of frustration. It’s a great way to impress your friends at your next DIY party. (You do have those, right? No? Just me? Okay then.)


What Are the Standard Door Frame Heights?


Standard Door Frame Height


In the US, the standard door frame height is 6 feet 8 inches (6’8″ or 203 cm) for most houses. Commercial, business, or big buildings like grocery stores and restaurants may have taller doors.


Variations in Door Frame Height


  • Some door frames can be taller (e.g., 7 feet or 231.5 cm) in certain countries or regions, such as Italy, South Africa, and the Netherlands.
  • Older houses may have smaller door frames, requiring ducking to avoid hitting the head.


Measurement Points for Door Frames


The bottom of the top door hinge is typically around 5 feet 11 inches (5’11”).


Country-Specific Door Frame Heights


  • In South Africa, new places have door frames around 195 cm.
  • In the Czech Republic, door frames are 195 cm.
  • In the Netherlands, new constructions have door frames at 231.5 cm, while older houses have frames at 201.5 cm.

Before we whip out our measuring tapes, let’s talk about what’s “normal” in the world of door frames. Spoiler alert: It varies!


The United States: Land of the Free, Home of the 80-Inch Door


In the good ol’ US of A, the standard door frame height is typically 80 inches, or 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm for our metric friends). This measurement is standard in both residential homes and commercial buildings. It’s like the Goldilocks of door heights – not too tall or short, just right for most folks.


The United Kingdom: A Tale of Two Heights


Across the pond, things get a bit more interesting. The UK has two standard door heights:

  • 1981 mm (6 feet 6 inches)
  • 2040 mm (about 6 feet 8 inches)

Why two heights? Why does the UK drive on the left side of the road? Some questions are best left to the mysteries of history.


Europe: Where One Size Doesn’t Fit All


In Europe, door frame heights can vary quite a bit. For example, in the Netherlands (where people tend to be taller), new constructions often have door frames around 231.5 cm tall. That’s about 7 feet 7 inches for those keeping score at home. Meanwhile, older buildings might feature 201.5 cm frames. It’s like a growth chart for architecture!

How Do You Measure the Height of a Door Frame?


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Alright, now for the main event. Let’s discuss how to measure your door frame. Don’t worry—it’s not rocket science—though it might feel like it if you’ve never done it before!

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Tools You’ll Need: Your DIY Arsenal


Before we start, let’s make sure you’re equipped with the right tools:

  • Tape measure (the longer, the better)
  • Spirit level (because crooked measurements are nobody’s friend)
  • Carpenter’s square (for those perfect right angles)
  • Digital callipers (for when you need to get precise)


Step-by-Step Guide: Measuring Like a Pro


  1. Prepare the Area: Clear the door frame of any obstructions. This includes that coat hook you’ve meant to remove for the last three years. No judgment here!
  2. Measure Multiple Points: Use your tape measure to record the height from the top corner to the bottom corner on both sides of the frame. Don’t stop there—measure at multiple points (left, centre, and right). Frames can warp over time, and you want to catch any sneaky unevenness.
  3. Record the Longest Measurement: After measuring multiple points, note the longest measurement. This ensures your new door will fit properly within the frame. Remember, you can shave a bit off a door, but do you need to add height? That’s a whole different ballgame.
  4. Account for Flooring: If you install new flooring, add this to your measurement. Nothing’s worse than a perfect door that suddenly doesn’t fit when you lay down that plush new carpet.
  5. Use a Spirit Level to verify the vertical alignment of the door frame to ensure it’s plumb. A crooked frame can cause many issues, from sticky doors to gaps where drafts (and maybe the occasional mouse) can sneak in.


What Common Mistakes Should You Avoid?


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Even the most seasoned DIYers can fall into some measurement pitfalls. Let’s steer clear of these common blunders:


The Pitfalls of Door Frame Measurements


  • Not Measuring Multiple Points: Your frame might look straight, but it could be hiding some curves. Always measure in several places.
  • Ignoring Floor Thickness: That new hardwood floor might look great, but your door might play limbo if you don’t account for it in your measurements.
  • Using Incorrect Tools: A ruler might work for measuring your kid’s height on the door frame, but for actual door installation, you need precise tools like a good tape measure or digital callipers.

How to Measure for Different Types of Doors


Not all doors are created equal, and neither are their measurements. Let’s look at some particular cases:


Double Doors: Twice the Fun, Twice the Measuring


When measuring for double doors, follow these steps:

  1. Measure the width of the entire door opening.
  2. Divide that width by two to get the width for each door.
  3. Don’t forget to add allowances for the door frame and any clearance needed for smooth operation. You don’t want your doors playing bumper cars whenever you open them!


Sliding and French Doors: The Fancy Cousins


  • Sliding Doors: Measure the height and width of the opening, but don’t forget about the track system. That slidey bit needs room, too!
  • French Doors: Treat each door as its entity. Measure them individually, even if they’re part of a single frame. It’s like twins – they might look the same but need space.
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Why Precision in Measuring Door Frames is Crucial


Problematic Door Installation Gap Scraping

At this point, you might be thinking, “Okay, I get it. Measuring is important. But why all the fuss?” Well, let me tell you a little story…


A Tale of Measurement Woe: The Door That Wouldn’t


Picture this: My neighbour, let’s call him Bob (because, well, that’s his name), decided to install a new front door. “How hard can it be?” he said—famous last words.

Bob measured once (strike one), didn’t account for his new welcome mat (strike two), and ended up with a door that scraped the floor every time it opened. It was like nails on a chalkboard but for your eyes.

The kicker? He had to spend extra on a replacement door and hire a professional to install it properly. All because he skipped a few simple measuring steps.

The moral of the story? Precise measurements aren’t just about getting things right – saving time, money, and your sanity.


The Importance of Accurate Door Frame Measurements


  • Preventing Costly Errors: Precise measurements help you avoid needing adjustments or replacements. Your wallet will thank you.
  • Ensuring Proper Fit: Accurate dimensions ensure the door fits perfectly within the frame. It’s not just about looks – a well-fitted door is more energy-efficient and secure.
  • Avoiding Frustration: Nothing tests your patience quite like a door that doesn’t fit right. Save yourself the headache and measure correctly from the start.

Mastering the Art of Door Frame Measurements: Your Key to Success


Perfect Double Door Installation Bright Living Room

So there you have it, folks – everything you need to know about measuring door frames. Remember, taking the time to measure accurately can save you from many issues down the line. Whether installing a new door, replacing an old one, or just satisfying your curiosity, precision in measurements ensures a seamless, frustration-free process.

Next time you’re faced with a door frame and a tape measure, channel your inner Bob Vila (minus the flannel shirt unless that’s your thing). Measure multiple points, consider your flooring, and always double-check your numbers.

And hey, if all else fails, there’s no shame in calling in a professional. Sometimes, the best DIY decision is knowing when to Not.

Now, I’d love to hear from you! Have you had any door measurement adventures (or misadventures)? Share your stories in the comments below. If you found this guide helpful, why not share it with your DIY-loving friends? After all, knowledge is power, and it is significant when conquering the mighty doorframe!

James Davis

James Davis

I’m James Davis, a carpenter with eight years of experience in carpentry services, repairs, installations, renovations, and maintenance of interior doors. I have a diploma in carpentry and joiner trade from the Education Skills Australia Institute and take pride in delivering high-quality results to ensure customer satisfaction. I’m a blog writer for Octopus Doors Company and enjoy sharing my knowledge and tips on maintaining security measures and choosing the right door materials, paints, or handle styles. I specialize in custom-made interior doors and strive to make every home look fabulous. Contact me anytime for help with door-related issues.

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