G’day, Kiwi homeowners and DIY enthusiasts! Have you ever scratched your head in the middle of a home improvement project and wondered about door sizes? Well, you’re not alone. Let’s dive into the world of standard door sizes in New Zealand – it’s more fascinating than you might think!

The standard door size in New Zealand is typically 2040mm x 820mm.

Door Height Statistics in New Zealand


Average Door Height1980 mm (6.5 feet)GitNux
Maximum Fire Door Height2700 mmNZ Fire Doors

Why Knowing Door Sizes Matters


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Picture this: You’ve just bought that gorgeous antique armoire you’ve been eyeing for months. You’re excited to bring it home, only to discover it won’t fit through your bedroom door. Awkward, right? That’s just one reason why understanding standard door sizes in New Zealand is crucial.

But it’s not just about avoiding furniture fiascos. Knowing your door sizes can save you time, money, and headaches when renovating, replacing, or even building a new home. So, let’s swing open the door to this topic and step right in!

Standard Door Sizes in New Zealand

  1. Standard Interior Door Sizes: Standard interior door sizes in New Zealand are typically 1980 x 760/810/860 x 38mm, with variations available in different materials such as Paint Quality, Paint Quality Cedar, and Cedar.
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  2. Custom Door Sizes: Custom door sizes can be ordered, but doors over 2100mm in height are unsuitable for Radiata Pine and will not be covered by a warranty.
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  3. Standard Front Door Size: A standard front door size is 3 feet wide by 6 feet 8 inches tall, with variations available in between.
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  4. Custom Front Door Sizes: Custom front door sizes can range from 2 feet 1 inch to 3 feet 7 inches in width and up to 10 feet in height.
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  5. Accessibility Considerations: For accessibility, a minimum door width of 32 inches is recommended, and custom doors can be sized in 1/8-inch increments.
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  6. Standard Exterior Door Size: The standard exterior door size is 80 inches by 36 inches (6 feet 8 inches by 3 feet).
  7. French Door Sizes: French doors also follow the standard size of 80 inches by 36 inches (6 feet 8 inches by 3 feet).
  8. Sliding Glass Door Sizes: Sliding glass doors typically come in sizes 6 feet 8 inches high by 6 feet wide, with other popular sizes available.
  9. Interior Door Thickness: The standard thickness for an interior door is 1 3/8 inch.
  10. Widened Door Widths: When widening doors for accessibility, it is recommended to keep the proposed door width to standard sizes (810mm, 910mm) to avoid custom builds.
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What are the Standard Door Sizes in NZ?


Alright, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. In New Zealand, we like to keep things simple, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have options. Here’s the lowdown on standard door sizes:


Standard Interior Door Sizes


For the inside of your home, the most common sizes you’ll encounter are:

  • Height: 1980 mm (that’s about 6.5 feet for those of you still thinking in imperial)
  • Width: 760 mm, 810 mm, or 860 mm
  • Thickness: 38 mm

These sizes are pretty much the go-to for most Kiwi homes. They’re classic, reliable, and universally loved like the pavlova of door sizes.


Standard Front Door Sizes


Now, for the grand entrance to your castle, things get a bit beefier:

  • Height: 2032 mm (6 feet 8 inches)
  • Width: 914 mm (3 feet)

Of course, variations are available. After all, your front door is like the cover of your home’s book – it should make a statement!


Why is There a Variation in Door Sizes?


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You might wonder, “If there’s a standard, why isn’t every door the same size?” Well, my friend, that’s where things get interesting.


Historical Context


New Zealand has a rich architectural history, and with that comes various door sizes. Older homes, especially those charming villas and bungalows, often have non-standard sizes. It’s like they’re wearing vintage clothing – unique and full of character.




Just like how some of us prefer our fish and chips with extra vinegar, builders and homeowners sometimes opt for custom sizes. It could be for aesthetic reasons (hello, dramatic oversized doors!) or functional needs (like accommodating wheelchair access).


User Experience


A Reddit user shared their experience of replacing doors in an old NZ house, emphasizing the variability in door sizes. They found that door sizes could differ by a few millimetres even within the same house. It’s like a treasure hunt, but you’re measuring door frames instead of gold!

What About Custom Door Sizes?


Sometimes, standard just doesn’t cut it. Maybe you’re building a hobbit hole or a giant’s castle. Either way, custom doors are your ticket to the perfect fit.


Custom Interior Doors


Here’s a pro tip: While you can go wild with customization, keep in mind that doors over 2100mm in height are unsuitable for Radiata Pine and come without a warranty. It’s like trying to make a pavlova the size of a car – technically possible, but not recommended.

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Custom Front Doors


For front doors, the sky’s the limit (well, almost). You can go as wide as 1092 mm (3 feet 7 inches) and as tall as 3048 mm (10 feet). That’s tall enough for a basketball player to walk through without ducking!


Trends in Customization


There’s a growing trend towards customization to fit specific architectural styles and personal preferences. It’s like the door world’s version of bespoke tailoring – because why settle for off-the-rack when you can have made-to-measure?


How Do Door Sizes Impact Accessibility?


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Now, let’s discuss an important aspect of door sizes—accessibility. A home should be welcoming to everyone, regardless of their mobility needs.


Accessibility Standards


For accessibility, a minimum door width of 813 mm (32 inches) is recommended. It’s like giving your doorways a bit of extra breathing room.


NZ Government Guidelines


According to the NZ Government, the standard size for accessible doors is 1980 mm (height) x 1000 mm (width). That’s roomier than your average door, providing easy access for wheelchairs and mobility aids.

What Types of Doors Are Available?


Doors are like ice cream flavours – there’s something for every taste. Let’s break down the main types:


Door TypeDescriptionBest For
Hollow CoreLight, affordable, not great for sound insulationClosets, pantries
Solid CoreHeavier, better sound insulation, more expensiveBedrooms, offices
Poly CoreThe middle ground between hollow and solid coreGeneral interior use


Have you ever felt the difference between hollow and solid core doors? It’s like comparing a crisp to a chunk of cheese—both have their place, but they’re not the same!


How to Choose the Right Door Size for Your Home?


Choosing the right door size is like picking the perfect pair of jeans – it’s all about the right fit. Here are some tips to help you make the best choice:

  • Consider Your Needs: Are you looking for something standard or a custom size for accessibility?
  • Measure Carefully: Measure your door openings thrice, not once, not twice! It’s like the carpenter’s version of “measure twice, cut once”.
  • Think About the Future: Consider future accessibility needs. It’s easier to install a wider door than to widen the opening later.


Pro Tip: Use a Door Size Calculator


An online door size calculator takes the guesswork out of door sizing. It’s like having a virtual door expert in your pocket!


How to Install a Standard Door?


Ready to roll up your sleeves and install a door? Here’s a simplified guide to get you started:

  1. Remove the old door and frame (if applicable)
  2. Measure the rough opening
  3. Install the new frame
  4. Hang the door
  5. Install hardware
  6. Add finishing touches

Installing a door is like baking a cake—it looks simple when the pros do it, but it takes practice to get it right. If you’re not confident in your DIY skills, don’t hesitate to call in the experts.


What are the Costs and Lead Times for Custom Doors?


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Custom doors are like tailor-made suits – they cost more and take longer, but the result is worth it if you need something specific.

Cost Factors


  • Material (timber doors generally cost more than MDF)
  • Size (larger = more expensive)
  • Design complexity


Lead Times


Custom doors can take 2-8 weeks to produce depending on their complexity. It’s like waiting for an excellent cheese to mature—it takes time, but the result is worth it!

FAQs and Troubleshooting


Let’s address some common questions and issues:


Q: What if my door frame is non-standard?


A: You might need to adjust the frame or opt for a custom door. It’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole—sometimes, you must change the peg or the hole!


Q: Can I install a door myself?


A: Yes, but it’s not a walk in the park. If you’re handy and have the right tools, go for it. If not, it might be best to call in the pros.


Q: How do I choose between different materials?


A: Consider factors like durability, cost, and aesthetics. It’s like choosing between leather and fabric for a sofa—each has pros and cons.


Real Stories from Homeowners


Let’s hear from some fellow Kiwis who’ve navigated the world of door sizes:

“I never thought I’d get excited about doors, but when we renovated our 1920s villa in Wellington, finding the right sizes was like solving a puzzle. We ended up with a mix of standard and custom sizes, and the result is beautiful!” – Sarah from Wellington

After struggling with a too-narrow bathroom door for years, we finally widened it to the standard 860mm. It’s made such a difference, especially as we’re getting older.” – John from Auckland


Making the Right Choice for Your Home


Choosing the right door size is more than just a practical decision – creating a welcoming and functional home that suits your lifestyle. Whether you’re going for standard sizes or custom options, the key is to measure carefully, consider your needs, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed.

Remember, your doors are like the handshake of your home – they’re the first thing people interact with when they enter a room. Make sure they’re making the right impression!


We Want to Hear from You!


What’s your door story? Have you tackled any door-related projects recently? Share your experiences in the comments below – we’d love to hear about your triumphs and challenges!

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Until next time, may all your doors open smoothly and close softly!

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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