Whether you’re replacing old, rusty hinges or installing new ones, knowing how to install door hinges is a valuable skill for any homeowner. While it might seem like a daunting task, we’re here to tell you that it’s really not that difficult. Just follow our step-by-step guide below and you’ll have those hinges installed in no time.
What You’ll Need:
- Tape measure
- Pencil or pen
- Chisel (optional)
- Hammer (optional)
- Screwdriver or drill
- 1/8 inch drill bit (if using a drill)
- 1 inch screws (if using a screwdriver)
- Door hinges (if you’re updating from old rusty ones, we recommend that you replace with these brass door hinges).
Measure the thickness of your door. Most doors are 1 3/4 inches thick, but it’s always best to measure just to be sure. Once you have the thickness, add 1/8 inch to that number. This will be the size of the hole you need to drill in the door for the hinge screws. For example, if your door is 1 3/4 inches thick, you will need to drill a 1 7/8 inch hole.
Place the top of the hinge on the door where you want it installed. Use a pencil or pen to mark the location of the two holes on the door.
If your door is made of wood, use a chisel and hammer to create pilot holes for the screws. If your door is made of metal or another type of material, skip this step.
Drill holes into the door at the marks you made in Step Two. The size of the bit you use will depend on what type of screws you are using – 1 inch screws require a 1/8 inch drill bit, while 2 inch screws require a 9/64 inch drill bit.
Place the hinge on the door so that the holes in the hinge line up with the holes you just drilled in the door. If your door is made of wood, insert screws into the pilot holes and tighten with a screwdriver or drill. If your door is made of metal or another type of material, skip this step.
Repeat steps one through five for each hinge you are installing.
And there you have it! Now you know how to install door hinges like a pro
Just remember to take your time and double check your measurements before drilling any holes – we don’t want any accidental mishaps! With this guide in hand, we’re confident that you can install hinges like a champ. Good luck!