The Trick to Hanging French Doors
Knowing where to place the shims is half the battle.
Synopsis: From checking the opening before you begin to the exact locations of shims and nails, this article walks readers through a tricky installation of interior double doors. Drawings illustrate common problems and how to fix them.
The old adage “Children should be seen and not heard” must have been coined by a French-door salesman. Most people I know like French doors. They’re an elegant way to cordon off rooms without visually separating them. In fact, they act more like windows between rooms than doors.
Hanging French doors, however, can be frustrating. Getting two doors, either of which may be slightly warped, to meet up perfectly when installed in the almost certainly imperfect framing of a house requires several levels of adjustment. Correcting the rough opening or fixing an out-of-plumb, or cross-legged, opening might call for the use of a sledgehammer, which doesn’t take much technical skill. Making adjustments…