DIY door hinges

How to install door hinges Table of contents:

  • 1 Loop selection
  • 2 What you need for self-installation
  • 3 We make a marking and cut out seats
  • 4 How to make markings on a box
  • 5 Butterfly Loops
  • 6 videos

As a rule, buying a door, you get it ready with already hinged loops. But if you purchased the design in parsing, then you have to embed them yourself. If you embed loops wrong and allow at least a slight bias, this will lead unnecessary operational consequences: the door will be loose to close or the dog of the castle will not reach his places.

To carry out the replacement work correctly, you need to know in what sequence should be installed door do-it-yourself loops, later this will help you to avoid problems in operation.

Loop selection

Brass hingesBrass hinges

Before buying the loops you need to decide which of them come exactly to your door, they are conditionally divided into three types.

  1. Brass. Such hinges are widely used because brass, due to its plasticity, it is easy to process: chrome or polished.
  2. Brassed. As a rule, such loops are made of various alloys, and are coated with brass, as well as other compounds that mimic the similarities: chrome, bronze or gold.
  3. Steel. These are the most reliable and high-quality loops, because in Unlike brass, the loops of which eventually grind, steel is not subject to such a process, and therefore they can be considered – eternal.

Steel door hingesSteel door hinges

When choosing loops, several factors must be taken into account, from which depends on the duration of their work.

First, the weight of the door. Usually two doors are enough for one door hinges, but if the door is made of solid wood, then accordingly it is heavier, which means it is better to embed three loops.

Secondly, bearings in loops. Such a loop design, not will creak after prolonged use.

Secondly, depending on the side of the door opening, the hinges may Be left-handed and vice versa.

What you need for self-installation

Marking the door under the hingesMark the door under the hinges

  1. Hinges.
  2. Chisel and hammer.
  3. Screws and screwdriver.
  4. Pencil for marking.
  5. Wooden wedges.
  6. Level.

We make markings and cut out seats

Place of installation of loopsHinge Place

Correctly install the loops indented 20 or 25 cm from bottom and top of the door. But at the same time carefully inspect the surface, so that there are no knots or chips in the places of the proposed installation. If you screw the screw in such a place, it can split the box or go awry, which will not allow you to securely fasten the loop. If there are such places, then the fasteners need to be shifted by a few centimeter up or down.

Deepening under the loopsHinge deepening

First, make markings with a pencil on the door. We apply loops to the places of the intended fastening and circle them. Then apply chisel to the markings and gently hammer with a hammer throughout Layout to cut the loop outline. After that you need make several cuts along the length and knocking out a chisel from the side hand make a deepening.

If you make the recess more than the thickness of the loop, then when closing the door will rest against the second half of the box, which subsequently will lead to deformation and upholstery of the door.

We fasten with screwsWe fasten with screws

The same procedure needs to be done with the second landing the place. Then, we apply a loop and fasten it with screws. All, the door is ready, now you need to embed the hinges in the box.

How to make markings on a box

Recesses under the hinges on the boxHinges for loops on box

Here it will be a little more difficult for you to mark a place. For this install the door into the box and use the wedges to fix it in estimated closing location. If a lock is embedded on the door, then it greatly facilitate the work, it can be closed and adjusted Door. We substitute the wedges under the bottom and with the help of the level we bring it to line.

It is necessary to adjust the door in the box as in horizontal, and upright. If set incorrectly by horizontally – then the door will be set in a warp and it will be bad close. A wrongly installed door will be vertical open independently.

Aligning all the corners, make notes in pencil in places where the loops touch the box. It doesn’t work out to completely mark out and therefore, it is better to unscrew the hinges from the door again, to draw their outline on the box and screw into place.

After that, cut out the recesses for them in the same way. how did you do it at the door. The rules are the same – most importantly, not go too far with depth. When you are done, again we substitute wedges under the bottom, bring the door to the box and screws fasten in place. Everything is ready, we check it for the quality of opening and enjoy the result.

To prevent the door leaf from cracking during fastening with screws, need to be made in places of screwing a hole with a thin drill.

Butterfly loops


If you do not have the necessary tool or you do not have skills of such work, then you can acquire butterfly loops. They are belong to the class of “deadless” and anyone can install them. The principle of operation is that in the closed state of the card (side loops) enter one another. Due to this, such loops I do not require a tie-in, and the gap in the closed position is obtained small.

Recommended reading:

  • do-it-yourself box installation of interior doors;
  • do-it-yourself alignment of walls on lighthouses.


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