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Door DIY Advice that is interesting, informative and for the layman

Welcome to our DIY joinery and advice page. We have an array of useful information that we have shared below, to help guide you through choosing the right door to match your requirements, measuring, treating and maintainance and other hints and tips to keep you right.

diy door and windows advice

We have broken down the most common issues we come across into easily manageable sections, so please have a look through and check out our handy videos.

And if you need any help with converting common door size measurements, please take a look at our handy conversion table, which is a comprehensive guide (in pdf print format) to all commonly used door sizes in the UK.

Please do not arrange your carpenter until you are certain the goods have arrived, have been checked and are suitable for installation as you intended.

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Types of doors

Are you wondering whether you should go for a standard sized door, or a made to measure, or whether you want double or folding doors? This section has lots of advice, hints and tips. Read more...

Choosing your door

This section provides helpful advice about choosing your door. Is is an interior or exterior door? Do you know how to measure for a door? Do you need a fire door? Do you need a door to fit an unusally sized space? Read more...

Fitting Doors 

This section includes information on accurate measuring of doors and door frames prior to fitting internal doors or fitting external doors. There is more detailed information on the fitting of timber and PVC doors. Read more...

Choosing door furniture

This section covers information about selecting door handles, locks and latches and hinges.
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Fitting door furniture

This section includes advice and information about fitting door furniture including cylinder type locks, latches, letterboxes, weather bars and hinges.  Read more...


What sort of glass to use? How opaque should it be? The safety of glass in doors. What doors are suitable for what type of glazing? This section covers tips on fitting glass to doors. Read more....


Treating and maintaining your doors

Some hints and tips about how to avoid damaging your door. Information on selecting a suitable finish for use on the door as well as how to prepare the door for treatment. Read more....

Bathroom doors:

There are a range of tasks related to fitting bathroom doors that are different from normal doors... Read more....

Other useful DIY tips;

Here at Direct Doors we are full of tonnes of useful information that can make those niggly jobs a little easier to tackle. Although they are not all door-related, you may find our information on laying laminate flooring, fitting skirtings to a wall and even replairing a fautly ball handy. Read more....

You may also find our glossary of door terms helpful:

Glossary of Door Terms PDF

Please Note:

The Door DIY advice provided is only a guideline for the installation of interior or exterior doors and door furniture. We cannot accept liability for any mishap, injury or damage caused to you, your property or a third party while using any of the following tips and advice.

All our advice is offered freely but you should always take care to ensure that your interpretation of the advice is sensible before proceeding with any project however small. If you cannot find an answer to your question here please give us a call or send an email to:

We have experienced staff who are always ready to help.