Effortlessly change the look and feel of your room with our range of bifold internal doors. They are the easy way to maintain your privacy while saving space. Open up your room to even more design possibilities. These doors are able to be used throughout the home both internally and externally and are the door of choice for anybody looking for an easy to install, space-saving option.
Open up your home and light up the room with these great doors delivered direct from our Glasgow warehouse.
How To Install Door Hinges
Our easy to follow guide will help you learn how to install door hinges just like the professionals.
A How-to Guide
Installing Door Hinges
Getting Started With Door Hinges
For the beginner DIY enthusiast, getting involved with any task – big or small – can feel rather daunting. We all began somewhere, and with this in mind we’ve come up with a series of easy to follow guides to get you on the right track for beginning your new interest. First up is one of those small jobs that looks much more complicated than you may first thing: attaching a new door’s hinges to install it within a wider frame.
Learning this skill is great not only for use around your home, but for assisting others with the same jobs. It can be really satisfying completing this task on your own and the finished product is more than worth the effort. So let’s not waste time – it’s time to install your door hinges.
Gather Your Tools and Materials
First and foremost, check what you have on hand to complete your job. This list will vary depending on a number of factors, including but not limited to the door’s main material, structure, weight, style, and all-around size.
The process for fitting hinges is fairly uniform across our range, but there are precautions to bear in mind when working with larger or more complicated doors and materials.
A simplified checklist to consider would be:
Check what kind you will need – there are different types for different doors. For example, louvre doors require flush hinges or else they will not fit correctly.
As with hinges, you’ll need to double-check what kinds of screws are the correct ones to use with your new door hinges. Pay attention to the sizes available. (Nobody likes running out again to the shops!)
- Screwdriver and/or drill
Do you have the correctly sized pieces for attaching your screws?
A simple one, but easy to forget with other tools to remember!
- Hammer and Chisel
These are for cutting the hinge mortise (cut in the door where the hinges will be placed).
Once you have your gathered tools, it’s time to really get started on fitting your door’s new hinges.
Mark Your Guidelines
Taking your pencil, mark on your door and the wall where you want to place your hinges. Most doors usually have two hinges to secure the door to the frame, though in rarer cases you may need three. Check the weight and height of your door to judge if the additional security of a third hinge would benefit you. If your door is much heavier than a standard door, it may be worth investing in a third hinge to place between the other two (usually directly in the middle).
Taking a tape measure, for the top hinge place a mark 5 – 7 inches from the top of the frame, and the lower hinge should be measured between 7 – 10 inches from the floor. With this mark, take your hinge and press it against the door. Draw another mark on the other side of the hinge so you have a clear indication of how wide your hinge is. Repeat for both hinge placements.
Cut The Mortises
Some doors may come with these factory cut, though it’s more common for the small grooves needed for the hinges to be done yourself. Again the process is rather easy once you know how.
In order to secure your hinges to the door so that they are flush, you will have to take your hammer and chisel to chip away some of the woodwork to the depth needed (this will be how thick the flat of the hinge is). Start by simply taking your chisel and holding perpendicular it to the woodwork, score a line around the perimeter of where the mortise will be. Repeat this along the inside of the mortise around 5mm apart until you have covered the entire space.
With the wood scored both around the edges and inside, you should be more easily able to hold the chisel flat and push the thin layer aside. This will be the base for your hinge.
Don’t worry if you cut a little too deep, it is easy for you to fill some of the space either by using a thin piece of wood or using a little wood filler. There’s a fix for everything!
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Fitting The Hinges
Last but not least, hold your hinges in place against your door once more. You’ll see that the pilot holes will line up with where the holes in the hinge are.
Simply take the screws and insert them through until your hinge is completely secure against the wood. Repeat for the other hinge(s) on your door, and voila! Newly fitted hinges!
You may need to also create a mortise in the wood of the doorframe, so to do this just follow the same rules and you should be good to go with attaching the door to the frame. Easy!
Installing Replacement Hinges
The process for installing any replacement hinges on an already existing door follows much of the same process, though you should this time already have your markings quite clear for where to place the new hinges you have purchased. It’s important to make sure that the hinges you buy are of a similar size and have screw placements to those that exist already. If they are not, you will either have to invest in another set of hinges or slightly adjust the mortises with your chisel.
If possible, have somebody to help you hold the door open as you unscrew the old hinges and use wooden blocks at the foot of the door to save the bottom edge from damages or creating too much wiggle room that could damage your frame.
Sand down the newly exposed area, mark any new screwhole areas as in the above process, and simply attach your new hinges in place of the old ones. Simple, effective, and keeps your doors looking and feeling much more secure. You shouldn’t have to do this too often and can fix many issues with your hinges with a simple lubricant application, but it pays to keep the details of installation in mind should the time come for a cosmetic update.
Buy Your Furnishings At Shawfield Doors
Wanting to get started with a brand new set of hinges or looking for the right new internal door in Glasgow for your home? Look no further than right here at Shawfield Doors.
Visit our Glasgow showroom to get hands-on with our products and get our expert advice for all your doors’ requirements.
How do I fit a bifold door?
We have a great easy to use guide on how to fit a bifold door here.
What kinds of folding doors are available?
We stock a range of concertina style bifold doors that vary in aesthetic design to suit all your requirements. From solid wood to glazed panels, there’s options suited to every customer.
Where can I use bifold doors?
Bifold doors can be used throughout the home and in most smaller living spaces. Taking up less space than a conventional door, bifold doors neatly fold away and allow you to open up your room while also giving the option to maintain your privacy. They can be used everywhere from bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Will my bifold doors come with hinges?
Our own white bifold doors conveniently arrive to you with a free track and gear kit. This kit includes a bifold track, 1 x 45mm pine door knob, 3 x 75mm chrome hinges and wood screws. Our other stocked doors do not come with these furnishings.
Can I cut a bifold door to another size?
We do not recommend cutting or trimming most bifold doors as the majority have a hollow core. This would expose the core of the door. You can view our recommended size guidelines here. Contact us if you need further sizing assistance for your purchase.
How do I clean bifold doors?
As with other doors, a clean damp cloth should help get dirt and grime off of your doors. Do not use any rough material that could scrub the finish from your door. Doors with glazed glass panels can be cleaned with any good glass cleaner.
Our available range of folding doors are from some of the UK’s leading door manufacturers. Chosen for their quality craftsmanship, durability, and style, you’ll be sure to find the bifold doors that are perfect for you right here.
JB Kind are experts in wooden door manufacturing and design with three decades of experience in the market and 140 years as timber specialists.
JB Kind are a leading UK wooden door company selling 250,000 doors every year.
LPD Doors offer the best choice and suit all tastes. Beautifully appealing, trendy and price sensitive. They are leading suppliers and have been distributing doors for 35 years.
If you are looking for something great, Leeds Plywood & Doors promise you can expect more than just a door.
Shawfield Timber are leading suppliers to the joinery trade across the central belt of Scotland.
Established for over 30 years they offer a complete service to joinery specialists with wood products, flooring and hardware.
XL Joinery have been helping homeowners change the space they love for over 25 years.
A leading supplier and one of the most respected names in the UK Builders and Retail market, they supply more than 400,000 doors every year.
When choosing your door, one of the most important choices you can make is the finish. Our finished bifold doors for sale have both painted white and natural wood finishes that are already treated to give your doors the protection they need for the daily wear and tear of the home.
Our range of unfinished bifold doors, on the other hand, are able to be fully customised however you would like with your choice of finish. Our woodgrain doors can be finished with oil, paint, or varnish. Your doors’ final look is up to you.
MDF / Engineered
The majority of internal doors for sale are made with medium density fiberboard, or MDF for short. The surface is completely smooth to make for easier finishes such as paint and – as it is a fully engineered product – it is able to boast the ability not to warp as wood does, giving you a long-lasting, stable door.
Our range of hollow core doors tend to be made from plywood or a molded composite skin. These doors are a cheaper alternative to their solid core cousins. This is due to them having a hollow inner panel, meaning that both sound and temperature more easily pass through these doors.
More secure and better for soundproofing, solid core doors have a wood fiber blend that fills them rather than an empty, hollow core.
Different materials can offer various effects for your doors. We are available to offer more advice on your doors – any questions, get in touch!
One of our most popular choices for doors, oak is a durable and strong wood that stands out as a fantastic choice for a majority of homeowners. This wood is usually used across most door design styles, lending to its popularity.
An authentic alluring choice, pine adds warmth, character, and comfort to any room it is added to. There are a number of great door designs being manufactured in pine should this be your choice.
If you prefer a more traditional style, hardwood could be the material of choice for you. Hardwood can come in various colours, while also being available to be customised however you would like.
A choice of walnut wood for your doors has become much more popular recently and only continues to be included in more and more interior designs. With its sophisticated look and added warmth, it is ideal for homes that are geared more towards a minimalistic, contemporary style.
Choosing the right style of door is important as it can change the entire feel of a room. Many people ignore changing their interior doors as they think that they only serve a function, but the reality is that the wrong doors can skew how a room is viewed, while a beautiful door selected for its style can visually enhance your living spaces. Your door can even be the main focal point of a room – it’s up to you how you choose to decorate.
Traditional doors are more formal and predictable in their style, featuring warm, richer tones that are more balanced.
Modern doors often use natural materials to help with their neutral, minimalistic look. They are often clean and unadorned, choosing simplicity over complex design.
Contemporary doors have a softer and more rounded set of characteristics to them. Rather than being bright, they tend to be neutral-toned to maintain a sophisticated edge.
Industrial doors emphasise distressed wooden elements, giving them a mature feel. These are raw vintage designs, and are suited to homes that can benefit from these strong designs.
Colonial doors are defined by their light, neutral tones and symmetrical styles. They are a timeless choice that suit almost every home.
Rustic doors are removed from the polished, ‘factory’ look of other doors, embracing a more rugged design. They are often more warm and earthy.
Victorian doors would suit homes that enjoy blending gothic aesthetic with their decor. With a bold mix of dark and rich colours, these doors are an exceptional choice for those wanting to make a real statement with their door of choice.
Our doors are covered by manufacturer warranty for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase. During the warranty period we exchange or refund any door that is proven to have a material or manufacturing fault.
In the unlikely event of a warranty claim becoming necessary, please contact us immediately and provide the following details:
- Your name, address and telephone number
- Original invoice with date of purchase
- Product description, door type
- Description of defect
- Photographic evidence