How To Build A Door Frame In A Stud Wall

The process of installing an opening in a stud wall is called “framing”. The studs are the vertical members and the top and bottom plates are horizontal. The head is the horizontal member that supports the lintel above. When you build a door frame in a stud wall, it’s important to get all of these elements right otherwise your door won’t fit properly or might sag over time. If you’re working with an existing cavity, it may be simpler to remove one side of the metalwork completely then use this as a template to cut out the new opening in your stud wall before replacing it again and fitting new metalwork around your new door frame.

Suggested Tools And Materials

In addition to the materials listed above, you should also have a framing square and a chalk line on hand. You may want to consider purchasing a speed square as well, as it will make your measurements more accurate. A hammer and screwdriver are also essential tools for this project.

If you don’t have these tools yet or need replacements for the ones you currently own, it’s best to buy them now rather than wait until later when they’re needed in an emergency situation

Marking The Door Opening

Moving forward, you will need to mark the door opening on your wall. There are several different ways that you can do this, but we recommend using a tape measure and marking the width of your doorway with a pencil. You may also want to use a chalk line if you have one or another measuring tool if not.

Next, you will need to measure up from each side of your marked door opening by half its thickness (if it’s a standard sized door) and then mark both ends of each stud along these lines as well as at its center point where both ends meet in order for them all align together properly when building your frame later on

Cutting The Studs

  • Using a power saw, cut the studs in half. Be sure to use eye protection and take precautions when operating the power saw.
  • If you don’t have a power saw, you can use a handsaw to cut the studs in half. The cutting process will be slower and more difficult, but it’s definitely doable with practice and patience!
  • Once all of your studs have been cut down to size, use a stud finder (or just count them) to locate where each of them are located in your wall. This step is very important: if you do not mark where each stud is located before removing them from the wall or ceiling frame that holds them up, then when they go back up into place later on during construction stage two there will be gaps between parts of frame sections which makes it impossible for either layer’s end cap pieces (side view) or final trim piece (top view)

Cutting The Top Plate

The top plate is the horizontal member that spans between the two studs. It provides support for your finished door frame. Using a circular saw, cut the end of the top plate so it’s flush with its edge and then repeat at both ends of each stud to create an even gap between them. If you’re building an interior door frame, measure and mark where your hinges need to go; if this is an exterior door frame, check that there are no obstructions on either side (such as windows) before cutting out holes for them in your top plate.

Fixing The Studs In Place

  • For the studs, you can use a hammer and nails, a nail gun or screw gun. Using a drill is also an option; however, it can be more difficult to align them perfectly if you don’t have access to the other side of the wall.
  • If you’re using nails: drive them in at an angle so that they go into two different studs.
  • If you’re using screws: pre-drill holes for the screws before driving them in with either a hammer or screw gun.
  • A jig saw will allow you to cut out space between studs where needed (for example, if there’s an outlet nearby). You can also use it to cut through drywall if necessary – this is especially useful when building frames around doors without windows because there won’t be any glass separating wood from drywall on either side of your doorframe since both are actually part of one continuous wall

Fitting The Bottom Plate

  • Fit the bottom plate to the sides, using a framing square to mark the location of each opening.
  • Cut these openings using a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade and following along the line drawn by your pencil. Try not to cut into the top or bottom of your piece, as this will make it difficult for you to fit in additional pieces later on down the road (if you’re doing removable studs).
  • Use screws or nails (depending on whether they are needed) to attach this piece to both sides at once; when you are done, it should resemble an upside-down “T” shape with one side missing from its middle section

Fitting The Lintel And Headers

In order to start building the frame, you’ll need to fit your lintel and headers.

The lintel is the horizontal beam that spans across the door opening. This supports your header, which is the vertical beam on top of it.

To fit these pieces into place, use a hammer to tap them gently into position against the top of each stud. If necessary, hold them up with clamps while you drive in nails from below (a technique known as blind nailing).

How To Build A Door Frame In A Stud Wall

Step 1: Use the tape measure to mark the door opening on both sides and across the top. Mark each stud at the midpoint, starting with one end of your doorway and working toward the other end. This will ensure that your door frame is centered over your studs and holds them in place.

Step 2: Use a pencil to mark where you need to cut through each stud, but don’t make any cuts yet! You’ll want a little extra space where you can secure everything together later on in this process, so keep that in mind when marking out your lines for cutting.

Step 3: Using a reciprocating saw (or jigsaw), cut through all four pieces of wood from Step 2 at once by making an “X” shape into each side of two vertical boards (one for each side), then flipping those two pieces over so that what’s left behind looks like three horizontal boards instead of two vertical ones–that way no part needs replacing if something gets damaged during installation later down the line! Once all four pieces have been marked through with holes drilled through both sides simultaneously…it’s time for assembly!


Building a door frame in a stud wall is an easy task that anyone with basic DIY skills can manage. It’s not as difficult as it may seem and you don’t need to be an expert carpenter either. You will, of course, need some basic tools for the job such as a hammer and saw but other than that you can build your own frames with ease! All you’ll have to do now is find the perfect door for your new frame.

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