How To Make A Doorway In A Stud Wall

If you want to make a doorway in a stud wall, the first thing to do is find out where the studs are located. Then, cut through the drywall and door frame with a saw. Use a circular saw to cut through the studs that are in your way. Sand down any rough edges around your new door opening with sandpaper, and then use wood glue to add support braces to both sides of your door frame. Line up your door frame with the opening in your wall, and create a hole in the floor for a threshold using an electric drill. Secure the threshold using concrete screws. Dry fit your new interior door onto its hinges before securing it in place with screws on either side of the wall.

Make sure you know where the wall studs are located.

Before you start drilling holes in your wall, it’s important to get familiar with a few things. First, know where each stud is located. If you don’t know how many studs are in your wall, you can easily find out by holding a level to the top of the door frame and measuring down from that point on both sides until you reach a point of equal height. The distance between these two points will tell you how many interior walls there are (the door frame itself is not counted).

Next, determine if there are any electrical wires running through the wall near where you plan on installing your new doorway—this could be done by pulling back some drywall at one end of the room until they’re visible; if they run along this route then they’ll likely continue all along it without interruption as well as into adjacent rooms if necessary—and make sure that nothing else besides drywall will be affected before making any cuts or holes with your drill!

It’s also very important to know what type of material makes up your walls: whether it’s wood or concrete blocks for instance could change everything about how we approach creating something like this project because different materials require different tools such as sawzall blades vs chisels vs screwdrivers etcetera…

Get a saw to cut through the drywall and the door frame.

  • A drywall saw is the tool for you if you’re working with standard 4×8 sheets of drywall. If you’re working with smaller sizes, consider a keyhole saw or jigsaw instead.
  • The best tool for cutting through wood is an oscillating saw—it’s like a cross between a jigsaw and a reciprocating saw. Oscillating saws can be used by professionals to make quick work of any wood project, but they’re also great for DIYers who want to save money by doing their own work on their homes’ framing and trimming.
  • A circular saw is another great option that can cut through both softwood (pine) and hardwood (oak). It cuts sharp lines that are easier to sand down than those produced by other types of blades in order to get them ready for painting or staining later on down the road! Just remember not to use this tool while wearing any loose clothing because there’s always risk involved when working around dangerous tools like this one.”

Cut through the studs by using a circular saw.

Make sure the blade guard is in place, and that it’s not damaged.

Make sure the blade is sharp.

Make sure you use a circular saw with a blade at least 7-1/4″ long, so that it can fit through the studs easily and safely.

If possible, use a corded saw instead of one that runs on batteries or power from an outlet nearby (this makes it easier to get through all of the studs).

Sand down the edges of your door frame.

The next step is to sand down the sides of your frame. Most stud walls are not perfectly square or flat, so you’ll want to make sure that you remove any bumps or uneven edges before painting. You can do this with a sander, but it’s often easier just to use a sanding block and some sandpaper.

Add support braces to the sides of your door frame.

Take two 2x4s and place them against the sides of your door frame. Add screws to secure them in place.

  • Make sure that both 2x4s are level with each other, not leaning in or out of the door frame at any point.
  • Use your studs on the sides of the door frame for this purpose, as they should be parallel to each other anyway.

Line up your wooden door frame with the opening in your wall.

  • Line up your wooden door frame with the opening in your wall.
  • Make sure that the top of your door frame is level, and use a level to check this if necessary.
  • Mark where each end of the side pieces will go on your wall by holding them up against it and marking with a pencil where they hit on either side of the studs (or use measuring tape).

Create a hole in your floor to install a threshold.

If you have carpeting on your floor, remove it. Use a hammer to remove the nails. Use a crowbar to remove the nails. Use a chisel to remove the nails. Use a drill or reciprocating saw to cut through the wood flooring and baseboard trim so that you can install an appropriate threshold at or below grade level

Secure the threshold to your floor with concrete screws.

Once you’ve decided on the size of your threshold and purchased a piece of pre-cut lumber, it’s time to secure it to your floor. You’ll want to use concrete screws for this job. These screws have threading that allows them to go through the wood at an angle, which helps prevent splitting and provides extra strength for securing heavy objects.

  • With your screwdriver in hand, place each of these screws about 2 inches from each side and top edge of the frame you’ve created in step 2 above (about 6 inches from each end).
  • After all four corners are secured into place with concrete screws, use a drill bit just smaller than the diameter of your concrete screws so that they will be able to slide into position easily without damaging their threads when driving them into place. Using this method ensures that all six holes will line up perfectly before being filled with cement or mortar later on!
  • If any part doesn’t appear straight upon inspection after drilling out each hole with a hammer drill attachment fitted onto standard power drill motor shafts then simply remove those pieces entirely so they can be remade later when needed again if necessary – no need worrying about ruining something great here as everything else should hold tight enough until then anyway 🙂

Dry fit your door onto the new doorway in your wall.

Now that you have your new doorway in place, it’s time to dry fit the door onto the opening. This is just a test run using an actual door so you can make sure everything fits as planned.

First things first—make sure your door can close without hitting anything and be careful not to put any pressure on the trim around the opening.

Next, make sure that when closed it won’t hit against either side of the doorway or any other part of the wall assembly (you might want to put some scrap lumber underneath for support). If there are gaps between where your new studs meet up with existing framing members like headers or floor joists, take this opportunity to fill them with insulation.

Now open and close your door several times in case something shifts while installing hinges later on. Check again for squareness by measuring diagonally across each side of opening; if measurements don’t match up exactly at both corners then shims will need added until they do.

Close up any gaps between your door and the doorway using wood filler.

To fill in any gaps between the door and the doorway, apply wood filler to each side of the door using a putty knife. Make sure that the wood filler matches in color to your existing walls and is smooth on all sides. You can wipe away excess with a damp cloth once it has dried.

Paint or stain the wood filler on your new door opening.

To paint or stain the wood filler, use a brush, roller and sponge. A sprayer can also be used if you have one available.

To apply the wood filler with a brush, dip it in water and then into the wood filler. Apply it to any gaps between your door opening and your studs (you can also use a putty knife). Use an up-and-down motion until all parts of your doorway are filled with wood filler. Also fill any holes that were left when you removed your old door frame from before this step started. To smooth out bumps on top of your filling job, use a wet rag or steel wool sponge to smooth them out until they are level with surrounding wall surfaces like drywall or plasterboard sheets; this ensures that no bumps will remain after painting is completed later on down in this article’s process flowchart steps – which we’ll get into next!

Hang your new interior door on its hinges, and secure them with screws on both sides of the wall.

Once your door is hung, it’s time to secure the hinges to your wall. Place one screw in the top hinge and another in the bottom hinge on either side of the wall. Make sure that you are using screws that are long enough to penetrate through both layers of drywall, as well as into studs behind it. Screws that aren’t long enough may not support the full weight of a door and could pull out or break when opened or closed.

After putting in all four screws, check that they’re secure by opening and closing your new interior door several times from both sides (inside and outside). If everything feels sturdy and secure, congratulations—you’ve made an exterior doorway!

Do it yourself, you can make a doorway where there was none before

You don’t need to be an expert to make a doorway in your wall. You can do it yourself and save money. All you need is some basic tools, patience and the willingness to get dirty. The whole process will take about two days, but if you have help from friends or family members with different skill sets this project could be done in less than 48 hours total.


That’s it—your new doorway is finished. Hopefully, by following these steps, you learned a little about how to make a doorway in your home. The biggest tip we can give you is to make sure you’re prepared with the right materials before you start cutting into your wall. You should be able to find pretty much everything you need at your local hardware or lumber store, or six-month subscription box service. If anything is missing from this guide that would help out other people who are making doorways (or even remodeling their whole house), let us know! In the meantime, happy cutting and sawing!

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