What side of the door do you trim?
If you must to cut the height, trim the thicker rail at the bottom of the door. To trim the width, take evenly from both sides. To cut the door with a circular saw, place painter’s tape along the cut line. Mark the line on the tape and score it with a utility knife to prevent chipping.
Generally, a door gets cut on the bottom due to the tall carpeting that may rub on it. But take a few measurements before you cut. If your door has a pre-cut hole for the knob, make sure it is going to line up with the strike plate on the jamb. If it doesn’t, you may consider taking a little off the top as well.
How much can you trim off the sides of a door?
Removing an inch or so from a hollow core door to allow for a thicker carpet, misread tape measure or wonky doorframe will be fine. However, cut off too much – roughly over 2 inches – and you may notice that the edge of the door is no longer solid.
Does Home Depot cut doors to size?
Home Depot does not cut and trim doors on-site but if you purchase a door through its installation service, you can request exact measurements. Alternatively, you can rent one of two circular saws for $43-$744 or $49-$80 for 4-hours to 4-weeks or purchase a door trimmer and saw outright in-store or online.
Typically you only need to trim 1/2 inch from the bottom of the door. If that’s not enough, you can trim off up to 3/4 inch. Hollow-core doors, which are the most common for interior usage, are built around a frame on the outside perimeter. If you cut too much off the frame, the door will can separate.
How thick should door trim be?
Door and Window
Many trim designs begin with door casing. The most widely used door casing is 2 1/4 inches in width, but can range up to 3 inches. The thickness is typically 1/2 inch but can range up to 3/4 inch thick for a more substantial casing or more detailed profile.