How To Frame A Doorway By Yourself

Installing a new door by yourself is one of the most fulfilling experiences as a home improvement enthusiast. Framing a doorway correctly will make installation an easy and head-ache free experience. If you have an entryway that needs a new door, then this is the article for you: a simplified version of how to frame a doorway.



  • Steel measuring tape
  • Framing nailer
  • Lumber (2 x 4)
  • 12D nails
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Work gloves


If you don't have a nail gun, use a framing hammer instead.

How to Frame a Doorway

Step 1: Assemble your materials and lumber

Buy all the required materials from a hardware store or home improvement center. Or make it easier by buying from Amazon and having it delivered right to your doorstep.

Assemble all your materials on the floor or work table for easy access.

Step 2: Measure the size of your door and doorway

Using your measuring tape, carefully determine the height and width of your door and doorway.

Note all these measurements down on a piece of paper. A doorway should be 2 inches wider and higher than the door itself for allowance. So if your doorway is 2"8" wide and 80" tall, list down your measurements as 2'10" and 82".

Step 3: Cut the studs and sill plate

Now that you've determined the right measurements, it's time to cut your studs and sill plates. For easier clean-up, I recommend doing this outdoors.

Moreover, remember to use proper work attire, including work gloves to prevent scrapes or splinters.

cut the studs

For this step, you can use a hand saw or folding saw, whichever you prefer.

First, let's list down the parts you'll need:

  • Studs - these are pieces of board that run upright from top to bottom of your door. Cut your lumber using the height measurement plus 1 and a half inch allowance.
  • King stud - this piece is the one that runs from the top plate to the bottom plate.
  • Jack stud - these are supporting pieces nailed to the king stud
  • Wall stud - this is the piece that is put in between the top and sole plate.
  • Door header - to make a door header, cut two pieces of lumber using the width of the entryway as reference. Put a piece of plywood in between, then nail them together using your nail gun or framing hammer.
  • Top plate - this piece runs along the width of your entryway at the top. To make the top plate, simply cut a piece of wood the same size as the width of your entryway.
  • Sole plate - this piece runs along the width of your entryway at the bottom. To make the sole plate, simply cut a piece of wood the same size as the width of your entryway.

Step 4: Mark the top and sole plates

Mark both of your top and sole plates every 16" on center for studs with a pencil or chalk. The studs for the door itself shall be skipped.

To easily understand what you need to do, use the image below for reference. Note that the marks on the inner ends shall be for king studs.

Step 5: Nail down your top and sole plates

The first step to assembling your doorway is to nail down the top and sole plate to your entryway. To do this, fit your top plate and nail it down onto the ceiling joists.

On the other hand, nail down your sole plate to the floor. Remember not to place nails in between the jack studs, as this should be cut away to make way for the door.

Step 7: Insert your wall studs

Insert your wall stud between the top and sole plates and nail them on either side of the doorway, using a corded drill.

Insert your wall studs

Step 8: Insert the king studs

Now, it's time to nail down your king studs. Do this with a nail gun loaded with 12D nails. Insert your king studs in between the top and sole plates (on the mark you made before), then nail it down at an angle to keep them in place.

Step 9: Follow with the jack studs

You have your king studs nailed down; the next step is to nail the jack studs onto the inner part between the two king studs. Note that there should not be any space between the king and jack studs.

Step 10: Nail down your premade header

Afterwards, fit the door header you made before between the king studs and on top of the jack studs. The fit should be snug and tight, so make sure this is so. Then, nail the door header to the king studs at an angle to fix them into place.

Step 11: Saw off the sole plate

Using a folding saw, remove the sole plate at the bottom to make way for the door.


You have it

There you have it! Now you know how to frame a doorway by yourself. The process may seem difficult at first, but it is really a simple job. In fact, framing a doorway is one of the basic jobs for a home improvement enthusiast like us. Moreover, framing your own doorway is a great way to save money!

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  • Emma Clark

    Hi there! My name is Emma Clark, a part-time interior designer, house flipper, and full-time mom. This blog is the fruit of my extensive experiences as an interior designer and home improvement enthusiast. More so, I'm here to share with you a lot of great ideas on what you can do to make your home into a masterpiece: all cost-effective and amazingly creative.