How to trim a door to stop it sticking on floors and frames

Circular saw cutting bottom of white door
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A door not closing properly? Wondering how to trim a door so it does? There’s little more annoying than a door that doesn’t do its job. Is your new carpet making it difficult to open and close a door? Are you having new flooring installed that raises the height of the floor? If you are, that means you probably need to do a little work on your door.  

Knowing how to trim a door and how to hang a door go hand in hand. You will need to remove a door to trim it and then you will need to hang it again. The same for new doors, you’ll need to trim and hang.

Here we look at how to measure up to trim a door, what tools you will need, how much you can trim off and how much a pro will charge.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.