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What Tools do you Need to Measure for Closet Doors?

How to measure for closet doors

Having the right tools for the job is essential when it comes to measuring for closet doors. Knowing the dimensions of the door and the closet opening can help you determine the best type of doors for your space.

Let’s take a look at the different tools you’ll need to measure for closet doors, and how to use them:

Measuring Tape

Measuring tape is essential when measuring for closet doors. It is important to be as accurate as possible during the measuring process to ensure a perfect fit.

For inside measurements, it is usually best to use an easy-to-read 25’ steel tape measure, marked in feet and 16ths along the entire length of the tape.

For outside measurements, consider using a 100’ surveyor’s tape measure made of fiberglass or flexible steel. This type of tape measure can be bent around curves and corners more easily than a standard steel tape measure and has both standard and metric scales.

It is important to read the instructions for your specific measuring tool before you begin so you know how to get an accurate measurement that includes allowances for clearance or trimwork that might be necessary when installing your closet doors.


When measuring for your closet doors, the first tool you will need is a level. It is important to make sure that your closet walls are even and square, so a level is necessary to accurately measure the area you plan to install the closet doors.

When using a level, it is important to ensure that you have a good “reading” in both directions (warmer and up). To do this, place one end of the level on the floor and then lower the other end onto your wall. Hold it there while continuing to monitor it until it shows an exact level reading – marking any spots where additional adjustments may be needed.


When measuring for closet doors, it is important to remember that you will need a few essential tools in order to ensure an accurate measurement. The first of these is a pencil. A pencil is required because it will be used to mark on the walls in order to denote where you intend to measure. Additionally, pencil lines can easily be erased so if you make a mistake you can quickly and easily correct it.

It is important when measuring for any project that the marks on the wall are accurate, so use the pencil with utmost precision.


A notepad is an essential tool to use when measuring for closet doors. A piece of paper can be used to make notes and measurements that can be used later when ordering or cutting material. Taking simple measurements down on paper will help the measurement process go quickly and without interruption.

Begin by measuring across the opening of the closet from side to side at the top, middle, and bottom. Take similar measurements for the height of the opening, noting where there will be trim or other obstructions so that you take into account those changes too. When taking down your measurements, it may also help to draw a basic plan of the area including windows or other obstacles. This will help visualize a potential setup with closet doors taking advantage of space while avoiding any potential issues that could affect installation down the line. You should also measure existing trim and door frames as these should match up with what you are ordering in terms of size and profile.

The last thing you should do when measuring for closet doors is record all your measurements on your notepad in clear and organized fashion before entering them into an online order form or handing them over to a professional installer. It is important to double-check your notes prior to ordering as it can lead to unnecessary costs if there are errors in your order!

Steps to Measure for Closet Doors

Measuring for new closet doors can seem intimidating, but with the right tools it’s actually quite simple. To accurately measure for closet doors, you will need a tape measure, a pencil, a level, and a stud finder. With these items in hand, it’s time to start measuring! Let’s go over the basic steps to get the measurements you need:

  • Measure the width of the opening.
  • Measure the height of the opening.
  • Measure the depth of the opening.
  • Check for any obstructions in the space.
  • Find and mark the studs.
  • Measure the distance between the studs.

Measure the Width

When measuring for closet doors, ensure you have a pen and notepad with you at all times to record the measurements for accuracy. The best way to measure for closet doors is using a metal tape measure. This is because it’s more accurate than a regular ruler or yardstick, especially when measuring standard sizes.

Begin by measuring from one corner of the rough opening in the door-frame to the other end. Record this measurement as it will be used later on when ordering your closet doors. Next, determine if there is additional space that needs to be filled on either side of the door by subtracting 1/2 inch from your full measurement:

  • For example: If your rough opening measures 82 inches across, minus 1/2 inch so that you’ll have an even fit (81-1/2 inches).

If there is additional space on either side then you’ll need to order several hardware components with your closet doors including fillers and French door blocks (for bifold doors). Be active in taking notes of these measurements as well since they’re essential in helping you find compatible hardware components later on when selecting your folding doors.

Measure the Height

Before you measure for your closet doors, you need to determine what type of door will be most suitable for your space. Many closet doors come in standard dimensions or can be ordered custom-made, so it’s important to know what measurements will work for the opening.

Once you have determined the type of door, use a measuring tape to take the following measurements:

  • Measure the Height: From floor to ceiling, measure the exact height of the opening using a metal-measuring tape. Make sure that you round off fractions of an inch down and remain consistent throughout. Write down this measurement.
  • Measure the Width: Measure across the top, middle and bottom of the opening; record each measurement on paper separately. Use this set of numbers to select the widest width and record it as your measurement for closet door width.
  • Measure Narrow Areas: Smaller openings within large closets call for special attention when measuring; note any narrow areas that would need a different sized door than what is needed for a total opening measurement. Once this has been determined, also note any potential obstacles such as light switches or outlets that may interfere with installation or stile access for fitting swing doors which require hinges mounted into their frames after installation in order to function properly.

Measure the Depth

When measuring for your closet doors, it is essential to measure the depth of your closet. Closet doors need to be at least 1 inch narrower than the opening they will cover in order to prevent them from contacting the walls. To figure out the depth, extend a tape measure into the opening of the closet and measure from the front of the shelf or wall surrounding it to the back. Write down this measurement and move on to measuring height.

Note Down Measurements

Before you can purchase closet doors, you need to measure the rough opening of the doorway. To ensure accuracy, it is important to take multiple measurements and make sure that they are consistent with each other. Pay close attention to the height, width and depth of the doorway, as these measurements will help you determine which type of closet door is best for your space.

You will need a measuring tape and sometimes a level to measure for closet doors. You may also need something to write down or record your measurements with, such as a piece of paper or something else. Here are some steps on how to measure for closet doors:

  1. Measure the height: Start by measuring from top to bottom at three separate points on the walls surrounding your door frame – the left edge, middle, and right edge – recording each measurement separately. These three measurements should be consistent with each other since it’s important that all parts of your frame size match up evenly in order to hang any type of door properly.
  2. Measure the width: Next, measure across from end-to-end at three separate points inside your doorway frame – again recording your individual results separately – starting on one side near where hinges will attach and going across until you reach approximate spot for where handles would go when installed. Any small variations in width should still be within acceptable range however if inconsistencies occur consult expert before continuing on with installation process in order doing so can save lots of time hassle money down road!
  3. Be sure Closet Door Width accommodates Rough Opening Width – Check with manufacturer’s guide what minimum/maximum specs are when working out appropriate size based upon measurements taken earlier this step should allow flexibility allowing different types doors (e.g bifold sliders) as well as thicknesses panels used during installation process too!

Installing Closet Doors

If you’re considering installing closet doors in your home, you need to have the right tools and materials on hand. Before you start, it’s important to take careful measurements of your closet’s opening to ensure the doors fit properly. Measuring for closet doors isn’t complicated, but having the right tools will make the job a lot easier.

Let’s look at what tools you’ll need to measure for closet doors:

Choose the Right Door Type

When it comes to closet doors, the choice of materials available to you can be overwhelming. Common materials include solid wood, hollow or solid core composite, steel-bolstered composite, molded panel and aluminum. Depending on your choice of material, you may need different tools to measure and install the doors correctly.

For solid or hollow core composite doors, a hand saw is the tool of choice for cutting out any necessary notches in your closet walls as well as pre-drilling any holes you might need into the door frames. Additionally, a drill and screwdriver are both essential when it comes to installing these types of closet doors.

If your closet door is made from a steel-bolstered composite material like ASI products from Architectural Systems Inc., then you will need to use an electric saw with a metal cutting blade for precise cuts around the edges. A drill and screwdriver are also required for installation of these kinds of doors.

Molded panel and aluminum closet doors can often be cut with just an ordinary handsaw but two additional tools might come in handy when it comes to detailed trimming – an oscillating saw or jigsaw as well as a router if you’re after more intricate details such as scallops or routed edges around the frame. Additionally, hammer and nail set should also be at hand if necessary when installing aluminum framed doors along with heavy duty screws or bolts which will give extra security.


Install the Frame

Once you’ve measured and ordered your closet doors, you can begin the installation process. Before installing the frame, consider adding backing to the walls for support. Lightly tap construction adhesive or drywall screws into the wall to secure a 1/4-inch plywood sheet. This step is especially useful when dealing with older walls that lack structure in certain areas.

Next, select the type of frame you intend to use. The most frequently used framing materials are aluminum and steel; however, hardwoods such as maple or cedar are also commonly found in closets as they offer a stylish touch to any room. Make sure that your measurements give adequate clearance before cutting pieces of trim to size and secure with finish nails and glue. Nail through the center of each length at 16-inch intervals for heavy-duty stability and leave a 1/8-inch gap between any adjacent boards or stones for air circulation. Secure trim on both sides of the opening before moving on to installing door panels or hanging curtains over rollers inside your closet frame.

Install the Door

Once you’ve measured the closet space and selected the doors, installation is relatively simple. Before beginning, keep a few key points in mind:

  • Measure twice and cut once: Be sure to double check your measurements for accuracy before cutting your track for the door hanging system.
  • Weight capacity: Always check the weight capacity of your doors as specified by the manufacturer’s instructions so you can choose door materials accordingly.
  • Installation tools: Gather together all of the necessary tools before starting, such as a stud finder; drill; level; locking pliers; tape measure; hammer or mallet; jamb saw or reciprocating saw; screwdriver set; utility knife, etc.
  • Hardware included?: Check what types of hardware are included with your purchase. Some sets do not include door stoppers, tracks and hangers etc., which you may need to purchase separately.

Once you have prepped the closet area and gathered your materials, mounting the doors is usually a fairly straightforward process that includes five steps:

  1. Marking Wall Studs – Your closet doors will need to be attached to wall studs for proper support. Use a level or stud finder to determine stud placement then mark down their exact location on both sides of the opening – at least every 36 inches (or as required).
  2. Preparing Tracks – Cut tracks according to their measurements using lockset pliers – ensure they fit snugly into their openings against raw wood surfaces and wall studs without too much play or movement.
  3. Installing Tracks – Secure tracks in place using screws (1/4″ hex head) that work better than nails for added stability – two screws per side should be sufficient where hardware has been provided with your purchase.
  4. Inserting Door Rollers – Position door rollers onto lower corner holders as specified in manufacturer’s instructions. Most come with 3 sets per door – top holder optional – that should slide into track openings easily for secure mounting results.
  5. Hanging Doors – Position center hinges along predetermined marks from step one above then attach both halves into center pins securely using locking pliers before bringing bottom corners into place. Finally adjust top roller positions slightly outward from jambs if needed so they don’t bind on jambs or slice of paint while closing shutters properly after installation.

Adjust and Secure the Door

When installing closet doors, you must adjust and then secure the door to ensure that it is properly installed. To do this, you will need:

  • A tape measure
  • A stud finder
  • Drills and drill bits
  • Screws and anchors
  • Pliers
  • Hammer or mallet

Depending on the type of closet doors you are installing, you may also require specialty tools such as door hardware sets or specific types of saws.

You should start by measuring the opening of the closet door. Measure twice; once horizontally across the top of the opening and once vertically down one side. Note your measurements and double check them against your new door size to make sure they match. There should be at least a half inch gap around all edges for optimal performance so add 1″ to each of your measurements if possible.

Once these measurements have been taken accurately, you can begin to adjust and secure the door in place. Start by using your stud finder to locate any wall studs along the sides of the opening. Draw marks on either side in pencil indicating where on each side these studs are located so that you can later install screws directly into them using an appropriate drill bit for wood screws.

Next use pliers to straighten out any bent hinges or other hardware before attaching it securely with compatible screws or anchors where desired as directed in relevant instructions provided before attempting installation process with hammer or mallet at finishing touches adjustments to be secure within wall frame opening entrance that is increased enough with opening gap allowance as well as secure attachment through wall studs with proper placement marks before drilling screw/mount attachments into set locations if needed accordingly right then personal discretion upon assistance from somebody else experienced possibly in field if assistance needed.

Tips for Measuring Closet Doors

Getting the measurements for closet doors right is essential for ensuring the doors fit properly. The first step is to get the right tools for the job. This section will provide information on what tools you need to measure for closet doors and how to get accurate measurements.

With the right tools, you can make sure your closet doors fit correctly.


Measure Twice

Measuring for the installation of closet doors requires precision, and the adage “measure twice, cut once” is especially applicable here. To ensure that your closet doors fit properly, it is necessary to measure twice and to keep notes on all measurements taken. It is important to check the level at every stage of installation because even the tiniest error can have a big impact when it comes time to hang your closet doors.

You will need a few basic tools in order to measure correctly:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Notepad

Make sure you have all of these items before you begin measuring. Once you have the right tools, you are ready to start measuring! Start by measuring the width and height of your opening at three or four points within the opening – always use your tape measure for accuracy; avoid guestimating. Make sure that each measurement is aligned consistently with each one taken from an adjoining wall. Write down all measurements as soon as possible so that none are forgotten or misremembered.

Now take a look at what lies beyond the physical dimensions of your opening; think about any obstacles or obstructions that might interfere with fitting a door within the space provided. Make sure that all measurements are recorded accurately – inaccurate measurements might result in an improperly installed door, so double check those measurements before you purchase material or hire a professional installer. Pay particular attention when taking diagonal dimensions – measuring diagonally can be tricky, but it is necessary if you decide upon hinged doors throughout rather than just one sliding section!

Consider the Door Swing

When measuring for closet doors, it’s important to consider the door swing as well as other factors such as space constraints and the size of the closet opening. Depending on your specific situation, deciding on a left-hand or right-hand door swing can affect the measurements taken when measuring closet doors.

When determining what type of door swing is needed, it’s essential to take into account how much clearance is available. For instance, if there are items in front of or behind the closet door opening then this might require a different type of door swing than one that would be chosen if there was no obstruction in place.

  • Left-hand swings are usually preferred for closets with obstructions on their right side.
  • Right-hand swings are typically used when there are no items blocking either side of the doorway.

Additionally, the size and shape of the opening should also be taken into account when deciding how to measure for closet doors – making sure that all angles and dimensions are correctly calculated before proceeding with a purchase.

Consider the Door Clearance

Once you’ve determined the measurements of the doorway and any obstacles inside, it’s important to consider the minimum door clearance necessary for the closet’s doors. There should be at least 1/4 inch on each side of the door, when closed, to allow for clearance and reduce friction when opening or closing.

You’ll also need to account for any trim or moldings surrounding the closet door so that it will fit correctly. It’s important to measure precisely so that your new doors are not too small or too large. Consider investing in a measuring tape with a sliding ruler that can help you get an exact measurement without having to move back and forth between different measurements. This can save time and helps ensure accuracy in your final measurements.

Consider the Door Track

When measuring for closet doors, it is important to consider the the door track that will hold them. Door tracks come in a variety of sizes and shapes, depending on the door size and opening style. Sliding doors usually require a straight track, while folding doors require curved or angled tracks.

Knowing which track you need before taking measurements can help save time and avoid mistakes. When measuring for a sliding system, measure along the full length of opening where the bottom edge of each door will travel. Measure from one end to the other in three places – top of opening, middle of opening and bottom – and use the longest measurement.

For folding closet doors, measure along the full length of opening from side wall to side wall to get an exact length measurement for each set of doors; you may not need this for some bifold systems with standard sized pre-drilled mounting holes. Also measure from top wall to bottom wall to get exact height measurements for each set of closet doors; most bifold systems come with adjustable floor brackets that allow movement up or down by several inches so that you can adjust it for uneven thresholds or carpeting depths.

Once all measurements are complete, take your list when shopping for door components so that you can find matching parts that fit correctly with little hassle. Checking your measurements against those provided by manufacturers before placing an order will also help guarantee correct fit before final installation.