How to Take A Door Off Its Hinges

Moving appliances and large furniture into your home requires bringing them through doorways. Sometimes simply opening the door still does not allow enough room. This is when it is necessary to remove the door from the opening temporarily. Door hinges usually consist of two hinge leafs with a pin joining them. Taking a door off its hinges is a matter of separating the leafs instead of removing the hinges from the door or door jamb.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Hammer


    • 1

      Slice through any paint between the top of the hinge pin and the hinge with a utility knife. The hinge pin is the pin that inserts into the sleeves of both hinge leafs.

    • 2

      Place the tip of a flat-head screwdriver at the seam between the head of the hinge pin and the top of the hinge.

    • 3

      Tap the end of the screwdriver with a hammer. The screwdriver blade will lift the hinge pin up slightly.

    • 4

      Reposition the screwdriver blade under the pin and continue tapping until you can pull the pin out with your fingers.

    • 5

      Repeat the process for the remaining two hinges. Open the door slightly so you can grab both sides with your hands. Pull the door away from the opening.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your hinges do not have a removable hinge pin, open the door and remove the screws securing the hinges to the door jamb staring at the bottom hinge and working up to the top hinge.
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