DIY: How to Replace a Door Frame

replacing a door frame
replacing a door frame (Image: door frame image by Greg Pickens from

Do it yourself projects do not have to be challenging and with the proper knowledge and tools even the most labor intensive job can be done efficiently and effectively. Replacing a door frame is one such project that will enhance the beauty of your home and doing the work yourself will help save money and improve your most valuable asset, your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Putty Knife
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Shims

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Prior to door frame replacement

Remove the existing door and hardware.

Use a pry bar or stiff putty knife to remove the door trim around the frame.

Use a pry bar to remove the frame.

Remove any left over nails from the rough door frame to begin working with a smooth surface.

Door frame replacement

Set the new door and frame into the rough opening.

Plumb and level the new frame in the opening.

Secure the frame to the opening with nails and shims; use shims to keep the frame square and solid.

Reinstall the original door trim and secure with nails.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take care not to damage the existing door trim when removing it, as it will be reinstalled.
  • When prying the door frame out, place a piece of scrap wood between the door and the wall, so as not to damage the wall.


  • Gains Sires; Handyman and Contractor; Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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