Do you need to remove a bedroom door? It’s a common issue. Maybe you need to move furniture, and there’s not enough room with the door on the hinge. Or perhaps you need to remove the door to replace the carpet or flooring.
Maybe you want to maximize your space and just feel it looks better without a door. Whatever the reason, the good news is that the process is quick and easy to complete.
The important first step in removing a door is securing the door. Otherwise, it may collapse on you once you remove it from the hinges. You then remove the pins in the hinges and safely remove the door from the frame. Assuming no complications, the entire project can be completed in minutes.
The tools you’ll need for this job include a hammer, a nail, a flathead screwdriver, and something like a chair to support the door.
You also may need lubricant like WD-40 in case the hinges and pins are stuck. That could be especially true if the door is older and has not been removed in a long time. Have these tools ready by your side before you begin and you’ll get the job done in no time.
Read on for more detailed step-by-step instructions and tips on how to avoid challenges.
Step 1: Secure The Door
Once you remove the pins in the steps below, the door won’t be securely attached to the frame. There’s a chance it could tip over onto you.
You can prevent this by placing something in front of the door. It could be something as simple as a chair to hold the door up.
Another option is to have a friend or family member hold the door up. Whatever option you choose, ensure the door is secured before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Tap The Pins Loose
In each hinge, there is a pin that runs vertically through the center of the hinge. The pin is usually long and skinny. You’ll need something equally long and narrow to apply pressure to the pin. A hammer and nail are a good solution for this.
Place the end of the nail flush against the pin at the bottom of the hinge. Use a hammer to tap the pin upward gently. You should see the top of the pin start to rise out of the top of the hinge. If the pin doesn’t move, it may be stuck.
Try using some WD-40 or another lubricant to loosen the pin, and then begin tapping again. With lubrication, the pin should start to slide out the top of the hinge.
Step 3: Pull The Pin Out
Once the top of the pin is visible out of the top of the hinge, you can start pulling it out. You may be able to do this by hand. However, it’s more likely you will need leverage to get it out.
You can use a flathead screwdriver to get the pin out. Simply place the head of the screwdriver under the lip of the top of the pin. Then tap the screwdriver handle with the hammer to push the pin up.
Again, if the pin doesn’t budge, you may need to use lubrication to get it going. Spray the pin slightly and then tap the screwdriver again. The pin should pop right out.
Step 4: Repeat Steps Two And Three With The Top Hinge
It’s wise to start with the bottom hinge, so the door doesn’t start leaning after the first pin comes out. Then move to the top hinge and repeat the previous two steps.
Once you complete this step, the door will be completely loose from the frame. Again, make sure it is supported well, so it doesn’t fall over.
Step 5: Remove The Door
At this point, the door is free from the hinges and ready for removal. Simply pull the door off the hinges and gently set it aside so it won’t get damaged. Of course, if this is a long-term removal, you can go ahead and put the door in storage. If it’s a temporary removal, simply set it aside until you’re ready to put the door back on its hinges.
To reattach the door, you simply perform these steps in reverse. Line the door back up with the hinges. Then tap the pins back through the hinges, and then secure the pins and make sure they are fully inserted.
When reattaching the door, you may need someone to hold it. If the door slips or leans, it may be difficult to line the hinges up properly, which will make it challenging to slide the pin into the hinge.
If you’re permanently removing the door, you also may want to remove the frame. This is a more difficult project. If you get it wrong, you could damage the drywall. You can use a pry bar to pull the frame pieces loose gently. You can use a block of wood to steady the pry bar and prevent damage to the drywall.
Removing a door is a simple and quick job, but it’s still important to take your time and be careful. It’s possible you could damage the door, flooring, or nearby furniture if you let the door fall off the hinges. It’s always wise to work with a partner, even on simple jobs, so they can provide support.
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