How to Replace a Sliding Door with a Hinged Door

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-150
What You'll Need
Wood chisel
Door hinges

A sliding door that no longer slides smoothly may at times need to be replaced with a hinged door. Providing both doors can fit into the same frame, this replacement can be done quite simply.

    Step 1-Removing the Sliding Door

    Typically, a sliding door you replace will include two doors. Remove the outside door first by lifting it straight upward until the rollers at the bottom edge of the door clear the channel they're in. Pull the bottom of the door toward you until it is out of the channel, and then let it gently down until the top edge has cleared the channel it's in. Do the same to remove the inner door. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the sliding door frame onto the door jamb.

    Step 2–Installing the Hinged Door

    Mark the location on the door jamb where you'll want your new door hinges. Hold a hinge flat against the door jamb surface and trace around it with a pencil. Chisel out a space in the door jamb for each door hinge. With the hinges attached to the door, hold the door into place against the jamb, with the hinges in place in the space you chiseled out. Then, attach the hinges with screws.

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