I'm almost done installing hardwood floors. But now there is a big gap
from the bottom of the doors to the floor...about an inch and a half.
They are all just the standard 6 panel doors.
I'm going to be taking the doors off to paint them, is there anyway I
can actually extend the door another inch or so? I was thinking of
attaching a bottom piece of wood, sanding and painting it to match the
rest of the door, but I know it won't be a perfect match.
Any other ideas appreciated!
There is no reason you should not be able to match it as
you describe. Cut to size, glue and screw it on. Fill gaps
with sandable wood filler. Sand to match the origional.
Prime and paint. Start with it slightly oversize for sanding.
It would probably help to store the wood near the doors for
awhile first to match moisture content.
If you can't get a good match, start thinking of a decorative
contrast. Depending on the rest of your decor/taste, something
like a brass kick plate could probably be used to extend the
door by an inch or two. It might look nice in some settings
(terrible in others).
If you simply added more wood, a perspex kick plate could
be positioned to hide the join somewhat.
Maybe some painted/stencilled design could also be used to
disguise the join although I can't think of a design that
I would find especially pleasing.
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On 5 Dec 2006 11:17:08 -0800, smith email@example.com wrote:
I'm guessing the original material was carpet with padding which would
account for the gap between what you had and what you now have.
Standard door length is 80" Were your doors cut down to accomodate
the orginal flooring material.
Interior doors are normally 1 3/8 thick. (These are interior yes ??)
You can normally find a stock lumber size at your lumber yard...I forget the
measurement so won't quote it here. But it's a close almost exact match for
what you need.
Remove door, nail or screw extension to bottom. Sink nail or screw head.
Sand extension even with door, apply putty where necessary and paint.
When done right, the difference will not be noticeable.
Only thing to look for... a 6 panel door often has a grooved pattern on the
surface for aesthetic purposes. Stock lumber doesn't. But
who the heck is going to notice that....(except for a crazed perfectionist, who
delights in making other people's lives miserable. My ex sister-in-law was like
that.. the whole world is lopsided and she was concerned that two pieces at
of the room didn't match perfectly with each other. .. I think it's a mental
Be sure to leave at least an inch under the doors. This is for air
circulation in and out of the room. It also leaves enough room for any area
rugs that may be added later. An inch and a half is not all that bad,
personally I would leave it.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions!
Yes, these are all interior doors and there is a slight brush style
texture to them.
Hummm, interesting point, I never thought about. However the other
problem is noise. Maybe I'll just do the laundry room door.
Mine, at least in the living room, have some kind of flapper on the
bottom, so when the door is opened, the flapper is up and allows
clearance, but when the door is fully closed, the flapper is down and
provides a fairly good seal.
This is in an old house, from the days when the "formal" areas were
built with better trim than the upstairs areas. I've never looked for
replacements, and don't recall seeing any, especially in places like the
Since you say you will be painting the doors, you could just add a strip
of lumber. I don't see why you would have to match the old lumber if it
is all going to be covered in paint. Give some thought to how small you
want the gap to be. Even with good wood floors, a lot of people like to
keep a small rug by the door to pick up the dirt and water from outside.
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