Fitting a Door Architrave in 5 Easy Steps

Fitting a Door Architrave in 5 Easy Steps

Fitting a Door Architrave in 5 Easy Steps
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If you happen to be in the midst of remodeling your home, or maybe you are only having new doors fitted, then you might also have to choose new door architrave. If you are not familiar with the term, you should know that architraves are decorative moldings that serve as borders for your doors. The most common materials that architraves are made are wood, MDF, plaster, or uPVC.

Before you start working on the architrave, it’s recommended to make some measurements. These are the tools that you are going to need:


  • Pencil
  • Hand Saw
  • Safety Glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Bubble level
  • Nails and nail punch
  • Hammer
  • Saw/Mitre Box


You are probably wondering how long it will take to fit the architrave. This depends on whether or not you’re a DIY expert or not, and the number of architraves that you need to fit. Expect to work on this project for several hours.

Fitting architraves can be a difficult process, and in order for everything to go well, it’s important to follow our step by step instructions. Before you start, make sure you have all the tools that you need on hand.

 Step #1 – Setting out the margins of the architrave 

The architrave must be somewhat set back from the door frame’s front edge. The ideal distance if between 5 and 10 mm, but you can go as wide or as minimal as you want. Once you’ve measured, make marks on the door frame using a pencil and the spirit level.

Step #2 – Measuring and cutting the timber 

Once you finish making the measurements, you can start by cutting two pieces of the chosen material for the lengths of the door while also ensuring that you leave enough room for mitering.  The standard height is normally around 2.1 meters, but you should double check.

 Step #3 – Fixing the first leg

This part is all about personal preference as some specialists would fix the headpiece first and then start measuring upwards for the legs, and others sit the legs where they should be in relation to the floor and transfer that they previously marked on the frame of the door to the architraves inside edge. Once you feel content with the cut, fix one leg to the frame by using the markers that you’ve drawn previously. Make sure you use plenty of PVA adhesive.

Step #4 – Fixing the second leg

Repeat step #3 with the second leg but remember that the cuts must go from left to right instead of from right to left or vice versa.

Step #5 – Cutting and adjusting the headpiece  

Cutting and adjusting the headpiece is a process that is quite similar to the legs, but this time, you will have to make the measurements on the outside and use the miter at a 45-degree angle outwards. If you followed all the steps, then the headpiece should fit the space above the door without problems. If, however, you have difficulties fitting it, then you simply adjust it using the miter.