How to Make Odd-Sized Closet Doors

Older homes often have windows and doors that don’t conform to modern sizes.
Closet door openings can be either too small or too large, and, in some cases, they can be slanted to conform to the curve of the roof. A local lumberyard usually will cut and sell you a plank of wood that is the proper size for any odd closet you are remodeling. After you have the wood, you have to finish it and mount it on the frame to create a new door.

Step 1

Measure the width, length and depth of the closet-door opening. Subtract 1/4 inch from each measurement so the door will swing open easily and won’t catch on the frame.

Step 2

Order the cut lumber from your lumberyard. Purchase a lightweight soft wood, such as pine, instead of a solid hardwood so the door won’t be too heavy. Hold the door up to the opening when you get home to be sure it’s the right size.

Step 3

Sand the door to a smooth finish with the sander and 200-grit sandpaper. Wipe the door off with a cloth to remove all the sawdust.

Step 4

Prime and paint the closet door with the paint brush. Allow the door to dry for four to five hours after you prime it before you paint it. You also can paint the door with a wood finish for a natural look. Allow the finish to dry.

Step 5

Hold the door up to the frame and mark where each hinge needs to be placed, usually one near the top of the door and one near the bottom. Place the hinges over the side of the door and secure them in place with the screws. Hold the door up to the frame and attach the hinges to the frame with screws.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Sander
  • 200-grit sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Primer and paint or finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Screws

About the Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.