How to Install Metal Base Plates on Wood Doors

A metal base plate protects the bottom sides of your door from dings, scratches and scuffs. Wood door base plates come in two types: adhesive-backed and screw-on. A screw-on base plate requires putting holes in your door, while an adhesive-backed one does not. If you may ever remove the base plate, consider which of the two will work best. An adhesive-backed base plate is peeled off for removal. Installation requires centering the base plate so that it is even on the bottom edge and the two sides. The base plate shouldn't interfere with opening or closing of the door.

Base plates are practical for high-traffic situations.
  1. Measure 1 inch up from the bottom of the door on both sides with a tape measure. Mark these points with a pencil. This is where the bottom edge of the metal base plate will sit.

  2. Measure in from both sides of the door 2 inches. Place a mark with a pencil at this point. This is where the edges of the metal base plate will be.

  3. Set the metal base plate up against the door and line it up with the marks. This centering process will keep the door from interfering with the weatherstripping on the sides of the door jam and the underlying door sweep and sill.

  4. Screw the metal base plate screws through the holes in the base plate using an electric screw gun. If the plate is adhesive-backed, remove the film from the adhesive strips and stick the plate in place.


  • Do not over-tighten the screws in the screw-on base plate or you might strip the wood.