Do you have a misbehaving wooden door?

Give your home's wooden doors some TLC

July 9, 2020

Our house doors are among the most used parts of the home. They are constantly opened, closed, slammed and even used to swing on by small children.  So, it’s no surprise that they sometimes need some TLC. Here are the most common problems and why.


This is a sign that there is friction on some of the door parts. This is usually caused by poorly aligned hinges or frames.

Not operating smoothly

Doors should operate silently and smoothly. If your door needs more than a gentle push to open or close, it may have been installed incorrectly.

Marks on your floor

If you notice any scratches or lines on your wooden floors that match the direction your door swings, it’s a sign that the lower edge isn’t parallel with the floor.

Door drags along the carpet

If you've just fitted a new carpet it might be thicker than your previous flooring. This can make the door stick or drag, making it hard to open.

Not closing properly

A faulty interior door latch can be the cause of an interior door not closing properly. If this is the case, the door may pull open even when 'closed' or may grind against the latch plate.

Swings open and closed

If you have a door that swings closed when it’s been left open or that swings open when you’ve left it ajar, then the door jamb that the hinges are fastened to might be slightly out of line. This means it’s not vertical which causes the hinges to lean slightly one way or the other, meaning the door will swing.


If you have a door that sticks, the first step is to determine where the door sticks. Take a step back from the door and you’ll probably notice a place in the frame that’s too close.

Repairing and rehanging doors is harder than it looks. There are lots of things that can go wrong if you don’t know what you are doing.  Your local carpenter has the tools and expertise to fix all these door problems quickly and easily, or let you know whether it will be more cost-effective to install a new door.