doors in basements

keith13October 19, 2007

I need only 5 doors for our remodeled basement and I would like 6 panel hollow doors or solid if I can't get hollow. The problem is the height. Most of these doors at Home Depto etc are standard sizes but I need doors that are only 69' high. I have in the past cut full size hollow doors down to size but with a 6 panelled design the top and bottom look out of proportion if I do this. Has anyone out there ordered doors with 6 paneled design in custom sizes?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Sounds like you have 6 foot ceilings?
Anyway, bifold closet doors may be an option as well.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2007 at 11:06AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

How about using flat hollow core door? Cut them down and apply molding strips to the surface with glue for the six-panel look.

You could special order, but $$$$$

    Bookmark   October 22, 2007 at 7:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Here's the crazy thing I did (but it turned out fine - not sure I' do it again, though):

Install prehung, flat hollow-core doors, and cut them down to the needed lengths, jambs and all. Ripped and cut a filler piece to fill the bottom door gap (due to the cut), and glued it in.

Note: after the cut, the hinges and door knobs were low and awkward-looking. I bored new lock holes, morticed, etc, and used the bored-out piece to fill in the old hole, finishing each hole with Minwax performance wood filler (two-part stuff). BTW, mixing batches on a piece of cardboard with a putty knife is far easier than using their plastic mixing lid.

After the doorknobs were adjusted, it looked fine (imho). The low hinges didn't seem to catch the eye.

And lastly, you could add molding to the door surface to get that six-panel look. Note that you probably can't do this for pocket doors, since it might be too wide for the pocket.

....this all being said, ordering custom six-panels might sound like an affordable alternative after all.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2007 at 9:35PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Walk-out basement design
Building a house in western Massachusetts -- it will...
Basement tile grout sweating
Hi Experts, We have a new house (1 year old, Hamilton,...
Joe Regular
Easier way to burst up concrete?
Since it seem I have to do some concrete busting work...
Spray foam basement band joists
I just had an energy audit and one thing they recommended...
What to do with old cistern room?
The house I'm buying has a weird feature. There's a...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™