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A Simple Guide to the Different Parts of a Traditional Door

A Simple Guide to the Different Parts of a Traditional Door

There are several everyday items that we don’t really think much about. And the door is one of them.

As simple as a door may be, there’s a lot we don’t know about it. For example, when you think about a door, you often picture a rectangular board with a knob attached to it. But a door is composed of more than just two things. And here, we’ll discuss the different parts of a door everyone should know about.

Door Frame

Often, the first thing to get installed in a house is the door frame. It provides the shape and design of the door. Technically, the door’s frame is called the “house jamb” and is usually made of either wood or steel.

However, the frame itself is usually composed of two individual parts. The headers serve as both the lower and upper parts of the frame. Then there’s the threshold, which separates the inside of the home from the outside.


The part that slides open and closed is called the panel. It can be either glass, wood, or metal. Usually, panels are made of plywood and covered with a veneer to have a smooth finish. Some panels are also made entirely out of glass to provide a great view of the outside.


The doorknob is what makes the door function. Without it, the door would be useless. Depending on the door type, there can be one or more handles. These can be round, square, or rectangular.

Door Sweep

The door sweep is a small part installed at the bottom of the frame. The purpose of this is to make sure the door closes tightly and becomes wind tight. This prevents cold air from seeping in through the crack between the bottom of the door and the floor.


Although there’s only one lock in most standard doors, it’s made of two parts. There’s the deadbolt, which is the primary lock that keeps the door shut. Then there’s the doorknob latch, which keeps the door closed on the inside. Together, these two parts works to keep the door closed and secure.

Aside from these parts, the weather-stripping also prevents the door from creaking by creating a seal between the door and the frame.


The hinge is what the door is attached to. This can either be a single or double one. A single hinge has a single arm that supports the door. On the other hand, double hinges have two arms to provide extra support.

Strike Plate

Before installing the hinges, one must place the strike plate first. It’s the part that keeps the door secure when it’s closed and keeps intruders out. A strike plate is usually made of metal and is attached to the door frame.

Final Thoughts

When you think about a door, chances are you don’t pay much attention to it. But a door is more than just a piece of wood with a handle attached to it. It’s a series of elements that work together to keep everyone inside safe.

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