Door Frames 101: Types & How to Choose The Right Door Frame

Door frames are more than just the boundaries of an entrance; they're the architectural elements that give a door its presence and stability. Door frames come in many types and materials tailored to various needs, serving both functional and aesthetic purposes. This comprehensive guide is designed to enlighten you about the diverse world of door frames. 

Whether you're embarking on a DIY project or simply curious about the intricacies of door frames, we've got you covered. Explore the different types, materials, and even a DIY installation guide to ensure your doorway stands out in form and function.

Understanding Door Frame Types

The door frame is more than just a structure; it's the backbone that holds your door in place, ensuring it functions correctly and looks aesthetically pleasing. Different settings and door styles call for varied frame types. Let's delve into the common types of door frames to help you make an informed choice.

  1. Standard Single Frame: This is the most common type, designed for single doors. It consists of two vertical jambs and a horizontal header.
  2. Double Door Frame: As the name suggests, this frame is designed for double doors, often seen in main entrances or large rooms.
  3. Pocket Door Frame: This type is for sliding doors that retract into the wall, saving space and offering a sleek appearance.
  4. Bi-fold Frame: Designed for doors that fold in the middle, these frames are commonly used for closets and pantries.
  5. Pivot Frame: These frames allow the door to pivot from a single point, either from the side or the centre, creating a modern and stylish entrance.

Types of Door Frame Materials

The material of your frame plays a pivotal role in its durability, appearance, and functionality. From the rustic charm of wood to the modern appeal of metal, each material offers unique benefits. Here's a breakdown of the most popular door frame materials to guide your selection.

  1. Wood: Traditional and versatile wooden frames offer a warm and natural look. They can be painted or stained to match any decor.
  2. Metal: Known for their durability and strength, metal door frames are often used in commercial settings. They resist warping and are fire-resistant.
  3. Fibreglass: These frames are resistant to moisture, making them ideal for areas with high humidity. They're also energy-efficient and require minimal maintenance.
  4. Vinyl: A cost-effective option, vinyl frames are resistant to rot and corrosion. They're also energy-efficient and come in various styles.
  5. Composite: Made from a combination of materials, composite frames offer the best of both worlds. They're durable, energy-efficient, and can mimic the appearance of wood or metal.

Vincent Buda & Co.'s Exclusive Door Frame Collection

Choosing the right door frame can elevate the look of your space and ensure the longevity of your door. At Vincent Buda & Co., we pride ourselves on offering a curated collection of door frames, each designed with precision and crafted for durability. Explore our exclusive range to find the perfect fit for your needs.

  1. Tube Fixed Metal Frame: This metal door frame stands out for its durability and strength, making it an ideal choice for those prioritising longevity in their door installations. It’s able to be bolted to the wall, making it suitable for door frames planned to be installed on already existing walls.
  2. Fire Rated & Resistant Frame: Prioritise safety with this door frame. It’s specifically designed to resist fire and protect your space in emergencies for a variety of different wall types and sizes.
  3. Single Leaf Frame (Non-Fire Rated): A versatile frame that fits seamlessly into various interiors, offering functionality across a wide range of internal use cases. Whether it’s a bedroom, bathroom or garage, single leaf frames are a great pick for when fire rating is not required.
  4. Double Door Frame (Non-Fire Rated): Similarly to the Single Leaf Frame, it’s designed for main entrances or spacious rooms, this frame accommodates double doors. Typically used for cupboards, laundries and more.
  5. Stud Clips to Suit Non-Fire Rated Frames: Essential for a secure fit, these clips ensure your non-fire-rated frames are firmly anchored in place. These stud clips are complementary items to our door frames. They allow you to attach door frames to a stud and track wall.

Complement Your Door Frames with Buda's Premium Doors

A door frame is only as good as the door it houses. To ensure a seamless blend of style and functionality, pair your frame with a door of impeccable quality. Dive into Buda's premium door collection, where each door is crafted with precision and designed to impress.

  1. Fire Rated Fire Doors - 1hr & 2hr: Enhance your fire-rated door frames with these doors, available in both 1-hour and 2-hour fire resistance ratings, ensuring maximum safety.
  2. Solid Core Internal & External Doors: Perfect for those seeking a robust and durable door, these are suitable for both interior and exterior applications.

Accessorise with Buda's Door Hardware

The right hardware can transform a door from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether it's the subtle shine of a hinge or the bold statement of a handle, Buda's door hardware collection offers the finishing touches that make all the difference. Elevate your door's functionality and aesthetic with our top-tier accessories.

  1. Stainless Steel Door Hinges: Ensure your doors swing smoothly with these high-quality stainless steel hinges.
  2. Stainless Steel Door Pulls & Handles: Add a touch of elegance and functionality with Buda's range of door pulls and handles.
  3. Explore Buda's Full Door Hardware Collection: From locks to handles, find everything you need to complete your door installation.

DIY Installation of Door Frames

Installing a door frame might seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance, it's a task you can confidently tackle. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a first-timer, our step-by-step guide will walk you through the installation process, ensuring your door frame is perfectly set and ready to support your door.

  1. Measure the Doorway: Before purchasing a frame, measure the height and width of your doorway. If you're unsure about sizing, check out our guide on door frame sizing.
  2. Choose the Right Material: Based on your needs and the location of the door, select the appropriate material. For a sturdy and long-lasting option, explore our metal door frame range.
  3. Prepare the Doorway: Remove any old frames or debris. Ensure the doorway is level.
  4. Position the Frame: Place the door frame in the doorway, ensuring it's square and level.
  5. Secure the Frame: Using screws or nails, secure the frame to the wall. Ensure it's firmly in place.
  6. Install the Door: Once the frame is secure, you can install the door. If you need guidance, refer to our guide to installing doors and door frames.
  7. Seal and Finish: Apply caulk around the frame to seal any gaps. Paint or finish the frame as desired.

Find The Right Door Frame with Buda

A door frame is more than just a structural element; it's a reflection of your style and a testament to quality craftsmanship. The myriad of choices available can be overwhelming, but understanding the nuances of each type and material can simplify the decision-making process. 

Whether you're drawn to the timeless elegance of wood or the robust longevity of metal, making an informed choice is paramount. And if you're feeling adventurous and wish to take on a DIY challenge, we're here to guide you every step of the way. 

Explore our exclusive metal door frame range and delve into our detailed guides for a holistic understanding of doors and their installations. Your doorway deserves the best, and we're here to ensure it gets just that.