rough in of closets, doors

Old 12-06-03, 07:09 AM
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rough in of closets, doors

Can anyone help me I have a question reguarding rough openings for a standard bedroom door also a standard window say 48x48? and also a standard 4 foot closet. also any pictures or input that would help me visulize how to rough them in as far as framing would be of grat help.
Old 12-06-03, 08:19 AM
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Assuming you are using door slabs in a sliding, AKA bypass, configuration, you're going to want your finished closet opening to be 47" to allow for a little overlap of the doors. Add to that 47" the thickness of your side pieces and that will give you your rough opening width. Your side pieces will either be drywall or pine/oak depending on the level of trim you desire. Personally, I think drywalled door openings look chinsy, but that is just my preference. The top framing should be around 6' 10". The height is pretty much up to you, as you can just trim a little off the doors to compensate, but you will want it to line up with the bedroom door. If they are flush slabs you can take it off the top or bottom. If they are panel doors, your going to want to take it off the top so the panels will line up with the bedroom door.

If you are using bifold doors, the manufacturer will specify the proper R.O. sizes.

The bedroom door will likely require a 6' 10" x 2' 8" opening, if you are using a 30" door.

All windows are a little different, so you'll want to check the manufacturers specs once you've selected a window.

If I were you, I'd take a trip down to your home center and pick out the doors and windows you want to use. Then you will be able to size your rought openings to manufacturer's specs.
Old 12-06-03, 09:24 AM
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Although 30" doors for bedrooms are pretty standard, you can install a 32" door and make it easier to get the furniture in and out. The standard rough opening is 2" wider than the door size. If you install your jack studs exactly plumb (and thus require no shimming on the hinge side), you can use a rough opening only 1.5" wider than the door size and save some shimming.

82" is the standard rough-opening height, but I prefer 83". This gives you more room to raise the door up a little if necessary to allow more room for the flooring (and a return air path if there are no return HVAC registers in the room).

As hotarc says, it is wise to select the doors before framing the rough opening. That way you can frame the opening to match the manufacturer's installation instructions.

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