Framing a door close to a wall


Old 07-06-08, 02:25 PM
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Framing a door close to a wall

Hey all,

I'm finishing my basement. I'd like to frame out a door as close to the cement wall as possible. is there a minimum length that the bottom frame should be between the rough opening and the wall? I'm using a double bottom plate and the door will be left handed swinging towards the wall.

I need to factor in the corner studs, the king/cripple studs of the door frame (or could these be the same studs as the corner studs?) and whatever space I need for drywalling/trimming purposes.

So how short can I make that wall?

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Old 07-06-08, 02:54 PM
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You should leave at least your king and jack stud spacing agianst the wall. You will need that 3" in order to put trim molding up around the door. So, in all, with the corner bunker studs, from the concrete wall, the door frame will be about 6 1/2" out. Your corner will be 3 1/2" and the king and jacks will add 3 more inches, but you won't see anything but the 3 inches once you get to installing your sheetrock.
Old 07-06-08, 03:17 PM
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Like Chandler said......

3" from the finished wall is the bare minimum for clearance for door knobs, trim, and such.
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