5 Options for Door Casing 5 Options for Door Casing

A door casing serves to cover the space between the door jambs and the walls. Lavishly used in the past as decoration for the doors of castle halls and palace chambers, its importance as a decorative ornament has considerably faded in the modern age. Nonetheless, when it is tastefully selected and harmonized with the other features of a room, a door casing can add extra warmth and elegance to any ambiance. Below you will find the most common types of door casing as well as some ideas on how to improve them.

Stock Door Casing

Many large hardware stores offer a huge variety of stock door casings at much cheaper prices than those sold by online retailers. For this reason, be sure to visit your local vendor before you opt for a particular door casing design. Moreover, there you will be given professional advice on how to install and maintain the door casing of your choice.

Most stock casing designs are thicker at the wall-side edge of the molding and have tapered, rounded or scalloped faces. These casings are usually cut at an angle of 45 degrees and feature a single top lath, but other casing shapes are also possible. It all depends on how skilled you are at carpentry as well as on the power tools you have in your shed.

Typically, a door casing is painted the same color as the interior trim, but you may also choose to stain it for additional protection.

Mixed Door Casing

If you are in a creative mood, you can try experimenting with the door casing. For example, you can do the following: cover the opening between the wall and the jambs with a 1 by 4 inch board and wrap its face with a 1/2 or 1/4 round piece of wood or other suitable material. In this way, you can create many imaginative and interesting designs.

Arched Door Casing

This type of casing will create an aura of Victorian opulence in your room. Just take a few panels of Styrofoam or other equally pliable material and cut them into arched oval or pointed strips. You can also cut out tiny leaf-like frills to attach around the arches. Glue the pieces over the door and turn them into a solid casing. With a little imagination and the appropriate type of paint, you can make your door casing resemble stone, brick or tree bark.

Colored Glass or Mirror Door Casings

To make your doorway really artsy, you can mount a regular lumber casing and attach colored glass or mirror strips onto its front side. You can ask a glass company to do the cutting for you and bevel the strips at an angle towards the opening, so that the door casing gives additional depth to the doorway. Finnish the decoration by installing crystal knobs on the door handle. 

Natural and Stained Wood Door Casings

For a rough-and-ready appearance, line your door with crude, unrefined lumber instead of using the traditional smooth boards. To preserve the natural outlook of the door casing, refrain from mitering the joints or beveling the edges; simply leave them as they are. You can, however, apply a coat of paint or stain to match the trim and protect the wood from the elements.


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