Hanging Interior Doors Before Drywall

Normally interior doors get installed after the drywall is hung, taped, and finished, but you also have the option to start hanging interior doors before drywall. One of the biggest advantages to installing them after drywall, is that your doors will stay cleaner and will be less likely to be damaged.

Drywall hanging and finishing can be messy. You could end up with drywall mudd on the finished surface of your doors. Not to mention the dust from sanding is very fine and will end up in every nook and cranny of the doors.


A good sequence to follow would be:

  1. Framing
  2. Electrical, Plumbing and Heating
  3. Drywall – Tape and Finish
  4. Paint
  5. Install Doors and Trim
Sometimes 4 and 5 can be reversed. If your doors and trim are to be painted, many painters prefer the doors be installed. That way all the painting and caulking can be completed at the same time. If you have pre-finished doors and trim, I would recommend installing the doors after the painting is finished. You will need to be careful of the walls as you won’t want to damage the fresh paint.

Installing stained and finished doors prior to drywall would leave them prone to being scratched, dinged, dented and would be very rough on the surface finish of the door. If at all possible wait until the drywall is completed. You could possibly remove the doors themselves to protect them, however, that would create a lot of extra unnecessary work.

When Should You Begin Hanging Interior Doors Before Drywall?

That being said, often times, such as a storage room or in a partially finished basement, there will be one or both sides of a door installation that won’t have drywall installed.

hanging interior doors before drywall
In this picture, you can see how the inside of the door is in an unfinished portion of the room. If installing a door with EZ-Hang brackets in this situation, the brackets need to inset the 1/2″ distance of the drywall. There are double arrow markings on the bracket so you can use it as a template to install the screws.
For more information on door installation, including how-to-guides and instructions, visit our resources page. 

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