How to Apply Trim To Uneven Doors

By Robert Robillard on Finish Carpentry

Yvonne Blacker at Design Vignettes asked the following question on my Post Your Questions Here . . .”:

How to Apply Trim To Uneven Doors

Applying Trim to two side by side doors with different heights

Her question was:

“How would you trim a hall closet that is next to a cased opening when they are different heights and are separated by only 6 inches? Can you point me in the right direction (online images or photos from projects you have tackled)? ”

Without a picture I can not give you advice that applies to your situation. Feel free to email me a photo.

Sometimes you have to trim the windows out and leave it as is. Other times changing out a door or window is the only option. Every once in awhile you can fudge the look by using slightly larger trim on one and smaller on the other.

How to Apply Trim To Uneven Doors

How to Apply Trim To Uneven Doors

I only have one example to show you, which happens to be in my house which was built in 1863.

If you look closely at the photo below you will notice that the solid door, on the right is an inch or more lower than the glass door.

When I was trimming the solid door I added a small piece of wood to the top of the door on the right to get me to the level of the glass door, once I had both doors at the same height, I ran one piece or casing trim across the top. [click photo to enlarge.]

The height difference is barely noticeable when in the room, trimming the two doors like this is a completely acceptable method of dealing with this situation.

How to Apply Trim To Uneven Doors

Another issue is the cased opening in the photo below. Here the cased opening has trim detail that is different and runs much higher up the wall.

For this situation the simplest approach is what I did. I let the door trim run into and die at the cased opening.

I hope I have addressed your question.

How to Apply Trim To Uneven Doors

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