​Trim Boards- Why to Buy Them? When do I need them?

​Trim Boards- Why to Buy Them? When do I need them?

Posted by Amanda On 27th Sep 2021

Trim Boards- Why to Buy Them? When do I need them?

When installing saloon doors sometimes there is a need for trim boards. Trim boards can be purchased with doors.

What are Trim Boards?

Trim boards are simply boards that you install into an opening or jamb before installing doors. These trim boards mount to the sides of the wall or jamb, then the hardware is installed onto the trim boards. Trim boards will make the measurement of the door opening slightly smaller.  Trim boards are ¾” thick and made from the same material as the saloon doors. If saloon doors are finished painted, then the trim boards will be as well. Trim boards can add a finished look to your overall door opening size, but are only required when you cannot install the hardware to wood or a stud behind your drywall or sheet rock.

Benefits of trim boards

  • Give a great finished look
  • Provides a stable foundation for mounting the hardware
  • Great when you need to narrow your door opening to fit a standard door opening size

When are Trim Boards required?

Swinging Café Doors recommends using trim boards whenever you are installing into a non-traditional opening. For example, when installing saloon doors in a hallway. The trim boards can be mounted allowing the doors to be mounted directly across from one another – no studs are required with trim boards. The boards will need to be secure to hold the doors.

Trim boards also give a finished look to a door opening. Trim boards can be used with any of our custom doors. The trim boards will narrow your door opening by 1-1/2”

Trim boards work when you are trying to narrow an opening. Trim boards are only available with our custom doors. We can make the doors and trim boards fit your opening exactly. Trim boards will help narrow an opening if you need to stay under our max width 60” or 72” wide openings.

How to Install Trim Boards?

The trim boards will need to be located directly across from one another to function properly.  Trim board installation will vary depending on the material you are installing into. If you are installing into drywall or sheet rock without a stud behind, use heavy duty drywall anchors, the ones with the wing nuts and toggle bolt.  If you are installing them into drywall and sheet rock with a stud behind, use a wood screw that is long enough to account for the trim board, dry wall or sheet rock, plus an additional 1-1/2".  Space screws or anchors roughly 12" apart.  Once the trim boards are installed you should then follow the hardware instructions for the doors.

Trim boards add a seamless look to your saloon doors. We recommend sourcing the trim boards and saloon doors together to ensure an ideal fit. If you choose to build the trim boards yourself make sure to account for the sizing of the trim boards; the saloon doors with hardware will need to fit into the finished opening with the trim boards installed.