Frames and Architraves

At Door Supplies Online, we offer an extensive range of architraves, skirting and internal and external frames. Our internal and external frames are perfect for holding any door design firmly in place, and are available in oak, walnut and redwood.

Treat your room to a more streamlined, stylish look with our range of architraves. Our architraves are available in a range of colours and wood species.

We also sell pair makers. Pair makers are innovative devices used to create a double door effect from two standard doors. Our pair makers are available in a variety of colours, including black, light brown and white.

We stock products from LPD, Deanta and XL Joinery. We’ll deliver your internal door in as little as five working days – wherever you live in the UK! Our prices all include VAT, so you can be sure of no hidden costs.

Frames and Architraves (FAQs)

Architraves are strips of moulding – normally made from wood – which are fitted around doors and windows. As buildings age, they may suffer from structural expansion or shrinkage due to changing temperature, or differing intensity of vibrations. Structural expansion or shrinkage may result in gaps in the wall, which become larger over time. Architraves conceal these gaps, enhance the style of the room and provide a more streamlined appearance. They also protect the doorframe from knocks and jolts.

Before fitting your architrave, ensure that there are no cables or pipes around your door frame. Use a combination square or tape measure to make several marks 5-6mm from the inner edge of the door jamb. This allows room for the door hinges. Repeat this step with the top edge of the door frame. Connect the marks and make sure that a parallel line encompasses the entire door frame.

Place the architrave on the door jamb. Use the pencil to mark where the pre-drawn horizontal and vertical lines meet. This is where the sections of the architrave will intersect. Repeat this step with the top architrave. Set your combination square to a 45 angle. Hold the architrave in place. Join up the mark you drew during the previous step with the outer edge of the architrave.

Place the architrave on a mitre box and make two mitre cuts. Use a fine-tooth or tenon saw. The cuts should be angled in opposing directions. The outer edge should be the longest. Sand the ends of the architrave until they are smooth.

Ensure the pieces fit correctly. Apply adhesive to the underside of the architrave. Fit the pieces along the line you drew earlier. The bottom edge of the mitre joints must line up with the intersection marks. Repeat with the side pieces. Use PVA glue to attach the side pieces of the architrave to the top and bottom.

Nails can be used to hold the architrave in position while the adhesive sets. When the adhesive is dry and the architrave secure, use a hammer to bury the nails just beneath the surface of the architrave. Sand and fill the nail holes prior to painting.

When painting skirting boards, preparation is key. After choosing a paint colour, use a soap and sugar solution and cloth to wipe down the surface of the skirting board. If you have a carpet, tape a dust sheet, newspaper or an old bed sheet as close to the edge of the skirting board as possible.

Lightly sand the skirting board. Ensure any dust is wiped away. Leave it to dry. If you want a professional finish, priming the skirting board is crucial. Apply primer. When completely dry, apply the first coat of paint. We advise using two coats of paint.