Doors are made up of several components that many people are not aware of. Learn more about the pieces that work together to make a door. (For general purposes, a panel door is explained.)
Vertical boards that run the full height of a door and compose its right and left edges. The hinges are mounted to the fixed side (known as the “hanging stile”), and the handle, lock, bolt, and/or latch are mounted on the swinging side (known as the “latch stile”).
Horizontal boards at the top, bottom, and optionally in the middle of a door that join the two stiles and split the door into two or more rows of panels. The “top rail” and “bottom rail” are named for their positions.
Large, wider boards used to fill the space between the stiles, rails, and mullions. The panels typically fit into grooves in the other pieces and help to keep the door rigid. Panels may be flat or raised designs.
Anatomy of a panel door
The part of the door unit that is attached to the floor under the door.
The vertical boards that form the sides of a door frame, where the hinges are mounted, and where the latch connects with the strike.
A thin piece of wood attached inside the frame to stop a door from swinging through the jamb.
The decorative molding that outlines a door frame.