How-to Guides

How to Properly Measure Your Door for a Kickplate

Door Protection Plate | Custom Door Kick Plates

If you are interested in purchasing a kickplate for your home or office, it is important to measure your door before you order so that the kickplate will fit properly. Typically, the recommended kickplate measurement is equal to the width of the door, less two inches. In other words, if your door is 36 inches wide, you would need to install a 34-inch wide door kick plates to ensure accurate and proper sizing. The standard available sizes of our door kick plates are as follows:

  • 6 in x 30 in – fits most standard sized interior doors
  • 8 in x 34 in – fits most standard sized exterior doors

For typical standard-sized doors, usually one of these two sizes will fit. However, custom sizing may be required for older or custom-made doors. If this is the case, just enter your custom size when ordering. View our short Measuring and Installation tutorial below to feel confident in your purchase decision!

Tips For Accurately Measuring Your Door

The key for the proper installation of your door kick plate lies in your measurement. Here are some useful tips in order to accurately measure your door:

  • The kick plate should be at least 2 inches shorter than the door’s width, with approximately 1 inch on either side, so as not to interfere with any door stops, frame, or weather stripping that surrounds the door. Measure the dimensions on the side where the door stops and the weather stripping are located, to be sure your kick plate does not interfere with the operation of the door.
  • Leave room for an allowance at the bottom of the door, so that the door kick plate does not come into contact with the sill. The usual practice is to have the same amount of space at the bottom and the sides of the door to create a uniform look.


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Installation / Mounting Guides

There are two installation options available: screws for permanent installation and 3M adhesive tape for semi-permanent fixture. Please read through the instructions below and watch our installation video to ensure proper installation and to avoid product damage or harming yourself.


Installing A Kick Plate for Your Door

Kick plates are generally installed on the lower section of your door in order to protect it from damage from people passing through the entryway. A secondary benefit is aesthetic appeal, as kick plates for doors can also act as decoration, personalization, or stylistic flare. A kick plate that matches the door’s other hardware can be a very attractive addition to any entryway. Your new kick plate for your door can be attached either by screw or extra strength adhesive tape.

Note that kick plates for doors are specially packaged to prevent damage during shipping. They have a clear protective plastic film on the front side that must be removed during or after installation.

Mounting A Kick Plate for Your Door

  • Screws: For wooden and other solid doors, the most common mounting method is using screws. Use tacks lightly stuck through the corner holes of your kick plate in order to align it properly. After you have the kick plate in place and properly aligned, you can place screws into the inner holes and then replace the tacks with screws last.
  • Adhesive: Mounting with adhesive is a great option for a semi-permanent fixture. However, this method can be difficult due to the single-use nature of adhesive tape. Therefore, you must have the plate properly aligned and located the first time you attach the kick plate for your door as you will not get another chance with the adhesive.

Learn More About Installing A Kick Plate for Your Door

If you have any questions about the installation process that are not mentioned here, please send us an email at If you are ready to make your purchase, check out our selection of door kick plates and place your custom order today!