Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of door frames & linings. To find out more contact us today.


Door frames are used for external doors, whilst door linings and casings are used for internal doors, and all form a frame to hold the door leaf in place.


Door frames and linings are traditionally considered a first fix carpentry item that will be installed prior to plasterboard being fitted to walls and plaster being applied to masonry walls. However, some modern developments, especially those where wall finishes are dry lined, the timing of the frame & lining installation works may follow.

Door frames are generally constructed from a solid piece of timber that is machine worked to achieve its moulded and rebated shape to receive the thickness of the door. Whereas a door lining is a flat piece of timber with a smaller timber section applied to it known as a door stop. The doorstop is deliberately placed to receive the correct thickness of the door, resulting in a flush door and lining combination.

In general, a door lining will cover the full thickness of the wall it is fitted within and architrave mouldings will be applied to it on both sides of the wall. A doorframe, however, is of nominal size and is commonly set back from the wall face creating a reveal return each side of the frame.

Fire doors will require specific frames and linings regarding material thickness & compliance. Often a groove will be machined into the edges that surround the door leaf, the groove will receive an intumescent strip which will expand with heat to prevent oxygen from feeding an area of fire and prevent the fire from bursting through the gaps between the door and the frame/lining. Sometimes the intumescent strip will be fitted to the door edges.

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Door frame & linings will be sized so the finished internal aperture is 5mm wider than the door to assist the installation of the door without excessive resizing works.
Regarding height, the jambs of the frame/linings (uprights) will be cut to length on site to suit whatever specific floor finishes will be applied to the sub floor, again omitting the need to cut the door for height.

Frames/linings will be fixed perfectly plumb and level within the structural opening, jambs will be straight and parallel and there are methods to ensure that the works are not twisted and in perfect alignment so that the door is flush to all edges when hung Packers & wedges will be used to achieve this of which will be hidden once the architraves are installed.

Fire rated frames/linings may require the gaps between the outer edge and the structural opening to be fully filled with a low expansion fire rated foam fill to prevent fire penetration behind the architrave.

Payne Carpentry are licensed to install fire rated frames, linings and doors, many warranty companies will insist such works are carried out by licensed operatives to ensure that procedures meet requirement.

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How can we manage your needs?

Payne Carpentry have extensive experience in the many types of door frames and linings. We manage our clients’ needs by providing time and cost saving solutions by carrying out the following compulsory works procedures as part of our standard service.

  • All applicable installations are completed to manufacturing guides for product warranties
  • Quality and workmanship audits throughout the job
  • Health and Safety auditing for a clean, safe work environment
  • Regular site reports to assist site managers with build progress
  • Training & development programmes to improve our service
  • Always considering other trades when working onsite by going the extra mile on our quality of work and keeping things clean and tidy
We are always available and more than willing to offer valuable advice to our clients in assisting with the selection of products and services that are best suited. Below is a list of these additional services we offer.
  • A Supply and fit service
  • A Labour only service
  • Liaise with any client, Architect, structural engineer & design representatives at the initial stages of your project
  • Liaise with Local Build Control authorities/officers to sign off the installed works for warranty approvals etc. 

Get in Touch With Payne Carpentry Ltd.

We have been leading Devon’s carpentry industry with superior quality, reliable communication and efficient, effective solutions. If you have a project you would like us to work on, we would love to hear from you.

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Kingdom Business Centre, Kingdom House
Brunel Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4PB

Company number: 08938517