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Choosing a Door Frame

Sleek Beautiful White door frame fit into door frame consisting of the head (top), sill (bottom) and two jambs (sides)

The difference between high and low-quality home design comes down to the little things. Handles, trims, door frames – these kinds of finishing touches can give your build a professional look and feel, without standing out to the untrained eye.

In this blog, we consider what makes a good door frame for your home and how you can narrow down the options to make the right choice.

But if you have any lingering questions, get in touch with us at Altro for the architectural solutions that will make all the difference to your next renovation.

But First: What Constitutes a Door Frame?

For those that aren’t sure, a door frame is the entire framework supporting the door and consists of the head (top), sill (bottom) and two jambs (sides).

These can be built into the wall for a frameless finish, or outside the plaster for a bolder and more noticeable look.

Altro can supply either of these options with its range of door jamb systems from EuroJamb.


Door frames are often made from timber as it blends with most skirting boards and is one of the more common energy efficient architectural solutions.

But they can also be made from a range of other materials such as aluminium, fibreglass, or a composite material. EuroJamb opts for aluminium as it is relatively cheap and can be custom-made to fit any door frame without any major alterations to the plaster or timber framing.

It’s important to consider your budget and what material will best match the rest of your interior design when choosing a door frame.


You may have one idea come to mind when considering a door frame’s design, but there are more options than you might think.

The architrave is arguably the most common door frame design and may well be the picture that comes to mind for you. It involves a length of timber running above and down both sides of the door, jutting out from the plane of the wall. These planks can be sculpted in all manner of ways for an aesthetically pleasing finish that suits the rest of your house. Or, they can be squared off for a cheaper but traditional finish.

EuroJamb’s Architrave door jamb is an example of this door frame design.

Another design is the Eurojamb shadowline which outlines the door with an indent running above and beside the door, leaving a couple of centimetres of aluminium within the indent.

This design is sleek and modern while also concealing the door hinges within the aluminium frame.

Finally, for an ultra-modern and clean finish, it is possible to design a door with seemingly no frame! The EuroJamb Square Set is made from extruded aluminium to produce a sturdy structure for the door to finish flush within.

This option is easy to install, has cleaner lines than other options, can be painted in with the wider wall area, and requires no special maintenance.

Not all houses will suit this flush finish, however, so it’s best to consider the style of your overall home once again.

Get in Touch

If this blog hasn’t answered all of your questions, don’t worry! There’s so much to learn about interior design and door frames are but a small part of the process.

Contact us at Altro to understand how our architectural solutions can benefit your next build.