How to Identify Your Door Hinge Screw Size

17 May 22

Have you ever felt your door is sagging? There is a high probability that it may be the case of a loose door hinge.

Identifying your door hinge screw size is vital to fix a loose door hinge situation. An incorrect hinge screw size can only aggravate the problem, whereas a correct screw size saves time and fits perfectly through your door hinge.

Before we proceed further, let’s understand what loose door hinges are and their impact in brief.

Loose door hinges are a fundamental household problem, and the direct impact of not addressing the issue can damage your door or end up with a sagging door.

There might be various reasons for your door hinges to become loose. However, the most common one is hinge screws remaining loose for a long time. The signs of a loose hinge will often start with a single loose screw followed by a series of loose screws that will need replacement.

So let’s start by stating the obvious, there are many solutions to fix loose door hinges, most of which have disadvantages. Major drawbacks of the other solutions like dowels, wood shaving, etc., require removing the entire hinge from the door. This process is tiresome and time-consuming. An effective permanent solution to this problem is simply replacing the loose screws with a Fringe Screw without having the trouble of removing the entire hinge from the door. Installing it is faster and easier than any other system with no damage to your door.

Do You Want to Change Your Loose Door Hinge Screws?

When you are trying to change your door hinges, a common challenge that you might encounter is identifying the correct screw size for your door hinge?

Imagine you assume the hinge screw head size No.10, go to the hardware store, purchase the screws for the hinges, and come back. You decide to fix it and find yourself in a situation to have incorrectly measured the head size to No.10 while the screw size is No.12. Your problem remains unresolved.

Ouch! All the frustration in your mind is a waste of time and energy, resulting in procrastination. 

Hinge screws come in different sizes and lengths. So the challenging part is to get the right hinge screw size for your door hinge. Now, let’s try and understand the different types of doors in the market and the hinge screw sizes designed to match these doors.

Types of Door Hinges

  1. Residential Door Hinges

These hinges are a part of your residential bedroom doors, bathroom doors etc. The standard hinge screw size for a residential door hinge is No. 9 screw.

  1. Architectural Door Hinges

They are hinges used for main doors and entry doors to houses. The popular hinge screw size for the architectural door hinge is No. 10 screw.

  1. Commercial Door Hinges

These hinges are a part of commercial spaces like office doors, building doors etc. The regular hinge screw size for a commercial door hinge is No. 12 screw.

How to Measure The Hinge Screw Size

Measure the width: Remove the existing loose screws by unscrewing them and by measuring the width of the screw head. Most people use a measuring tape and some of them might use a caliper.

At Fritan Technology, our focus is on simplifying repairs and home improvements. We understand the challenges you face trying to identify the accurate hinge screw head size. The idea is to get the screw size right in your first attempt. We have simplified the process with a template to help you save time and energy.

All you need to do is just download the template. There is no need to remove the screw from the door hinge. Hold the template next to the screw head. 

Here’s how it works:

General Screw Specifications

  1. Screw Size:
  • The standard measurement of a screw size consists of head size and shaft size.
  • The length of the screws is measured in inches. Example – Screw 9 that is 3 inches long is “9X3”
  • The length of the screw should be long enough to hold both the material and the hinge.
  1. Finish/Material Type:
  • Screws are designed with different finish styles to match hinges.
  • Examples of some screw finishes are satin nickel, black, brass, or oil rubbed bronze.
  1. Head Style:
  • Screws are designed in different head styles for decoration or utility. The basic designs are:
  • Countersunk head designs – The head is in line with the surface material and no part of the head bulges. A common example is a flat head design.
  • Non-countersunk head designs – The head bulges and is visible. A few examples are the button, hex and round designs.
  1. Threads:
  • Screws have threaded surfaces wrapped around the cylindrical sides.
  • Threaded design of the screws is effective to join multiple objects.
  • Threaded features help easy installation and removal.

Benefits of using a Fringe Screw for your Main Door Repairs

A Fringe Screw is a flat-head, Philips drive wood screw serving as functional screws for door hinges. A Fringe Screw is perfect for tightening loose hinges, repairing stripping, and securing doors. The most common door hinge finishes available are oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel.

Fringe Screws are designed with a plus sign or a cross to provide self-centering for easy usage. They are high in quality, reliable and durable. Additionally, the screws are rust-resistant, offer greater security and come in various colors to match your hinge. As a result, they offer a firm grip without injuring the operator. Philips head screwdrivers are used to install the screw.

How many Loose Door Hinge Screws do I need to replace?

  • Many doors use a set of 3 or 2 hinges.
  • Check all the hinges to identify the loose screws.
  • Replace the loose screws for longevity and effectiveness of a door hinge.
  • A standard tool is a screwdriver to tighten the screws. Any power tool does not give you too much control over the torques you apply, and as a result, it can over tighten and cause stripping.

Why can’t I use any random Screw to fix Loose Door Hinges?

A poor quality screw can lead to material deconstruction, inability to hold the material. Normal screws are exposed to wear and tear. Multiple usages of the same screw can result in stripping.

The replacement process can cause damage as removing these screws is difficult.

Remember, basic screws are not designed with the right finish, quality and might not fit properly.


Screws directly carry the weight of the door and often pull out easily. The best way to replace loose hinge screws is with Fringe ScrewsTM. The key to get your door function right is by identifying the right quality screws.  Fringe Screw tightens loose door caused by stripped screw holes.

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