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How To Add Columns to a Doorway

To detract from the high ceilings of the foyer, consider adding two wooden columns, one to either side of the doorway. Available in all shapes and sizes, columns add a classy and elegant touch.

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  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Measure the Columns and Doorway

Drop a plumb line to mark the center point of the column, and mark the point with a permanent marker. Measure for the height of the column from the floor to the ledge (Image 1). Measure the capital, base and 1/4" plywood cap (Image 2); subtract that number from the measurement made on the column.

Step 2: Prepare the Column

Cut the column to the exact measurements previously calculated (Image 1). Attach the capital and base to the column with wood screws (Image 2). The base cap is 10" square. Measure 5" on each side of the original mark and mark with a permanent marker (Image 3).

Step 3: Place the Column

Slide the column into place, using the marks on the floor as a guide. The column should fit snugly once in place. Add the plywood cap and secure the column with wood screws. Repeat the process for the second column. Make sure to fix scratches and do touch-ups to the painted walls as necessary.