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How to Build a Door in Minecraft

Updated on July 5, 2015
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Dreamhowl has been playing Minecraft since 2012. She enjoys building, farming, and breeding animals in vanilla and modded Minecraft.

How to Build a Wooden Door

In Minecraft, doors allow players to walk in and out of buildings while keeping wandering monsters from entering. Without a door, a creeper can easily chase you into your home and explode, destroying your possessions. Zombies can wander in at night while you are away and hide inside during the day. If there are no doors on a villager’s house, zombies can sneak in during the night and kill them (or, if you are playing on Hard difficulty, turn them into zombies).

Zombies aren't afraid to enter a house without a door!
Zombies aren't afraid to enter a house without a door! | Source

While it is easy to just block the doorway with dirt blocks or other more, a door makes entering and exiting a building easier. Only players and villagers can open doors by hand (without the use of switching mechanisms). If you are playing in Hard difficulty, however, zombies can break down wooden doors over time; damage is shown via cracks on the door. To make a wooden door, you will need:

  • a crafting table
  • (6) wooden planks

Wooden doors can be built with any type of wooden plank.
Wooden doors can be built with any type of wooden plank. | Source
Useful Facts About Doors in Minecraft:
Wooden doors cannot catch fire
Doors cannot be placed on an ice block
Fluids cannot pass through doors
Underwater doors can create air pockets
You can attack mobs from inside a door

Right clicking on a wooden door will either open it (inward) or close it (outward). The door will remain closed or opened until clicked again. It does not matter what type of wooden planks you use to build the door; any combination will make a wooden door, and the door will always be the same shade of brown. Placing two doors next to each other will create a double door; the door knobs will face each other in the middle, and each door will open toward the wall. Just face it - having a wooden door on your house looks better than two hastily-placed blocks of dirt.

How to Build an Iron Door

Iron doors operate similarly to wooden doors, except that they require a switching mechanism to open; right clicking on an iron door will have no effect. Because of this, villagers cannot open iron doors and zombies are unable to break down iron doors. Iron doors make a better choice for personal homes and buildings you want to keep villager-and-zombie-free. To build an iron door, all you need is:

  • a crafting table
  • (6) iron ingots

Iron doors only require six iron ingots and are highly durable.
Iron doors only require six iron ingots and are highly durable. | Source

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You can have double iron doors the same as wooden doors, but each door will need its own pressure plate, button or lever to open it. Iron doors will not stay open for more than a second or two unless they were opened with a lever, or a player is standing on a properly positioned pressure plate. While wooden doors do not require tools to break down, a pick is required to break down an iron door. If you have the materials, an iron door is more than worth the six iron ingots to build it.

How to Build Buttons

There are three switching mechanisms in Minecraft that affect the operation of doors: buttons, levers and pressure plates. At least one of these three is required to open iron doors, but not mandatory for basic wooden doors. Using these mechanisms makes using doors more simple and convenient. Buttons are simple to build and even more simple to use. To make buttons, you will need the following materials:

  • a crafting table
  • (1) wooden plank OR (1) stone block

Buttons only require one wooden plank block to make, or one stone block!
Buttons only require one wooden plank block to make, or one stone block! | Source

In order for it to work, the button must be adjacent to the door, or connected via redstone. A button only stays pressed for a moment, so the door will not remain open for more than a second or two. Interestingly, a wooden button can be activated by being shot with an arrow as well as right-clicking, while a stone button is unaffected by arrows. Furthermore, mobs and villagers do not know how to use buttons.

Buttons need to be placed next to doors in order to work properly.
Buttons need to be placed next to doors in order to work properly. | Source

How to Build Levers

Levers are literally switches that can be placed on walls, floor and ceilings and are often used to operate redstone devices. Levers provide a stable charge; unlike buttons, flipping a lever into the “on” position will keep a door open until the lever is flicked again. While levers are more popular for redstone projects where a stable charge is required, levers can easily operate iron doors if desired. Levers require a few simple materials to build:

  • a crafting table
  • (1) stick
  • (1) cobblestone block

Making a lever is a simple process with basic materials.
Making a lever is a simple process with basic materials. | Source

As with buttons, monsters and villagers cannot use levers, making them player accessible-only. Levers need to be adjacent to the door in order to operate properly. Leaving an iron door open with a lever is convenient during the day, but inadvisable at night. After all, you don’t want to leave your home wide open for zombies and creepers!

Levers are best when placed inside the house for temporary usage.
Levers are best when placed inside the house for temporary usage. | Source

How to Build Pressure Plates

Pressure plates are a convenient method to opening and closing doors without having to click anything. When placed in front of a door, pressure plates will open the door when a player steps on them. When a player steps off of the plate, the door will close behind them. Pressure plates are especially useful to close your house’s door behind you. To build a pressure plate, you will need:

  • a crafting table
  • (2) wooden planks OR (2) stone blocks

Pressure plates are easy to create and make doors more convenient.
Pressure plates are easy to create and make doors more convenient. | Source

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Any mob can trigger a pressure plate; monsters, villagers, animals or players. Dropped objects can trigger a wooden pressure plate, as well as arrows, minecarts and more. Pressure plates are popular triggers used in traps or hidden doors and passageways. Connecting a pressure plate to TNT via redstone can trigger explosions, for example. If you plan on using pressure plates with your doors, it is best to use them on the inside of your house; if you have pressure plates on the outside of your door, monsters can come and go as they please.

Having a door in Minecraft prevents mobs from entering your home uninvited or ever entering your home at all. Building a door for your home or secret base is a simple and cheap investment that will keep you and your possessions safe and sound. If you play on a server with other people, you can even rig a redstone system to hide the door to your secret base or treasure room. Get creative, and remember to have fun!

© 2013 Jessica Marello

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