So, in this DIY basement finishing project of mine, I've learned more than I ever thought I could know but I've been able to correct many simple mistakes so far. Here's my latest, I have basically just finished up with the framing for my basement following 99% of the builders plans that were left when they built this home two years ago. Here is my latest dilemma: the plans call for a 28" door into the bathroom. I was going over all of my work, and noticed for whatever reason, I framed that rough opening for a 32" door. Meaning the rough opening right now is 34". I suppose I could install a 30" door and would be able to cover up the 2", but if I want to install the original 28" door, what's the best way to go about closing in these additional 4"? Sorry if there is rambling on this post, but I've heard good things about this site so I figured I'd look for advice here. Thank you!

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    Why not just leave it alone and install a 32 inch door and be done with it.
    – Alaska Man
    Apr 8 '20 at 7:34
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    Wider is better with doors. Doubly with bathroom doors. Triply if you should ever find yourself "mobility impaired." Use the 32"
    – Ecnerwal
    Apr 8 '20 at 12:22
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    – Ed Beal
    Apr 8 '20 at 13:17

As the frame is still "rough" (whatever you mean precisely), I will assume that the basic framing is there but not the finishing wood.

So, add another 2" stud on each side then finish with the wood and extend the wall surface as necessary. Use a strong glue and screws so they never move.

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    Thanks Mike. Yeah, it's literally just the framed walls up. That was my original plan but I wasn't sure if that would be okay with those studs not being fastened to the concrete floor.
    – EGrant23
    Apr 8 '20 at 5:37
  • Hopefully the studs you already have are secured thoroughly.
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 8 '20 at 5:38
  • They are, it's a rock solid shorter wall. I just wasn't sure per general building "code" if there was anything wrong with that.
    – EGrant23
    Apr 8 '20 at 5:49
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    A 28" door is pretty small. I would go with the 32" door or even change that to a 36" door.
    – d.george
    Apr 8 '20 at 10:41
  • @d.george both my bathroom doors are 27.5" and are fine for me and both my sons - and we are all 6foot plus and I am the "wrong" side of 100kg. If there is a wheelchair about then that may mean a wider door, but a friend of mine who is in a wheelchair gets through the 27.5" doors fine.
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 8 '20 at 10:45

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