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How To | Door Handing and Door Swing Guide

Posted by Gary Lederman on 7th May 2016

Door handing and door swing is easily determined in three simple steps. Door handing or door swing terminology may differ depending on supplier or region. If you have any doubts as to the handing or swing of your door, please contact us.

1. Stand outside the door

• For help in determining which side is the outside of the door, look at the door in question.

• If you are standing at the door to your home, and are going inside, you are on the OUTSIDE of that door.

• If you are in a hallway, looking at your bedroom door, you are on the OUTSIDE of that door.

• If you are standing in a bedroom with a bathroom attached, you are standing on the OUTSIDE of the bathroom door.

• If you are in your garage and going in to your home, you are on the OUTSIDE of that door.

2. Determine if the door is Left Handed or Right Handed

• Method 1: Handing for door sets is determined by standing on the outside facing the door. If the hinges are on the left hand side, you need a left-handed door set. If the hinges are on the right hand side, you need a right-handed door set.

• Method 2: With the door open, stand with your back against the hinge jamb. If your left hand is nearer the doorknob, then the door is LEFT-HANDED. If your right hand is nearer the doorknob, then the door is RIGHT-HANDED.

3. Determine if the door is Inswing or Outswing

• To order the correct door, you need to know both the desired handing and whether it is inswing or outswing.

• For inswing doors, if the hinges are on the left hand side, your door is Left-Handed. If the hinges are on the right hand side, your door is Right-Handed.

• For outswing doors, if the hinges are on the left hand side, your door is Left Hand Reverse. If the hinges are on the right hand side, your door is Right Hand Reverse.

Diagram of an industry standard Left Hand door. Diagram of an industry standard Left Hand door.

The images above depict an industry standard Left Hand. The configuration is also known as Left Hand In Swing.

Diagram of an industry standard Right Hand In door. Diagram of an industry standard Right Hand door.

The images above depict an industry standard Right Hand. The configuration is also known as Right Hand In Swing.

Diagram of an industry standard Left Hand Reverse door. Diagram of an industry standard Left Hand Reverse door.

The images above depict an industry standard Left Hand Reverse. The configuration is also known as Left Hand Out Swing. It is occasionally known as Right Hand Out Swing.

Diagram of an industry standard Right Hand Reverse door. alt=

The images above depict an industry standard Right Hand Reverse. The configuration is also known as Right Hand Out Swing. It is occasionally known as Left Hand Out Swing.

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