Right and Left Handed Doors

You might have decided to replace the doors in your house. You should be aware of what sides the hinges are on, as ordering a door with hinges on the wrong side can be frustratingly inconvenient. In order to help you understand your door purchase better, the experts at Dori Doors have prepared a guide to help you understand the variations between right and left handed doors.


Telling Right Handed from Left Handed Doors

Stand with your back on the hinged side of the door jamb. If the door opens to your right, it’s a right handed door. If it opens leftward, it’s a left handed door. It’s that simple! Another trick to verify is by facing the door on the side that swings away from your body. Hold up your hands, and pretend your wrists are the door hinges, and your hands are doors. If your right hand swings with it’s hinges on the same side as the door that’s in front of you, it’s a right handed door. If your left hand mimics the movement of the door in front of you, it’s a left handed door.


You might find placing a new door order confusing, especially fi you can’t see it right in front of you. You will have to specify if you want a right handed or left handed door to swing either inward (into the interior of your house) or outwards (to the exterior of your house.) It’s best to order doors in person or with the consultation of a professional door expert.


Making a decision between a Right Handed or Left Handed Door

This may not make a major difference, especially if you’re ambidextrous. Or it might make a huge difference in your comfort or ergonomic ability to comfortably operate your door. If you have an obstruction or wall that’s perpendicular to one side of the door, that’s where the hinges should be, allowing the door to open against the wall, giving you room to walk through or perhaps carry something through. The direction from which you walk up to the door also makes a difference – if there’s stairs going up to the door on the wall that’s parallel to the stairs, make sure the hinges are on the far side of the door so that it opens towards the stairs, so you don’t have to walk around the door in order to go inside the room.


Changing a Door’s Swing Direction

If you’re renovating your home and want to change the direction your door swings in, you can have us do this without the requirement of a door replacement. Simply modify the positioning of the strike plate and hinges on the door jamb, and switch the hardware placement of the door. This is best handled by a professional expert, like those at Dori Doors.

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