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Choosing The Proper Door Swing and Hinging for Your Project

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Imagine the first warm day of spring, announcing the end of winter. It makes you want to throw open the patio doors to enjoy the fresh air. Or, picture yourself home late from work. You are bogged down with groceries so you unlock the door, push down the handle, and gracefully nudge it with your foot to open it all the way.  Each of these scenarios is dependent on how your doors swing. The wrong door swing can mean the doors bang into your book cases, or your grocery-laden foot nudge results in a stubbed toe and the frustration of putting everything down just to get the door open.

Let’s go through the basics of door terminology so that you won’t end up coming home with a door that can’t be installed in the location it was intended, or a handle that won’t work properly.

Terminology

FYI: You may hear our customer service representatives use “door handing”, instead of “door swing” or “the swing of your door”.  These terms all refer to the same thing.

Interior Doors: Doors that are used on the inside of your home and do not allow access to outdoor spaces.

Exterior or Entry Doors: Doors that allow access to outside spaces, such as your front door, garage door, or patio doors. (Safety Tip: if your exterior doors have hinges on the outside, confirm the hinges cannot be removed while the door is closed.)

Out Swing:  When standing outside the door, it opens towards your body and out from the room or space you are entering.

In Swing:  When standing outside the door, it opens away from your body and in towards the room or space you are entering.

Right Hand: When standing outside the door, a door that is hinged on the right

Left Hand:  When standing outside the door, a door that is hinged on the left

Determining Your Door Swing

In every instance, you need to be standing on the outside of the space the door leads into. For example, if it’s a bedroom door, stand on the hallway side of the door. If it’s a front door, or patio door, stand outside of your house to assess the door swing.

Step 1: Determine whether the door should be an “in swing” or “out swing” door.

An in swing door opens away from your body and in towards the room or space you are entering. An out swing door opens towards your body and out from the room or space you are entering.

Step 2: Determine if the door is a right-hand door or a left-hand door.
Stand outside of the door and look at where the hinges will be.  If the hinges are on the right, you want a right-hand door.  If the hinges are on the left, you want a left-hand door.

Step 3: Write down all of the information and/or draw a labeled diagram to help you remember. Now you are ready to order the door style, or door handle, that will meet your functional, and aesthetic, needs.

Installing a door, or door handle, is an easy do-it-yourself project but you want to make sure you have given Dan’s Discount Windows and Doors the correct information before your final order is placed.  Whether you need an “In swing” or “Out swing” and a “Right hand” or “Left hand” door, it’s important you understand exactly what type of door, or door handle, to order so the parts can be installed properly and maintain their functionality for your design.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Call us at 1.877.579.1994 or click here to price your project. Come and see us for a Dan Good Deal at 199 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 2C1.