Use this simple method to tell the difference between a left- and right-hand door. It’ll help eliminate the guesswork when ordering the proper swing direction and hinge placement on your next door.
Open the door and stand with your back to the hinges. If the door is on your left, it is a left-hand door.
Open the door and stand with your back to the hinges. If the door is on your right, it is a right-hand door.
It is frustrating to order a door and find that the hinges are on the wrong side when it arrives. Ordering the wrong
door is an expensive mistake.
The terms that
describe the hinge position on a door
are confusing: left-handed and right-handed.
However, they make sense if
you follow the guidelines shown in the
photos. Stand with your back to the
jamb that has the hinges. If the
door is on your right, it’s right-handed.
If the door is on
your left, it’s left-handed.
However, the clerk
taking the order may still
get confused, especially if
you're ordering over the phone.
It's best to order your doors in person.
Then you can draw a picture, as if
looking from above, and sketch in the
door hinge and swing direction. This avoids
the terminology confusion and unpleasant confrontations
if the order goes in wrong.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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