If you’re ordering a door that’s fitted with hinges (note that this isn’t an issue if you’re purchasing a door without hardware), it’s important that it arrives the right way around. While it’s possible to remove the hinges and re-insert them, it’s an extra hassle that you don’t need. So, before you click that buy button, you need to determine your door swing.
But that’s easy, right?
Well it is – but only once you know what to do.
Is a left-hand door one where the handle is on the left when the door’s closed? Or is it one that opens to the left?
To find out whether you have a left-hand or right-hand door:
- Open your door.
- Position yourself inside the door frame.
- Put your back to the hinges.
If the handle is on your left, it’s a left-hand door. If it’s on your right, it’s a right-hand door.
In other words, we’re describing the position of the hinges when the door is closed, and you’re looking at the door from the side that it’s opening away from. That’s why doors are divided into ‘right-hand hinge’ and ‘left-hand hinge’.