Which Way Should Exterior Doors Open Into Rooms?

Answer:

Generally, you want the door to swing in the least obtrusive way, and sometimes that’s outward if the door is in the middle of the room.

Answer:

Exterior doors and doors to rooms typically open inward. Closet doors typically open outward (for obvious reasons). In cases where one side isn’t clearly the "inside" (like a door between one large room and another) it’s a little more ambiguous. I guess the door should ideally open in whatever manner makes it least in the way.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you decide which way a door opens?

To determine the door swing while replacing an existing door, step into the doorway with your back to the hinges, standing sideways in the opening, facing the jamb where the door latches. If the open doorknob is on your right side, it's a right-hand door. If it's on your left side, the door is left handed.

Does it matter which way a door opens into a room?

The rule of thumb is to hang interior doors to open into the room, not out into a hallway or other common area. This is to prevent doors being opened into a traffic path and possibly blocking or bumping into someone going by.

Which is the best way to open a bedroom door?

Bedroom doors usually open into the bedroom and with the hinge on the bed side, so that when one person leaves the bedroom the door obscures at least some of the view of any scantily clad people who are still in there. Inswing exterior doors tend to be more waterproof.

Can a sliding door be opened into a room?

If doors HAD to open into or out of a room sliding doors would be unlawful. And if they HAD to open into a room, then what happens when you exit that room by entering the room that you just came from? Doors may need to open outwards if used by disabled persons - if the room or adaptation comes under Part M of the building regs.

How do Architects / Builders decide which way a given door?

Exterior doors and doors to rooms typically open inward. Closet doors typically open outward (for obvious reasons). In cases where one side isn't clearly the "inside" (like a door between one large room and another) it's a little more ambiguous. I guess the door should ideally open in whatever manner makes it least in the way.

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