Every door is designed to swing open in a certain direction, and this is commonly referred to as the swing or hand of the door. When you purchase a replacement door for your home, or when you are building a brand new home and need to order doors for each of your doorways, it is imperative that you understand how to figure out whether you need a left-hand swinging door or a right-hand swinging door. Thankfully, there are two simple methods that can help you determine the swing of a door in seconds. Give both of these approaches a try and see which one works better for you!

1. Stand in the Door Frame

While looking at your doorway, determine where the door hinges will be, then stand in the doorway with your back facing the hinge side. If you want your door to open towards your left hand, you will need a left-hand swinging door. If you want the door to open towards your right hand, you will need a right-hand swinging door.

2. Visually Inspect Your Door

If you need a replacement door, you can determine whether you should order a left-hand swinging door or a right-hand swinging door by visually inspecting your current door. Begin by standing inside the room that the door swings into, and turn to face the closed door. You will need a left-handed replacement door if the knob on the current door is located on the left side, and vice versa.

Still Confused? We Can Help!

If you’re still having a hard time figuring out whether you should order left-hand swinging doors or right-hand swinging doors, we can help! Give us a call at (801) 489-1111 or stop by our conveniently-located shop during regular business hours and we’ll help you order the right custom doors for your needs.