Determining the "hand" of a door

Dooor swing chart


Open hinge method of determining swing

The easiest way to determine the swing of a door is the hinge methodOpen the door. Standing with your back against the open hinges (not the butt of the hinges). If the door is to your left, it is a left-hand door. If it’s to your right, it’s a right-hand door.


The chart below from Home Depot shows inswing and outswing entrance doors


The chart below shows how to determine which is the active door in a patio or French door.

door combinations

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