Door Hardware 101: What handed door do you have?

When ordering door hardware, it’s imperative that you know which side of the door the lock is on. The swing of the door, which is essentially how the door will open, affects the style, fit, and its functionality.

Charleston Hardware Co. is here to help make the hardware process easier, so we put together the diagram below to make sure you avoid ordering a lock that is backwards.

To determine door handing, follow these steps:

  1. Stand on the outside of the door, facing the door. If it is a locking door, stand on the side where you would insert the key, or unlocking tool for a privacy lock. For interior doors, stand on the side of the door you would typically enter from. For example: In the hallway leading to a bedroom door, bathroom or closet, in the kitchen if leading to a pantry, etc.

  2. If hinges are on the left, it is a left handed door. If the hinges are on the right, it is a right handed door.

Door hardware is the jewelry you need to welcome your guests in fashion, but only if you do it right! Shop our wide variety of door hardware here and give us a call at 866-958-8626 for any questions you may have.


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