Opening Direction Explained

There are four choices of opening direction for both single and double doors

Note – it is very important to choose the correct opening direction since it is not possible to change this after your door is made.


  • Out-Swing or In-Swing

    The usual direction for a residential property is in-swinging. An in-swinging door will be set back from the outside wall line and the threshold will slope to the outside so as to shed rain water away from the house.
    Commercial properties usually have out-swinging doors – to comply with fire regulations. An out-swinging door will level with the outside wall line and will have a flat threshold.

  • Left or Right Hand Opening

    For a Left Hand opening door, standing outside the building, facing the door, the hinges will be to your left and handle to your right.
    On a Right Hand Swing, standing outside the building, facing the door, the hinges will be to your right and handle to your left.
    On a double door, it is the “Active” door that determines opening direction.

The images below will help determine the correct handing for your door:

INSWING DOORS, USUAL FOR RESIDENTIAL

OUTSWING DOORS, USUAL FOR COMMERCIAL

Please contact us if you have any questions about opening direction.

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