Door Handing for Tubular Latches

Door Handing refers to the way a door opens and is determined by the hinge locations. To determine door handing, it’s important to first decide which is the inside versus the outside of the door.

Outside of a Door

The side of the door from which you gain access to a room, or the side of a door that is facing away from a room. For a bedroom door, the outside would face the hallway.

Inside of a Door

The side of a door that faces the room. For a bedroom door, the inside of the door faces the bedroom.

Hinge Locations

Per the drawings below, when viewed from the outside of the door, hinges located on the right side mean the door is a Right Hand door. On the contrary, hinges located on the left side mean the door is a Left Hand door.

Door Handing Illustration

When is Handing Required?

In general, it is usually a good idea to determine door handing before ordering locks and door hardware. This is especially true for locks with levers, privacy locks, and split finish or split design locks.