"Handing" Your New Door Hardware

Some products we offer are "handed," and you will be asked to select either a left-hand version or a right-hand version when ordering.

Knobs listed on this website manufactured by Baldwin and Schlage are not handed. Passage and privacy levers manufactured by Baldwin listed on this website are not handed. Key levers and dummy levers manufactured by Baldwin listed on this website are handed. All levers manufactured by Schlage listed on this website are handed. All handed door hardware listed on this website is designated as such.

Handed door hardware is a concept misunderstood by consumers and industry professionals alike. The particular hand required of door hardware is not a function of a left-hand swing or a right-hand swing door. It does not matter if the door swings in or out.

To determine the proper handed door hardware required to fit a particular door:


Single Doors

1. Stand outside the room into which the door provides entry. For example, stand
  • on the front porch facing the house
  • in the garage facing the door into the house
  • in the hall facing the door into a bedroom
  • in the bedroom facing the door into the bathroom or
  • in the bedroom facing the door that goes into the closet.

    It does not matter if the door swings in or out.

    2. While facing that door, determine whether the hinges are located on the left side of the door or the right side of the door.
  • If the hinges are on the left side of the door, left hand door hardware is required.
  • If the hinges are on the right side of the door, right hand door hardware is required.

    (This handing process is shown in the diagram at the top of this page. You can enlarge it simply by clicking on it.)


    Double Doors

    1. Stand outside the room into which the doors provide entry. For example, stand
  • on the front porch facing the house
  • in the garage facing the doors into the house
  • in the hall facing the doors into a bedroom
  • in the bedroom facing the doors into the bathroom or
  • in the bedroom facing the doors that go into the closet.

    It does not matter if the door swings in or out.

    2. While facing those doors, determine which door is bored.

    If the left-hand door is bored, a left-hand lever is required for the bored door. If a lever is desired on the outside of the non-bored door, a right-hand “single dummy” lever is required. If levers are desired on both sides of the non-bored door, a right-hand single dummy lever and a left hand single dummy lever are required.

    If, however, the right-hand door is bored, a right-hand lever is required for the bored door. If a lever is desired on the outside of the non-bored door, a left-hand “single dummy” lever is required. If levers are desired on both sides of the non-bored door, a left-hand single dummy lever and a right-hand single dummy lever are required.

    If the doors are double doors, neither is bored, and levers are desired on the outside of both doors, a left-hand single dummy lever and a right-hand single dummy lever are required. If levers are desired on the outside and inside of both doors, two (2) left-hand single dummy levers and two (2) right-hand single dummy levers are required.



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