Left swing vs. right swing doors

Robert Lamoureux
Robert Lamoureux
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Hi Robert, we are remodeling our home in Canyon Country — this is to include all new interior doors. We were browsing and asking some questions and the sales person mentioned right swing and left swing doors, but I wasn’t sure what that meant. It did ring a bell though, and I’m wondering if I’ve read something from you on this in the past. Can you explain this to me please, and make it easier for me to understand so when the time comes, I order the proper doors? 


John, great question and ultimately the answer is easy, once you grasp the concept. The hinge side of the door is called the “butt,” in layman’s terms. Simply, if you put your backside to the butt of the door and operate that door, you’ll see that it either swings to your right or to your left. This determines if it is a “right swing” or a “left swing.” It’s that simple. Walk your home and use this technique, write them all down and then you can head to the store with confidence to order your doors. Good luck. 

Robert Lamoureux has more than 40 years of experience as a general contractor, with separate licenses in electrical and plumbing contracting. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own, not necessarily those of The Signal. Opinions expressed in this column are not meant to replace the recommendations of a qualified contractor after that contractor has made a thorough visual inspection. Email questions to Robert at [email protected]. 

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