Door Swing Primer

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 21, 2013

The direction a door swings might seem minor, but it can greatly impact door hardware selection. There are four basic ways a door can swing, and knowing how to properly describe it is critical when designing access control systems and ordering door hardware. In this note, we lay out how to describe doors based on this subtle but divisive characteristic.

Door Swing Defined

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