So Which Door Do I Need? Left-handed or right-handed doors? Inswing vs. Outswing doors?

Jeff C. | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

So Which Door Do I Need?

Inswing vs. Outswing Doors

Some of the terms associated with inswing vs. outswing doors can lead to some confusion. This is especially true for inswing and outswing and left hand and right hand.

Inswing and Outswing is the easiest concept to grasp. When installed, an exterior door unit that is inswing will open inward. An exterior door that is outswing will open outward. All our in-stock doors are inswing unless otherwise specified. Almost all of them can, however, can be specially ordered as an outswing unit for an additional charge.

This only applies to exterior doors because there is a set installation where one side of the door must be facing the exterior. Interior door units can be installed in either direction.

The left hand and right hand can cause the most confusion. The graphic to the left illustrates the exterior view of both the outswing and inswing doors. The left-hand term applies to outswing doors with knobs on the left side and inswing doors with knobs on the right side. The right-hand term applies to outswing doors with the knob on the right side and inswing doors with knobs on the left side.