Here at Coastal providing our customers with a wide range of technical and practical support on a daily basis is part of life – we’re so much more than just a hardware supplier (even though we thrive at that also!)
One of the most common areas we’re asked to help on is the issue of door handing, lock sizes and which lock for which door system. So to help remove the pain and confusion around this, we’ve created a simple ‘Door Handing Diagram and Lock Chart’ along with some practical advice and guidance. You can download a pdf or request a printed poster of this using the links at the bottom of this post.
The Fundamentals of Door Handing
Door handing refers to the direction in which the door swings and it’s important to get it right when ordering your door hardware. It can be easily determined by using the diagrams below:
Door handing can be easily determined by using the diagrams below:
- Is the lock for a single or double door?
- If the lock is for a double door set, do you need a handle on the slave and master doors or just the master door?
- What height is the door?
Once you have answered these questions our lock kits as detailed on the Lock Chart poster make it easy for you to see which you need.
Some Additional Points to Remember:
- German and UK door handing is the opposite way round. As we supply the German made Winkhaus locks, the locks supplied may have the opposite handing printed on them to what you’ve ordered.
- The sizes specified in the lock kits refer to the height of the door, not the length of the lock.