Bedroom door won't stay open

A while back I had a small curtain rod behind my bedroom door. One day it fell into the space between the door and the wall while closing the door. Now when I open the door it won't stay open. It swings about half way shut, which isn't fun when you're leaving the room in the dark, and half asleep. I've had overextended dryer door hinges that have been fixable in the past, so I hope there is hope for the bedroom door. Thank you!
  16 answers
  • Kari Mills Kari Mills on Nov 12, 2015
    Try tightening the screws on the hinges on the door frame.

  • Judith Oosdyke Judith Oosdyke on Nov 13, 2015
    Same thing happened in our bathroom we used Velcro on a towel rack and on the door. But in your case I might put a piece of cardboard under the hinge to elevate the bottom of the door thus shifting the balance point allowing the door be pulled open rather than closed

  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 13, 2015
    Hi Kristen. You can try using a shim to put under the hinge. (Under door jamb side) also might try bending the hinge to desired position for the door to stay open. Be sure to check that the door itself is not cracked. Meaning that the door is in tact, both sides, not coming apart. YouTube might be a great visual tutorial for bending the hinge. Just type in bending door hinge or the like.

  • Pete Pete on Nov 13, 2015
    Take one of the pins out of the hinge . Lay it on a concrete surface and tap it lightly in the middle with a hammer to bend it slightly. Reinstall. If it does not work bend slightly more or do the other hinge as well.

  • Jhunt10 Jhunt10 on Nov 13, 2015
    Pete, removing one or all of the hinge pins & laying on concrete and tapping, has worked for me. If that doesn't work, take out two of the top hinge screws ( the one on door jamb) and replace with screws 1/4 to 1/2 inch longer. This will result in pulling the door slab up. Hope this helps.

  • Paul Hayden Paul Hayden on Nov 13, 2015
    For about $5 you can get a magnetic door stop, which screws into the wall or base trim, with a small metal plate on the door - it holds the door there quite easily without any other adjustments. If you don't want the door to swing on its own (if the magnet does not catch), then you will need to try the above possible remedies.

    • Kirsten Veneziano Kirsten Veneziano on Nov 13, 2015
      @Paul Hayden Thank you! I'll try the magnetic door stop if I can't get the hinges to work correctly.

  • Karen Karen on Nov 13, 2015
    Pete has the answer! I did this to a bedroom door that kept going half shut (thanks to info I found on Hometalk!) and it worked like a charm.

  • I'm wondering, isn't the larger problem here a space big enough that something can fall between the wall and door? You could also just buy a little door stop you slide under the door! Inspectors call these 'ghost doors"!

  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Nov 13, 2015
    Take the old hinges off your door & replace them. The screw holes are already there. Take one of the old hinges with you & go to the hardware store & match it up. Then, replace them when returning home. It's easier than trying to straighten a bent screw or nail. OR you could just buy a wooden door wedge & use that when going to bed each night. :)

  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Nov 13, 2015
    The accident has changed the way the door is hanging off the frame - I suspect something in the hinges has bent, as a result of being forced closed. Would also like to add that some houses are older than the current array of hinge sizes. This means you sometimes have to get creative with how you manage to hang your door onto and existing frame. It's important to realize that everything around you is subjected to change, whether alive or an inanimate objects. Think about it. What you accept as 'reality' has never existed before YOU, nor will it ever exist after you are gone!

  • Bill Robinson Bill Robinson on Nov 13, 2015
    First, are the screws loose on either the upper or lower hinge? If they are loose, take the screws out one or two at a time, jam toothpics in the screw holes. Replace screws, tightening until snug. Do not over tighten. If this doesn't work, go to bottom hinge, remove all screws from jamb part of hinge. . Then cut pieces of cardboard from a cereal box or Kleenex box the same size as the hinge. Put a couple of these between the hinge and jamb, install screws. That should do it. If not, add another cardboard shim. Good luck.

  • LD LD on Nov 13, 2015
    First make sure that the screws in the door hinges are tight and then check the hinge pin to make sure it is completely down the door hinge. If you can't get the hinge screws tight, the hole for the screw may have become stripped, and you can fix this by putting in longer screw and one a little wider.

  • Bill Wilson Bill Wilson on Nov 13, 2015
    You can buy a magnetic door stop at Menards and probably other places. We have them, and they work!

  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Nov 13, 2015
    You can take the door hinge pins out and set them on concrete and hit them with a hammer which will bend the pin. Reinstall and it should hold the door open...If doing one won't work do 2 or all three.

  • Arl2713077 Arl2713077 on Nov 13, 2015
    Take the pin out of the middle hinge. On an uneven surface, bend the pin slightly by hitting it with a hammer. Replace the pin in the hinge. You may need to repeat until the door does not close on its own. This is a trick an old carpenter showed me.

  • Lynda Dexter Lynda Dexter on Nov 14, 2015
    It sounds like you are saying the curtain rod fell into the space and is still in there. If that is the case simply remove the door pins pull the door off and remove the curtain rod. If that is not the case and the pin is bent then yes pull the pins and straighten them with a hammer on a flat surface.