How hard it is to change the direction that an interior door opens?

by Dia28547527
I live in an apartment, with a door to my stacked washer and dryer in a hallway. The hinges are on the right, and it makes more sense, due to the location of the door, to have them on the left. How involved would that be?
  9 answers
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 28, 2018

    It is a matter of reversing the hinges and the door latch to the other side. You will have some spaces to fill in but this can be accomplished. It looks like yoru door handle is in the middle so you could just turn your door upside down. Remove the door and take a close look as to what you have to do and you will know whether or not you will be able to do it yourself.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 28, 2018

    1. Open the door. ...
    2. Remove the hinges from the door with the the screw gun. ...
    3. Place the hinges back on the door, this time in the reverse direction. ...

    Unscrew the doorknob if it is a locking door knob.

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Mar 28, 2018

    It depends on your sill level, but since it's a rental I would ask the landlord before doing anything. The spaces where the hinges are now will have to be filled in. Here's instructions on how it's done:

  • Walter Bercarich Walter Bercarich on Mar 28, 2018

    Not that involved, but First ask the Landlord if you can do it or are allowed to do it. You have to remove the hinges and install them on the left side of the frame and reverse the door knob (easy) and stiker and reverse the hinges on the door. you'll need a wood chisel and hammer, fill gaps with spackle, I think it's better than cau;k. Use the hinges as a template.

  • Emily Emily on Mar 28, 2018

    Also don't forget that hinges are set into the door, so you would have to fill in those spaces on the right and create them on the left, otherwise the door will not fit nor hang right.

  • Rymea Rymea on Mar 28, 2018

    You should be able to buy a primed, prehung door for under $100. You could take it down when you move and put the original one back up. Just depends on how important it is to you

  • Melanie Czoka Melanie Czoka on Mar 28, 2018

    The hinges are set into the doorway, so you may nee permission from your landlord first. :\

  • William William on Mar 30, 2018

    Definitely get permission from the landlord in writing. You could lose your security deposit. He may arrange to have someone do it.

  • Stephanie Fudge Stephanie Fudge on Mar 30, 2018

    Take it down and add a curtain on a tension rod, then put the door back up when you move.