One question you may have when shopping for door hardware is, "What does it mean for a door handle to be handed?" Maybe you've recently purchased a new door and need to figure out the right handle to buy. If you're new to door installation, this may be something you simply aren't familiar with, which is common. Handing refers to the how a door swings—either left or right. It's important to know about handing, so you don't purchase a handle that turns in the wrong direction. For instance, a handle designed for right-handed doors won't operate right on a left-handed door! This is how to properly verify handing, which will save you time and money in the long run.

To quickly determine if you need a left or right-handed door handle, first stand outside of your door. For interior doors, you'll stand on the side where you enter. Then, take note of where the hinges are on the frame. If the hinges are on the left side, it's a left-handed door. If they're on the right, it's a right-handed door. You'll need a door handle that corresponds to the handing. For your front door, if it's a left-hand style, the inside handle should be pointed to the right (this should point towards the hinges to help you remember). This will be the opposite for a right-handed door, with the inside handle pointed to the left.

When shopping for a new door handle or lever, you will typically see an option for choosing the handing you need. Now that you know what handing is and how it works, you won't accidentally purchase the wrong door handle for your home! For a visual on how to determine door handing, see our instructional YouTube video here ( Still feeling unsure? Give us a call at 307-886-9449 or text us at 307-352-9449 Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We'll help ensure you find the right door handles for your left- and right-handed doors.