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ivesja 03-09-2010 06:11 PM

interior doors
Does an interior door have to open in to a room, IE bathroom, bed room or can it open into a hallway? I am not talking about a closet door, it is a room that you walk into.

Termite 03-09-2010 09:43 PM

Assuming you're talking about a single family residence, the International Residential code is silent on door swing. You can do anything with a door's swing except swing it over a set of stairs or over a step/riser of any kind.

My recommendation is to place your doors so they don't complicate egress in an emergency. Most bedroom doors swing inward so as not to block the hallway when they're left open. I'd just be careful not to make it so different doors can swing into each other and do damage.

In accessible buildings built under the International Building Code (the commercial and 3+ dwelling unit code), there are more stringent requirements for door swing in some cases.

Leah Frances 03-09-2010 10:06 PM

I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that firefighters prefer interior doors to open into the room.

ivesja 03-10-2010 09:05 AM

Thank you for the information, the question was for a single family residence. I understand the "best" situation is for the doors to swing inward however, I do not have room to do that since my washer and dryer stick out and prevents to door from swinging inward. (no room for a pcoket door) :) thanks again

Thurman 03-10-2010 10:30 AM

Is this a case of "the old washer/dryer worked fine in that room, but the new one's are too deep"? I've ran across this several times with today's newer machines. The solution, almost always, was to remove the swinging door unit, and install bi-fold doors. Most of the time I could enlarge the opening also. Measure three times-cut once when doing this. David

ivesja 03-10-2010 10:49 AM


Thanks for idea about using a bi-fold door, I never thought about using one. I think that will solve my problem, yes you are correct about new machines being a little bigger. This question came up because I am installing new doors throughout the house. :)

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