Technical Information: Entry Doors
Swing and Handing Detail
Entrance door operation is defined as an in-swing or out-swing and either a left hand or right hand swing. In-swing means the door swings into the room when opened. In-swing is typically required for most residential codes unless other means of required egress are available.
Out-swing means the door swings away from the room or in the case of a entrance door it swings to the outside of the building. Out-swing is most commonly used in public buildings.
Architectural prints normally depict handing and swing in one of two ways.
A front view or elevation of the door should have a dashed line that looks like a big horizontal “V” < or >. The small end, or the way it is pointing designates the hinge side of the jamb. The wide side represents the open side of the door. Note that this representation does not determine in-swing or out-swing unless it is noted.