One of the most essential spaces for privacy in a home, is the bedroom area. Often, a bedroom door lock will become damaged or broken with frequent use and can create a dangerous situation when occupants become trapped in their bedroom. Interior doors have a variety of locks from push-button styles to keyed door knobs, there are 3 invaluable tips for getting around a stuck, broken bedroom door lock, that will work every time and if not, check out this website.
Tips for opening a broken-lock bedroom door
From the interior, getting around a broken lock can mean removing the doorknob altogether. First try pushing and pulling hard on the door while turning the knob forcefully. Sometimes, a sticky latch can fail to latch completely into place, so forcefully turning the doorknob while simultaneously pushing and pulling the door will move everything correctly into place.
From the outside, specifically on push-button locks, a Flathead screwdriver can be inserted into the tiny hole in the center of a doorknob from the non-locked side. When a small screwdriver or similar tool is inserted, once twisted clockwise, the door lock will open. If altogether damaged or broken from the inside, occupants may need to unhinge the door by hammering the pins from the door hinges in order to escape.
Another strategy is from the interior locking side, homeowners will be able to visually see two screws. With a Phillips screwdriver, or similar tool, the screws can be removed and manually unlocked by separating the doorknob.
Types of interior door locks
Traditionally, there are also 3 types of interior door lock designs:
- Push button with emergency release (the small center hole)
- Latch locks; and
- Key locks
Latch locks are a popular design for interior doors because they prevent the door from automatically locking behind anyone entering or leaving the room. Since interior locks are designed to minimize nuisance, they are not as securely designed as those intended for exterior home use.
Recognizing which locks are installed throughout a home or apartment is the best approach to knowing what to do in the event a bedroom door lock becomes broken. Homeowners and renters can stash a tool like a small screwdriver in various rooms throughout a home, for use in the event they need it to escape a broken lock situation. Finally, educating everyone in the household on what to do in such situations is both wise and effective.