Unless the door opens directly into a set of stairs, doors can generally be installed to open in either direction. A lot of times bathroom doors are installed to swing outward because the bathroom is quite small, and this orientation allows for more options when placing the fixtures in the bathroom.
Which way should a bathroom door swing?
Provided the bathroom doesn’t open out immediately onto a flight of stairs, bathroom doors can typically be installed to open in either direction. In many instances, homeowners will prefer the bathroom door to swing outwards, due to the fact that bathroom spaces can generally be quite small.
Are Outswing doors more expensive?
I frequently order these from my local lumberyard, and they are a little more expensive than a standard door. An outswing door will have a threshold like this. An inswing door will have weatherstripping on its bottom.
What causes doors to open by themselves?
Houses of all ages can settle, which means they shift slightly on the ground they are built on. This can throw plumb lines out of kilter, causing the doors to open, even if the settling is too subtle to see by the naked eye.