Flipping the opening direction of a Houseworks door

by brae  

Houseworks has some of the best dollhouse components on the market, and their doors are fabulous in that they are premade and hung in frames.  All you have to do is slide them into place.  But, sometimes you want the door to open the other direction.  As they are currently made, if the premade door is facing you, the door opens in to the right.

Here's how I flipped one to open in to the left.  First, I used masking tape to indicate the "up" direction and sides 1 and 2.

I removed the hinge pin on the bottom but left the pin at the top in the door.

I then measured where the original holes were and marked that same measurement on the opposite side.  These need to be precise.  I then used a tiny hand drill to make the new holes.  I slid my drill bit into the original hole to make sure I had the right size before drilling on the opposite side.

top of door frame

bottom of door frame

I installed the original door with side 2 facing me.  The door now opens in to the left.  The original holes can be filled or left in case you change your mind again.  :D

Since you are always keeping the up side in the right direction, this will work with other paneled doors where there is an obvious up direction.

1 comment

Comment from: kathi [Visitor]
Brilliant! Thank you so much! :D
03/31/11 @ 08:12

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