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How to Fix a Door That Springs Open

Understanding Why Your Door Springs Open

Doors that spring open on their own can be quite annoying. This usually happens due to issues with the door hinges or the frame. Understanding the root cause is the first step to fixing the problem.

Here are a few common reasons why doors spring open:

  • Hinges are not aligned properly.
  • The door frame is not square.
  • Loose hinge screws.
  • Warped door or frame.

Checking and Tightening the Hinges

Step-by-Step Guide

Loose or improperly aligned hinges are a common cause of doors springing open. Here's how you can check and tighten them:

  1. Open the door wide so you can access the hinges easily.
  2. Check each hinge to see if any screws are loose.
  3. If you find any loose screws, use a screwdriver to tighten them.
  4. If the screws do not tighten properly, they might be stripped. In this case, you can use longer screws or wooden toothpicks to fill the holes and then tighten the screws again.

Adjusting the Door Hinges

Realigning the Hinges

If tightening the screws doesn't fix the problem, you may need to adjust the position of the hinges. Here's how:

  1. Close the door and check if it is level. You can use a spirit level for this.
  2. If the door is not level, mark the position of the hinges on the door frame.
  3. Remove the hinge screws and reposition the hinges slightly to adjust the door alignment.
  4. Reattach the hinges and check if the door stays closed.

Using Shims to Fix the Door Frame

Inserting Shims

Sometimes, the door frame may not be square, causing the door to spring open. Shims can help correct this issue:

  1. Identify the hinge that needs adjusting by closing the door and checking where it springs open.
  2. Loosen the screws on the hinge slightly.
  3. Insert a shim (a thin piece of wood or cardboard) behind the hinge to adjust its position.
  4. Tighten the screws and test the door again.

Using a Door Closer

Installing a Door Closer

If the above methods do not work, you can install a door closer. This device will ensure the door closes automatically and stays closed:

  1. Purchase a door closer from us. Ensure it is suitable for the weight of your door.
  2. Follow the instructions provided with the door closer to install it properly.
  3. Adjust the tension on the door closer to ensure the door closes smoothly.

Regular Maintenance Tips

Keeping Your Door in Good Condition

To prevent your door from springing open in the future, regular maintenance is key:

  • Regularly check and tighten hinge screws.
  • Ensure the door frame remains square and aligned.
  • Lubricate the hinges to prevent squeaking and ensure smooth operation.


Fixing a door that springs open involves checking and tightening the hinges, adjusting their alignment, using shims if necessary, and considering a door closer for a more permanent solution. Regular maintenance can help prevent the issue from recurring.

If you find these steps challenging or the problem persists, it might be best to consult a professional carpenter or handyman.