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Some rooms are so small, they're almost worthless. Occasionally, a cramped kitchen or other room can be "enlarged" enough to relieve an intolerable situation, by merely changing the hinges on a door so that it swings out instead of in.
Source: a Farmer's Almanac
By Ron from Cortez, CO
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How do you change a right hand door to a left hand door? It is not a pre-hung door.
By Pat Frain from IN
One is to remove the door and moldings, buy a new prehung door and install. The other is to buy a new door and you or hire a carpenter to hang it. The hinges location will have to be cut out on the door as well as matching hinge slots on the molding. New molding will have to replace the section of old molding where the cutouts were made for the old hinges. Also new cut outs for the door latches. If you are not handy best to have a pro do it so it is hung correctly.
I am a handy person and have done this before myself and it turned out almost perfectly but it was such a time consuming hassle that if I ever had to do it again I would hire a professional that could do it in an hour. ;-)
Pat, I know this project can be done, because my husband did it a couple of years ago. Of course, he's a retired contractor.
I retired from a construction career ten years ago. I've reversed door-swings often. If the original door fits well there is no need to buy a new one. Maybe some people have more money than sense? If the door is a simple plain blank panel one can turn it upside down and relocate hinge and lock locations. That probably never happens.
So: First turn the door inside out. Mark hinge cutouts and route or chisel them. Mark lock hardware on previous hinge side and cut openings. I agree that you should hire a professional to do this. If an inexperienced home-owner tries it, he or she generally labors his/her way through a long physical tutorial (turmoil) before scrapping the original door and hiring a carpenter.
I've seen that too.