Everything You Need to Know: Door Knob Code

You might be surprised to learn that there’s actually a code associated with doorknob usage. In fact, there are several codes! Whether you’re opening or closing a door, turning a knob, or just passing by, there are specific etiquette rules to follow. Here’s everything you need to know about the Door Knob Code.

Things You Need to Know:

  1. When you enter a room, the first thing you should do is close the door behind you. This is polite and helps to keep the noise level down in adjacent rooms. If someone else is already in the room, let them know you’re coming in by knocking first.
  2. Once you’re inside, take note of where the door handle is located. Is it on the right or left side? This will come in handy when you need to leave the room.
  3. If you’re sitting in a chair and someone else needs to get past, stand up and move out of the way. This is common courtesy and will help avoid any awkwardness or accidental bumps.


When it’s time to leave the room, again, take note of which side the door handle is on. If it’s on the right, use your right hand to turn it. If it’s on the left, use your left hand. And always use your knuckles – never your palm! – to turn the knob.

Post Author: Kiera Clay