No matter how weird and strange it sounds, some people are really wondering how to lock a bedroom door from the outside without a key. I am an active member of several forums and I noticed a lot of people are desperately looking for the answer.
I know why some people want to do that and the logic behind doing so may vary from person to person. So, I have decided to clarify the issue for my beloved readers in this short article. At the end of the article, I have shared a tiny experience of my own about this issue when I was in college. I promise you will find the story pretty useful.
Ways To Lock A Door From Outside
The solution will work differently depending on who you are and where you are living. If you own the house, there are some pretty good solutions; but if you don’t – you have limited solutions. There will be totally different solutions if you are living in a shared room or in a dorm room.
Since the scenarios vary a lot; some of you even looking for the answer to how to keep a door shut without a lock, I will give you multiple solutions. Later, I will explain why you should NOT lock the bedroom door from the outside. First, look at the possible solutions:
- If you own the house or the landlord allows you, just change the old door handle. Get a new door handle that comes with a keyhole in it from your local hardware store or from the Amazon. Internally, you have to insert a lock into the door. Hire professional people to do the new set up.
- In a shared house where there are a lot of split rooms, things are a little bit complicated. I mean, you may have full confidence with your mate but what about their mates? You will find door handles with locking latch in the market. They don’t seem too different than their traditional counterparts. You can install one of them!
- Go to your local store and get a Yale type latch to be fitted if external bolt & padlock don’t work for you.
- Here is a DIY approach to follow if you have a knot tying skill:
You can go for any method that works for you best. Now, you might be wondering what if you lock someone from the outside and there is a fire or other disaster, right? Well, this is a serious issue that you need to be worried about.
However, if you talk to a firefighter about it they will tell you that it’s just a matter of one or 2 kicks to break any residential interior door even if there is a key lock outside and a twist-lock inside.
Why You Should NOT Lock The Door From Outside?
I understand your totally unique situation, but this is a pretty bad idea if you want to lock someone else or even yourself from the outside. This is something like imprisoning someone inside and leave him/her to the mercy of the god. I know some true stories where things went seriously wrong doing so.
If you have mentally or physically challenged loved ones in your family, you may have to do it under rare cases. However, you should not be doing this unless a doctor or a relevant professional recommends it.
My Experience With Portable Door Lock
I have a weird but pretty studious roommate in my college dorm. I used to share my room with him. Apart from sleeping and mealtime, he was always reading. Sometimes he used to go out of the room to spend some time in the T.V. room and chat a little.
One day, he realized hanging with friends, watching TV, etc. are nothing but wasting time. He told me that he should spend more time studying. So, he asked me a pretty weird favor. He told me to lock him from the outside of the room and take the key with me whenever I go outside.
His logic was pretty straightforward. He told that doing so will force him to stay inside the room and more time studying. I did what he asked for. Now, if you are wondering how he is doing now—well, he is doing great. He is now an Assistant Professor of a reputed public university.
I told you this story because I wanted to let you know that there are some occasions when we have to do pretty weird stuff like locking the bedroom from the outside.
Again, if the situation really does not require it, don’t even think about it. If you are really concerned or you must know who enters the bedroom without your knowledge, just put an alarm on the door. If the door opens anytime without your knowledge, the extreme sounds will let you know!