Bedroom Door Won’t Stay Open – Troubleshooting

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If you’re having trouble getting your bedroom door to stay open, there are several things you can try before calling out a professional. This article will give you some tips to fix that bedroom issue.

Is the Pivot Door Pin Loose or Missing?

If the pivot door pin is loose or missing, you may have to tighten it with an Allen key or screwdriver. If there is no pivot door pin inside the hinge, then find one and put it back in.

  • Tighten the pivot door pin. Turn your screwdriver clockwise to tighten the pivot door pin. If this does not solve the problem, you may need to replace the pivot door pin altogether.
  • Replace missing hinge screws, if necessary. Check to see if any of the screws on your hinges are missing, and replace them as needed by using a drill or screwdriver and hammer (or power drill).

Is the Pivot Door Pin Worn Out?

If your door is a pivot style, you might have to remove it and check the pivot pin. This pin should be locked in place with a screw at the top of it. If it’s loose, then that could be part of the problem.

The other issue could be that the hole in your plate has either worn out or is damaged, which would prevent the pivot pin from getting a good grip on it.

If your pivot door pin is loose or worn out, you may be able to repair it yourself by cleaning and lubricating the area. If this doesn’t solve the problem, consider replacing the pins with new ones that fit snugly in their holes. You can buy these at any home improvement store or online retailer, such as or

Has the Door Warped or Shrunk?

Has the door warped or shrunk

As you know, when a door is warped or shrunk, it will not stay open by itself. This is a common problem in bathrooms as the humidity causes wood to shrink and warp.

The best way to determine if your bedroom door has warped or shrunk is to look at the floor around the bottom of your door. If there are gaps, then this may be what’s keeping it from staying open on its own—you’ll need to fix this first before attempting any other solutions!

How to fix a warped bedroom door

The next thing that could cause your door not to stay open is if it has warped or shrunk over time due to weather conditions such as high humidity and temperature changes (in summer). In this case, simply replacing the hinges with longer ones might do the trick!

The best way to fix this, however, is by replacing the door. The problem with warping is that it can be caused by moisture getting underneath the wood and causing it to warp. This can also cause gaps between your hinges and wall, which will be difficult to repair.

If you’re not ready to replace your bedroom door entirely, there are some things you can do to make sure that it stays open and doesn’t keep falling shut on its own:

  • If possible, move any furniture away from the wall near where your bedroom door closes so that there’s room for it to swing open without hitting anything else when you close it.
  • Make sure you’re closing your bedroom door properly so that all four hinges are flush with each other at once. This means pushing down on both sides of your hinge/door gently until all four parts line up in perfect symmetry before letting go (and then double-checking!). If using multiple people helps with stability here—a partner could stand on one side of a hinge while someone else stands next door, so both hands are available for pushing—that’s even better!
  • Try adjusting where you position yourself when opening/closing said hinge(s) as well; sometimes, simply stepping forward or backward slightly will help prevent binding issues from occurring again later.
  • Measure the width of your doorway from wall to wall; keep in mind that there should be about ½ inch extending past each side so you can use them for reference later on when trimming down excess panels (this will also ensure that they fit snugly into place).
  • Cut two boards that measure ¾” x 3 ½”; these should be long enough so they’ll span across both sides of where they meet with each other horizontally along the top edge while still being short enough where they touch vertically up against walls next inside house frame itself

How to adjust a self-closing hinge

How to adjust a self closing hinge

If your door won’t stay open, first check to see if the hinges are in need of adjustment. If they are, use a screwdriver to unscrew them from the door frame and then re-tighten them until they’re just snug enough that you can lift the door open without much effort.

If you can’t find any screws holding your hinge on, don’t worry—you might just have an old-fashioned hinge instead of a self-closing one!

If adjusting your hinges doesn’t work, it’s time for plan B: adding something weighty between the bottom edge of your door and its threshold. This will keep it from closing all the way every time someone passes through it or knocks on it (which may be why your kids keep leaving their bedroom doors open).

Try using some large books or bricks in place of something lightweight like sandbags; they’ll disperse force over a greater area more effectively than sandbags would and reduce wear on both sides of an affected piece of furniture (in this case, just one side).

Use a door stop

Another (easier) way to keep a door open is to use a doorstop. This can be as simple as placing a block of wood behind the door so it won’t close, or it can be as complicated as using a spring-loaded device that will hold the door open until you release the catch.

If you want your bedroom door to stay open most of the time, but not all of the time (for example, when you’re hanging out in front of your computer), then you might want to try using a fixed position door stop. These simply sit behind your bedroom door and prevent it from closing without any effort on your part at all!