Unlocking a Bedroom Door in an Emergency Unlocking a Bedroom Door in an Emergency

What You'll Need
Metal paperclip or wire clothes hanger
Flat head screwdriver with thin shaft

The lock on a bedroom door is designed for privacy and not for security or keeping intruders out. This is fortunate in the event that you need to open a locked bedroom door because in an emergency, a high-security lock would be hard to hack. If you have small children in your home, it is not uncommon for children to lock themselves in a bedroom, so it can be handy to know how to bypass a lock. Here is a convenient, step-by-step guide that will show you how to pick the lock on the bedroom door quickly and easily.

Step 1 - Determine the Door Lock Type

First, you'll need to determine what type of lock is installed on the bedroom door. Generally speaking, there are two types of locks that are used for bedroom doors or interior doors. The first type uses a push-in button in the knob to lock the door from the inside. The second type of lock uses a twist-button that is turned right or left to work. You'll be able to distinguish between the two lock types by the type of slot, or hole, which is on the outside doorknob.

If the outside knob has a small hole about 1/4-inch in diameter, then the lock type is the push button. On the other hand, if you see a small slot about half an inch in length and about 1/8-inch wide, this type of lock uses the twist button locking mechanism.

Step 2 – Open a Push-button Lock

To unlock this mechanism, you will need to take a wire paperclip and open it. Alternatively, you could use a wire clothes hanger as well. Take the wire and insert it into the hole located in the center of the doorknob. Then, push the tip of the paperclip or clothes hanger straight into the hole and try to keep it as straight as possible. If you keep it straight, you should feel the lock on the other side of the door. Apply pressure until the lock pops and you are able to turn the doorknob.

Step 3 - Open a Twist-button Lock

For this type, insert a flathead screwdriver into the slot located on the outer knob. Again, you will need to insert the screwdriver as straight as possible. Once it’s fully in, turn the screwdriver slowly clockwise. You will need to turn the screwdriver about a quarter of the way, in order to open the door. If the screwdriver turns more than that and the door still does not open, your screwdriver probably did not fit into the internal slot designed to open the door, so you may need to try again or get a screwdriver of a different size

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