Have you ever experienced being locked in a bedroom either your own bedroom or a hotel room? Well, if you’re being locked in a hotel room, you could ask the staff to come and bring a master key. However, the case is different when you’re being locked in your own bedroom at home. You can use several methods by using simple items that you have inside your bag or other items around.
Below we will be talking about how to open locked bedroom doors at your own home using easy-to-find items. However, these methods might be useful if you’re in a hotel bedroom and in an urgent situation. Of course, if you’re stuck for a long time and need to get out immediately, you can call a locksmith right away. Just keep scrolling down to read the full article.
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HOW TO OPEN LOCKED BEDROOM DOORS
Tip 1: Know the Lock Type
Usually, there are two types of locks that are used often for interior doors. To find out the lock type, you can tell from the slot or hole that is located outside the doorknob.
- The first one is a push-in type that has a button in the knob to lock the door from the inside. The key point that you can spot from this lock type is it usually has a small hole with a diameter about 1/4-inch outside the knob.
- The second type is a twist-button type that is turned right or left to function with a small slot about half an inch in length and 1/8-inch wide.
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Tip 2: Remove the Knob
Well, this tip can probably be your last option to open the locked door by removing the knob. For some people, it can be too “extreme” to damage the knob but you don’t have other choices to do.
- For privacy doors, the knob is held by two screws that are visible outside.
- Use a screwdriver to undo these screws.
- Once the screws are removed, place the screwdriver into the lock of the door handle and twist it gently to release the lock.
- Apply some pressure to the knob by pulling on the screws.
- The screws might be hidden behind a decorative collar in some cases. If this is the case, remove them first by inserting a clip into the small hole of the collar or gently pry the collar with a flathead screwdriver.
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Tip 3: Use Cards
This one is probably one of the famous ways that you can use just like in a movie. Please make sure that you use non-confidential cards like a grocery membership, loyalty, library, and stiff business card can be a good choice to use.
- Start this step from above the door handle by sliding the card into the gap between the frame and the door.
- Tilt it towards the knob and bend it to slide.
- Lean on the door while wiggling the card back and forth until the door unlocks.
- You can also refer to these steps if you will use a knife but please be careful when using this tool. We would recommend using a butter knife, spreader, or something that doesn’t have a sharp blade.
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Tip 4: Pins or Paper Clips
This trick is also one of the famous tricks that you may have seen in movies. You can use hairpins, heavy-duty paperclips, or other stiff bits of wire to use this tip.
- Bend the clip or pin apart to make a long and straight piece of metal.
- If the lock is a push-button type, insert it directly into the hole until you feel some resistance, then push.
- For a twisting type, you have to insert the pin into the keyhole and twist the knob while wiggling the pin at the same time until it catches on something, then apply pressure. To open a twist-lock, you should sweep the item both clockwise and counter-clockwise until the lock releases.
- If you hear a click sound, it means that the door is already unlocked.
Tip 5: Small Screwdriver
This method works on doors with “privacy handles,” locked by pushing a button in the door handle. What you have to do is:
- Look for a tiny hole in the doorknob.
- Push an eyeglasses screwdriver, a paper clip hammered flat, or a very small butter knife into this hole.
- Push it straight through as far as you can.
- Turn or twist it until it catches a groove and the lock clicks open.
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So, those are five simple tips that you can do to open a locked bedroom door. Though we don’t want this to happen to you, it’s always good to know one or two cents of information to help you out.