How to Secure an Interior Door

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A closed door provides security from unwanted intrusion, like a burglar who attempts to enter your home. To secure an inside door from being forcibly opened, employ different means beforehand to make the door a more formidable barrier. Supplies from a hardware store will be needed, along with tools found in most households.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal door strips
  • Metal screws
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Portable drill, 1-inch drill bit
  • Locking bolt plates
  • Metal folding chair

Protect Door Edge

  • Open the door. Mount a metal door strip against the inside edge of the door frame facing the door -- use metal screws and a Phillips screwdriver to do this.

  • Mount a metal door strip against the edge of the door facing the door frame in the same manner as was just done with the door frame.

  • Close the door. Mount a metal door strip across the bottom of the door using metal screws and a Phillips screwdriver.

Prevent Door Removal

  • Open the door and make a mark in the door frame facing the back of the door 10 inches down from the top and 10 inches up from the bottom.

  • Place a mark on the back of the door opposite the marks on the door frame.

  • Drill a hole in each mark on the door frame with a portable drill.

  • Mount a locking bolt plate on each mark on the back of the door using wood screws and a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Close the door so that the extruding bolts on the locking bolt plates go inside the holes on the door frame.

Furniture To Secure Door

  • Place a metal folding chair against the door.

  • Rotate the chair so that the seat faces you.

  • Angle the top of the chair towards the door knob.

  • Wedge the top of the chair beneath the door knob.

  • Place a heavy object -- for example, a laundry basket filled with dirty clothes -- against the front legs of the chair.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is a given that you should always lock the door.

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