How to Lock a Door Without a Lock: 5 Popular Expert Ways

Your door is open. You can’t find your keys. What do you do? Here’s how to lock a door without a lock, using items you likely have in your home.

These are the most practical options to lock a door without a lock. 

  • Use a binder clip
  • Put a chair under the door handle
  • Use a fork 
  • Use a belt and hook
  • Secure the door with portable locks
DIY door lock

On the off chance that you’re in a rush and ran into an issue with your lock, or you just don’t have a lock, these simple tricks can be used to lock any door without one.

You simply cannot leave the room since the door will be left open. Knowing how to lock a door without a lock may provide some peace of mind and solid security. 

You may utilize items you already have in your house, or you can buy portable door locking devices. The important thing is to do it correctly.

1. Lock the door using a binder clip

Who would have imagined that a thing that firmly secures documents, such as a binder clip, could also be used as an alternative door lock? Yes, a binder clip may function as an emergency door lock.

binder clip

Binders exist in a variety of sizes, but I believe the largest is best to use. Here is the DIY steps to convert a binder clip into a door lock:

  1. You take the binder clip and take out the base from its holder. Set aside the clip’s base because you won’t need it this time.
  2. To make a lock, you will just need the holder, the firm and thin metal you used to grip-open the metal clip. In addition, you need one of the two.
  3. Now, you need a vice grip or a plier to bend the two pointed portions of the clip handle about 1cm to look like a hook.
  4. To attach it to your door, gently open it to let the material you made fit into the striking plate.
  5. Once inserted, smoothly pull the door in so that the deadbolt touches the strike plate.
  6. And the door is now nicely shut.
  7. To reopen, just remove the material from the strike plate and swing the door open.

2. Lock the door by putting a chair under the door handle/doorknob

For Handle Type: A chair with adjustments, such as an office chair, is ideal since you can easily adjust the height of the back support and roll it under the door handle. When someone attempts to come in, they will be unable to press the handle down.

For Knob Type: You may also try this trick with wooden seats. Using a similar procedure, place the chair at an angle beneath the doorknob. Push the chair as far as you can to ensure that it is securely in place. Wedge the chair firmly into position. You can lie anything on the legs of the chair to add force when someone attempts to push the door.

3. Repurpose rubber doorstop as door lock

Doorstops’ are not only helpful in keeping a door open to prevent it from slamming shut in the wind. You can creatively use it to lock your doors. All you need to do is slide it securely under your door. Now, no one can open the door from outside-in and vice versa until you remove them.

If there is no rubber doorstop, you can make one out of cardboard. Cut a piece and roll it up to make a wedge shape. It works better on a carpet floor.

4. Use a fork to lock a door

In a hurry, you can use a fork to close a toilet or closet with a broken lock.

fork to lock the door

Use an old fork that you no longer need since you will need to destroy it.

Begin by bending over roughly 1 cm of the prongs using a plier. And cut the fork handle in half so that you have basically two pieces. Be cautious; they may leave sharp ends. Next, open the door and place the prongs of your fork into the striking plate so that they hook into the hole. Then, using the fork handle, slip it between the prongs to close the door. To protect the wall and the door, place a piece of cardboard behind the handle.

5. Lock the door using a belt and hook

How do you lock a bathroom door without a lock? Broken bathroom locks could be a dilemma if there is only one bathroom in the house.

Now to lock the door, a towel hook is usually fixed just above the door handle inside the bathroom. If you are in a hurry and need to use the bathroom, it’s easy to keep it shut using a belt and a hook.

All you have to do is hang your belt on the hook and stretch it tight enough over the door handle. It prevents anyone from pressing the handle down. If the belt is too short, use a strap or string to fasten the adjustment not to slip off.

6. Secure the door with portable locks

A portable lock is another door security device, a door lock gadget, a door barricade, a door brace, a door bar, an emergency lock, or a travel lock. They are simple to set up, extremely dependable, and transportable.

Look for portable locks if you have a lot of time. Without a doubt, portable locks are the quickest method to safeguard your space, are very simple to use, and offer good locking support. You may even take it with you when you travel and use it in your hotel room.

Portable locks may cost you a bit more than the home diy solutions, but they are the best emergency locking solution. If you are not into DIYing or repositioning objects or strategically attaching ropes to make a lock inside your room, then invest in a portable lock. (1)

There are several types of portable locks, each with its own set of instructions. Before using it, be sure to read the user’s manual.

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To summarize, locking a door without a lock may not be as difficult as you imagined. I hope you find it helpful! Please leave a comment below and share the post.

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