Most bedroom and bathroom doors don’t have keyholes. This means that when your child locks you outside the door you can’t easily get inside. While it’s challenging to unlock the door, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. To help you out here are some of the ways in which you can unlock the door.

Plastic card

While grasping the doorknob with your non-dominant hand you should push the door so that the gap between the locked door and doorframe is wide enough. You should then insert the card into the gap above the doorknob in a slightly downward angle and then wiggle the plastic card downward until you encounter the locking mechanism of the doorknob.

You should slide the plastic card against the angled portion of the metal locking mechanism and push it back out of the doorjamb. When you feel some resistance from the lock starting to give you should push the door open. You should note that you may be required to wiggle the card a little bit in order to get the right opening.

Removing the doorknob

If you have tried the above method and it fails to work you should consider removing the doorknob. Here you should locate the screws on either side of the doorknob and then use a screwdriver to remove them. To unlock the door you should manually pull the locking mechanism back into the door.

Hinge removal

If you have tried removing the doorknob and still the door doesn’t unlock you should go to the last resort-removing the hinges. You should start by determining the direction that the door swings. If it swings towards you, you should remove the door from the hinges.

If there is paint covering the hinges you should use a razor blade or box knife to remove it. You should then place the tip of the screwdriver under the lower hinge and tap it with a hammer. To push the hinge you should pin it up and out.

You should repeat the same procedure with the upper door hinge taking care that the door doesn’t fall off the hinges and on top of someone.


These are some of the ways in which you can unlock the door without a keyhole. You should note that if your door has a trim on it you have to first trim it in order to gain access to the locking mechanism using your plastic card.