Lock a Door  Without a Lock


Doorstops are typically used to prevent doors from closing, but when a doorstop is placed behind an inward-opening door it physically prevents the door from being opened.

Back of a Chair

Sturdy chairs can be angled such that the top of the chair wedges under the door handle while the chair’s feet are firmly planted against the ground.

Belt or Rope

Lever-style door handles tend to be easier to lock than door knobs because a belt or rope can be used to restrain the physical movement of the handle.


In a pinch, a simple fork can be used to temporarily lock a door that inwardly opens.

Remove Door Handle

While this isn’t the best option to keep the door secure, removing the door handle entirely does present a challenge for anyone trying to gain access. It's best to pair this option with another temporary door lock.

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