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How To Unlock A Bathroom Door With No Hole: The Diverse Techniques


How can one unlock a bathroom door without holes? Many people have been asking this question lately.

Here’s the thing. Have you ever been locked in or outside a room? Most modern doorknobs are like this. You never know when you’ll be locked inside or outside a room.

So, how do you unlock a bathroom door that doesn’t have a hole? Read to find out what to do.

Making Use Of A Credit Card

Is your credit card within your reach in the bathroom? If yes, count yourself lucky. This credit card method is among the oldest techniques used to unlock doors. It may seem impossible, but it is quite simple if you know what you’re doing.

Ideally, a bendable laminated card would have been a better option for this. And keep in mind that you can’t use this method on deadbolts. It works solely on spring locks.

Anything can also happen to your card. Keep that in mind. But if you’re careful enough, you can still use the plastic card afterward.

Here’s what the plastic or credit card method entails.

Step#1: Hold the doorknob firmly:

The first move you’re going to make is to grab the doorknob. Please grab it very hard, using the non-dominant hand.

What we mean is, if you’re a left-handed person; grab the doorknob with your right hand. It will help improve your chances of unlocking the door.

But as said earlier, use a plastic card you can afford to lose. You can damage it in the process of trying to open the locked bathroom door.

Step#2: Push the locked door harder:

Your next step is to push the door harder. Apply great force on the door, using your hand, legs, and part of your body, if you would.

By pushing the door so hard, the gap between the locked door and door frame will widen. Make the gap as wide as possible to make it easier to unlock.

Step#3: Use your plastic card:

A bendable laminated plastic card is a better option. But if you don’t have such, use whatever is at your disposal.

Now, insert the card in your hands into the gap between the locked door and the doorknob. Then have it bent backward. By so doing, you’ll be forcing the lock back into the door.

 A Handy Tip: Keep in mind that if there’s not enough space between the door and frame, you can force the plastic card you’re using into the door and frame over the lock.

The aim is to get the lock back to the door. So, continue to wiggle the card downward. But please do this carefully.

As you wiggle the card, have in mind that the aim is to encounter the doorknob’s locking mechanism.

So, in your mind, create a picture of the protruded metal part that enters the doorjamb from the door. That’s the thing keeping you from unlocking the door. You have to push it back into the door.

Step#4: Get the metal locking off the doorjamb:

The metal locking mechanism is the prime target. If you can get it off the doorjamb, you’ll be free to leave the bathroom.

So, keep sliding your plastic card until it gets into a good position to push the protruded metal lockout off the doorjamb.

A Handy Tip:  Patience is crucial when using this technique. It would also be better if the plastic card you’re using were a bit thicker. It will enable you to exert higher force and send the protruded metal part back into the door lock.

Lastly, know that you may need several attempts while wiggling your card and the doorknob to unlock the door. But don’t give up, and do it gently. You’ll face resistance from the door. It may even seem impossible on your first try but keep trying.

Removing The Doorknob

You can unlock a bathroom door without a hole in diverse ways. We have discussed the credit card method. Now let’s focus on the next one, which involves removing the doorknob.

All you need for this process is a strong screwdriver that can loosen the screws holding the doorknob in place.

What if there’s no screwdriver at your disposal? Just look for anything that will fit into the screw heads and do your thing.

So, if you have a screwdriver or a substitute, follow the steps below to unlock your door.

Step#1: Take off the doorknob:

Take off the doorknob manually. That’s the first step to take.

Step#2: Find the screws that hold the doorknob together. 

When you remove the doorknob, you’ll find some screws on both sides. The job of these screws is to hold the doorknob together, and each passes through the door.

Now, this is where you need your screwdriver. Unscrew all the screws holding the doorknob together, one after the other.

Once you have done this, have the locking mechanism pulled back into the door. If you follow the instructions, you will unlock your bathroom door with ease.

Using A Knife

This method is quite straightforward. But one has to be extremely careful. You could injure your hand in the process or damage the painting.

So, how do you open a locked bathroom door without a hole, using a knife?

First, know that not all knife types would work for this. It would help if you had something like a butter knife. A pocketknife would also be a good idea.

You can use a knife in two ways. You can use it to pry the door open or insert where you originally insert the keys into the lock.

After inserting the knife into the portion of the key, keep turning it. If you’re lucky enough, it will unlock the locking mechanism, and the door will be open.

Contact a professional

If you tried everything and weren’t successful, contact a professional locksmith. A locksmith can break and create a perfect lock for your door.

You can tell the locksmith to make extra keys for you so that every family member would have a personal key.

Besides the bathroom, you can lock any door against yourself. So, you have to be highly prepared for this.

Things You Should Consider When Unlocking A Bathroom Door 

Trying to unlock a bathroom door or any other door, for that matter, isn’t a child’s play. Why? You may spend several hours battling with the door. One can even get injured in the process.

Consider the paint

Trying to force a knife through the doorjamb and the door may damage the paint. And it cost money to repaint such damages. So, before using a knife, think twice. If you must use one, be extremely careful. It will make sense if you try other methods like using a plastic card, which won’t damage the paint. If this method doesn’t work, you can now start thinking of others.

Use a thicker plastic card

 If you want the plastic card method to be a bit successful, try using a thicker plastic credit card.

Please think twice before you decide to break down the door

 When most people are trapped in the bathroom, their first action is to break down the door. But this isn’t the best step. Help may come sooner than you think since you’re not the only one living in the apartment. But if you don’t see help coming any sooner, try to use any of the techniques mentioned to unlock the door.


Opening a locked bathroom door with no holes is easier said than done. Most people won’t think of anything other than breaking down the door, which might come in handy if you’re about to remodel your bathroom. But what if that’s difficult, given the type of door you have? Why not try other means and see how that plays out?

You can use any of the techniques here to open your locked door. You can also try each of them to see which would be easier and successful.

Jacob Lindsey

Jacob is a home remodeling guru having worked over 15 years in construction in Reno, NV, mainly focused on home renovations. He likes taking ideas from his clients and making them a reality.

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