WWN Guide To Doors Part 1: Push


DOORS are an essential part of entering and exiting buildings, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Although intuitive to use, some people struggle to use doors properly, particularly when it comes to knowing which doors you push to open and which ones you pull.

To raise awareness of this, the government has commissioned WWN to create this special guide to dooring correctly.


Approaching an unfamiliar door can be daunting, but there are a few key things to look out for to help you tackle the problem. Today, we’ll look at the doors you push to open; that is, a door which will open when you push it.

Unlike doors you have to PULL to open, a PUSH door will only open when pushed. A push door can be identified by the following characteristics;

1) It will have a PUSH sign on it
2) It will have a PUSH sign on it

Attempts to pull a closed door will prove to be fruitless almost 100% of the time; you must PUSH where it says PUSH.

A push door may have a handle, which can be confusing, as handles are generally used for pulling; regardless of this, if the door says PUSH, you must push it. There is no other way to open that door. If you pull it and it doesn’t open, pulling it a second time will not change that.

When in doubt, remember this simple rhyme; PUSH MEANS PUSH.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this important guide, where we tackle the great mystery of doors marked PULL.