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Locked Out? Here Are 4 Ways To Get Into A Locked Door Without A Key

As humans, we are going to make mistakes. One of the simpler, and more common, mistakes that we can make is getting ourselves locked out of a room or building. If you find yourself stuck in this situation, here are a few methods you can use to get back in. 

Credit Card (Difficulty: Easy)

Warning: This method will not work on deadbolts


  1. Choose your card wisely. The sturdier the better; laminated cards tend to work best. If possible, avoid using a card that has a lot of value as it may get bent in the process. 
  2. Keeping your card level to the doorknob, wedge it between the door frame and the door. 
  3. Push and wiggle the card behind the latch of the door
  4. While the card is still wedged, bend it towards the door frame. The door should unlock and be able to push open. 

Bump Key (Difficulty: Hard)

Warning: Bump keys can damage your door.

This will probably be most useful if you make preparations before you are actually locked out. Making your own bump key will take some time, especially if you are a beginner. Also, because of its potential danger to safety, most established locksmiths and stores will not make or sale bump keys. You might be able to find them online though. 


  1. Buy or make your bump key.
  2. Insert the bump key, then pull out one "notch" or "click".
  3. Use a heavy, solid object (like a mallet or hairbrush) to hit the key in firmly. This may take a couple of tries.
  4. Use the bump key like a regular key to unlock and open the door. 

Kick the Door In (Difficulty: Medium)

Warning: This will cause visible damage to your door, and potential damage to your body.

Using this method will probably give you more trouble than what you started with. It should only be used in extreme emergencies as a last resort. Be sure to wear shoes!


  1. Check which way the door opens. If it opens by swinging towards you, stop now. If it opens swinging away from you, proceed. 
  2. Stand with facing the door with your knees slightly bent. 
  3. Brace yourself!
  4. Aiming directly above or below the lock, give a swift and firm kick to the door using the bottom of your foot. Kicking with your toes could land you a trip to the hospital. 
  5. Kick again, and as many times as needed, aiming at the same spot.

Call a Locksmith (Difficulty: Easy)

This is probably the easiest of all the other options. Almost any qualified locksmith that performs the usual lock and key services should be able to quickly unlock your door at a reasonable price. Having a professional handle the job can save you a lot of time and energy, without posing much of a risk. Most locksmiths are conveniently available 24/7, all that you need to do is find the one that is right for you.

If you want to know more, or have other questions, prepare yourself for the eventual day you lock yourself out and contact a company like Roland Park Lock And Key.