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Door Hanging Standards

Door standards from the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association address a range of features and characteristics of doors. Covering door controls, hanging, locking, trimming, power assist, and other standards, this set comes together to provide a comprehensive toolkit for manufacturers to create hardware that designers and users can depend on with a focus on reliability and interoperability. These standards are related to hinges and installation.

ANSI/BHMA A156.1-2021

Standard for Butts and Hinges

This Standard establishes requirements for butts and hinges. Cycle tests, lateral and vertical wear tests, friction tests, strength tests, material and dimensional requirements are included.

ANSI/BHMA A156.7-2016

Template Hinge Dimensions

This Standard covers the requirements for the length, width, thickness, offset, and screw hole spacing for builders template hinges. Included in the standard are hinge identification symbols and screw sizes.

ANSI/BHMA A156.14-2019

Sliding and Folding Door Hardware

This Standard establishes requirements for Sliding and Folding Door Hardware. Cycle tests, abuse, durability static load, smoothness, static friction, kinetic friction and finish tests are included. Hardware for light to very heavy doors is covered including both residential and industrial applications

ANSI/BHMA A156.26-2021

Standard for Continuous Hinges

This Standard establishes requirements for architectural continuous hinges used in building construction. Cycle, abuse, overload, vertical wear, and strength tests are included.

ANSI/BHMA A156.20-2021

Standard for Strap and Tee Hinges, and Hasps

This Standard establishes requirements for Strap Hinges, Tee Hinges, and Hasps, and includes performance tests covering operational and strength criteria.


As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.