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Hang the Door Standards Set

Monday, May 22, 2023

The second set of our Hardware Highlights grouping is called Hang the Door and contains the following five BHMA Standards:

ANSI/BHMA A156.1 - Butts and Hinges
ANSI/BHMA A156.7 - Template Hinge Dimensions
ANSI/BHMA A156.14 - Sliding and Folding Door Hardware
ANSI/BHMA A156.20 - Strap & Tee Hinges, and Hasps
ANSI/BHMA A156.26 - Continuous Hinges

These five standards were originally grouped together to coincide with the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) and how they organize their educational programs. Hang the Door, like it sounds, covers the array of hardware that connects a door to the frame, depending on the application. The titles of this set, along with their respective Hardware Highlights, provide a basic description of the type of “hanging”.

The primary users of these standards are manufacturers and test labs who are also the ones who participate in the development of these standards. Manufacturers design various products to meet these standards and also conduct their own testing with test labs in order to verify compliance. Additionally, individuals who are involved in building maintenance and code compliance are also users of these standards. Architects and specifiers should be familiar with standard requirements for building design purposes and hardware selection.

This set of standards are utilized extensively in the United States, specifically commercial buildings as they generally include contracts that require hardware to meet the applicable BHMA standards. The BHMA Certified® Products Directory is the source to verify hardware meets the BHMA Standard. The standards are also used worldwide with many countries adopting similar systems to apply BHMA requirements.  

Many BHMA Standards were originally compiled by the US Department of Commerce then transferred to BHMA under a program to place control and updated to the private sector. BHMA became an ANSI accredited Standards Developer Organization in 1983 adding “ANSI” to their title. The below breakdown illustrates when they were first published by BHMA.

ANSI/BHMA Standard A156.


Year First Published by BHMA


Butts and Hinges



Template Hinge Dimensions



Sliding and Folding Door Hardware



Strap & Tee Hinges and Hasps



Continuous Hinges



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