No Lock, No Problem! Learn How to Lock a Door With a Belt

Key Takeaway

  • You may lock your door with a belt by wrapping the belt around the arms or hinges of the automatic door closer and preventing the door from opening easily.
  • Alternatively, you may fasten the belt around the latch and secure it on the hook of a cloth hanger.
  • Using a belt to lock a door is not as secure as a proper lock and should only be used as a temporary solution. 

Ensuring our safety and security within our living spaces is crucial. Whether it’s our own home, a hotel room, or an Airbnb, we all seek that sense of peace and protection. In this blog, we explore an unconventional method of fortifying your door: using a belt. Yes, you read that right-using a belt.

During a recent trip, I booked an Airbnb in an unfamiliar town. The accommodation appeared pleasant, and the hosts seemed nice, but to my surprise, there was no lock on the bedroom door. This lack of a standard security measure left me feeling vulnerable.

The lock expert in me was determined to create a makeshift lock. Hence, I searched the room for a solution. Spotting a belt hanging in the closet, I realized it could serve as a temporary security measure. Although unconventional, this simple technique provided a layer of security to my room, assuring that anybody who tried to enter would face difficulties gaining access to my room. 

So here I am, hoping to prepare my readers for such circumstances by writing this piece of article about how to lock a door with a belt. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that relying solely on a belt to secure a door is not foolproof; it served as a temporary solution in this particular situation. 

Using a Belt on a Door with Automatic Closer

Using a Belt on a Door with Automatic Closer

Commercial structures, workplaces, and even some residential spaces frequently use automatic door closers. These closers make sure that the door closes smoothly and firmly after someone opens it, maintaining the space’s safety and privacy. But this automatic door closure came to my rescue when I was trying to secure myself in the Airbnb.

When you use a belt on a door with an automated closure, you essentially establish a temporary lock by connecting the door arms or hinges. 

Let’s dive into how you can lock a door with a belt and an automatic closer. 

  • Step 1: Start by selecting a sturdy belt with a metal buckle, preferably made of leather. The belt should be long enough to wrap around the door closer arm and the bolted arm of the door stopper.
  • Step 2: Take one end of the belt and slip it through the buckle, creating a loop. This loop will be used to secure the belt around the bolted arm of the door stopper. Pull the belt firmly to ensure a tight fit.
    creating a loop
  • Step 3: With the belt looped around the bolted arm of the door stopper, bring the free end of the belt around the other arm or hinge of the automatic door closer. Make sure the belt is snug and properly positioned.
  • Step 4: Check the tension of the belt and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it is securely fastened around both the door closer arm and the bolted arm of the door stopper. The belt should provide enough resistance to prevent the door from opening easily.
  • Step 5: Test the door by attempting to open it. The belt should offer resistance and impede the door’s movement. If the door can still be opened with relative ease, tighten the belt further or reposition it for a more secure fit.

Remember, while using a belt can offer a temporary locking solution, it may not provide the same level of security as a traditional lock. It’s always recommended to have a robust locking mechanism in place, and using a belt should be seen as a supplementary measure rather than the sole means of securing a door.

Using a Belt on a Door with a Hook

Using a Belt on a Door with a Hook

If your door does not have an automatic door closer, you may still be able to use a belt to secure your door if there is a cloth hanger hook on the door. This method works better on a latch-style doorknob but might as well work on a round knob. 

Here are step-by-step instructions:

  • Step 1: Select a belt long enough to reach from the doorknob or handle to the hook for hanging clothes. The belt should be strong enough to withstand some tension.
  • Step 2: Ensure that the door is fully closed with the bolt sitting into the strike plate. This method works best for doors that have a latch or handle.
  • Step 3: Take one end of the belt and loop it around the doorknob or handle. Make sure the belt is secure and tightly wrapped around the doorknob or handle to prevent slipping.
    loop it around the doorknob
  • Step 4: Take the free end of the belt and thread it through the hook for hanging clothes. The hook should be located on the wall or any other sturdy fixture near the door.
  • Step 5: Once the belt is threaded through the hook, pull it tight to create tension. This will prevent the doorknob or handle from turning and keep the door locked.
  • Step 6: Test the lock: Try turning the doorknob or handle to ensure that it is securely locked. The belt should prevent the door from opening when pressure is applied.
  • Step 7: If the door is not securely locked or if there is too much slack in the belt, adjust the tension by tightening or loosening the belt around the doorknob or handle and the hook.

Other Ways to Lock a Door Without A Lock

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to secure a door, but unfortunately, there’s no lock in sight, there are actually more ways to tackle this problem than just using a belt. But remember, just as using a belt, these solutions are meant to be temporary fixes, and it’s always advisable to have a proper lock installed for optimal security. 

Let me share a few creative and handy methods that can help you keep that door shut tight without a lock

1. Door wedge: A door wedge is a nifty little tool that you can slide under the door to prevent it from opening. Find a sturdy wedge or even make your own using a folded piece of cardboard or a wooden block.

2. Barricade with heavy objects: Now, this one requires a bit of improvisation. Grab any heavy objects you have lying around, like furniture, boxes, or even weights, and strategically position them in front of the door. The idea is to create a barricade that makes it nearly impossible to open the door from the outside.

3. Rope or cord: In the absence of a belt, you may also take a rope or a cord and use it in the ways suggested in the article to secure your door without a lock.

4. Improvised door jam: Another way to lock your door with no lock is McGyver way! Find a long, strong object such as a metal rod or a trusty broomstick. Position it at an angle between the doorknob or handle and the floor, creating a makeshift door jam. Ensure it’s wedged in tightly, and voila! The door won’t budge easily.

5. Improvised latch: If the door has a latch mechanism but lacks a lock, we can work around that. Grab a small item like a fork, a coin, or even a trusty hairpin. Insert it into the latch mechanism to keep it in the locked position. It’s not foolproof, but it adds an extra layer of security.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Can using a belt damage the door or the doorknob?

Answer – Using a belt to secure a door is unlikely to cause damage when done properly. However, it’s always a good idea to exercise caution and avoid pulling the belt too forcefully, as it may put unnecessary strain on the door or the doorknob.

Q2. What type of belt works best for securing a door?

Answer – A sturdy belt made of durable material, such as leather or nylon, is generally recommended. Avoid using thin or flimsy belts that may easily break or slip.


Locking a door with a belt can be a practical solution in certain situations. It offers versatility and accessibility, allowing you to secure a door without a traditional lock. However, it’s essential to remember that using a belt may only provide delay and not complete security. Consider using other jammers or locks in conjunction with this method to maximize safety and peace of mind.

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Hey! I am Mark. Though I am not a locksmith by profession, but locks have always fascinated me since my teens. And it all started when I got locked out of my house and I had to pick the lock. Since then it has become my hobby to learn more about different kinds of locks, understand their working and methods to pick them up. In due course of time, I have also become better aware of how installing the right lock goes a long way in ensuring iron clad security. I aim to share my passion (about locks) through this blog. If you are also passionate about picking locks or are just looking to beef up the security, hop on the ride.