That’s the sound you hear when you walk down the hallway of a hotel floor that is housing a group of teenagers. They put the bar lock on to prop the door so they don’t need the key every time to get in and out of the rooms.
So why hasn’t a hotel chain come up with something that not only reduces noise, but is also more effective. A quick search on Google for “hotel door latch” to find that picture and I was bombarded with links to videos showing me how I could get around them and break in. (Scary how easy it is.)
Here is the idea, line these things with a silicone or rubbermaid sleeve that will soften the blow of the door nailing them so hard and echoing down the hallway. It is an easy fix and I bet you could probably find an easy installation without having to re-do all the hardware.
As far as the ease to getting into them, why not make a patch on the door a magnet? When the door is shut and latch on the guest would turn the deadbolt on which would activate the magnet that lines up with the latch and holds the latch in place with some strength.
Believe me, if you’ve stayed in hotels with a group of teenagers or have been a guest while a group of teenagers/college students are on your floor…the BANG! Bang…bang….bang of a door left to shut itself is enough to drive you to call the front desk and complain especially when it is 1 in the morning.
Simple idea. Simple Solution.
That’s my idea for the day – who says it couldn’t happen?