This happened to me in a rental apartment and I had to be creative to solve it.
The geniuses who designed the bathroom managed to fit a drawer about a centimeter behind the door, and eventually what had to go wrong went wrong: the drawer was full of stuff and once we closed the door, the drawer reopened a bit, blocking the door from opening more than about a centimeter, blocking us from entering the bathroom.
The setup when the door is closed and the drawer is closed normally (view from above)
This only left about a centimeter of leeway for opening the door from outside
Not enough to let daylight go through, but enough for me to be able to get the drawer to open even more by pushing the door back and forth. And because of the form factor of the drawer (the front panel being a couple of centimeters larger than the drawer itself, I felt the more the drawer would open, the more I could open the door, to the point that I could actually get a finger in.
Using a metal hanger, I could manage to open the drawer even more, or close it a bit, but closing it would make the front panel of the drawer apply pressure to the door, eventually bringing me back to Position 2, where I couldn't fit anything in anymore to close the drawer further.
I spoke to the locksmith who said he could make a hole in the door in order to close the drawer. This would mean I'd have to replace the door afterwards, for a price of about 100$.
I decided to first test my puzzle solving skills and figure out a significantly cheaper way of closing it.
Other elements that may or may not be useful:
- the door handle was situated above the drawer, too high to touch it or anything
- the bottom of the door was about half a centimeter above the floor, letting daylight go through
- lifting the door up its hinge was not an option because unless fully opened, the frame would block it
- I lived in a city with all kinds of shops where I could buy all kinds of tools or accessories
- I lived on a third floor, and there were bars to the window of the bathroom, meaning no human would be able to get in, even with a high enough ladder, and the window was closed anyway
Could you find a way to open the door without breaking anything?
- I only drew one side of the door frame, but it was the same step-shape on both sides as well as on top, preventing access to the hinge for example
- the drawers don't have handles. I only put them on the picture for illustration, so that people understand they are drawers :-)
- taking the drawer out of its rails is not an option, because it needs to lift it with both hands, also, falling on the floor would most likely break it, which I wanted to avoid