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Door stops protect walls from being damaged by a door or doorknob and help avoid having to continually repair and re-plaster walls, especially in high traffic areas. These pieces are typically thought of as more functional than stylish. After all, no one really wants guests to walk into their home and think that the doorstop is the part of the room most worth commenting on. Because of this, it's generally best to pick a door stopper that is functional for your space and doesn't stand out too much. Check out the guide below to choose the right type for your space.
There are a surprising number of styles when it comes to door stops. The type you select will largely depend on the type of door you have and how you wish to protect your wall.
Baseboard door stops are the most common type found in homes. They consist of one peg-like piece with a rubber tip. These door stops are typically installed onto the baseboard of a wall and not the door itself, as they cannot be installed on hollow core doors.
Hinge pin door stops attach to the door hinge. These angled pieces have a rubber pad on either end and will not allow the door to open wide enough to hit the wall. This type of door stop works best on lightweight doors.
Floor mounted door stops are installed on the floor instead of the door. They are most frequently used when the stop is needed to protect items in the door’s path, rather than the wall itself. These door stops come in a few different shapes to fit different uses. For example, low-profile floor mounted door stops are used in high traffic areas to reduce tripping hazards. Some floor-mounted door stops also include a magnet to hold the door open.
Wall bumper door stops are common in commercial applications. They are installed on the wall at the same height as the door knob and use a rubber bumper to cushion the door knob’s impact.
Hook door stops, also know as hinge door stops, combine the floor mounted door stop with a hook and eyelet. The hook is attached to the door stop and the eyelet to the door, making this door stop dual-purpose. It will prevent the door from opening too far, but can also be used to keep the door open.
Kickdown door stops, also called flip down door stops, are attached to the bottom of the door and function like a kickstand on a bicycle. These actually hold a door open, rather than preventing it from opening too far or hitting a wall. Kickdown or flip down door stops are commonly used on outside doors that are opened frequently and need something to help prop them open. They are particularly convenient to use because they are attached to the door, eliminating the tripping hazard of installing something on the floor.
Wedge door stops are one of the simplest forms of doorstop, consisting of a single wedge shaped piece that is tucked under the edge of a door to keep it from moving in one direction or another. These do not need to be attached to the floor or door in any way, and can be moved between different doors as needed.
Door stops should be unobtrusive additions that coordinate well with existing door hardware. Door stops come in all the same matierials as other door hardware items, so ideally you should select one in a finish that matches the door's knobs and hinges.
Most door stops are simply screwed to the door, wall or floor that they attach to. They should be firmly attached, as doors can sometimes be opened rather forcefully, so you may need to drill a guide holes for a screw.