Door stops protect walls from being damaged by a door or doorknob. These functional pieces focus more on style than functionality and should be selected based on the type of doors in your home.
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 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 are attached to the bottom of the door and function like a kickstand on a bicycle. They can be moved down to prevent the door from closing, but do not prevent it from opening.
Door stops unobtrusive pieces of hardware that should blend with the door hardware. Select a finish to match your existing door knobs and hinges.
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