Door stops are a useful and often overlooked part of home hardware. While this hardworking piece often fades into the background, some of the best door stop models add elegance and even a touch of whimsy to a home, much like a decorative door handle.
One common type of door stop is the hinge pin stop, which mounts on the hinge of the door. Most hinge pin stops have a threaded post that allows for easy adjustment and control of how far the door will open, preventing the door from slamming. Hinge pin stops are best suited for lightweight interior doors. When combined, two or three can be used on thick, heavy doors, with one hinge pin stop for each hinge.
Baseboard stops are another common option and come in two forms: spring stops and solid stops. Spring stops are made of coiled steel and have little give to them, while solid stops are made of a solid metal rod with a cushioned tip. As the name suggests, baseboard stops are mounted on the baseboard to prevent the door from opening too far. Heavier doors benefit from baseboard stops, assuming that installation of the stop won’t damage an ornate baseboard.
Other options include magnetic stops, in which two parts come together to hold the door firmly in place, and wedge stops, which slide underneath the door manually to hold it open. There are also kick-down stops, heavy cast-iron stops that “prop” the door open through sheer weight, and even floor-mounted stops, which can save your baseboards from damage.
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To help you find suitable door stops for your home, take a look at the following list of options based on a number of factors, including the type of door stop, the versatility and style of the stop, and affordability. Without further ado, here are some of the best door stop options on the market.
The door stoppers in this 8-pack from Household Impressions are heavy-duty, screw-in spring stops with rubber bumper tips. The tips are soft enough to block the noise of heavier doors, yet sturdy enough to be baby-proof.
Installation is easy. Just unscrew the base plate of each door stop to find the installation screw nestled inside. There are no special tools required. The spring stop sits at 3.125 inches in length, which is just right to prevent your interior doors (with standard handles) from hitting (and potentially damaging) the wall.
This bronze door stop goes on the door itself and makes firm contact with the floor, thus holding the door open at any angle. The bottom is equipped with nonslip padding on a gentle curve, lending a touch of sophistication while not damaging the floors. This sturdy door stop works well on almost any surface, including carpet, tile, and wood.
To operate the door stop, simply put pressure on the top to bring the base up. Also, note that the stopper is adjustable up to a third of an inch without the use of any tools—just turn the base or “hoof” of the stop, and check the adjustment for proper fit.
This wedge-shaped Jamm door stop features a dipped curve that allows it to slide under the door from the front edge (it can also work from the side in a pinch). If your door is more than 0.9 inches above the ground, consider purchasing the jumbo version.
If you’re a little leary of mounting a door stop onto your baseboard, opt for a classic door stop like this one from Comfify. This heavy-duty, cast-iron door stop simply sits against the door—no hardware or installation required. The felt-padded bottom ensures that your floors remain protected.
The special coating on this cast-iron door stop helps prevent rust and wear. Note that while this door stop will work for most standard doors, it may not hold larger, heavier doors.
These hinge pin door stops by HOMOTEK are easy on the eyes and easy to install. To put one in place, simply remove the hinge pin on the door, slip the pin through the door stop, and replace the pin in the hinge.
For larger pins, remove the spacer in the hinge pin hole to ensure a proper fit. The adjustable rubber-head screw helps achieve just the right length for the stop, thus preventing any issues with the door handle from coming too close to the wall.
For added confidence in these hinge pins, add adhesive bumper pads where the pin meets the door jamb.
This magnetic door stop from WINONLY is unique in that it attaches via an adhesive, thus leaving no permanent marks on your wall, baseboard, or door. This style of mounting also means that the WINONLY can attach anywhere. It’ll work just fine on the top or bottom of the door, or any area in the middle, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the handle.
Soft-catch functionality keeps your door from slamming against the door stop, while the spring buffer in the catch absorbs even more force. Though these door stops have a powerful hold, a simple tug is enough to pull the door away and allow it to close.