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Understanding the different types of doors stops and how they’re used

From utilitarian to decorative, get the right doorstop for the job, and perhaps add a touch of personality too.

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A door stop or door bumper may not be as highly prioritized as door knobs and handles for hardware upgrades, but you may find that the right design really helps tie your interior together, along with doing a more important daily job than given credit for.

Typical baseboard and hinge pin door stop brands, include:

Baseboard Door Stops

A baseboard door stop will be the most recognized and widely used door stop in residential applications. Not to be confused with the more commercially used wall bumper door stop, which is a rubber bumper installed at the height of the door handle/knob.

Baseboard door stops are available in two main types:

1) Solid / Rigid Door Stops

  • The premium of the two styles, constructed of solid brass, stainless steel, or zinc die-cast.
  • Fitted with soft rubber tips, which may be available in a few different colors and easily replaceable.
  • Some brands offer adjustable length door stops.

Installation Overview

  • Align the door bottom to the baseboard and mark where the door stop should be placed.
  • Pre-drill a hole where the stop will be mounted.
  • A built-in screw allows the door stop to be attached to the baseboard or wall.
  • Some models have a screw under the rubber tip to aid in turning and installing.
  • Some models have a full hex shaped body or hex portion of the body, thus allowing a wrench to aid in turning and installing.
  • Brands like Linnea may feed a detached screw through the entire body of the stop.
Baseboard and wall door stops
Baseboard and wall door stops How to install a Baldwin solid brass baseboard door bumper

2) Spring Door Stops

  • These are commonly contractor grade (cheaper) wall door bumpers that are primarily made from steel.
  • Nylon tips are the norm, but some brands offer a rubber tip.
  • The flexible spring will prevent severely stubbed toes, unlike the solid models.

Installation Overview

  • Align the door bottom to the baseboard and mark where the door stop should be placed.
  • Pre-drill a hole where the stop will be mounted.
  • A separate baseplate is initially installed to the baseboard or wall.
  • Attach the spring section by screwing the open end of the spring into the outer hole of the baseplate.

How to install a spring baseboard door stop

Hinge Pin Door Stops

Hinge pin door stops are an alternative to baseboard mounted door stops when:

  • A door opens into a shower door or tub with no baseboard present.
  • Looking for a more disguised stop, opposed to a long metal stem protruding off the baseboard.
  • Not wanting to drill into your oak or custom baseboards, leaving a permanent mark that isn’t easily repaired.

Do note:

  • Hinge door stops are not nearly as strong and durable as the solid stem base board stops. Pushing on a door too hard can lead to damage.
  • The top hinge is the most common placement for these door stops, but an additional stop can be placed on the middle or bottom hinge to increase stability.
  • Hinge door stops have a maximum range of roughly 90-110°, therefore limiting the opening of a door much more than baseboard and weighted door stops.

Installation Overview

  • The hinge pin needs to be tapped upward and fully out.
  • Reinstall the same pin with the door stop now in place. Note: The minimal added height of the hinge stop won’t cause issue with the now shortened pin.

Hinge style door stops

The featured example shown is the Deltana HPA69 model, which we use in our home. These stops have a much better build quality than the contractor grade stops you find at many home improvement stores. The soft rubber bumpers absorb shock instead of leaving impressions in door trim. I have seen cheaper models break at the body, stop tips snap off, and plastic tips leave mars in the door trim.

Baldwin Prestige Hinge Door Stops

The Baldwin solid brass hinges require a special hinge stop, and I’m only aware of one.

Why? The solid brass hinges have a shorter and permanent pin holding the hinge together. The end finials are separate threaded pieces that unscrew to change if wanting a different finial design. This brand of hinge stop provides the needed replacement parts which other brands aren’t providing with their hinge stops.

To add the hinge stop you’ll most likely need a table vice and preferably a heavy hammer. I speak from experience! If you find a local hardware supplier that sells the hinge and stop, they may be able to do the hinge stop install for you.

Both bumpers are attached to an adjustable screw for fine tuning the door opening angle.

Baldwin Prestige Baldwin solid brass hinge stop

Weighted and Wedge Floor Stops

Weighted and wedge doorstops are easily portable, require no mounting, and have the most diverse decorative selection of door stops.

  • Keep doors propped open to avoid a breeze from slamming a door shut.
  • Don’t like the limitations of a wall stop or hinge stop? Have total control over the opening distance of a door by using a weighted door stop with a protective rubber bumper.
Ornamental weighted door stops
Ornamental weighted door stops Blomus modern style weighted door stop How to make a Monkey Fist door stop

Choose from the many ornamental bronze or iron statues, animal figurines, etc. weighted door stops, or substitute any heavy object of your liking.

If you prefer a contemporary design, Blomus may fill the need with their weighted floor door stops and door chocks.

A more rustic look can be addressed by using a rope door stop. Learn how to make your own Monkey Fist rope doorstop.

Do you like to craft and sew? Plenty of homemade weighted doorstop tutorials to create your own unique version.

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