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Door Stop Styles and Their Uses

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Door Stop Styles and Their Uses

Door Stop Styles and Their Uses

A door stop or door bumper is a simple device to protect walls from door knob damage, or used to prop doors open. These may not be a highly recognized part of a home, but you may find that the right design really helps tie your interior together.

There is an extensive amount of brands with different styles to choose from, and we’ll break down where to use each door stop type.

Brands

Baseboard Door Stops

A baseboard door stop is the most common style used in residential applications. Available in an array of finishes to compliment your overall interior design.

Baseboard and wall door stops

These stops are available in two main types:

Solid

  • Constructed of solid brass, stainless steel, or zinc die-cast.
  • Soft rubber tips may be available in a variety of colors and easily swappable.
  • Some brands offer adjustable length door stops.

Spring

  • These are commonly contractor grade (cheaper) wall door bumpers that are made from steel.
  • Usually have stiff nylon tips that can break over time.

Upgrading to a premium solid baseboard door stop can be as easy as unscrewing a generic spring style stop and replacing. A simple and fairly economical upgrade that adds a nice detail throughout a home.

NOTE: Stem style wall door stops are for residential applications while the wall bumper design, which is a rubber bumper installed at the height of the door handle/knob, is primarily used in commercial applications.

How to Mount

For new installations you will most likely need a drill and drill bit to create a pilot hole. This is especially true with solid door stops as the mounting screw can be fairly large, which varies per manufacturer. This will make installation much easier and avoid cracking any baseboard trim.

Solid baseboard wall stops will have a wood screw attached to the base or have a screw feed through the body (reference Linnea).

How to install a solid brass baseboard door stop

  • The doorstop installs via a tip mounted flat head screw design, which can be exposed by removing the rubber tip.
  • There may also be a hex section of the body, whether, full hex body design, or part of the body to attach a wrench.

The spring styles commonly have a baseplate that installs on the wall first. The attachment screw can be much smaller than the solid designs above and may not require a pilot hole to be drilled.

How to install a spring baseboard door stop

  • Some models have you turn the spring section into the hole of the baseplate.
  • Some models are designed to pressure fit over an o-ring attached to a small stem of the baseplate.

Hinge Door Stops

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

  • A door opens into a shower door or tub with no baseboard present.
  • When wanting a more disguised stop, opposed to a long metal stem protruding off the baseboard.
  • Don’t want to drill into your oak or custom baseboards, leaving a permanent mark that isn’t easily repaired. A painted baseboard can be filled with wood putty and perfectly repaired to hide a screw hole.

Hinge style door stops

The hinge mounts 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 addtional stop can be placed on the middle or bottom hinge to increase stability.

NOTE: Hinge door stops have a maximum range of roughly 90-110°, therefore limiting the opening of a door much more than the other two door stop styles.

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

How to Mount

  • The hinge pin needs to be tapped upward and fully out. Then reinstall the same pin with the door stop now in place. The thickness of the hinge stop won’t cause issue with the pin not going all the way down into the hinge as before.
  • Full Installation article to come.

Weighted Floor Stops

I find two very purposeful needs for a weighted doorstop.

  1. We have french patio doors with windows and curtains on both sides. A baseboard door stop doesn’t stick off the baseboard far enough without the door disrupting the curtains, while a hinge mounted stop can be too limiting. A doorstop with a protective rubber bumper can be placed in well in front of the curtains and used like a typical doorstop, which is limiting the opening distance of a door.
  2. That same french patio door, and any interior door, tend to slam shut when any strong breeze blows through the house when windows are open. A weighted doorstop can also keep doors propped open to avoid this problem.

The great attribute about a weighted doorstop is that they are portable and require no mounting.

Ornamental weighted door stops

There several ornamental bronze or iron statues, animal figurines, etc. that are sold as door stops. Any heavy object can be substituted as well. Product shown is from Design Toscano.

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.

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