Do door stoppers have you scratching your head in confusion? With so many different types of door stoppers out there, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your home.
From door stops that mount on the floor and wall-mounted door stoppers to magnetic door stops and spring door stops, there are a variety of options available when it comes to keeping doors securely open or closed. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at all the different types of door stopper solutions on the market today and discuss their various uses, installation methods, materials used, and more.
So if you’re looking for an effective way to keep doors secure while also adding style to your space, read on!
Why Do You Need a Door Stopper?
There are actually two kinds of door stoppers, so let’s look at both kinds before we get into looking at the best types of door stoppers on the market.
No matter what kind of door stopper it is, it is a device that is designed to control a swinging door’s movement. One type of stopper prevents a door from opening or closing, while the other type is used to prevent a door from suddenly slamming against the wall, which could damage the drywall and possibly the door handle or door knob too.
While door hardware like door hinges can help control the speed of door movement, door stops are essential for ensuring that doors remain safely where you want them to be throughout the day.
Door stoppers also provide security against intruders who might otherwise be able to force their way in through an unlocked door. By keeping your doors securely stopped in place, door stoppers act as an additional layer of protection against unwanted visitors.
Lastly, another thing to keep in mind is that the door stoppers that prevent the door from damaging the wall come in two basic types: a floor-mounting door stop and a wall-mounted door stop. As you can imagine, floor-mounting stops screw into the floor and stop the door that way, while the wall-mounted door stops screw into the wall or baseboard trim.
Best Types of Door Stoppers on the Market
Now that we know about the two main functionalities of door stops – to prevent a door from slamming into the wall and also preventing it from opening or closing – let’s look at some of the most common types of door stoppers available on the market today.
Magnetic Door Stopper
Magnetic door stops are typically made from stainless steel or brass. There are two pieces to these types of stops, one part that attaches to the door and the other that attaches to the wall or screws into the ground. The two pieces are magnetic and, when connected to each other, keep the door in the open position.
Magnetic door stops work well for heavier doors, as they can provide better holding power than other door stoppers, and they are great for either indoor or outdoor use. They can also be used on tile or carpeted flooring, making them versatile enough to use in any room.
The only major downside to a magnetic door stop is that the stopper is fixed in one place, which means your door is either entirely open or entirely closed – there is no halfway option.
Hinge Pin Door Stops
This type of door stop screws into door hinges instead of the floor or wall and are designed to prevent doors from opening too far and slamming into the wall. Hinge pin door stoppers come in a variety of styles, and the best part about them is that they can be applied to any swinging door and you don’t have to worry about leaving permanent damage from screw holes in your door, drywall, or baseboards – as we said, they literally pin to the door hinge, just as their name suggests!
Floor-Mounted Door Stops
Some very traditional door stops are floor mount door stops, which screw into the floor. These are often heavy-duty and made of metal with a durable rubber tip and are used for entrance doors on concrete walkways, among other places.
Baseboard Door Stops
These door stoppers are also extremely popular, especially on interior doors that lead into bedrooms, bathrooms, and other similar rooms. They are sometimes a stainless steel stop, a wall-colored plastic stop, or a spring stop with a rubber tip on the end and mounted to the baseboard instead of to the door or floor.
The best part about door stops is that no matter which type you choose, they are relatively easy to install and repair. All you typically have to do is screw it into the wall and you’re done!
Door Knob Wall Shield
This door stopper involves attaching a small round disc to the wall at the height of the doorknob or door handle so that when you open the door, the door knob hits the wall shield instead of damaging the drywall or scratching the wall paint or wallpaper. Another name for door knob wall shields is a rubber bumper.
Bumpers, or door knob wall shields, also work for door handles, and they often come as hard rubber discs or a durable plastic. You can find them transparent, or you can find them in many basic colors such as white and beige.
Wedge Door Stops
These door stops are often made of rubber, metal, or hardwood and wedge-shaped to prevent doors from opening more than a certain width. They are typically moveable so that you can decide how far open or closed you want your door to be, and they also come in various sizes so that you can find one that works best for your door and walk space.
The only frustrating thing about wedge door stops is that they are not as secure as door stops that screw into the wall or door, so if someone really wanted to force their way in, this type of door stopper might not be the best option.
Security Door Stoppers
Lastly, if you’re looking for added protection from intruders, then doors with security door stoppers may be your best bet. These door stoppers come with an eyelet and rod or chain with a ball on the end for installation on the door and wall. Also, they come with heavy-duty screws and are more difficult to tamper with than a basic lock or a wedge door stopper.
Not sure what we mean? Well, you have likely noticed these on many hotel room doors and also in some homes.
Another security door stop is a steel bar that keeps it from opening. Some attach horizontally across the door frame, while others prop up under the door handle vertically and press against the floor in a diagonal manner. Both keep forced entry from happening up to a high degree of force, making them on the of best door stopper types if you are looking for aid against intruders.
Other Ideas for Door Stoppers
Now that you have looked at many of the traditional solutions to controlling the movement of your door, let’s look at a few more ideas that are creative and can be playful if you like that sort of thing.
Freestanding Novelty Door Stopper
A freestanding door stopper literally stands on the floor and props the door open at whatever amount you wish. And sometimes, the cuter the better!
This could be a small but heavy-duty metal weight that keeps the door open or a small metal, iron, or oil-rubbed bronze sculpture of an animal or object, such as a dog, rooster, mouse, or cowboy boot. You could even use a hand sewn fabric pyramid full of sand or rice with a touch of relaxing lavender essential oils inside.
Any of these novelty ideas can be classic, cute, nostalgic, or hilarious, so it’s up to you to decide which is best for your style.
Suction Door Handle Door Stopper
Suction door handle door stoppers are a unique door stop option in recent years. These door stops are created in silicone and have a suction cup on one end with a loop on the other end. The loop is meant to go around the door handle to keep the door stopper in place.
Similarly, there are suction cup door stops for door knobs too. These are also made of silicone and are shaped like a hollow door knob with a suction cup on the end. It fits entirely over a door knob like a sleeve.
Suction cup door knobs and door handles come in all sorts of bright, fun colors too. Just swing your door wide and it will suction open against the wall!
Like some other door stops, however, the downside is that you can’t vary how wide you want to keep your door open. It’s 0% or 100%.
Now that you have all the door stopper options before you, pick the best door stop type for your door design and space requirements. Door stops are necessary to keep our doors secure and prevent them from slamming shut or opening beyond a certain width. Whether you choose a door knob door stop, a baseboard door stopper, or a creative freestanding door stopper, make sure it fits securely and does its job!
What is your favorite kind of door stop? Let us know in the comments below.