Even though they're one of the hardest working pieces of hardware in a home, door stops are often forgotten and go unnoticed. The purpose of a door stop is to prevent doors from damaging your walls or just keep them from suddenly closing by an unexpected breeze. It's a big responsibility for such a small piece of hardware, so choosing the right option for your home requires some thought.
Which type of door stop is the right choice for my home?
Your choice of a door stop depends on the type of doors, location, purpose, and surroundings.
- If you have ornate baseboards, you would probably want to avoid spring stops.
- If your floor is tiled, a floor stop may not be the best solution.
- For most interior doors, a simple spring or a hinge pin stop will do the trick. When it comes to more massive doors, like the entrance to your home, it would be wise to use two hinge pin stops on the bottom and top hinge.
- If your home is susceptible to drafts and your doors often swing on their own, a magnetic door stop will ensure they don't close unless you want them to.
How do I pick the right door stop design?
Door stops come in a wide variety of designs and finishes so you can easily find something that won't clash with your home decor. To make sure your door stops don't stick out, choose the ones with a finish that matches your hinges and door hardware. If you're going with wedge door stops, you can let your imagination run wild. Wedge door stops are available in unlimited shapes, materials, and colors, from elegant designer pieces to playful and fun designs, so you're sure to find something that will perfectly complement your home and your personality.