There are many choices of door stop hardware available when selecting a new piece for a door. Here are some helpful tips that may be of use when you are deciding on the best sort to pick.
Tip 1 – Baseboard Bumpers
These are usually a very common choice among buyers. There are two types of baseboard bumper; fixed and flexible. The fixed sorts are approximately 3 – 4 inches in length and they screw into the baseboard and prevent the door handle from banging into the wall. The flexible types work on the same premise, but the difference is that they are coil sprung, so they bounce back into place if moved. The pros to these are attractive fixtures are that they are low down, easy to fit and unseen. A good option to use as door stop hardware. They also come in a softer plastic style too.
Tip 2 – Magnetic Baseboard Bumpers
These have the same appearance to common baseboard bumpers. They are fixed and not coil sprung, but what they do have is a magnet each part. When the bumper is attached to the baseboard and the hook is attached to the back of the door, the magnet reacts when contact is made, keeping the door open until it is manually closed.
Tip 3 – Hinge Pin
Hinge pin doorstops look great but there are pros and cons with these fixtures. They attach to the actual hinge pin of the door, which means a little more installation work. However, the effects are good, so if you don’t mind re-hanging the door in order to attach the pin then these are a good choice. It doesn’t prevent the door from being closed manually but it will prevent slamming.
Tip 4 – Wall Bumpers
These are commonly seen in bathrooms and they prevent the door handle damaging the drywall or tiling on the wall. They are about 2 ½ inches in diameter and they are placed on the wall at the same point where the handle hits the wall. They attach easily using one single screw and they can be simply removed if you wish to paint the wall. They are cheap and effective way of protecting the wall of a room. They also have brass or chrome colored outer rings to offer a different design.
Tip 5 – Door Holders
Door holders look like pegs which swing as the door is moved. They drop down and set on the floor, effectively wedging themselves to prevent the door from being slammed. The pros of these are that they are easy to fit, using two screws, but the cons are that they can often get caught in mid swing and jam the door half way into or out of being opened.
Tip 6 – Floor Door Stops
These work the same as baseboard door stops, except they screw into the floor instead. A clear pro for this is that they behave the same way as wall stops and they are out of the way, but the main con is that it will not be suitable for harder floors which are made from cement or concrete. Before you purchase a floor door stop, make sure it is suitable for the type of flooring you have.