what kind of door stops are you using?

kateskourosFebruary 19, 2012

what are your preferences for types of door stops? i've never had to worry about this before and to be honest, i can't recall what kind we had in the old house. actually, now that i think about it, i'm wondering if we had any at all.

i was considering those half moons that mount to the floors, but my dh isn't thrilled with the idea of drilling them into our hardwood floors. i realize once all the furniture is moved in my attention won't be focused on these very small but highly noticeable (to me) functional items, but what is the least noticeable location for a door stop? baseboard, back of door, wall?

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Ours are in the baseboards, honestly, the only time I even see them is when, ahem, sitting on the potty! :) I agree with your dh, I wouldn't want anything drilled into the floors. I didn't even like that they had to put air vents in the floors, and those were pretty and oak!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 12:14PM
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I prefer the ones on the door hinges. If the door is 6'8" or 7' the top hinge works for placement. Taller than that and you need to either place it at the middle hinge or use two stops one at the top and one at the bottom.

We had the ones attached to the baseboard at 2 of our last houses and the kids were always playing with the ones that are designed like a big spring--getting the dust accumulation out of the springs was also a bear. The solid ones were always coming out of the baseboard as the screw attaching it was too short. This is just our experience.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 1:12PM
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I have the ones that screw into the baseboards. I just had all the trim & doors repainted and I had the painters fill in some of the holes where I felt we didn't really need the doorstops. But I have a bigger problem - we bought the house this past year, it is 10 yrs old - most of the doorstops are missing the little rubber bumper!! How did that happen? Maybe the previous owners had a dog who ate the bumpers! It isn't easy to find replacements for just the bumpers in the right size and color.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 4:22PM
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We used the hinge ones also for the same reasons stated by mydreamhome.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 4:32PM
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Chispa, in our old house we had the kind with the white rubber stoppers and I took them all off when my children were toddlers, as I was afraid they would pull them off and choke! I never got around to putting them back on...but since the family who bought our house has babies...they probably didn't want them either! Perhaps that's what happened to yours.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 5:51PM
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Nini, I know the previous owners' kids were already older when they moved here, but I did have a friend a while back whose toddler was fond of chewing on the doorstops!! We will be buying new door hardware for an addition we just did, so I will try to get the GC to find me the extra stoppers.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 7:14PM
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i don't think i've ever seen door stops that work with the hinges. i'm googling...

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 8:16PM
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Kate - I haven't used these, but I am considering them for our house.

Here is a link that might be useful: DoorSaver II

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 10:05PM
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dekeoboe, i came across this product soon after i began searching for the hinge stoppers. i'm definitely going to order one to see how they work. i don't think anyone would notice it was even there.

i'll post back after i try it out.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 12:07AM
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Wow, those are cool. I don't like the half moon ones either although my door hardware guy has ordered several (I guess the baseboard ones won't work). Might have to look at those for our doors with the half moon stops.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 11:03AM
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I have seen damage done to doors by the half-moon hinge mounted door stops. Haven't seen any damage by the baseboard mounted ones. The hinge mounted ones without any exterior parts look like a good solution. Kate, let us know how it works.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 4:21PM
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I wish I had known about those doorsavers before!!! Ingenious!

Anyways, we use magnetic half moons drilled into both wood floors and terrazzo floors. We like them a lot as they hold our doors open when we want them to.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 1:24AM
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Bumping this up in the hopes that Kate (or someone else?) has tried those bumperless stops. Our builder tried them (but a different brand I think) on our 8' doors and said he thought the doors were too heavy and they would damage the hinge. I'm wondering if we move it to the middle of the door or use two if that would help? Anybody use these yet?

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 8:14AM
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LilFlowers MJLN

When we moved into the house with our 3 oldest boys, I immediately became aware that I would need some kind of doorstop for our doors. I didn't want anything drilled into our walls. Since the floor is concrete, we couldn't attach something there. On our hunt at our local home improvement store, we found some plastic door knob stops that are glued onto the wall and are paintable. We haven't had any kind of damage to the walls where we put them.

We forgot about the one in the garage(it's fully finished). There was a hole from the doorknob going through the drywall. My husband bought the bigger plastic wall protector and put it over the hole and it's still there with no notion that there is a hole there. It's still working after almost 4 years of living here. BTW, our walls are coated with the orange peel texture. The door stops haven't so much as moved or came unglued even in our high humidity climate. The plus is that no one even notices that they are there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Door stops we use

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 11:44AM
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Jhwu--can you tell us a little more about your door stops? Brand, pics, etc.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 12:14PM
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aargh, my response disappeared, lets's try this again.

We did order the Door Saver II door stops. They work well, but my husband ran into two issues.

The first is that you may not be able to adjust them the way you were hoping to. If you look at the picture I posted above, you can see how the top part fits on the bottom part. In order to do this, the zig zags have to line up. You may find that in one position the door still hits the wall, but when you move to the next position the door does not open as far as you hoped it would. This is mainly a problem if the wall next to the hinges is small and you find you cannot adjust it such that the door opens a full 90 degrees.

The second problem has to do with the distance between the hinges and the door frame. You may find that the top piece will not slide over the bottom piece because it hits the door frame. My husband solved this problem by chiseling a piece out of the door frame.

So, the product works, but I would suggest you first watch the video at their website so you understand how these work. You might also want to order just one and try it out in your situation before ordering a number of them.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 8:56PM
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My husband did install them on the middle hinge. Our doors are 6'8" though.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 8:59PM
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