Doorstopper Guide

Doorstops prevent doors from slamming or stop them. Door handles and walls behind the door are not damaged by careless closing thanks to them. Our guide reveals which types of door stoppers are available and which are best suited for your purpose.

Door stoppers made of different materials

Door stoppers can be made of different materials. Depending on the heaviness of the respective materials, they are suitable for different types of mounting.

Stainless steel door stopper

Stainless steel door stoppers are quite heavy, weighing up to one kilogram, and because of their own weight they usually do not need to be glued or screwed to the floor. If the door is very heavy and the door stop could therefore still slip, stainless steel door stops can be additionally fixed with a non-slip silicone base to prevent them from slipping.

Door stop made of plastic, rubber or silicone

Door stops are also available in shock-absorbing materials such as silicone, plastic or rubber. Since these materials are relatively light, they are well suited for light doors, such as glass doors. Additional fastening with screws or glue should not be dispensed with for lightweight materials. Rubber bands are particularly suitable for door clips that are hung around the door handle to hold the door open.

Textile door stoppers

Textile door stoppers are also suitable for doors without a door handle that cannot hit the wall and damage it. These sandbag-like doorstops are simply placed on the floor behind the door. When the door is opened, it cannot hit the wall. When the door is closed, the fabric door stop can be placed flush against the underside of the door and thus additionally keep out draughts.

Different types of doorstops

Floor door stopper

Door stoppers are often placed on the floor. The attachment differs: doorstops that cannot be firmly placed by their own weight must additionally be fixed in the floor with adhesive or screws. For example, some doorstops have a thread that is placed in the middle. Another possibility is to fix them to the floor with glue. Heavy stainless steel doorstops can simply be placed on the floor and do not require any further fixation.

Door wedges

Door wedges are made of plastic, stainless steel or wood. The wedge-shaped door stops are placed behind the door and prevent it from closing or banging against the wall. As with the heavy stainless steel door stops, door wedges can also be placed flexibly.

Magnetic Doorstopper

Doorstops with magnets consist of two parts. A magnetic ring and a counterpart, which is often additionally spring-loaded. The stopper is screwed into the floor and the magnetic ring is screwed into a suitable place at the lower end of the door.

Door holder

Door holders are often installed in public buildings. The door can be opened and hooked into a construction in the floor or on the wall. In this way, it remains permanently open and can no longer close.

Door damper for mounting on the wall

Door dampers are fitted behind the door. Screwed or glued, they dampen the impact of the door on the wall. In this variant, too, the door damper can be made of plastic, stainless steel with a rubber cap or completely of rubber.

Door damper for mounting on the door

Door dampers can also be fitted directly to the door. This variant is particularly useful if the door cannot be opened very far due to lack of space. A small rubber piece can easily be stuck to the desired place on the door and prevents the door from hitting the wall hard.

The most frequently asked questions about doorstops

What questions are most often asked about doorstops? We found out using software that analyses which questions people ask voice assistants from Apple, Google and others. We answer five of them here:

Why doorstops?

To ensure that doors stay open or to protect against a hard impact, it is worth using a doorstop. Especially for glass doors, which break more easily if hit too hard. The door leaf and wall are thus not damaged. Glass doors in particular are protected with a doorstop.

What material are doorstops made of?

Door stops can be made of stainless steel, metal, plastic, rubber or silicone. Door wedges are often made of wood as well as plastic. Sack-like door stops that are placed on the floor are usually made of fabric.

What types of doorstops are there?

Floor and wall door stops: To prevent the door from hitting the wall, door stops are fixed to the floor or wall. They are screwed or glued to the wall. Some are also equipped with magnets to stop the door. There are also floor doorstops that hold the door open by their own weight without being fixed. Door wedges are only placed on the floor and thus prevent the door from falling into the lock unintentionally. Risk of breakage: Door wedges should not be used for glass doors. Soft rubber door stops are suitable for glass.

How heavy are doorstops?

There are heavy doorstops made of metal that stop doors based on their own weight and can weigh up to a kilo or more. Door wedges made of plastic or wood weigh only a few grams. As with door stops that are screwed into place, the weight does not matter because they are fastened with screws or wedged in place.

What colours do doorstops have?

Doorstops are often made of silver stainless steel. Door stops made of plastic are available in almost all colours. For a harmonious overall appearance, it is worth considering the colour of the glass door and the door fittings.