Getting the Most Out of Your Door Stops

There are some items found in the typical home that people don’t usually spend a lot of time thinking about or choosing. Door stops are one of these things. However, they can be very helpful.

Type

There are two main types of door stops — those that are meant to keep doors open and those that are meant to keep doors from opening too far and banging into the wall. Many homes come with the later type already installed in some places. The most common of these is probably the type that is made from a spring with a rubber or plastic tip that’s installed in the baseboard to catch the door as it’s pushed open. The other type — meant to keep the door open — can be either a wedge that gets pushed under the bottom of the door or a weighted object that is set in front of the door to keep it open.

Wedge Material

Should you opt for a wedge-style version, you may want to consider getting a rubber one. These tend to be helpful when used on any type of flooring, while some other types of materials may not work as well with certain types of flooring, such as carpet. Also, metal, concrete, plastic or wooden wedges might scratch the flooring and might not be usable both indoors and outdoors like the rubber ones.

Decorative Options

Choosing a weighted item to keep the door open means that it can also serve as a decoration. A rubber or wooden wedge isn’t attractive, although it will serve its purpose. These are more for when you want a less obtrusive way to keep the door open or don’t want to clutter up the floor with a larger weighted item. However, there are even decorative versions of the wedge-shaped versions.

Other Uses

A wedge for holding the door open can actually be used for some other things. For example, two rubber wedges can be used to prop up a laptop or to angle speakers. Some of weighted versions are made to serve a dual purpose. They’re long and narrow so they can also be used to block any drafts from coming in under the door when they aren’t propping it open. This can help to lower heating and cooling costs throughout the year.