Door Stops – Interior Design Tip

Interior Design Tips For Using Door Stops

Door stops and stays are a boring detail subject but essential in a home with doors. Let’s face it, almost all homes have doors. With interior design it’s the detail that matters. The door stop or stay has a couple of functions that are vitally important. Firstly, it used to stop the door swinging back and the handle hitting and damaging the wall, secondly as a stay it will secure the door open and stop it moving in a draft or breeze. There are many different options and getting an understanding of them will allow you to select the right ones for each location in the house.

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Today’s Design Thought

Door Stops

When considering the type of door stop you want, thing about its function and then the look you may want. If you are using stainless steel handles and hinges, then in my opinion the door stay or door stop should be of the same finish.

Wall Mounted Door Stops

Wall Mounted Door Stop

All doorstops should have a soft area that connects with the door and protects it while also being positioned and the correct size to actually stop the door handle from damaging the wall.

Watch your Toes on the Floor Mounted Door Stops

Floor Mounted door stop

They should also be carefully positioned so that they don’t catch clothing or toes when barefoot. Floor mounted stops are often round with a rubber cushion.

Magnetic door catch

Door stops can be two parts as in the magnetic types that there is a magnet on the door and steel attachment on the door. These are very useful as they keep the door open and simply release when a bit of pressure is applied. These are very useful inside where wind isn’t an issue but a draft may move the door. The magnet has enough strength to hold the door in position. Others may have a mechanical catch but require bending down or using your foot to release the door. These are better in heavy duty situations such as commercial exterior or interior doors but also very useful in domestic situations that may have high wind exposure on occasion. These are often simple rods or spring-loaded extensions that are able to absorb the shock of the door hitting them. They should always have something to absorb the impact such as rubber or plastic grommets and they can also have magnetic or mechanical catches.

Novelty Manual Door Stops / Door Holds

Manual novelty door hold

There are plenty of proprietary manual door stops or door holds available, but you may like to look for a novelty element such as a stone, carved stone or metal block. Here is a novelty paint tube holding the door back. These are used to hold the door open and stop the door slamming if there is a breeze.

Exterior Door Stops

exterior design
Hook and eye stay

Exterior doors can be solid and very heavy. Sometimes we may want to hold them open to let a breeze through the house, or you may be bringing things in and out and don’t want to keep opening and shutting the door. You can see from this image, that a great big 10kg weight is used as a door stop. And a very common type of door stay is a hook and eye catch.

Timber Wedge Door Hold

 door wedge

You can see from the image that a door stop and a door hold is being used, one protecting the wall and one making sure the door doesn’t move. This is probably the most common timber door wedge hold that you will see, there are also plastic versions of a door wedge.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at using door stops, door holds and stays in the home.  See more Interior Design Tips

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