Somewhere, sometime, almost all of us have been guilty of it. Whether excited, in a hurry or just a little careless, we’ve opened a door with a bit too much “enthusiasm” and left a dent or hole in the wall behind it. Thankfully, drywall can be patched, but why not use an ounce of prevention rather than a pound of cure (or joint compound)? Here are five ways to outfit your home to prevent damage from free swinging doors.
Also known as wall shields, protectors or bumpers, these products mount to walls to safely absorb the impact of door knobs. They typically come with an adhesive backing that makes installation a snap. These are available in flat disk or rounded rubberized varieties, the latter offering greater protection for door knob and wall alike.
The least obtrusive solution, hinge pins mount to door hinges rather than walls or floors and arrest the door motion with a small rubber bumper. These work best on lightweight doors, and care should be taken not to puncture hollow-core doors by opening them too forcefully against the pin.
Available in solid and spring varieties, these door stoppers are mounted just above the floor on the baseboard. They’re more liable to break than the other stopper options, though the spring variety is a bit more resilient.
When a door needs to be stopped well short of a wall, such as to protect furniture, floor-mounted stops are a permanent solution. These are available in shapes such as pins, hemispheres and cylinders, typically with rubberized bumpers. As they are mounted to the floor itself, they can be a tripping hazard depending on where they are located.
These are what commonly come to mind when one hears the word “doorstop”. Freestanding stops are available in wedge and weighted varieties to stop or hold open doors. They require no installation but may be less reliable as they can be knocked or moved out of position.
With the proper stops installed, you can make an entrance (or exit) without worry, knowing your doors, hardware and walls are protected.