It’s easy to forget about door stoppers until you realise how much the wall behind the door is damaged from swinging the door too widely or quickly. Door stoppers, also known as door stops, are a great addition to both commercial and residential buildings. Besides preventing damage to walls, door stops can also direct the flow of traffic in commercial buildings, as well as hold doors open to prevent abrupt slamming of doors, protecting the hands of small children around the house.

door stops near entrance door

The benefits of door stoppers.

  • Prevent damage to the wall
  • Help avoid wall damage
  • Prevent doors from snapping shut
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Allow an unobstructed flow of traffic
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Improve room ventilation
  • Offer a decorative element

Types of door stops.

Door stops come in a variety of styles, heights and finishes, from bronze floor door stops and black nickel skirting door stops to satin chrome skirting door stops and matte black floor mounted door stops. Door stops can be both a stylish and functional addition to your home décor. Why not choose a door stop in the same finish as your other door furniture?

There are two main types of door stoppers: door stops used behind the door (i.e. skirting door stops and floor mounted door stops) and door stops used in front of the door, such as wedges.

 Skirting door stops.

Also known as baseboard door stops, skirting doorstops are the most popular style of door stops as they are easy to fit and aesthetically pleasing. This type of door stop is installed to the skirting board/baseboard of the wall behind the door and it is equipped with a rubber tip to absorb the force of the door swinging.

 Skirting door stop

Skirting door stops can either be fixed or flexible. Fixed skirting door stops are a static solid piece, while flexible door stops, or spring door stops feature a spring-like body to further absorb the force of the door.

spring door stop

Floor mounted door stops.

Floor door stops also prevent the door from hitting the wall, working in the same way as skirting door stops, except they are installed into the floor instead. Floor door stops can also create a barrier where a wall isn’t present.

heavy duty door stop

This type of door stop is available in a wider range of styles and heights than skirting door stops, including heavy-duty door stops, which are ideal for commercial use; floor shielded rubber door stops, which are a great option for low commercial use; and then a selection of different styled door stops ideal for both residential and commercial environments, such as round flat top mounted door stops, cone floor door stops and oval floor door stops.

brass floor mounted door stop

Related: Best location to install a floor door stop.

In addition to these, there are also portable weighted door stops, which are also placed on the floor but not permanently fixed. This type of door stop is highly versatile as it can be moved easily when required and it can be used behind the door to protect the wall and in front of the door to keep it open.


Door wedges are portable and can be used to hold any door open at any time. Wedges are easy to use and require no fixings. They are usually used in front of doors to prevent them from snapping shut but can also be used on the inside of closed and locked doors for added security. At Ironmongery Experts, we stock black door wedges, grey door wedges and white door wedges.

black door wedge

Are door stops the same as door holders?

No. Door holders, such as cabin hooks are used to hold the door open, preventing doors from closing. Cabin hooks can be used to secure doors open, as well as to lock gates and shed doors, offering little security. These are mainly used in traditional properties, cottages, stables and barns.

black cabin hook

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