How to Install Doorstops

Stop doors from banging into walls

A missing doorstop means that sooner or later the wall will get dented by the door handle. Either of the two most common types of doorstop can be installed in minutes—which is a lot faster than a wall repair.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Two types of door stop

Tired of repairing wall holes punched in by doorknobs? Invest less than five minutes and a few dollars to install either a hinge-mounted (Photo 1) or a fixed-post doorstop (Photo 2). Hinge-mounted doorstops are up and out of the way and allow the door to swing open about 100 degrees. They work best on lighter-weight doors because there's less mass to rack the hinges and loosen them. Fixed-post doorstops mount in baseboards and work best for heavier doors. A fixed-post doorstop will greatly outlast a spring-type one.

Hinge-mounted stops are easy to install (Photo 1). When buying, match the metal finish on the doorstop and hinge hardware. Hang the stop in the top hinge of the door.

Installing stops that screw into baseboards is equally simple. To avoid having the doorstop punch a hole in a hollow-core door, install the stop so it hits the door no farther than 1-1/2 in. in from either the edge or the bottom of the door.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drill bit set

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Doorstop