Door stops are often thought of as the thick, wedge-shaped rubber props that keep a door held open. While these triangular pioneers still serve their purpose---to hold a door open for those passing through---door stops have progressed a great deal to include numerous stops for different situations. Here are some tips to help you decide what door stop suits your needs.
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Cast Iron Door Stops
Sometimes a household item that is a necessity gets a makeover and becomes a decorative item in the home while retaining its usefulness. Such is the case with the decorative cast iron door stop. Cast iron doorstops have interesting shapes---like dogs, cats, roosters and flower bouquets. Highly collectable as antiques, cast iron door stops are still being made today. These door stops are heavy, requiring a bit of strength to move. If you want something whimsical and useful, this is the door stop for you.
Magnetic Door Stops
The magnetic door stop can be useful for those who have a short amount of time to pass through a door, typically in small areas. The magnetic catch against the wall quickly attracts the magnetic door stop when the door is opened, grabbing the door and holding it firmly open.
Security Door Stops
For people who spend time in hotels or unfamiliar surroundings, a security door stop is ideal. The door stop is placed behind the closed door, in the room where the occupant is staying. If someone enters from the outside, the door stop sounds an alarm.
Foot Door Stop
The commonly used foot door stop is the traditional, wedge-shaped door stop. This door stop is put in place as needed and can be found in sizes from small to large. Also available are carpet-gripping foot door stops with jagged teeth to hold doors open when placed over rugs or carpet.
Automatic Door Stop
With a mechanism that catches and releases the door, the automatic door stop lets users avoid bending down to deal with a door stop on the floor. When the door is opened, it catches on a latch near the floor. The door closes when it is pushed on, releasing the latch.
Hook and Eye
The cheapest method by which to hold a door open is the hook-and-eye method. Commonly found at hardware stores, the hook and eye are purchased as a set. The eye is screwed onto the baseboard area behind the door to be opened, and the hook is screwed into the door, lined up so that when the door is opened, the hook fits into the eye.
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