How to Install Door Stopper? (Step-By-Step Tutorial)


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Installing a Door Stopper Step-by-Step

Installing a door stopper is one of the safest and quickest home renovations that you could do. It takes less than five minutes, depending on which of the two types you’ve chosen.

Note: If you want to use a hinge-mounted door stopper, you need to make sure that the hinge is removable and not locked in place.

Without further ado, here are the steps to take in order to install each door stopper:

Hinge-Mounted Door Stopper Installation

  1. Start by grabbing your flathead screwdriver and removing the bolts from the hinges of your door. You’ll need to put the hinge-mounted stopper in the center hinge, but all of them need to come out so that you have enough room to fit it in. You can remove the bolts by hitting the screwdriver upward toward the head of each one.
  2. Line up the hinge-mounted stopper in the center hinge and load the bolt back through it. You’ll also need to replace the rest of the hinges to put the door back on completely. Give each bolt a bump on the top with the back of the flathead screwdriver to seal it back in place.
  3. Rotate the stopper and test your work. The door should be able to open all the way, but it’ll be stopped by the rubber feet of the stopper. If your door is limited or it opens too far, you might need to loosen the center bolt and rotate the stopper a little bit in one direction or the other.

Fixed Post Door Stopper Installation

  1. Open the door until it’s lined up parallel with the way. It can’t be slanted at all since the stopper needs to sit flush with the door. The best way to do this is to put the stopper between the door and the wall and hold it so the stopper is flat on both sides.
  2. Take a pencil and mark 1.5 inches inward on the door and the wall. You should have two dots; One that’s 1.5 inches inward on the door and one that’s straight across on the wall when they’re held parallel.
  3. Use your drill and drill bits to create a pilot hole on the wall. Some people prefer to have their door stopped on the door, while others want it on the wall. The choice is yours, and there aren’t any advantages to either preference other than the location of a protruding post.
  4. Take the fixed post stopped and screw it into the pilot hole with your hand. You won’t need a drill since it’s a hand-twisted stopper. Once you get a snug fit, you can see if it’s lined up where you want it to be.
  5. Test your work by opening and closing the door. If the stopper isn’t flush with the wall and the door it’s opened all the way, then you might have to loosen and tighten the stopper again. A slightly stripped screw or slanted pilot hole can be the source of the problem.

Other Materials

  • Door trim – 1/4” x 4-1/2” x 8’ (thickness x width x height)
  • Door stop – 1/4” x 2” x 8’ (thickness x width x height)
  • Paint
  • Wood filler
  • ARROW TIP: Usually two types of wood are available for purchase – paintable and stainable. We selected the economical paintable wood for this repair.

Step by Step Guide of Installing a Hinge- Mounted Doorstop

Hinge pin door stop is the best option to install on your door. Unlike the other door stopper types, it is easy to install and works great to prevent the door from touching the wall. Installing it on your door will keep your walls safe from scuffs.

Step 1. Get the Right Hinge Mounted Doorstop

Before you start any work, get the best hinge pin

Before you start any work, get the best hinge pin door stop in any hardware store. A good Hinge pin door stopper has a compact metal body, metal ring, and two rubber pads.

Step 2. Remove the Hinge Pin on The Door

Shut the door and remove the pins on the upper hin

Shut the door and remove the pins on the upper hinge with a flat-head screwdriver. If you want to use this tool, push the screwdriver into the flared head of the pin and pry it out.

Step 3. Attach the Hinge Pin with the Doorstop

From the top of the doorstop, push in the hinge pi

From the top of the doorstop, push in the hinge pin until it gets to the hole underneath. Then use gentle movements to rotate the pin on the hinge. With this action, the stopper stays on the hinge and keeps the pin in position. Complete this stage by hitting the pin into the hinge with a hammer

Step 4: Adjust the Doorstop to Desired Opening Distance

With the pin well-secured, rotate the threaded rod

With the pin well-secured, rotate the threaded rod of the stopper’s adjustable pad to determine how the door will open. You can use your fingers or the flat-headed screwdriver to make the adjustment.

If you add more turns, the door comes to stopper faster when you open it. As with the other types of door stoppers, open the door to test the device. If it doesn’t get to the right distance, you can adjust it again.

Install Doorstops

Follow these tips to install a spring-loaded or fixed-post doorstop to your baseboard. This will prevent doors from opening too far and damaging your walls.

  • Step 1: Mark the Spot

    Starting at the bottom of the door where it swings into the baseboard, measure about 2″ in from the edge of the door along the baseboard. Using a pencil, mark a spot equidistant from the top and bottom of the baseboard. This is where you will install the doorstop.

  • Step 2: Attach the Stop

    Depending on the stop, you’ll either have to screw the shaft of the stop directly into the wall or use separate screws to attach it to the baseboard. You may want to drill a 1/8″ hole where you’ll screw in the doorstop so that the screw won’t crack the baseboard.

    You’re done! You’ve given your walls an understated makeover and the doorstops you’ve installed will keep your walls protected and looking great.


So, this is the door that I am using to demonstrate with today. It is one of my pantry doors and has one of those hinge pin door stops. You probably have a few of these around your house as well.

Initially, these were thought to be great alternatives to the spring version that mounts on the baseboards. They look nice and they are out of the way. But there is one big problem with these. They tend to put holes in hollow core doors.

Final Thoughts

(Farinelli Construction Inc)

(Farinelli Construction Inc)

The best hinges for hollow core doors are still the base molding spring stops, (as seen on the door in this foreground) and not the hinge pin stops (as seen on the two doors in the background). Now, if the hole in your door was caused by a hinge pin stop, replace it with a different type.

If the location of the door prevents another type being used, the best solution is to place additional hinge pin stops on the remaining hinges as well. That way the pressure can be distributed among all three or four hinges instead of focusing on just one spot. (Notice that the two doors in this image have hinge pin stops on both the top and bottom hinges).

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