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The Decorative Door Stop: Beauty and Function

Updated on September 27, 2011

Yes, a door stop is a functional device. It can allow you to prop open a door or to make sure the door doesn't open too widely and damage a wall, a piece of furniture, or something else that sits or hangs behind it. Yes, they are very functional.

But who says one of these functional devices can't also complement your decor or perhaps add a bit of whimsy? We certainly don't. We've searched and found a number of decorative door stops that might be just what you're wanting. A bit of art, a bit of fun, and still quite functional.

Even if function is your focus and the asthetics of things are details that don't concern you, these items may fit the bill. There's no screwing them into a door jamb, placing them on a hinge, or any hand tools required. In fact, if you decide to move your decorative door stop, you simply bend over, grasp them, and lift. No holes to patch. It doesn't get much more functional than that.

If you don't manage to find just what you want on this page, we'll also provide you with some information about making your own basic design in case you like working with your hands.

About These Door Stops

First, a disclaimer. What you won't find on this page are those highly unobtrusive door stops that fit on the hinge of your door or on the baseboard of the wall. Those door stops that say nothing about you and add nothing to your decor, aren't here. No, on this page, what you'll find are some that make a statement and do a job.

On this page you will find a variety of cast iron and wooden items. Both are highly durable. Each decorative door stop on this page will easily perform the assigned task. Cast iron is of course, very heavy for it's size and the wooden ones have a wedge built on the back which will secure your doors.

Of course, these door stops don't really have to be limited to perform their original purpose. These creations can be enjoyed as bookends or artistic pieces alone to bring warmth and character to your home. The cast iron items in particular can be versatile and even act as garden ornaments.

You will find designs that range from the stately to the whimsical. Most of the designs on this page feature a variety of animals. Dogs figure prominently of course, but our feline friends are here too, along with a variety of other common woodland and aquatic creatures. Whether you love Yorkies, Labs, or Tabbies, there should be a choice to suit your fancy.

The wooden items are generally a bit larger in overall size but are also just a bit more light weight, making them even easier to relocate. Their design is also more colorful in most cases. Cast iron is nearly unbreakable and should last a life time with no fading when used indoors. Each one may weigh a few pounds.

The wooden decorative door stops here are a realistic, yet durable lithograph laminate on MDF material. They measure approximately 10 inches high by 18 inches wide with a thickness of 1/2 inch. Each one weighs four pounds.

Browse through our selection. You should find items that will suit a more traditional look as well as more whimsical ones. You can find more of the wooden animal doorstops here.

If you don't find just what you want on this page, you might be interested in a video tutorial about how to make your own which is included lower on the page.

Making Your Own Wooden Door Stop

As kids, we covered unused bricks with cloth or yarn, painted rocks, and decorated other unwanted heavy objects to create door stops. While it was a lot of fun, there are better ways of creating a good doorstop. Below is a three part tutorial on a good woodworking project for those who are DIY inclined.


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      Decorative Doors 7 years ago

      Great designs, I think we could make this doorstops as a bonus for the doors that we're making.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      I need to get one or some of these! I remember in school the majority of my teachers used decorated bricks! But that's definitely not my style. And my brother needs something totally different than the comical things he's been coming up with to leave his door ajar. A flashlight, a pile a laundry, basically whatever is nearest to the door!!! Nice presentation, mulberry!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Cool. They don't even look like door stops.