I have door bumps also known as door guards behind every door that opens against a wall in my house. They have saved me a lot of time and frustration in repairs. Today I want to share with you 3 ways to prevent door knob holes in walls and a quick little story.
When my girls were little and we lived in California…
We were renting a house that had enough room for both of my girls to have their own bedrooms. My girls have always been close, close in age and close together when they found themselves in creative hot water. I don’t remember the details of why, but they were sent to their rooms one afternoon for a”go to your room and think about what you did” moment.
A while later I heard giggling.
Hhmmnn, I thought I should check out the cause for giggles. And I did find the reason for the giggles. One of my girls had a hole in the drywall where the doorknob was repeatedly hitting the wall when the door was opened to hard. Over time the hole got bigger. I probably forget about fixing it or it was “on the list”.
I don’t know how they figured it out, but they did. One daughter made her hole larger and the other made a new hole in her wall. Yup, they created a little opening so they could see each other and talk back and forth. I smile as I write this now, but, I can assure you I was in no mood to smile when I discovered what they’d done!
You know the old saying, If I’d known then what I know?
I would have repaired the holes myself and would have made my girls do it with me so they’d learn more than one lesson! Closer to the truth is that it probably wouldn’t have happened in the first place. Which is why I’m sharing with you today 3 ways to prevent door knob holes in walls. So you won’t have to repair any door knob holes in your place either 🙂
There are several types but these are the ones most commonly used.
Stick on wall guard, aka door bump – This is my favorite and what we use in my house. They stick on the wall, last forever and work great. I like the soft round half circle ones. They also come in a flat hard plastic type.
Door stop mounted on the door hinge– I’ve used these before and for the most part they work great. Not as easy to install, but still simple. They are nice for aesthetics because they aren’t mounted on a wall. The down side is that bumper guard can put a hole in a hollow core door if it’s pushed hard enough. Since most interior doors are hollow core that can be an issue.
Spring and bumper– The most common type and in my opinion the least effective. They break and don’t last. If they aren’t present they can’t work.
As I mentioned, my favorite of the 3 ways to prevent doorknob holes in walls is the stick-on bump by far. I’ve placed them behind every door that opens onto a wall here in this house.
To me, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure… or in this case a pound of drywall repair mud!
And yes, my front door is copper 🙂 See my tutorial on how I did it Here.
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