Plus-d is a Japanese company that actually sells colorful tubes that are similar to a tube of hand lotion, facial cleanser, etc. and markets them as doorstops to keep your doors propped open.
While those tubes may be more fashionable and modern than your typical door stopper (and regular tubes of stuff, for that matter), I can’t help but think that it makes more sense to re-use than buy new sometimes.
After all, don’t we all have about a gazillion tubes of something around the house?
Perhaps just one of them could be spared in order to serve as a door stopper the next time the need arises.
For what it’s worth, I’ve tested this theory to see if an everyday tube of something can sufficiently prop open a door. As you can see my large, half-empty tube of Eucerin body lotion worked just fine on a windy day when I had most of the windows in the house open. As did a much smaller full bottle of Neutrogena sunscreen.
Yes, the fun colors that the official Tube doorstop come in are quite nice. But I’m just sayin… maybe you could manage this one on your own!
Other DIY Door Stops I’ve Made
A few other ways that I’ve made my own doorstops is by taking a relatively heavy object and simply placing it in front of the door — like this glass jar turned into a vase. The clear decorative marbles weigh it down, so it won’t tip. And I’ve filled it with eucalyptus leaves which are a natural room deodorizer. This works great as a doorstop.
You can turn lightweight object into a heavier one by simply filling any open cavities with heavy things. Personally, I’ve used uncooked rice, river stones, and marbles to add weight to objects. You could also use cement or plaster of Paris if you don’t ever want to use the object for its original purpose again.
For a cozy, homey look I’ve placed large baskets in front of doors and filled them with interesting things. For example, in the guest bedroom, the basket is filled with things that overnight guests would enjoy (books, towels, magazines, a candy jar, etc). In the office, I have a basket filled with relevant magazines and 3-ring notebooks.
For a practical solution, I’ve turned a large pickle jar into a change jar that I then used as a doorstop… and I made some money in the process! If yours will be placed on a slick surface, just add a piece of felt to the bottom so it won’t scratch the floor. (Before filling the jar with loose change, I filled it with Mardi Gras beads and used that as a doorstop.)
For an earthy solution, I’ve brought the outside in and used a large rock as a doorstop (only on carpet, not on hardwood).
For a rustic touch, I’ve used a wooden tree stump as a door stop in these 2 ways:
You could even use a large, empty can (filled with something heavy) and decorated with fabric or (my favorite) wrapped in rope — like jute or hemp.
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Interesting Doorstops You Can Buy
If you’re thinking of buying one, then you might appreciate these really unique and fun doorstops…
A small, fabric doorstop that won’t damage your hardwood floors.
Dorothy’s ruby red slippers door stop.
This rubber door stop doubles as a door hanger!
A classy red shoe door stop.
This uniquely shaped door stop also works with windows!
This rubber doorman doorstop holds the door open for you.
Looking for a door stop alarm?… This door stop has an alarm that goes off whenever pressure is applied to it.
This horseshoe shaped silicone door stop rests on the door handle when not in use!
A banana peel door stop shows your fun personality.
The Wedge-It door stop is industrial strength. Invented by a fireman, it props doors open exactly 90-degrees and can be used 3 ways.
Golf anyone? This door stop doubles as a fun golf game!
Made of heavy-duty cast iron, this starfish door stop will last for years.
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