The 7 Best Doorstop Fillings – Which One Is Right For You?

Shopping for a doorstop can be stressful and unnecessary, I feel they are hard to find or just not what I am looking for.

As I can’t help but be creative I decided to make my own and found it so easy to do. But the part I struggled with was what is the best doorstop filling to use.

There wasn’t much information online to help me so I pooled my resources and worked out what works well, what’s cheap and what would I want to use.

So after all my research and looking into different doorstop filling I thought I would create this helpful guide to help you.

7 Best Doorstop Filling

These are the most commonly used doorstop fillings and all have been tried and tested.

Your choice of filling may alter depending on what you want, how heavy you would like it to be and who lives within your household.

1. Plastic Beads

More commonly known for uses in items such as teddy bears, bean bags and weighted blankets. Plastic beads are another alternative to use in your doorstop.

These are great as they are both heavy and long-lasting. They won’t create any unnecessary smells, attract bugs or mice and will be easy to use.

As these are quite pricey and would take quite a large amount (depending on the size of your doorstop obviously) to fill your doorstop you would be quite out of pocket by the end.

To counteract using the whole bag or more on one project you can use a percentage of plastic beads to create a heavy base for your doorstop.

The rest of the doorstop filling can then be soft polyester stuffing or wadding.

2. Rice

Rice is probably one of the more commonly used doorstop filling. Used in the right way with a plastic bag lining to hold the rice in place this makes for a great filling.

It is cheap to buy, easy to use and not too heavy or messy.

Rice is also a great filler for patterns weights and pin cushions.

This is a great affordable material to use for a doorstop filling, my only concern would be long term would it go bad or attract bugs, etc.

I haven’t found any information to say it would but a great way of getting around that would be to create pockets using resealable food bags and containing the rice that way.

You can then layer the bags in the doorstop shell and have safe knowledge knowing it is contained and safe in the bag. If you have pets double check with how they react to the rice before using it.

The last thing you want is your pet destroying your new homemade doorstop to get to a bag of rice!

3. Pebble Gravel

This is one of the stranger fillings to use but I feel it is worthwhile exploring. This doorstop filling is easy to get hold of – local garden centers will sell it. It is cheap enough to buy and it is long-lasting.

I love the idea of using the pebble gravel as it is small enough to handle and work with, you can use small amounts at a time and it is mess-free. You can easily transfer the pebbles using a cup, ladle or even pour them into the structure.

If you want to have a soft looking doorstop use pebbles at the base and add stuffing to create the soft look.

You can use a small amount of wadding at the base, sides, and tops to give the doorstop a softer edge, better for families with smaller children and kinder on floors.

4. Polyester Stuffing

While this isn’t the heaviest material and solely used along it won’t stop any door from moving I still feel it is a valuable doorstop filling. Many doorstops are soft and have some kind of second filling.

This is where I feel polyester stuffing is useful, it is cheap to buy or alternatively you can use an old cushion or duvet.

You can create a base of heavier materials such as pebbles, rice or plastic beads and top up the rest with stuffing.

5. Dried Lentils & Beans

This is a popular filling, much like rice, it is heavy and cheap to buy.

Lentils can be found and bought online, in supermarkets and local greengrocers. You can often find them in larger bags on the world food aisles which may work out cheaper in the long run if you plan to make a few doorstops.

My only advice would be to make sure your doorstop isn’t to get wet as this can cause the lentils and beans to moulding. I would use a plastic bag to house them in, alternatively, you can use a plastic-coated material for the base.

6. Sand

Sand is a common use for adding weight to doorstops. This may be better for outdoor doorstops but easily can be used for the indoors too. It is fairly cheap to buy, even cheaper in the summer months.

You might be thinking it is a messy way to fill a doorstop and it would surely leak through? Not necessarily, you can place the sand in a zip-lock bag or food bag and place it in the doorstop shell.

I would advise against this doorstop filling if you have pets or children as I feel it would easily be kicked and wouldn’t last long!

7. A Brick

Many people who have made doorstops on a budget have simply used a brick from the back garden. It is far from the most luxurious of fillings but it is very cost-effective and simple.

You can simply wrap it thoroughly with polyester stuffing or wadding to create a cushioned look and to create a soft barrier for toes.

You can then place the covered brick inside the doorstop shell and sew up. I would advise using alternative fillings if you have children.

That is everything on my guide to the best doorstop filling ideas. If you have used one of the fillings above and have any notes on it or have any recommendations I would love to know.

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