DIY: How to Keep Doors From Slamming Shut

Casandra Maier

A slamming door poses a safety hazard for people and pets in your home. Doors slam shut for a number of reasons. The door may be heavy, causing it to slam loudly as it swings shut. Other doors are attached to door closers; an arm and joint attachment that determines the speed of the door as it shuts.

Protect children and pets in your home by repairing doors that have a tendency to slam shut.

However, the setting may be off, causing the door to slam. Other doors will continually swing shut due to the fact that the door or door frame isn't level. Keep doors in your home from swinging shut with one of these easy fixes. Fixing a slamming door will reduce noise and prevent injuries.


Consider installing a door closer if your door doesn't already have one or if the door is especially heavy. Door closers typically come with hardware and instructions for installation.


The cushion of foam rubber weather stripping will begin to wear out over time, especially if the door is used often. If the door starts to get loud again upon closing, replace the stripping.

Reduce Noise

  1. Measure the inside of your door frame. Purchase adhesive foam rubber weather stripping based on the length and width of your door frame.

  2. Clean the inside of your door frame with a cloth, warm water and dish soap to remove dust or grim on the door frame that will interfere with the adhesive on the stripping.

  3. Peel away the paper and attach the stripping to the inside of your door frame. Press the adhesive side against the frame. The stripping will provide cushion for the door as it shuts. This will prevent the door from slamming loudly.

Adjust Door Closer

  1. Check to see if your door is attached to a door closer. A door closer is a jointed arm attachment that will be attached to the door and door frame on either the outside or inside of the door. If the door is regulated by a closer, but it still slams, you need to adjust the closer.

  2. Use a screwdriver to adjust the door’s spring tension. Turn the spring tension screw at the top of the door closer's long, thin cylinder. Turn the screw clockwise for one full rotation.

  3. Test the door. If the door is still latching too quickly, turn the screw again. Continue testing the door and adjusting the screw until the door closes and latches at the desired speed.

Modify Doors

  1. Use a level to determine if the door and the door frame are level. If either is off, the door won't stay open and the door will continually slam shut.

  2. Purchase a kick-down door stop to prop the door open. Use a drill and screws to install the door stop on the lower outside corner of the door on the side where the door latches.

  3. Move the arm of the door stop into a downward position when you want to prop the door open. When you want the door to shut, move the arm of the door stop upward. The door stop will have a rubber cap at the end which will keep the door from slamming shut when the stop is in the downward position.