Tuesday, December 7, 2010

DIY Draft Stopper

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

I seem to be suffering from a bout of writer's block today.  Nothing is coming to mind and too much time is being wasted staring at the computer trying to conjure something up.  Block.  Waste.  Conjure.  Block.  Waste.  Conjure... that sounds familiar.

I bring you a post from the past where I conjure up my own version of those draft blockers you see advertised on tv to stop wasting energy.

Draft Stopper.

With winter quickly approaching I shudder in remembrance of the icy drafts coming from beneath my doors. A lot of resources and money are wasted due to the extra heat needed to combat these drafts and the extra money you have to spend to fuel the furnace. People have been using door snakes for years. Maybe you even have one. I find them annoying because you always have to put them back in there place. I am lazy, I know. A quick and easy fix to this problem is using a twin draft stopper. Now, you could pay $19.99 and order the twin draft guard, but that would not be very thrifty. And these are so simple to make!

The materials:

All it took was a pair of my daughter's recently purged jeans and two foam pipe wraps from the hardware store. These come in different diameters and are dirt cheap. 1/2 inch should be sufficient to cover most gaps.

  • Cut your foam tubes to 1 1/2 to 2 inches shorter than the width of the door you are covering.
  • Cut your jeans in half and trim to slightly longer than the tubes. I got lucky, these were already nearly the length I needed.

  • Turn inside out and sew bottom hem shut.
  • Slip tubes inside pant leg and slide under the door so that one tube is on each side of door.

  • Pull fabric taught so tubes are snug against the door.
  • Pin along edge of tube on cut side and sew a straight seam along pins.
  • Trim excess fabric off.

  • Turn right side out, insert tubes and fold over open end to be flush with tubes.
  • Pin hem and sew edge, leaving the end open.

  • Reinsert tubes and slide under door with open end towards door frame.
  • Make sure door can open and close freely.
  • Never bend down to put the door snake back in its place again!

The finished product will move with the door. There is no need to constantly be putting it back in its place. Just slide it on and forget about it. I like to leave one end open so the tubes can be removed and the cover washed when needed. You could certainly add Velcro or sew it shut if preferred. These work great for drafty windows, too!

The side by side comparison says it all. Save your money and your sanity with a simple twin draft stopper.


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

That's pretty awesome!

jaime said...


Anonymous said...

I saw this and made one. Thank you for sharing.

Tom and Sandy Fox said...

This is a great idea. I love it that you don't have to put it back in place each time you move the door. I'm doing an article on draft stoppers. May I use the finished photo and attribute it to your website? What attribution would you like me to use?



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