Quick Fix: How to Make a Door Draft Blocker
Chilly winds can sneak into your house under your door. Not only do these drafts leave your toes cold, they may also waste energy because heat escapes through the opening, Energy.gov notes. This DIY draft blocker helps keeps the heat inside, so you can stay warm and toasty.
Step 1: Measure the Gap
Use a tape measure to determine the size of the gap between the bottom of your exterior door and the floor. The size of the gap under the door will determine what size of pipe insulation you’ll buy, Digital Trends says. You may find that pipe insulation that fits a ½-inch pipe works well. This quick fix works best with a hard-surface floor, rather than carpeting, as it may be difficult to open or close the door if the insulation comes in contact with carpeting.
Step 2: Gather Supplies
In addition to the pipe insulation, grab work gloves, a utility knife and double-sided tape.
Step 3: Measure the Width
Measure the width of your door.
Step 4: Cut to Fit
While wearing work gloves, carefully cut a portion of pipe insulation to match the width of your door.
Step 5: Install the Insulation
Place the pipe insulation under the door to fill the gap. You may want to use double-sided tape to help secure the insulation, Engineer Your Space says. Consider affixing the tape to the bottom of the door to help prevent any visible damage when you remove the tape. The insulation should stay in place whether the door is open or closed, BobVila.com says.
[On Screen Text]: DIY Door Draft Blocker
Scene opens with the exterior door and a welcome mat.
Cut to the exterior door of home from the inside. Cold draft lines swirl out from bottom of door. Floor is a hard surface (not carpet).
Hand places supplies like pipe insulation, work gloves, utility knife, double-sided tape and tape measure on screen one at a time.
[On Screen Text]: Pipe insulation, work gloves, utility knife, double-sided tape and tape measure
[On Screen Text]: Measure gap.
[On Screen Text]: Measure width of door.
Hand wearing work gloves measures the depth of the gap at the bottom of the door, and then measures the width of the door.
[On Screen Text]: Make sure insulation matches the size of the gap.
Hand wearing work gloves places tape measure next to pipe insulation, held so viewer can see that the thickness of the insulation matches the gap under the door.
[On Screen Text]: Cut insulation to fit the width of door.
Hand wearing work gloves places tape measure on the floor next to the pipe insulation. Hand then uses utility knife to carefully cut pipe insulation to the correct length.
Hand (not wearing gloves) tears off a piece of double-sided tape and affixes it to the bottom of the door.
[On Screen Text]: If necessary, press the insulation onto the tape to secure it to the door.
Hand (not wearing gloves) slides pipe insulation under the door, securing it to the tape.
Shot of door with correctly installed insulation.
[On Screen Text]: That’s it!