Door Draft Stopper


If your house is always cold, of you're spending a fortune on energy bills, leaking doors might be one of the things to blame. Especially in the winter time when the wind is freezing cold.

If you can feel cold air coming from under your door, either your front door or from room-to-room in your house, you need to get a door draft stopper as soon as possible. A door draft stopper is basically rounded padding wrapped in heavy material that you slide under your door. Then you have a cover on each side of the door, blocking cold air from coming and hot air from escaping.

But keeping cold air out isn't the only thing a door draft stopper will do. It also keeps out small insects like bees and flies. It keeps out dust and pollen so people with allergies will greatly benefit from door draft stopper as well. It also keeps out bad odors so smells don't flow throughout the entire house.

Almost all door draft stoppers work on any floor type, marble, wood, even carpet.

You can make your own door draft stopper if you have the time and supplies. Of course nothing is going to beat a professionally made door draft stopper that you can buy online. But it will beat trying to stuff towels and t-shirts under the door to stop the draft. The material those are made of just aren't thick or strong enough to keep out the air, dust and odors you want to keep out.

You're going to want to buy a heavy fabric that is woven very tight, so air can't flow through it. You will also need scissors, a needle and some sewing thread, and some dried corn.

Cut the fabric to the length of your door, leaving the material about 4 inches wide. Fill it with the dried corn, then stitch it together. Do this twice. Now take another piece of your material, the same length, but this time only 1 inch wide. Sew each side to one of your corn-filled pieces, and you have yourself a home-made door draft stopper.

The bottom line is, this home-made or very in-expensive door draft stopper will save you money on heating in the winter and money on air conditioning in the summer. It will pay for itself on your next electric bill.