Sunday, 9 November 2014


We're hunkering down for the winter here in London... and it's getting cold... so I thought I'd share this. In these times of saving energy, colossal heating bills and (still, despite what people are saying) austerity. Someone somewhere may find it useful....

Have you seen the gaps underneath our doors?

I mean... seriously.... Look at them.

Gaping, draught-beckoning, under-door, wind-tunnelling, chasms.

.... Kind of needed to sort this.

I have a small stash of fake fur that I've had for years. nice stuff that is destined to become, one day, the most gorgeous coat - but in the meantime, there's just about enough of it to spare for a more pressing little project to keep out those breezes.

So off to Jewsons I go for some pipe insulation (all will become clear - I promise). Love it there - shopping with all those builders - surreal.

So what do you do with a pile of fake fur and pipe insulation?

Here's what. This is an idea I got from lovely blog Living a Slow and Simple Life A fab draught excluder that slides snugly underneath your door - and (this is the important bit) stays there. It moves with your door. No getting in the way. No having to put it back in place. 

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And you know what - what a difference.

So snug that when you open the door you're practically blown off your feet. Ok.... so I exaggerate, but trust me - it works, and particularly well with wooden floors. Our living room has never been so toasty. You needn't use expensive fake fur. Fun fur, fleece, velour, velboa, minky or even just some unused fabric would be just as good, and for a room with a floor covering like carpet, a fabric with no pile, like cotton canvas, would be the best option.

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It's important for the environment and for our pockets that we try to conserve as much heat and waste as little energy as possible these days so this is a great idea. It's easy to make and works out pretty cheap. With the most basic of sewing skills and couple of hours you could do some serious draught busting. 

Click HERE for instructions.