Making a Door Draft Stopper

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March 16, 2010

Jean Draft StoppersI made two draft stoppers from a clean pair of my husband's old worn out jeans by cutting off both legs. I stuffed them full of white rice. I also made two sleeves so they could be thrown into the washer, when they got dirty.


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Susan from ThriftyFun
February 6, 2007

With all the frigid weather in the northern parts of the U.S. I thought I'd better get this one online. It is a draft guard for your door using polar fleece, a window shade or dowel and some velcro.

Fleece Draft Guard


September 30, 2004

We all have socks with mates that have disappeared in the big black hole where all socks go. Most people know that these unmatched socks make great dusters and cleaning rags but how about filling one tube sock with clean kitty litter and using it as a Draft stopper at the bottom of your door?


November 6, 2009

Go to hardware store and buy 1/2 inch pipe insulator. It should be less than a dollar for 6 feet of foam insulator.


Buy one for each door your going to do. Measure width of door and cut foam 1/2 inch less than that measurement.


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November 10, 2008

Instead of spending money on cute little draft stoppers to place at the bottom of your doors, make your own. You can roll up a scatter rug for each door, and secure it with string or yarn. I have a collection of "rag" rugs that I use for this purpose. They are perfect, and easy to roll. When the draft stoppers are no longer needed, I cut the strings, wash the rugs, and save them for next year.


January 3, 2012

If you have doors or windows in your home that let in the cold winter air, here is a very simple draft stopper idea that I use. I purchased 1 yard of fleece fabric from the "bargain" table. This 36 inch length should work at any exterior door.


August 31, 2006

If this winter, you need to stop cold air from entering under your door, simply stick paper tape to the bottom edge of the door. Not under the door but simply on the inside edge of the door. . .


November 10, 2008

Slow down the cold drafts coming in through your doors with this easy craft.

Door pillow for drafts.



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January 14, 2011

I want to make a door draft stopper. Any ideas? Thank you.

By barbara from Union Mills, NC


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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

Take a 4-5" wide strip of strong fabric and measure it about 3" longer than the width of the door. Sew the end shut and then down the length, double seamed. Fill with play sand, cat litter or something non-food, till about 4" from the end. Secure end and sew, by hand if you have to (the tube is kind of heavy by then). Lay it down in front of the door, molding the sand around the drafty bottom. When you don't need it, pick it up in the middle and the slack in sand will let you hang it over the knob.


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January 20, 20110 found this helpful

Don't want to intrude to posts already here however I have found using sand eventually will flatten. Using cat litter is dusty. I have crocheted several of these and have used beans such as pinto beans. They are inexpensive and don't create dust nor flatten. They are heavy enough to stay put but light enough to move when needed. If you do not crochet, but sew, the dollar stores have inexpensive towels. Just sew those together and fill with beans. Let us know what you have tried and how it has worked out for you!

February 26, 20110 found this helpful

I made my door draft stopper out of foam pipe insulating, it comes in sticks and is fairly cheap.
I made mine to look like the ones they advertise on t.v. Just make a long rectngle the size to fit your door(I used a leg from an old pair of jeans) then sew straight down the middle to form two long "pockets" then cut your foam to fit your door,slide foam into pockets and slide onto bottom of door.


It stays put when you open & close the door.

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December 3, 2014

How can you make an effective door draft stopper for the sliding patio door?

By Joyce M


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December 3, 20140 found this helpful

We have a problem with air coming in where the two doors join in the middle on our sliding glass door. I made a draft stopper using a hot water pipe insulation tube. I cut it to fit the length of the door track. It's round and stays in the track with no problem. I cut a smaller piece to fit where the door stop is. On that piece I cut the bottom so it will sit flat on the door stop. This stopped all of the draft of cold air coming in from that door.

December 3, 20140 found this helpful

If it was me, I'd try weatherstripping the whole thing really well with foam tape, then getting insulated curtains.

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December 6, 2010

I saw somewhere that you can use pipe covers to make a draft snake. Something to put between the doors to cut down on drafts. Does anyone know how to make one? Thank you.

By Margie from Lake Orion, MI


December 7, 20100 found this helpful

Pipe covers come with a slit on one side. Just open the slit, 'cover' the bottom of the door with the pipe cover; close the door and the pipe cover will stop any air from coming in or leaving.

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December 5, 2017

This is a page about using a pool noodle and socks to make a draft stopper. Make one of these quick and easy draft stopper to a fix drafty door in your home.

Christmas Draft Stopper - draft stopper at base of door


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December 23, 2008

Does anyone have directions for how to make those door draft stoppers?


January 14, 2011

To keep out cold drafts from under a door, make a draft catcher. Just get a piece of flannel the width of the door, roll it into a tube and tie the ends and middle with some string the same color.


November 30, 2009

If you have drafts coming in from under your door, here's a quick and easy solution from items you already have on hand to make a draft stopper.


November 6, 2009

I would like to know if anyone knows how to make a draft stopper that you can lay at the bottom of a drafty door.

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