D.I.Y. ideas to warm up your winter

Sometimes, winter can be a bit of a struggle. While blankets and fireplaces are great, there’s lots of other ways to keep yourself warm. Here are some D.I.Y. projects you can do at home to help you get through the winter.

Make winter accessories for your home

Start by creating some simple accessories for your home that will make winter that much easier. If you’ve got a fireplace, you can make a stylish copper firewood rack (pictured above). As you’ll be using your outerwear all the time, you might also want to craft a wall mounted coat rack to help with storage.

Create an airtight home

The next thing you should do is create an airtight home. It’s important to eliminate any gaps in the ceiling, doors, walls and windows so that cold air can’t get in (and warm air can’t get out). Controlling the airflow will also reduce your electricity consumption and save you money.

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Install your own insulation

It’s no secret, insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep warm and reduce your heating (and cooling) costs. Depending on how cold your home is, you can insulate your walls and insulate your ceiling. The best part is that if a good quality product is used, insulation can last for years to come.

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Maximise your natural light

As well as adding to the ambience, letting natural light flood your home is a great way to keep your home as warm as possible. We’ve got some great tips on how to make the most of natural light. One way is to install a couple of skylights.

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Winterproof your outdoor living area

We often stay inside during winter. However, installing bistro blinds in your courtyard or balcony area and then adding a couple of outdoor heaters to the space means you can go outside all year round.

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Warm up your bathroom

In winter, the bathroom can be one of the coldest and wettest parts of your home. Knowing how to warm up your bathroom will make stepping out of the shower a little easier and your daily routine more enjoyable.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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