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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Heating & Cooling Enjoy your outdoors all year with Heatstrip heaters You can keep everybody warm outside, while saving on running costs and increasing the value of your home, with Heatstrip outdoor heaters.

Gas log fireplace

Heating & Cooling How to choose a gas log fireplace There’s nothing like the warmth and ambience of a fireplace in winter. A gas log fire is an affordable, convenient and mess-free alternative. To find out what to consider when choosing a gas log fire, we spoke to the team at Scandia.

Scandia wood fire heater

Heating & Cooling How to choose a wood fire heater Nothing beats huddling around a roaring wood fire heater in winter. But how do you choose the right one? Heating specialists Scandia share their top tips on how to select the right wood fire heater for your home.

How to save energy when using heaters

Heating & Cooling How to save energy when using heaters Keeping warm when it’s cold doesn’t mean you should have to pay big energy bills. Here are some simple hints and tips from De’Longhi that’ll help you keep costs down.

Warm bathroom colours

Heating & Cooling How to warm up your bathroom The bathroom is where many people start and end their day. Keeping it dry and warm over the cooler months will make stepping out of the shower a little easier and your daily routine more enjoyable.

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Heating & Cooling Types of heaters: how to choose a heater Find a range of heaters at Bunnings, with different sizes & features.

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Heating & Cooling How to insulate walls Installing insulation in your walls is a great way to increase energy efficiency and reduce noise. Learn how easy it is to do yourself.

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Heating & Cooling How to insulate your home for extreme weather Find out how easy it is to keep your home warm in summer and cool in winter with insulation.

A complete guide to types of light bulbs and globes

Lighting A complete guide to types of light bulbs and globes There are so many different types of light bulbs and globes out there, it can be a little hard to know exactly which one you need. We shed some light on the most common types of globes available.

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Lighting Colour temperature guide: the difference between warm light and cool light Choose between warm vs cool light with LED lights that give you a range of colour temperatures. Mercator expert explains colour temperature & when to use warm & cool lights.

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Lighting Get creative with decorative lights How you choose to light your indoor space will have a huge impact on how you work, eat, socialise and unwind. Rather than using a central source of light in a room, multiple function decorative string lights can be strategically placed to light up ...

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Lighting How to choose outdoor lighting for your home Showcase the features of your home with the perfect outdoor lighting for you. Mercator expert gives us a full guide on how to choose outdoor lights for your home.

How to choose work lights

Lighting How to extend your day with work lights Whether you’re working early, late or need some help seeing poorly lit areas, work lights can help. Find out more.

natural light

Lighting How to make the most of natural light Increasing the amount of natural light in your home can reduce your heating and lighting costs. It can also make a rooms feel bigger and more inviting. Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to get more natural light into your home.

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Lighting How to take control of your lights with lighting control solutions Well designed lighting can transform the look of a room, create a warm, welcoming ambiance and even reduce your power bills.

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Lighting Top tips for good lighting design There’s no doubt that whatever your budget, investing in good lighting design is for the long term. The team at Ledvance share their top tips for good lighting design.

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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