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We don't use our big family room (room off to the side) during the winter months and we use a big blanket for each doorway (2). Any suggestions besides using a bi-fold door. Not too mechanically inclined. Thanks

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  • Can you post a photo? Not knowing what it looks like, I would just install doors of some sort. If too much for you to do, this is an way job for a handyman / woman and they are far less expensive than a typical contractor. Would a "barn door" type application work? That may be another option.

  • Lynn Lynn on Dec 23, 2017
    Connie, we did this during the summer to close off the family room (Full sun, vaulted ceiling, no insulation). I found some thermal drapes we could use to block off the room. I used tension rods to “install” the curtains. Very little air flow got through and my a/c bill dropped in half from not trying to cool the room.

    The other option, if this room can completely be shut off all winter is have 1/4” white hardboard cut to size of each door way. Using self stick foam insulation, install the hardboard in the door frame, and at end of winter, just remove the board.


  • Karen Morin Karen Morin on Dec 23, 2017
    Sliding “barn door” is one possibility. I was told by my furnace tech that closing off rooms disrupts the furnace efficiency.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 23, 2017
    Is it a regular door width? or a large 8'- 10' opening? if its a regular door width, you could install french doors. Measure length and width, and buy new doors or go to Habitat for Humanity Restore to find some used doors. Remember if they are solid doors they can be trimmed down if they are too big with a circular saw, and you can even cut an opening and install glass or plexiglass for a french door look. Get hardware including hinges and a door latch system at the hardware store.

    • Connie Connie on Dec 25, 2017
      Thanks, they just recently opened up a Habitat for Humanity Restore; might head on over to see what they have.

  • Emily Emily on Dec 23, 2017
    If cost is a factor in your doorways and blankest aren't sufficient, you could try insulation board cut to fit each doorway, either wrap it in fabric or paper and make two loops. . . one for each side of "door" and use them to set in place and remove. I had a friend who did this with windows and it really worked. Or buy doors as others have said. I close off two upstairs spaces and also we turn off and on radiators as needed.

  • Judy Judy on Dec 23, 2017
    Get a sheet of styrofoam, and put this in the window. You may have to trim it down abit, or measure the window before you go to the hardware, and the clerk may help you. Press this into the window, then have you drapes over it. This will save lots of heat loss. Tho, I have foil on the outside, so the sun rays are reflected, and this keeps out the sun rays in the summer. This really is great. You can cut this for the top half, or a second piece for the bottom. Then, when spring comes, and you do want some light, just take out the bottom piece, and you are saving lots of cold air from coming in. Be sure it fits firm, for you are saving lots of money if you do it this way. Putting foil on the outside, is a major factor for saving money, ok? If you can sew, you can make a window quilt, to put over this and this will add to the insulation, plus give you a pretty pic of the pattern during the winter. We have most of our windows, all covered this way, and when I am tired of one print, I just switch the foam. Best wishes, J.

    • Connie Connie on Dec 25, 2017
      Thanks, I've received several suggestions and each one is unique. Now I only need to decide which suggestion to use.

  • Judy Judy on Dec 26, 2017
    Try to make your room, as cheerful as you can, an the colors are very important. If it is winter, I love to have spring pics or summer pics in the room, it just gives a fresh breath to the climate. Enjoy and best wishes, for a lovely new yr. J.

  • Barb Barb on Dec 26, 2017
    Shrink wrap it come in large patio door size, comes with double sided tape, then place the plastic on and then you use a hair dyer to get it taught. It’s inexpensive and not so noticeable with a blanket hanging and it’s see through📌

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 10, 2021

    Hello there,

    Board up the doors using insulation board.