I made a wall today from a satin duvet cover LOL

@ellie333 (21029)
January 5, 2009 1:20pm CST
It has been so cold here today and I have stairs in my lounge so all the heat disappears up the stairway so I got so double sided tape and taped a satin duvet cover from the top and draped it down and it has made a wall, I then used the sheet to make a curtain in front of the stairway which when opened can be draped on the banister bit, looks really effecive and works really well, I am warmer already. What household items have you used for a completely different function to what they were intended. Huggles. Ellie :D
4 people like this
18 responses
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Very innovative! I don't have that problem since I live in Miami, but I have used my towels to soak up water coming through the doors from hurricanes. I'm not really creative when it comes to things like this! Enjoy!
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Di1159, A different sort of waether problem there then. It is warmer already thankfully. Huggles. Ellie :D
@gemini_rose (16193)
6 Jan 09
It has been freezing over here, today especially I cannot get warm at all. I have done what you have done before but with blankets. At one time I had so many blankets given to me that I used to use them for curtains in winter to keep the cold out for door linings, dog blankets, throwovers etc etc lol, xx
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Gemini, It is really cold here too, not as cold as where you are though but puutting the duvet cover up has really made a difference, I have blankets but not ones large enough to cover the stairs section. It is warmer already. At least you put all the blankets to good use eh! Huggles. Ellie :D
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
6 Jan 09
This drafty old house I'm renting has no insulation anywhere, not in the floors or walls, so it stays cold here no matter what. The kitchen is old linoleum so it is colder even than the rest, so I hung a thick comforter over the doorway between the kitchen and living room, and use a space heater in the living room and it stays much warmer and the large heater doesn't come on often throughout the day. When you go into the kitchen, though, it's freezing! I'm all about comfort and saving money, regardless of what it looks like.
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Ldyjarhead, I used to have to put my coat on just to go into the kitchen at another home I lived in so feel for you on that one. The duvet in fact looks quite good but like you say it wouldn't matter as long as warm and saving money. Sorry to hear your home is so cold no matter what. Huggles. Ellie :D
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
6 Jan 09
That sounds very neat and creative. I have had to use a sheet at one point and time to make a curtain for my sliding glass door.
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Steph, It is amazing how just a thin layer like a sheet can make all the difference, this duvet really has kept the warmth downstairs here we spend out time rather than being lost on the landing upstainrs. Huggles. Ellie :D
6 Jan 09
Hi ellie, That sounds just wonderful and you are warmer too, the only thing I have ever done was crochet two large blankets and I just put them over my leather chairs so it won't get dirty and also the cat sleeps on it and it keeps me warm too. Love and huggles. Tamara xxxxx
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Tamara, Oh I love to crochet blankets, my cats have their own too to lie on. Huggles. Ellie :D
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
6 Jan 09
that was great ellie..we just bought a bed heater to make us warm this winter..
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Marketing, I was just wasting so much heat up the stairs I had to do something as it was cold downstairs where we spend most of our time. It has worked well. Huggles. Ellie :D
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jan 09
We put a blanket up in our window one year, for the same reason as you, I wasn't all that pretty but it served the purpose.
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Winterose, I don't think it matters what it looks like as long as it does the job but luckily this duvet cover actually looks really good up there also. Huggles. Ellie :D
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
5 Jan 09
Hi Ellie333, I do admire you for using lateral thinking to keep your house warm. Usually I use a knife for lots of several activities. One time it is uses instead of a scissor, when my beloved son hides it away in one of his drawers. Sometimes I do use the knife as a screwdriver when I can't find one handy. (c) ronaldinu 2009 - the more people I meet-the more I love my dog
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Rinaldinu, I used a knife too to cut the tape yesterday as I couldn't find the scissors LOL. Huggles. Ellie :D
@littleowl (7157)
5 Jan 09
Hi Ellie...Being honest I haven't done or used anything for a long while to make things out of, guess cos at the moment I haven't got anything in the house to be creative with!,,,Huggles littleowl
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Littleowl, It looks okay too, a bit hippyish and definitely a lot warmer especially as it is so cold at present eh! Huggles. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jan 09
That's very imaginative Ellie. We bought some new curtains for our dining room as we were hemorrhaging heat into the unused conservatory. I can't think of anything off the top of my head. I am sure that we have done something inventive. I can just imagine you and your son snuggled up in a lovely toasty lounge! XXX
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi P1kef1sh, Oh it has made such a difference it was warm when I came home from work which was lovely today as a bit chilly outside, doesn't look too bad either but will look into doing something more permanent in the future, but duvet fine for now LOL. Huggles. Ellie :D
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
5 Jan 09
I used to use a quilt the same way. My front hall doesn't have any insulation from what if feels like so I used to do that to block off the cold too...now I have an accordian door in front and that does the trick...but I use a towel at the bottom to block off the draft that comes underneath it.
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
5 Jan 09
Hi Jill, It really has made a difference, it is a lot warmer already and does look quite effective too. Huggles. Ellie :D
1 person likes this
• Lubbock, Texas
5 Jan 09
Great idea! I just have one question. How the heck do you get the double sided tape to stick to the duvet? I have trouble getting even one side to stick to ANY thing. That is after I convince it to turn loose of itself on the roll. When I have to block off part of my house, I have to just use a very lightweight plastic drop cloth and thumbtack it to the ceiling.
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
5 Jan 09
Hi Theneaddoodler, It was in fact doublesided carpet tape and I peeled one side and stuck to the wall section and then peeled other side off and gradually put the duvet cover along, luckily it was a perfect fit and has made the lounge a lot cosier and blocked the heat going up the stairs. Huggles. Ellie :D
1 person likes this
• United States
5 Jan 09
I have used sheets and covers as curtains before! towels as draft blocker at the bottom of doors.
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
5 Jan 09
Hi Sweetpeasmom, It is amazing what you can do with a duvet cover eh! Huggles. Ellie :D
1 person likes this
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 09
I did that in the old House to lol cause like yours it was opened Planned and all the Heat used to go away I used to hate it in the Winter I am glad that you managed to get something sorted to keep it warm
2 people like this
@ellie333 (21029)
5 Jan 09
Hi Gabs, I was thinking of getting a rail and some curtains but this has worked so well and not cost anything to do and I can certainly feel the difference in the warmth of the lounge tonight though. Huggles. Ellie :D
1 person likes this
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
9 Jan 09
First of all, your curtains sounds lovely and oh, so effective! What a great idea! I am trying to think of anything I used for a completely different function, and so far, I'm drawing a blank. I can barely use stuff for their intended purposes LOL! Oh well, thank heavens for people like you who can think so creatively. Take care.
@ellie333 (21029)
11 Jan 09
Hi PearlGrace, It has made such a difference the room is quite cosy now instead of all the heat being lost up the stairs. Huggles. Ellie :D
@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Jan 09
Very inventive Ellie, and sensible too! I've currently got old pairs of trousers on the floor infront of every door and window frame as makeshift draught excluders. I'd attach rugs to the walls as insulation too if this wasn't a rented house and I could think of a way of making them stay up without damaging the decor.
1 person likes this
@ellie333 (21029)
8 Jan 09
Hi GreenMoo It has made such a difference already I put £30 instead of £49 (max) on the key this week and still have credit so it may not be the best DIY job in the world but it works LOL. Funnily enough I make my draught excluders out of jean legs stuffed and put by the door! Huggles. Ellie :D
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
6 Jan 09
That sounds like a good idea. It probably looks nice and comfy too. About the only thing I can think of that I've done is use piles of books to make a little side table. A long time ago I had a piece of glass cut with a bevelled edge and I use that for the top. It works really well with large art books for a base.
1 person likes this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Irisheyes, Wow that book table sounds wonderful, I bet someone will design on like that with false books on the base and sell for a fortune, it reminds me of the time I moved to my first flat and had very little furniture and turned a carboard box upside down and put a tablecloth over it and used as a bedside table. Thanks for sharing. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
6 Jan 09
Not in this house but I have used a heavy quilt to do the same thing because of our other house being to chilly. And as you say it does wonders keeping the outside cold air where it belongs and the house was warmer because of that.
1 person likes this
@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jan 09
Hi Sunshinelady, It was more the heat from the lounge going straight up the stairs with me but it has worked wonders and is a lo more cosier and warmer now. Huggles. Ellie :D