How To Insulate A Closet
As we all know, winter is coming! This season will likely see us experiencing at least six months of snow, ice, and cold temperatures. Snowstorms are predicted for this upcoming winter season, making preparedness important.
One area that many people tend to overlook is their closet. A well insulated wardrobe can make a big difference in how you feel during winter weather. Luckily, it’s easy to do so!
By reading our article below, you will learn some simple ways to insulate your closets. On top of that, you will also find helpful tips and tricks such as what color clothes match warmly and why plastic bags are not a good idea when trying to layer up.
Good luck out there!
Insulation Tips For Your Closet
Colorful clothing tends to stay warmer longer than darker ones. This is because they radiate heat more effectively. If you have space enough, invest in several colors to mix up your look.
Layering up is an excellent way to keep warm. By mixing materials (such as wool with flannel or leather with denim) you create a tighter barrier between yourself and the colder air. Fur lined coats are another great way to add layering strength.
Don’t use plastic bag insulation. These poof-out pieces don’t retain warmth very well and instead get wet easily, both factors that reduce thermal regulation.
Measure the closet
The next step in creating an insulated wardrobe is measuring your empty space. This will determine how many layers of insulation you need for your clothes box.
Most closets have a shelf that extends slightly beyond the wall. These are usually made of plastic or wood and are not fully enclosed. If this is the case, then measure the length of the exposed part. This is also important because it may determine whether or not you need to include a door in your project.
By adding a door to your wardrobe, you can keep warm or cold air from escaping more easily. You want to make sure there is at least one foot of open space between the door and the adjacent wall so that airflow is not hindered.
Another area to check is the ceiling of the closet. Most people do not realize that their clothing does not hang up all the way due to the floor being covered with boxes and other items. When hanging up a shirt, leave about an inch-and-a-half gap under the fabric to allow for some air circulation.
Buy the right insulation
The best way to insulate your closet is by buying thick, layer-upon-layer pieces that work for you. There are many brands that offer great coat storage systems!
Thicker materials cost more, but they will last longer and keep your clothes warmer than thicker ones that may break down quicker.
If you’re looking to save money, try making your own sleeve or back pocket cushions from old t shirts. Or just buy shorter sleeves and baggy sweatshirts to cover up less of your dress shirt.
Another important factor to consider when choosing where to store your coats is how heavy each one is. If you have a very thin leather jacket, it can be weighed down by heavier woolen winter layers that have lots of weight in them.
Sleek black jackets may get overshadowed and lost in the folds of heavier color clothing. Use plastic or wooden hangers to avoid this risk.
Hang the insulation
The next step in maximizing your closet space is hanging the insulated shelves or cubicles. There are several ways to do this, with the best method depending on how much storage you have and what type of shelf you have.
If you have wall-mounted shelves, then simply buying new slots for the rack will make it work better. If there are plastic drawers under the cabinet doors, get rid of those by finding places to put them away.
For floor-standing cabinets, buy ladder racks that attach to the base frame of the cabinet. These allow you to add more depth to the unit so you can store longer items such as clothes hangers.
Shelves made out of wood can be painted if needed, but never use oiled wooden shelving because it will soak up moisture which could cause mold growth.
Seal the closet
After you have cleaned out your closet, it is time to seal off your old clothes! This will prevent new clothing from getting dusty or dirty and also keep your new wardrobe warm if you use them in winter.
There are several ways to do this. You can either cover all of the openings with plastic covers or use duck cloths to cover just certain parts of the space. Either way, make sure they fit tightly so that no heat escapes!
If there are any holes such as for the door, put some towels over those to help retain warmth. Your bedroom should be insulated enough, so try not to add too much unless needed.
Fluff the insulation
There are two main types of fluffs for closets- loose fiberfill and down. Both work well in warm seasons, but differ slightly in how they are used and what effects they have.
Loose fiberfill is typically cut into pieces that can be spread out and mixed together as needed. Down is shredded into very small bits that pack tightly when stored and take longer to wash away.
You will want to make sure that you do not pull too much fuzz from the insulation while it is protecting your closet from heat transfer. This could cause holes in the material which would let more hot air through and potentially expose some parts of your clothing. You also may need to press or roll up the layer to get all the excess fibers off of it.
Use the right materials
The best way to insulate your closet is by using the correct material or materials. There are several ways to do this! For instance, instead of buying normal plastic drawer covers, try investing in glass ones instead.
These look much better and also let you see what things inside the drawers look like. You can also buy foam inserts that fit into the compartments of your dresser. These help keep warm air out and cool air in so your clothes don’t get warmer than needed or too cold for comfortable wearing.
You can also invest in mattress coverings to put over your bed. These have padding and are typically made of very heavy cotton or wool fabric. This helps preserve the temperature regulation properties of the mattress surface.
Connect the insulation to the walls
There are two main ways to connect the insulated panels you choose to your closet or dresser doors. The first is by using foam board strips that can be glued onto the frame of the door. These strips typically have adhesive on both ends, so you must decide where they will fit before applying the glue!
The second way to do it is by gluing the panel into place. This requires you to cut out an opening in the existing wall or shelf material, then add another layer of insulating material on the other side. Then, apply the insulated glass unit (IGU) to the cavity and press down gently to ensure good contact with the interior surface.
You can now close the door and leave it until the dry season to see if any excess moisture evaporates. If it does not, repeat these steps until everything dries out.
Connect the insulation to the floor
Once your wall is framed and dry, you can begin connecting the insulation to the closet floor. This process will depend on whether or not your current flooring material is removable.
If your current flooring material is made of laminate or wood, then you can just lay that piece onto the new layer of insulation.
For example, if your room has California-style exposed floors, then you would put up a plastic sheet as flooring and then tuck in the insulating foam. For French doors or large windows, you could also use wooden planks for the floor.
However, if your current flooring material is tile or hardwood, then you will need to frame and install a new base board first. After this is done, you can cut out a hole for the door or window and then fit the new floor into place.