Bubblewrap’s not just for packaging!

Some time ago, I found this site which details an easy and inexpensive way of covering windows with bubblewrap to improve insulation.

Our front door had two clear glass panels which I’d never been happy with from a privacy point of view, so I fossicked round in the cupboard and found some bubblewrap. Half an hour’s work and this is how it looked:

It’s been there now for about 9 months and has never once fallen off. The only thing that’s happened is that sometimes it peels away from the top corners a bit and all it takes is a fine spray of water on the glass and it’s back in place. It looks for all the world like ornamental frosted glass and most people are surprised to find it’s just plain old bubblewrap.

At the moment, we’re in the midst of a super-cold snap and I began to think more about bubblewrap for its insulation benefits. I bought a 25 metre roll at Officeworks for $16 and got to work.

All our windows are large and in two sections; one side is fixed and the other side opens out, with a flywire screen on the inside. I’m covering all the fixed sides with bubblewrap. I was halfway through doing the kitchen window when I got sidetracked and didn’t get back to it for some hours. Just out of interest, I put my hand on the bubblewrapped section and then on the still-unprotected glass. The temperature difference was amazing! There should now be a 50% reduction in heat loss over each window.

It lets  enough light through and visibility, while impaired on the bubblewrapped side, is still possible through the untreated side. I don’t even need to close the drapes for privacy. It’s easy to put up and just as easy to take down and store away if needed. I’m really pleased with it.

One tip: I found the easiest way to get it perfectly attached to the glass is to gently roll it on with a paint roller.

Here’s the kitchen window:

One Response to “Bubblewrap’s not just for packaging!”

  1. narf77 Says:

    What a brilliant idea!


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