In this instructable I will show you how to make an INDOOR storm window that will keep plenty of cold out of a room, while letting light continue to come in. My version uses less than $4 worth of supplies, mostly from the DOLLAR TREE store.
THE STORY :)
I moved into an apartment on the 3rd floor. all windows were single pane. The building was built in about 1970, so there was poor insulation, and only single pane sliding glass windows.
It was very cold the first night and the pipes nearly froze in the bathroom. the window rattled and I knew I was in trouble.
By creating my bubble wrap storm window, I was able to raise the temperature in the room 15 degrees F in the first hour. As you can imagine the savings and comfort increased rapidly.
As you can see I do have some depth to the window so making this work was kind of easy. I suppose using clear tape , magnets, velcro etc, you might find another way to put a storm window of this type in place.
Just a new note 4/14 I found that after 2 years of use I needed to strip off the bubble wrap and put fresh on. It was mostly for looks to be cleaner as the bubble wrap still does a great job of keeping tub/shower much warmer.
Step 1: Step 1
In picture 2 you can see I bought clear tape and 1ft by 6ft rolls of bubble wrap from the Dollar Tree, (where everything is actually $1.00). I then found 2 wire coat hangers and unwound them to make a frame for the project.
I first rolled out two 6ft rolls side by side and taped down the middle. I actually bought 3 rolls, more on that later.
Step 2: Step 2
I placed opposing wire hangers on both sides of the bubble wrap. when taped in place I folded the other half back over them to give me my 2x3 ft panel.
Step 3: Step 3
Step 4: Step 4
I took the two strips and essentially added a 3rd layer to the storm window. I proceeded to lay the pieces in place LEAVING APROX 5/8" Gap in the middle and then taping them to the existing panel. this not only gives some extra on the outer edges, but also leaves a gap where the center of the tape will adhere to the original window and be some structural support.
After taping the outer edges yet again. I was done! TIME TO TEST IT OUT. See picture #8 notice the density has increased over the last picture.
Step 5: Step 5
The following 3 pictures show the insertion and the finished product.
****** This bubble wrap window is the second one I have made. Turns out the last one did have yellow tape and some shampoo bulid up, but it lasted 2 years ****** not bad for nearly FREE!!!
If you have questions feel free to ask.
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Here I show you how I weather strip a window for just PENNIES.. I MEAN CHEAP!!!!