5 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Entryway

updated Feb 24, 2019
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Maybe the front door is drafty or the floor isn’t insulated. Maybe there’s a big window that’s always cold to the touch. Maybe you enter through a dark and damp basement. For whatever reason, your entryway is always freezing cold this time of year. As a renter, there are a few things you can do to warm up this high-traffic space in your home.

1. Talk to your landlord.

If your space is cold because it’s not properly insulated, or something else is wrong with your home, bring it up with your landlord or property manager so they can repair the problem.

2. Drop a doormat outside.

If you don’t have one, get one. Tracking snow and ice inside on your boots isn’t exactly helping.

→ Welcome Home: Fresh and Modern Doormats

3. Add a rug inside.

Hardwood or tile floors will keep cold right next to the doorway. A rug or hallway runner offers some insulation for your toes; make sure it’s a low-pile rug so the door opens smoothly.

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4. Weatherstrip the door and windows.

From foam tape to rubber tubes, this guide will teach you all about the ways to insulate doors and windows from the cold. The idea is to plug up any open spaces and keep the heat inside (and cold out). I’m a big fan of using draft stoppers in the winter to block the space at the bottom of the door.

5. Install a space heater.

A portable heater can only be used when there’s somebody home, since they pose a lot of safety concerns (here’s some space heater safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association). But if you’re desperate, there’s no better way to warm up a space that’s always cold.

→ Best Space Heaters 2012: Apartment Therapy’s Annual Guide

Any tips for warming up a chilly entry?