10 ways to get your home ready for cold weather
Winter is coming—prep for it with 10 of the most popular finds at Home Depot.
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Cold weather is a drag, but it can be especially rough if your house is still set up for summer. While nobody likes saying goodbye to warmer days, the fall is the perfect time to rethink how your home functions.
From the entryway to your bedrooms and closets, there are loads of creative ways to store your stuff and make every room more comfortable and functional. That's critical once you start replacing swimsuits and flip-flops with wool coats and winter boots.
Obviously you'll also want to consider things like weather-stripping, caulk, and maybe some new door sweeps, but home improvement stores like Home Depot have a lot more to offer for your whole house. Here are some of our favorite finds so far.
1. A completely new entryway packed with storage...
One thing you need by your main entryway? Seating. Stop making your guests awkwardly kick off their boots with an awesome entryway storage solution like this one.
2. ...or something a little smaller for the basics
If your space is a bit tighter, we also like this compact storage bench. It's less than $200 and has some handsome hardware that sets it apart from similarly priced benches. I also like that the doors flip forward, so you're not awkwardly trying to slide bins in and out all the time.
3. A functional, rustic coat rack
Adding a wall-mounted coat rack like this has been a game-changer for our previously cluttered entryway. Especially with kids, it's just easier having a place that we can always put our coats, keys, bags, and everyday essentials. This provides enough room for all that and then some, with some flair to boot.
4. Flannel everything (but especially sheets)
Take it from a lifelong New Englander—you need flannel sheets. Even if your winter nights are closer to 50 degrees than 50 below, soft flannel sheets will keep you cozy and warm. They're a great way to make your home more comfortable in cooler weather, and this set from The Company Store is both well-reviewed and affordable.
5. An incredibly popular down comforter
With over 200 reviews, this down comforter has earned high marks for its excellent warmth, light weight, and top-notch durability. It's not as heavy or hot as other down comforters, but it should keep you nice and cozy well into next spring.
6. A top-rated area rug to tie everything together
Everyone loves a good area rug, and people really love this perfectly fall-colored option from the Home Decorator's Collection. It's got an excellent color scheme (there's a cooler blue-themed version as well), and plush feel. User reviews indicate it can hold up perfectly to lots of abuse–perfect in a high-traffic area where it'll encounter salt, dirt, snow, and more.
7. Storage baskets to hold all your cold weather accessories
Fall weather can be tough to predict, and some days you may need gloves, some days you may not. Keeping everything organized and by the door is an easy way to make your life simpler so you aren't trying to find gloves when temps unexpectedly drop 20 degrees. This woven striped bin is less than $20 and comes in a variety of colors so it'll match any style, letting you stash all your little winter essentials wherever you need them.
8. A luggage rack for holiday houseguests
With winter weather comes winter holidays, which usually means a few guests or two. A luggage rack may seem like overkill, but when you're staying in someone's home it's a great extra touch that shows you care. This is one of the best-selling items in Home Depot's decor section, and for good reason: it's affordable, useful, and should last a long time.
9. A storage ottoman for all your extra blankets
If you're like my family, you've always got extra blankets cozying up your living room. But even if you're not perpetually cold, you may want a place to stash all the extra stuff cluttering up your living space. I have this exact ottoman in my living room and it has held up for four years and still looks brand new. It holds plenty of stuff, it is soft enough I don't worry about my kids running around it, and it's sturdy.
10. Loads of blankets for every room
It's winter. It's cold. Don't skimp on the blankets. You should have an extra blanket for every room in the house. Ever hear someone say, "Hey, I think you've got enough blankets." Of course not. It's never been said.
This top-selling cotton Eddie Bauer blanket would be my pick, with awesome reviews and a great price ($43 for a king-size), but there's a blanket for every kind of person: electric blankets, microfleece polyester blankets, reversible animal print ones with sherpa lining, and a huge array of colorful Company Store cotton ones.
If you need a blanket (and you do), there's one out there for you.
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