Archive | February 2016

Dare To Do Your Own DIY Murphy Bed

images (3)For starters, let’s talk a bit about William Lawrence Murphy, the man responsible for this modern space saving solution. Little did he know that Murphy beds would sweep the world with his innovating idea of saving space and yet having a great looking area when folded away. He was a lady’s man and wanted to impress them when he invited them into his home, but lived in a small home. So he invented the first wall bed that would hide and make his home feel neat and tidy to impress the girls.

Piston mechanisms are used to operate them by using two of them. The less common use air pressure to raise and support in order to lower the bed frame. It has the ability to lock when the bed is vertical up hidden in the wall. This lock is a safety feature, however a very accurate installation must be achieved. Old traditional Murphy bed systems use steel springs. Springs are the only mechanism that the Murphy beds should use because they are heavy duty and bring measured balance. These make the lifting and lowering of your wall bed lightweight.

So let’s talk about the benefits of owning a Murphy bed. To name a few:

  • More space available instantly for your bedroom
  • More free floor area
  • Different decor for your room
  • Choose from different styles – horizontal or vertical
  • Simplify your life, less time making up the bed
  • Many options such as, bedrooms, den, living room, tiny houses, guest houses, vacation homes, rental homes, shipping container homes, houseboats, cottages, etc.

Save lots of money by building your own Murphy bed. A ready to install Murphy bed could be more than $2,000 easily. On the other hand, a DIY Murphy bed is going through the trouble of building it, but many people are very handy and have a talent doing these kind of projects. There are hardware kits that might be found for $500 approximately, but others that include the wood and hardware could be around $1,000. So there is a variety of options and prices.

Some people have the money to do it full blast custom made, but many others prefer to make it happen on their own while saving plenty of money to use for other needs. Don’t be frightened by the wood work as you can have these cut to the required measurements by your local hardware and lumberyard store. The same construction details that go into a twin, double/full or queen size Murphy bed are identical except for the sizes. Funny to say, that no matter what the size is, you will find the cost for any of the sizes to be the same.

One of the best options is that they are available in a vertical or horizontal setup. Very convenient for planning well the available floor space that is available.

Picture the place to install your Murphy bed, whether in a room or in a living room inside a tiny house and enjoy the comfort and great space saving setup. Underneath your Murphy bed you can also install a desk shelf that will appear as you close up your bed into the wall and have a working desk, then add a chair and you’re good to go with another advantage and now you’ll have a double-duty bed and desk.

There are many ideas and images you can look up by using Google images and trigger your thoughts as to a variety of things you will be able to do by using a Murphy bed.

How to Build Your Own Shed or Home Project

images (4)You’ll never need to worry about cutting the wrong size, trying to figure out what goes where. If you’re going to invest your hard earn time, money and energy in building a shed yourself. Then make sure the plan you’re using has everything you need to get it done in:

The easiest…
Most inexpensive, and…
The fastest way possible.

To create the kind of shed, your neighbors and other woodworkers will secretly envy.

The Perfect Shed Plan Needs to Include:

Views Of All Angles & Details

See exactly how everything should look before you build them. You start building a part of your shed that looks like the drawing, but it isn’t. But you missed it because the plan didn’t show you each angle and sides. And the only way you find out, is at the end when you’ve wasted all that time, money and sweat and nothing fits together.

Step By Step “LEGO” Instructions

Detailed instructions should be so simple that a kid could do it. Just like LEGO instructions. So detailed that you know exactly what you’re doing every step of the way. No complicated instructions that will have you in the middle of your project scratching your head or confusing technical jargon. Many other plans assume you’re experienced enough to tell what to do before the next step is. When instructions are this clear, your shed almost builds itself. All the pieces just “Click” into place. When the steps are “LEGO clear”, building the perfect shed is more enjoyable ans like putting a bunch of “LEGO” blocks together.

Complete and Precise Materials

Complete “materials and cutting lists” that actually makes sense! When I say complete, I mean complete. Your shed is only as good as the materials you purchase to build them. It allows you to purchase exact amounts. And also what you don’t need to purchase right now. It saves time and cuts down waste. It saves money. Because you only purchase exactly what you need… and when you need it.

Most shed plans:

Don’t tell you everything you need.

Don’t tell you what a piece of material is going to be used for. (You end up with wood scattered all over your work space.

Don’t give you exact measurements to cut your lumber.

A perfect shed plan will never leave you guessing or scratching your head.

3 Dimensional Drawings

Other plans show you only 1-sided views. That is not enough. You’ll still be wondering if you put a “joint” or a “frame” together the right way because you didn’t view it in 3D.

CAD Designed Drawings

CAD designed drawings show you exact proportions. It’s unbelievable, but so many plans show completely wrong dimensions. Or even hand-drawn plans that are a joke.

“Used For” Labels

Your materials list should show what each item is used for. Just because a pile of 2 x 4’s are scattered across your backyard, doesn’t mean you’re going to use all of them right way. Some will sit around, occupying valuable space, all the way until the last step. And you say to yourself, “Man! I could have bought that separately, and had more work space this whole time. Why didn’t the plan say so!”

A Do It Yourself Space Saving Solution

images (5)Closets can come in various sizes, but what they all have in common is that they’re never quite big enough. We always seem to fill them to the brim; move into a large new home, and in a few years you are at capacity in regards to space. In such cases a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) space saving solution is ideal.

When rearranging the existing items on your shelf is not enough, it may be time to build a new space saving solution. As with most DIY projects, materials should be low cost, easy to install, and effective in their end-purpose. Wire shelving is a great DIY space saving solution, ideal for compact areas. The material is popular because of its price point and multifunctionality.

No matter your shelving project scope and size, wire shelving can help you get it done. Extensive projects like 3-walled walk-in-closets to in home garage storage can easily be set up using this material. Smaller projects like petite pantries or wire racks for your kitchen items can be done in half the time.

No Tools Required

No tools are required when you set up wire shelving. What distinguished this DIY project from others on the market is the fact that no tools are required for assembly. Everything you need comes in the box. Setup is simple as the poles screw together, the levelers or casters screw in, and the shelves are held by tapered locks. You’d be hard-pressed to find an easier storage solution!

Benefits of Wire Shelving

Sturdy design lets you load up your storage space with items. The sparsity of the grooves provide easy item access, good ventilation, and quick reach to your favorite products. Even when the shelving unit is loaded to capacity, the wire shelving lets in a lot of light. This is ideal for tight areas and workspaces like kitchens in restaurants.

You can always customize your wire shelving unit with wire shelf liners, which are placed on the bottom of wire shelving racks, allowing items to not fall through. Dividers let you organize your items with greater segmentation and finer levels of detail.

It feels good to maximize your space and know your items are placed in an organized fashion. Wire shelving units are a cost-effective and easy to install DIY solution. These products help you create a more efficient and stress-free home, saving you from having to hunt through your stuff for your favorite things.

Alex Pop is a writer on behalf of Wire Shelf Additions, a wire rack shelving company established in 2010. He enjoys educating consumers on ways they can better organize their home and business. Find Wire Shelf Additions on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Pressing Cut Flowers to Preserve the Blooms

downloadWinter is coming,” as the widely-watched Television show popularized, summer’s end tail has just left. I was sitting in my favorite chair listening to the strong pour of the rain hitting our roof and windows. Nothing can be more serene than sipping a cup of hot cocoa topped with marshmallow while reading my latest book conquest. This is until I saw the flowers me and my mom collected from the summer. It looks scared of the gloomy weather.

I thought of ways on how to preserve the beautiful blooms and I remembered my art project in high school– pressing flowers.

If you feel sad for the eminent death of these blossoms, we can all stop mourning and ‘immortalize’ them with this easy do-it-yourself pressed flower project.

What we need:

Fresh flowers of your choice

Flower scissors or ordinary scissors strong enough to cut the blooms

Presser (You may use a real presser or a book)

Parchment papers

What to do:

1 If you are using cut flowers, choose the freshest ones.

2 You can use any blooms you want. But, remember that flowers that are naturally flat are easier to press. Do not let this hinder you though from using other chunky blossoms. If you prefer these, cut it in half (lengthwise) using the scissors.

3 Completely dry the flowers with a smooth tissue or the parchment paper to avoid wilting.

4 Once the flowers are dried out, you are now ready to press them.

When using a book as a presser, fold the parchment paper in equal parts. Place the cut and dried blossoms facing down on the paper. Only use one-half of the paper to avoid overlapping the flowers.

Some crafters want to group similar blooms together. For first timers, you can also arrange them in one paper.

5 Book as a presser

  • Place the folded parchment paper (from step 4) inside the middle of the book.
  • You can place several folded papers in one book. But, do not place the papers on the same page. You should separate them with 5 to 10 pages.
  • You should carefully close the book and place more weight on it. You can stack more books on top of the one you are using as a presser.
  • Leave the flowers pressed for 5 to 10 days or longer for thick blooms.
  • Make sure the flowers have the papery texture before you can take it out.

Wasn’t it a nice and easy project to keep you company this winter? You can even start a new craft project using the pressed blooms.

 

This entry was posted on February 2, 2016.

3 Top Tips for Choosing Your Bathroom Sink Unit

images (1)When it comes to selecting a cabinet or unit for your bathroom – whether this is to install your inset sink in or simply just for storage – there are many things to take into account. These include colours, size, shape, material, and the price of the product too. This can mean that people take a great deal of time thinking over their options before they make a final decision.

Although it is important to make an informed decision after considering several options, there are several tips that can be followed to make the process of making a choice much easier. Here are three pieces of advice that can help you narrow down your options to find the best sink units for you.

Firstly, bear in mind that many units actually come in standard sizes for many bathrooms, so you will not have too much to worry about in this regard. The best thing to do is to take measurements of your property and then consult a specialist retailer and see what they have in these sizes. Even if there is not one in the ideal size, they will likely have options just a little larger or smaller.

These sink units may be entirely suitable, and it helps to play around with a few possibilities to work out what will look best and what will suit your storage needs best too. However, sometimes you will need customised cabinets of certain heights, depths and widths, in which case it is important to ask your retailer where to you can go to source these items.

One of the good things about standard sizes is that they are designed to make sure that sink units and toilet units are not intrusive in your space. These items generally tend to be relatively minimal so that you will have a good amount of storage but will also have a lot more open space in your bathroom – which is good to avoid knocks and bumps.

The second thing to think about is the style of your units, and whether they match the overall theme of your bathroom. This can be hard to get right, especially as there are so many beautiful designs and models out there all vying for your attention.

It helps to decide whether you prefer a modern or a traditional looking bathroom, as this can help you define a few models of sink, units, toilets, showers, lighting and mirrors that will likely all work together. However, it certainly does not hurt to get the advice of a seasoned professional in this regard.

In many cases, retailers will be more than happy to suggest a few different models that will work with the theme that you have planned for your home and your bathroom, and for this reason it is a good idea to ask several vendors what they suggest that will fit in with your plans. You can then consider which models of the ones suggested will likely look best with your interior design scheme.

Thirdly and finally, remember that a unit for both your sink and your toilet is the best way to make use of your space in the bathroom, especially in more limited areas. This is because they increase storage as well as conceal pipe work, which gives a sleek and tidy finish to the room.

It is also worth noting that these options are often great as pipe work is easy to access when there is a problem, which is not necessarily the case when there are wall mounted sinks or toilets installed. This can make for a very practical and great-looking solution for the bathroom.

These are just three tips to bear in mind when looking for sink units for your bathroom. Not only are these a very practical choice, but with careful selection in regards to size and to style you are likely to find something that fits your interior design plans perfectly.

This entry was posted on February 2, 2016.