Four Fun Ways to Repurpose an Old Mattress With Kids

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Four Fun Ways to Repurpose an Old Mattress With Kids

Disposing of an old sealy mattress isn’t always easy. Many charities refuse to take them, and recycling centres often charge money to pick up your old mattress. Luckily, there are fun things you can do with an old mattress. Here are some ideas, particularly if you have kids: 1. Indoor wrestling ring If you have kids with lots of energy who love physical play, consider turning an old mattress into a makeshift wrestling ring. It is a great addition to a playroom or a large den. To create the wrestling mat, cover the mattress with a futon cover. The material is sturdier than most sheets, and the zippers hold the cover in place during intense wrestling sessions. If you want ropes around your ring, place metal poles at each corner of the bed. Use a wood block as a base so the poles stand. Drill two holes in each pole, and put a trampoline spring in each of them. Then, loop two ropes around the ring, and use the springs to support them. If you want to add some softness to the ropes, cover them with foam insulation used on plumbing pipes. 2. In-ground jumping spot If you don’t have enough room to keep your old mattress inside, consider hauling it outside to make an in-ground jumping spot. Simply dig a shallow hole in your yard, large enough to fit the mattress. Then, pop the mattress inside and cover it all with dirt or rolls of turf. Now, the ground in this spot will be buoyant and fun. 3. Bed porch swing If your child is more into relaxing than jumping, consider turning an old mattress into a comfortable porch swing. To do this, you will need to make a wooden base large enough to support the mattress. Then screw eyelet hooks into each corner, attach chains and finally attach the chains to hooks in the ceiling of your porch. When the base of your swing is ready, add softness by throwing your mattress on it. Cover the mattress with a futon cover or fun pair of thick sheets, add railings to the side of the swing if you like, and throw on pillows for extra comfort. Now, your child has a great place to relax, read, draw or just look at the view. 4. Crafty gifts If your old mattress is too knackered to use, consider pulling it apart and using the materials for projects. The springs in particular can be fun for kids’ projects. For example, take a spring, put a foam sphere on the top, and let your child decorate this little spring-body, round-head creature with googly eyes, pieces of felt and other embellishments. Alternatively, let your kid paint some old springs and turn them into candle...

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Outdoor Furniture | 3 Nifty Steps To Revive Your Teak Outdoor Furniture for Summer Entertaining

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Outdoor Furniture | 3 Nifty Steps To Revive Your Teak Outdoor Furniture for Summer Entertaining

The hardness of teak makes it a good choice for outdoor patios because it can withstand natural elements like extreme winds and rain. Teak outdoor furniture can last you a lifetime, especially if you spend a little time taking care of it. Over a period, teak outdoor furniture can lose its shine and turn grey. Don’t let this worry you! Some simple revival steps will have your teak outdoor furniture looking good as new –– just in time for your summer barbeque get-together. Make sure you have a pair of rubber gloves, brushes, medium sandpaper, a cleaning detergent, teak oil and polyurethane, all of which is available at a home improvement store. Clean and Sand your Teak Outdoor Furniture If your teak furniture is old and grey, cleaning instantly gives your outdoor pieces a facial uplift. Use a soft brush and apply detergent and warm water across the wood. This process eliminates the dirt and oxidation build-up that gives wood its greyish persona. Keep in mind that this may take quite a while, since you’ll need to rub it into the wood –– you may want to prep your arm muscles at the gym just before you get started. Weathered teak will start transforming, as the original wood colour starts making an appearance. With medium sandpaper, gently sand the teak to even out the top wood layer. This will enable you to revive the original wood colour. Let the wood completely dry before moving onto the oiling. This will help the oil saturate fully into the pores of wood. Oil Teak Outdoor Furniture Be sure to oil the furniture in a properly ventilated area because you don’t want to breathe in the chemicals. Make sure you get good quality teak oil from your home improvement store and apply it to the wood with a brush. You will need to coat the oil a few times on the wood. Allow drying time of a few hours between each coat, so that the oil can deeply seep into the wood. Apply the coat as many times as necessary –– until you acquire the wood colour you desire. Seal Teak Outdoor Furniture The oiling process will have your teak outdoor furniture looking refreshed, but there’s still one more step to restore its new look –– sealing. Polyurethane sealer will help protect the oiled wood surface. Apply a few coats to the furniture and give it a few days for drying. You’re now ready to host your summer barbeque. These steps work on all types of teak outdoor furniture –– whether you have A grade teak, B grade teak or C grade teak...

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Library Furniture Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Library Furniture Mistakes You Need to Avoid

There’s something magical about libraries – all those books containing wonderful stories and ideas all crammed into one space. Even your local public library has this feeling, although there are some libraries around the world that are truly the stuff of fantasy. Perhaps you have a spare room at home that you’ve been itching to turn into a library, or perhaps you need to assemble a small library in a community or day care centre. You have to work to a budget, and yet still want to produce something that is an effective library space. Books aside, it’s all about the furniture. So what are some library furniture mistakes you need to avoid? Be Careful with Secondhand Chairs It’s less of a problem if you’re just making a library for your home, but otherwise you need to think twice before buying that second hand armchair. Sure, it might look beautiful, but is it loud?  Old furniture can creak alarmingly, which can be an annoying distraction to other users. It’s not a hard and fast rule with older furniture, so before you buy, just sit down and wiggle a bit. Does the chair make noise when you shift your body weight? If so, then forget about it. A Better Idea: An inexpensive new or secondhand sofa is a smarter choice. The reinforced frame means it won’t cry out when you move, and you can also snuggle up comfortably and enjoy a good book. What About Your Shelves? Don’t be tempted by those galvanised steel shelves that are available at most homeware shops. These are usually used in sheds and garages, and while you can buy enough to cover the wall of any potential library for a very reasonable price, they have significant drawbacks. The edges of these shelves are often quite sharp, so any children who use the library are at risk. The low price is simply not worth it. A Better Idea: Wood is king! Wooden shelves look better and those made from particleboard are usually not much more expensive than galvanised steel shelves. You could also buy a variety of secondhand shelves, and then sand and paint them for a look that has uniformity but is also stylishly mismatched. Need Some Working Space? Individual working desks are a nice touch, but they’re often not worth the effort. You need to find however many matching desks and also have the space to configure them so that they offer a truly individual working space. It also adds to the amount of cleaning needed, since you have several more pieces of furniture that require additional attention. A Better Idea: Go for a communal working space and put a large table in the centre of the space. This can just be a large rectangular dining table. It keeps your setup costs down, and cleaning is far easier. You do away with individual privacy, but most library users will already know to be quiet and respect each other’s privacy while working in the space. Seating, working space, and shelves – that’s about all you need for an effective working library (once you have the books). By making the right choices when you’re setting up the space, you’ll have a brilliant little library that everyone will...

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