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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Three People Who Need A Custom-Made Designer Bed

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Three People Who Need A Custom-Made Designer Bed

Research shows that the right bed can improve your mental and physical health exponentially, which is hardly surprising–after all, you spend about a third of your life in it. For most people, finding a great bed is relatively straightforward–try some out, spend a little money, and look forward to your best sleep ever. It’s not that easy for everyone, though; some people need to try a little harder to find the best bed for them. For those people, custom-made is often the key. So just who can benefit most from a bed designed just for them? Those who love the lifestyle of the big city. The most cosmopolitan cities in the world–London, New York, Paris–are incredible places to live and work in, but property prices are going up every day, and space is at a premium. This means that those who love the feeling of being in the thick of it need to start thinking of new ways to maximise the space they have available to them, and pull-down beds are a great way to do that. You might have an outdated mental image of a lumpy, uncomfortable thing from a 90s sitcom, but those beds are a thing of the past – the new pull-down sleeping solutions are classy, comfortable and perfectly customised. You can turn any room into a bedroom, and keep yourself or your guests as relaxed and cosy as you’d be in a hotel. Anyone who is significantly over six feet tall. Your average double bed is shorter than your average tall person–which can lead to cramped legs, bad backs and all manner of other niggling issues. Kings go all the way up to 6’6″, but if you’re an in-between height and you don’t have an enormous bedroom they can be a pain to find the space for – not to mention the estimated one in ten of the Western population for whom that would still not be long enough. One of the major benefits of a custom-made bed is that it can be precisely the length and width you want it to be, meaning that you’ll never have to sleep all scrunched up again. People who live in unconventional spaces. Converted lighthouses, medieval cottages and your best friend’s loft can all make amazing homes, but they’re not always quite the right shape and size for most beds on the market. Or perhaps your bedroom has a nook in it that would be perfect for a sleeping space, but it’s just an inch or two out from any of the conventional mattress sizes. If any of this sounds familiar, a custom-made bed could be just the solution you’ve been waiting for; all you need to do is decide which unconventional little corner you’d like it to be built and measured...

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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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