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How to Make Your Living Room More Comfortable

Aside from the kitchen it is the living room where you spend most of your time, it makes sense therefore that your living room feels comfortable. Most living rooms are the first room people see when they walk into a house as well so you want this room to feel welcoming and warm. Usually when we first decorate our living rooms they look great but after much time spent there, they can start to look messy and full, if you find yourself in this situation then here are some tips to help you bring back the comfort to your living room.

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Tidy the Cables

Usually living rooms are full of tech, TV’s, gaming consoles, cable boxes, DVD players and more, all of this tech comes with wires and there is nothing more unsettling in the living room than wires hanging about all over the place. There are several cable tidy products on the market which will put all of your cables in one tidy place, it’s amazing how spacious the TV area looks when the cables are tidied away.

Use Scents

Comfort is a sensory experience and using nice smells in the living room is a great way to help you to relax. There are hundreds of products that you can choose from but my preference is the scent sticks, you simply place the oil of your favorite smell in the jar and place the wooden sticks inside. The wood absorbs the scent and emits it into the room, when the smell fades a little you simply need o turn the sticks over and the smell will return.

Sofa?

Sofas go through a lot in the living room, they are sat on, laid upon, jumped on and moved about, the average life span for your sofa to remain comfortable is around 3-5 years, if you are able to then look at buying a new sofa to bring the comfort back into your home. There is nothing quite like coming home from a long day at work to a super comfy sofa where you can immerse yourself. A sofa doesn’t have to cost the Earth, it just has to be super comfy.

The Walls

You don’t have to feng-shui your whole room in order to feel comfortable but there is some value in looking into some parts of the method. One such way is with art on your wall, you can find beautiful wall murals at places like House of Fraser Homeware sections and add some beautiful touches to your walls. The art should be something that either looks beautiful, relaxing or something that gives you optimism, items like these can really help you to relax. Feng shui suggests that you should have pictures like lovers kissing, open spaces like lakes and fields or anything with curved lines. As I said before, comfort is a full sensory experience and whilst you may not know that it is happening, being surrounded with artwork such as this can really make you feel relaxed and more importantly, comfortable.

How To Build An Outdoor Slatted Love Seat

If you want to give your garden a bit of livening up this year then furniture is the way forward, get rid of any tired looking plastic tableware and replace it with handmade items. There is something very rewarding about building something yourself, especially something that you can enjoy using after you’ve finished making it, such as a seat or in this case, a loveseat. These cool 2-person seats look great in the garden, they are simple in their design, super comfortable and straight forward to put together. If you want to make yourself a love seat for the garden then read on and follow our guide.

Things You’ll Need

  • Sanding Block
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • Pine 2×4 Wood
  • Varnish or All-Weather treatment

For the wood, I like to use pine, it’s robust, inexpensive and has excellent durability, the sizings will all depend on how large you would like your loveseat to be based on how big your garden is, the dimensions given are just for the seat that I have built but feel free to alter them as you wish.

The Build

Once you have all materials ready, it is time to start, first with the seating area, I used 2 lengths of 2×4 at 50″ and for the width of the sofa I used 3, 25″ lengths, 2 for the outer seat and one for added strength in the centre using glue and nails to put each joint together. Once the seating area was finished, move onto the arms of the chair, you will be building 2 identical structures here so make sure your measurements are exact, the last thing you need is a wonky chair. The heights of the arms should sit around 15″ higher than the seat, so bear this in mind when measuring. Simply take 3 lengths and screw the armrest length onto the two pieces of wood that will be supporting the arm of the chair, once you have done this add a smaller length of ridged wood around halfway down, this is where the slats of the seat will be once finished.

Once you have these 3 frames completed it is time to attach them, using nails and glue attach both arms to the sides of the seating frame, constantly use your spirit level to make sure that you are keeping things straight. Allow the frame to set for a while before adding the slats to your loveseat, the slats should be slightly longer than the seat itself as they need to go under the arms and onto the ridges below. Once the frame has set you can start adding your slats, these can be easily nailed or screwed down. Finally you need some back support for your loveseat which can be done by using the same lengths of wood that you have used for the slats, place 3 of them across the back of the seat and you are all done. Last but not least, add some cushions and relax on your new home-built loveseat.

Cheap And Hassle-Free Guide To Making A Built In Corner Bookshelf

When it comes to maximizing space in the home you need to think creatively and search for additional ways to create space that doesn’t appear to be there. One of the best ways of doing this is to utilize the corners of rooms and also the height of the room, very often people place small items in the corner which looses all of the space that the corner has to offer. On of my favorite ways to make use of this space is to make a bookshelf to sit in the corner of the room, when done right it doesn’t look it uses any space at all and actually becomes a part of the room as opposed to an object inside it. If you fancy installing a corner bookshelf then don’t panic about paying big bucks from a furniture store, simply follow this simple guide to help you make and install your own.

Measuring

To create your bookshelf you first need to decide how large it is going to be, make sure that this is proportional to the size of the room, the bookshelf should take up about a third of each wall for it to look the best. The bookshelf looks best if it goes right the way up to the ceiling, leave a gap of around 5 inches from the ceiling when measuring. Once you have measured for the outer frame, you can measure for the shelves that you want, the amount is entirely up to you but you should aim for the distance between each shelf to be the same for the best results.

Equipment

Once you’ve measured for your bookshelf it is time to get the equipment, for the cheapest but best wood, you should be looking to buy MDF, it is very flexible and has great value. Most DIY stores will cut the wood to size if you give them the measurements, this will save you money on buying or renting equipment like saws. Other equipment that you will need are;

  • Nails
  • Nail gun
  • Sanding block
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level

The Build

To start off the build you should place lengths of wood on each wall at both the top of where you frame will go, and the bottom, this is how you will attach the bookshelf to the wall. Next you should nail the outer frame to the lengths of wood that are on the wall, use your spirit level to ensure they are straight. Once you have the outer frame completed, you should start getting the shelves ready, the easiest way of placing the shelves is to put small lengths of wood, the same length as the shelves, below where each shelf will go, use a pencil to measure the distances. Once you have this in place you can start placing the shelves on the wooden slats, you don’t need to nail the shelves down, they will be fine just sitting on the slats. One of the sides should have longer shelves than the other, this will ensure that the corner has full coverage, if your shelves are too snug or don’t fit properly then simply use a sanding block to trim them down a touch.

Decorate

If you wish to paint the bookshelf then do this before starting and allow plenty of time to dry, the same goes for adding any designs on the sides. Once your bookshelf is ready then you can start adding the books or items that you wish to put on your shelves. Remember that if the shelves are empty then you will lose the effect so if you don’t have sufficient books then place ornaments or photos on the shelves to fill them up.