Do-it-Yourself Storage Projects for Home Improvement

Here are some great projects to increase the storage space in your home. In many homes, nobody seems to have enough storage space, so why not do a few projects to fix that problem. Not only will it make your life easier, there will be a good reason to make these DIY storage projects.

Under the stairs

Builders are notoriously bad at utilizing the space under a staircase. Even when they put a closet there, they still leave half the space unused. Since most stairwells can be around four feet deep, you can build a rolling appliance cart into it. To make this space into a cabinet, just open up a hole in the wall, putting in a header for the studs that are above the cabinet door. Finish out the inside of the space with drywall and install cabinet doors.

Under the sink

The fake drawer front under kitchen and bathroom sinks is there to make the cabinets match, but really doesn’t do you much good. There’s not enough space to add a drawer under the sink, but that doesn’t mean the space has to go to waste. Putting that drawer front on a hinge and building a box that attaches to the back of it creates a great place for putting sponges, steel wool pads and other small cleaning tools.

Rood eaves

If your home has roof eaves cutting into your second floor, then don’t let that space go to waste. There’s a lot of useful space under those eaves and these spaces most builders go to waste. All it takes is a little cabinetmaking skill, and you can add in linen cabinets, bookshelves and other types of storage in what would otherwise be considered wasted space. You can even use the space just by adding in a low door so that you can utilize the space under the eaves just like attic space, storing boxes and miscellaneous in the recovered space.

Kitchen cabinet soffits

Many homes have soffits over the kitchen cabinets. These soffits are there merely to fill the space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. Taking the soffit out and finishing off the area creates storage above the wall cabinets. This is a great place to show off baskets, serving dishes, Jell-O molds and other not commonly used items in your kitchen. When they need to be used, they can be taken down for use, but they always have a home back over the cabinets.

 

 

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Oak Furniture for Your Home Improvement

There is nothing quite like real oak furniture. An increasing number of people refuse to buy household furniture that is made of engineered wood, the trend being authenticity and quality. Oak furniture is made from original solid oak wood. People love the homely look of real oak furniture and the charm it gives to any home, which is why many items get passed down from one generation to another.

Not all oak is the same; green oak, for example, will require different care compared to other types of oak and requires four years treatment before it is fit for use. If you plan on getting oak furniture for your home improvement, this “how to” guide will help you keep your furniture in the best possible condition.

Untreated Oak

Untreated oak may look great and homely, but if it’s left neglected for too long it will eventually lose its beauty. Sometimes oak furniture appears stained and that is due to the natural tannin in the wood, especially with green oak, which is most often used for garden furniture. If you buy oak furniture that has not been treated, it is actually easy to take care of as you can give it a good wipe over with a cloth and teak oil. You should never wipe down oak furniture with water.

Kiln Dried Oak

Some furniture manufacturers will kiln dry solid oak because it has a high level of water in its natural form. You should oil your kiln dried furniture about once every three months with teak oil or Danish oil. If anything is spilled you should mop it up with a cloth dampened in oil – do not use water. Oak is known as “live wood” because it can withstand the weather.

Cleaning

When you clean oak furniture use a clean cloth and stroke the oil in the same direction as the grain of the wood, you shouldn’t use circular movements as you might when dusting other furniture. If your oak furniture gets marked with something try rubbing some margarine or butter into the stain as this will at least minimize the mark.

Treating Scratches

One of the problems with solid wood furniture is that it can scratch and chip. If your oak furniture gets scratched, carefully add a few drops of water and let it soak into the scratch. Once the area is damp you should cover it with a clean, dry cloth and rub over it gently with a warm iron. The combined actions with water and heat should ease out the mark. Never place cups or plates on an unprotected oak surface but always use cork mats or coasters to protect the surface. Make sure that you place oak furniture in a place where it is not close to central heating or air conditioning vents.

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A Minimalist’s Guide to Furniture for Less Clutter in the Home

All homes inevitably fill up with the detritus of furniture and gadgets, making your home look cluttered and even add to feeling of stress. Giving your home minimalist clean lines and clear surfaces makes for a calm, tranquil living space that you will really enjoy coming home to. Stripping back to the bare essentials can be achieved through clever use of multi-purpose furniture and hidden storage spaces. Adopting a “less is more approach” to interior design can also make small rooms appear more spacious.

Use Multipurpose Furniture

Using multipurpose furniture makes the most of the space available and is a simple way to avoid filling your house up with unnecessary items. You can find:

  • Side tables which also act as magazine racks.
  • Dining tables which open up work tables.
  • Nesting tables which can act as stools.
  • Kitchen taps which pour hot water.
  • Wall panels which can be pulled down and transformed into beds.

Conceal Gadgets

In this age of technology the proliferation of gadgets means that plenty of plug sockets and wires are now essential in any home. One particularly stylish feature to incorporate into your kitchen is the concealed plug socket-charging stations which pop up from a seemingly flawless granite top surface.

Limit Clutter by Using Disguised Storage Spaces

Carefully storing away wires, remotes, televisions, DVD players, and games consoles when they are not being used is a simple way to de-clutter. For a seemingly technology free zone once you’ve turned off the TV, invest in a storage cabinet which is in keeping with the decor of the room. Simply close the doors when you turn off everything so that it looks like any other cabinet.

Good Lighting

Any rooms which don’t have large windows or aren’t facing south will need to be lit well to appear larger and more inviting. One large central light will give off harsh, unflattering light so be sure to place lamps in nooks and crannies or anywhere that is left in shadow.

Use of mirrors

Placing a large mirror on a wall opposite a window is one of the simplest ways to achieve a lighter, much larger looking space. Unlike other large wall decorations that make rooms look smaller, there is no limit to how big your mirror should be.

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