Do It Yourself And Do It Right

Most people love the idea of making their own furniture or decorating their own home. And, of course, when budget is a factor, a lot of people struggle to find any other way. But, far too few people do this sort of work well or correctly. This is a big shame because it’s not too difficult to make sure your DIY work rivals that of professionals. You just need to do some research, planning, and other work beforehand to make sure it all goes to plan. To help you out, this post will be going through that basic stages you should take with any DIY job. So, now, you just have to get to it. To start, you need to decide exactly what you’re going to be doing. And, this will start with the room you’re working on. For this section, it’s assumed that a whole room is going to be worked on. But, the same logic can apply to any DIY job. Start with the biggest parts of the job; in this case, the walls and floors. Make a list of the changes you want to each part of the room, moving down to each smaller part as you go. Once you’re done, you should know exactly how the room will look. You should have a good idea of the furniture and decoration you want. And, you should even be aware of things like curtain choices. Once you have this down; you can start to think about how each job will be done.

This part of your job will require some learning, in most cases. If you already know exactly what you need to do; you might not need to read this post. But, if you don’t, it’ll be worth sticking around. Learning how to perform the work you need to will take some careful research. Start with simple Google terms about the jobs, but never go beyond four or five results. Next, if you haven’t found what you need; start looking at some videos on a site like Youtube.com. As you find resources that you can use, you should save them. Keep them as bookmarks, because they could be very useful when it comes to the work. From this, you should also collect a list of materials that you will need. And, a list of tools. These will be the basis for the next stages; choosing the materials and tools. 

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Be Our Guest: Getting Your Spare Room Ready

Whether you come from a large family or a small one, you’ll know the importance of a guest bedroom. It’s not just for the once a year visit from your grandparents, but for those awesome party nights you may hold. You need somewhere for people to crash after a busy night and when travelling home becomes an impossibility, that spare bedroom becomes an asset.

Having guests stay over can be stressful for some, but for others it’s a pleasure. Being able to be the hostess and have people want to actually stay at your house is a complement. Sure, your best friend may eat cereal from a serving bowl and be comfortable enough to leave their stinky socks in your house, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort to impress with your guest bedroom. If you want some great ideas on how you can transform the spare bedroom in your house into a retreat that guests will love to stay in, then check out our list below:

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Comfort: The key to a good guest bedroom is the comfort. It’s not just the four-poster brass bed you have stood in the room, it’s the giant, six-foot beanbag you have for purely relaxing purposes. You can get some excellent product info from Comfy Sacks about said beanbags so you can offer your guests the ultimate comfort. Think about the flooring you have in there. If you can’t afford to pull up laminate and replace wholly with squashy carpets, then think about investing in some thick, full rugs. You can over most of the floor space with these so they get that gorgeous sinking feeling in between their toes in the morning. Carpets and rugs also make a room warm and cosy, making their comfort worth it. Add throw pillows and an ottoman full of spare blankets to the bed for exquisite comfort. You may only require a sheet to sleep under, but your guest may need thicker blankets to feel comfortable and if they’re on offer without them having to ask you, then you’re winning! 

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The Secret to Sleep Is in Your Bedroom

If you’re having trouble sleeping, then the secret to a good night’s sleep is actually in your bedroom. Many of us value the sleep we get because it helps us to recharge and reinvigorate ourselves to prepare for a new day. However, it’s not unusual to hear people who have trouble getting sleep for one reason or another. It could be failing to fall asleep because of noises they hear, it could be that their bed is uncomfortable or it might just be a bad sleeping pattern.

But as mentioned at the beginning, the secret to getting a good night’s sleep is all in your bedroom. Here’s how you can make small changes to your bedroom in order to sleep better, rest easy and feel great in the morning.

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Remove all electronic devices You want your bedroom to be associated with sleep and nothing else. It sounds boring, but you want to ensure that there are no electronic devices for you to use when you go to bed. You want the room to be completely devoid of entertainment because you need to resist the urge to check your phone at night and you need to train yourself to stop watching television before bed. This means you should leave your phone charging somewhere away from your bedroom, you should remove your television as soon as possible, and you should get rid of the radio.

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Laying The Foundations: Prepping Your Home For A Revamp

If your home is looking a little drab and tired, you may be thinking about giving it a revamp. Perhaps you haven’t finished off those DIY jobs you started when you moved in, or you’ve never got around to sorting out the loose tiles on the roof or the missing floorboards in the study. Now is the time to prep your home and get ready for a stylish mini makeover.

Before you begin Even if you only plan to do a little cosmetic work on your home, it’s wise to have a good look around and check that everything is in order before you start looking at paint swatches or floor tiles. Often, wallpaper and paint can hide problems you may never have even noticed. If you can smell damp, for example, or you’ve spotted dark patches on the wall after peeling off some old paper, it’s wise to get advice from a firm like restoration eze. Water damage is likely to get worse with time, and if you just paper over the cracks, you could end up with serious problems further down the line. Damp is caused by excessive moisture in the walls, and it can also stem from issues with the roof. If you haven’t had your roof checked for years, it may be worth calling a roofer out to have a look for holes that may be contributing to damp.

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Once you’ve addressed issues that affect the structure of your home, you can focus on the aesthetics. If you plan to paint walls, prepare them first. You’ll need to sand down the surface and wipe it clean with a cloth and warm, soapy water. Apply a coat of primer, and then you’re good to go.

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