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How to Choose the Right Rug + 24 Really Cool Rugs to Get You Started

On the hunt for really cool rugs? Here are 24 options that might just fit the bill AND plenty of tips for finding the perfect one.

A new rug for our living room was at the top of my list for months. If you follow along on my Instagram, you know that is true. And once I found the perfect one (number 2 on the list), I realized what an impact a great rug could make in a space. Even if nothing else has changed.

So, I rounded up 24 mostly neutral but still very cool rugs to (hopefully) make your rug search a little bit easier.

Knowing where to find the rug of your dreams is kinda only half the battle. So I also included my top tips for how to pick a rug, what size you’ll need, even whether or not you actually need a rug pad that companies are always trying to add on to your order.

24 Cool Rugs to Help you Find the Perfect One

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1. Ellington Hand-Tufted Rug from McGee and Co. (from $142)

I honestly can’t believe this is a manufactured rug, because it looks so authentically vintage. I especially love the colors and how muted the rug is. This pattern and color combo is perfect for kids because it’ll most likely hide pesky stains.

2. Stripe Break Rug from Lula and Georgia (from $98)

This rug is currently sitting in my living room (I have the 8×10). I’ve only had it for a few months, but it’s already standing the test of a toddler and a cat really well. Which might be surprising for such a light colored rug in a high traffic zone.

The texture is really forgiving when it comes to Franz digging his claws in it. And it’s been really good for playtime with Hayes because all of his toys with wheels roll over it nicely. 5-star rating and two thumbs up from me!

3. Peruvian Rug from Garmentory (from $294)

For a vintage rug, I love how vibrant these rugs are. Garmentory has more to choose from too. I only linked to one of them, but if you’re looking for a vibrant vintage rug, peek around the Garmentory site for a truly unique rug. Another great spot for vintage online is Etsy!

4. Concord Rug from McGee and Co. (from $230)

The color combo of this rug is so pretty. The coral and blue are really beautiful together and kind of remind me of the rug I have in my bedroom right now.

5. Ivory Tower Reversible Rug from Leif (from $68)

So this rug seems like the perfect rug for a high traffic area. Why? Because it’s reversible. If one side is getting a little dingy, extend the life of this rug by flipping it over!

Since its double side, you could also think of it as two rugs in one. So if you’re feeling bored and want to switch things up, just flip to the other side for a refreshed space. Talk about getting a good bang for your buck.

6. Territory Resto Rug from Garmentory (from $225)

I’m a sucker for texture, and this rug has got a ton of it. Plus, there’s something so pure and simple about a white rug. Granted, white rugs are a risk, BUT if you feel like taking the leap, this is a really good one.

It’s perfect for low traffic areas like the guest bedroom or guest bath. Spaces that don’t really get a lot of action, but you still want them to look beautiful.

7. Hand-Knotted Double Diamond Rug from Anthropologie (from $128)

On the other side of the spectrum, this rug is full of color (which I love). It’s similar to the vintage runner we have by our front door with the pink color palette. Lots of texture and lots of color makes this the perfect statement in your space.

8. Cliona Rug from Lula and Georgia (from $66)

I love how playful this rug is. It’s a really thin weave so you might need to put a rug pad underneath (which I’ll touch on later). But it’s a great option for a nursery or a living room. It’s a good rug for playtime too, if you have kids!

9. Zahari Rug from West Elm (from $299)

Here’s another ‘looks vintage but isn’t vintage’ rug that is all kinds of cool. I especially love the pink and could see this in a super feminine nursery or in a super neutral space as a statement rug.

This could also be a really cool rug to layer over a jute or simple woven rug if you want to get a smaller size / don’t want a huge pink rug to be the highlight of the room.

10. Zehra Rug from Lula and Georgia (from $398)

I love the lines of this rug. And how the colors are so muted and sparse. It’s perfect for just a taste of color without being too overwhelming or too much of a statement.

11. Sundari Area Rug from The Citizenry (from $650)

This is a good rug if you have a huge space. You’ll read a bit more about it below, but darker rugs are really good for anchoring larger spaces. And the lines of this rug are so cool! It’s got a bit of a Cali vibe, which I really like too. But I’m kinda partial, since I was born there and all.

12. Arches Rug from Lula and Georgia (from $128)

So this is another rug I tried in the living room. But I ended up sending this one back and honestly, it was tough because this rug is SO unique.

I really love this rug, but with our existing furniture and a toddler on our hands, it didn’t feel like the right move for where we are in life at the moment. That said, please buy this rug so I can live vicariously though you! Haha. It’s really amazing!

13. Hand-Knotted Mischa Rug from Anthropologie (from $128)

If you want to moroccan rug look, but not the trellis rug that everyone already has (including me), this is an awesome option. The design is different from what you typically see and I’m a sucker for some good looking tassels.

14. Mesa Rug from Block Shop (from $900)

I know this has a bigger price tag than some of the others, but this rug is so beautiful and unique. I pretty much love every rug that comes from Block Shop, but the color and design of this rug is too good.

15. Cordoba Rug from West Elm (from $199)

I love the muted pastely colors of this rug. The design is really cool and looks super vintage (without the vintage price tag). Win win!

16. Pamela Wiley Arches Rug from West Elm (from $299)

If you’re looking for something a little less conventional, this rug is a cool option. Especially if you’re not into a vintage style rug and have a more contemporary or modern space.

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17. Kelim Rug from Ferm Living (from $116)

I’m all about this color combo. The rusty reds are really pretty and I love the design of the shapes.

18. Alexi Black Jute Rug from CB2 (from $299)

Like I said before, this darker rug would be perfect for a big space. Plus, the color combo is really pretty. I love the rusty red next to the blueish grey. It makes for a really interested color palette to work with in a space.

19. Tufted Perrin Rug from Anthropologie (from $78)

I rarely meet a stripe I don’t like, and this one is definitely included in that category. What I love most about it is that fact that it’s tufted,  giving it all the feels you want underneath your feet.

Perfect for the bedroom. I mean, who wouldn’t want to step on a fluffy cloud of striped perfection after getting out of bed? It’s the perfect way to start the day.

20. Lagoon Rug from Block Shop (from $500)

Another rug (that really is like a piece of art) from Block Shop. I can’t resist the lines of these rugs. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like this before and love how unique it is.

21. Array Handwoven Recycled Rug from CB2 (from $129)

Not only is this rug super cool, it’s also sustainably made. It’s made with recycled cotton from the garment district and is super durable. So if you’ve got pets or kids, this rug can take the heat.

22. Aures Rug from West Elm (from $299)

This is another rug that has a really Moroccan feel that I’m really into. But if you can’t get into a tufted rug (because they really require a lot of vacuuming and who really has time for that?) this is a really great option.

Why? Because its all the design aspects I love about a Moroccan rug with wayyyy less upkeep and wayyyy more durability.

23. Puna Rug from Pampa (from $601)

Can you tell that I’m pretty obsessed with this rust color? And I’m REALLLY into this rug. It’s so simple, but really makes a bold statement. And it would look so cool in virtually any space. This rug is currently convincing me I need just one more rug in my house. Haha.

24. Ruby Tufted Rug from Urban Outfitters (from $149)

All the looks and feels of a vintage rug with a friendly price tag. This rug is a great option if you’re looking for an authentic Persian rug on a budget.

So now that you’ve seen them all, which ones are you most drawn to? And how do you know what size to get? All questions I’ve asked myself when trying to find the perfect rug for our space. And while I’m no expert, I’m happy to share the tips I’ve picked up along the way, that really seemed to help me.

How to pick a cool rug?

Bigger is (sometimes) better. Instead of using multiple rugs that will visually break up a space, try a large one that will make the space cohesive. This can be especially important in smaller spaces. In open concept homes, you have some more wiggle room when it comes to the amount of rugs in a space.

Mind the Color. If you have a small room, generally a safe bet is going with a lighter colored rug (to make the room feel bigger and more open).

BUT there are definitely exceptions, like this colorful-meets-semi-neutral vintage rug in Mollie’s bathroom, from Almost Makes Perfect. Doesn’t it look so good in here? In this case, with the neutral wood tones and and white walls, a more colorful patterned rug grounds the space.

Know your Space. You won’t know what size you need unless you measure the room (or at least the spot you’d like the rug to be) and understand the shape of your space too.

Here are a couple of examples: Square dining rooms usually call for round tables which look great on top of round rugs. Longer more rectangular rooms can generally be oriented that way.

What size rug should I get for a…

Large living room? Try a large rug that all your furniture can sit on completely. Especially if it’s a living room in an open concept space. It visually fills the space and anchors the entire room.

Living room where my furniture is touching the walls? Stick to a rug that the front legs of all your seating can sit on. You don’t want your rug butting up against the wall, and there’s no need to pay for the extra square footage of a rug you won’t even see under neath a piece of furniture.

Small living room? Get a rug that’s big enough for the interior of the seating space. Just big enough to peek out from under your coffee table. One of these Block Shop rugs (above) would look great in a small space, don’t you think?

Dining room? The rule of thumb for the dining room is that you should have enough space for the chair legs to all sit on the rug.

Large bedroom? Go with a rug big enough for a few feet of space around the entire bed. For instance, for my king sized bed, we used a 8×10 rug that follows this guide.

Small bedroom? The best way to get a rug in a small bedroom is actually to use 2 rugs on either side of the bed. These can be 2 3×5 rugs or 2 small runners. These should not be longer than the bed itself though.

BTW – None of these are steadfast rules that can’t be changed – just guide to get you started.

What if my rug is too small?

I haven’t tried this in my own space, but I’ve seen this done in really cool ways lately. The best way to combat a ‘too small for the space’ rug is to layer. Just like Leanne Ford does in her bedroom in the photo above. She layered a pretty vintage moroccan rug over a simple white woven rug to give it a little more width.

Jute or any natural woven rugs are pretty inexpensive. Especially when you need something really large. Buying a huge jute or natural woven rug is wayyyyy less $$ than buying a huge unique / vintage rug (for example). In short, layering could save you hundreds while still getting a big enough rug for your space AND getting a small and cool special rug for the centerpiece of the space.

Rug pad or no?

Another question you might be wondering about is if you need a rug pad or not. I currently have a rug pad under my living room rug (which is #2 from this list). And the main reason we put one under it is because the rug is pretty thin. We spend a lot of time in the living room and I wanted something a little more cushy to walk on (and keep it from moving around too much). I’ve been thinking that we need one under the rug in Hayes’s room too for the same reason. 

I think a good rule of thumb is to always put a rug pad under a thin woven rug, where tufted or high pile rugs don’t necessarily need one. Especially if they’re underneath pieces of furniture that hold them in place.

Another reason you might use a rug pad is underneath a rug in a high traffic area if the rug isn’t being anchored by furniture. A non-slip pad is smart to use, but be careful with the kind of pad you buy…

What kind of rug pad should I get?

If you have hardwood floors, steer clear of rug pads made with plastic if you can. Why? Because they can damage the finish of your flooring. Instead, look for felt pads for thin rugs or natural rubber pads for a non-slip option.

Not only are they good for protecting your floors, they’re made from natural materials which means they’re also eco-friendly.

Okay! That’s it. We’ve finally made it to the end. Are you still with me? Haha. Are you currently looking for a rug? Which rug do you like most from all the ones I shared? I’d love to see if any of these beauties make it in your home!



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5 Types Of Flooring For Your Dream Craft Room Remodel

Are you in search of different types of flooring that you can use in your craft room or studio space? Perhaps you’re just in need of flooring ideas for a room in your house that needs sprucing up. In this guide, we cover the 5 most popular types of flooring that you can buy plus how easy they are to install.

Of course, my Craft Room has white laminate flooring which my Dad and husband installed quite easily.

Related: How To Lay Laminate Flooring In A Day

 

5 Types Of Flooring For Your Dream Craft Room Remodel

Decorating your craft room floor for artistic inspiration, easy cleaning, and functionality

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Your craft room is probably a place that you spend most of your free time or it should be.  If your blank walls and boring floor are no longer inspiring or motivate you, it might be time for a change.  Having quality flooring options is always a great idea. Please note that if you’re on a tight budget, getting your flooring from somewhere like Lowe’s works too.

Most crafty people are artistic, and artists need inspiration.  Looking at four white walls and a basic carpet is hardly inspiring.

So, agreeing that your floor should allow inspiration and light flow in, it should also be functional.  Basic carpet is hardly a functional material for arts and crafts, by any means.

It doesn’t matter if you are sewing or painting, craft room flooring should never be basic carpet. There are too many ways to lose things in the carpet loops and you might end up ruining it completely.

 

Related: 5 Terrific Flooring Ideas That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

 

Make your walls beautiful for your new craft room floor

There are a number of things you can do with your floor, but your walls should not be basic either.  If you are going to have a new and functional floor, shouldn’t your wall be functional too? Chalkboard paint can be a fun and functional wall material for your craft room.  Painting your walls to be used as a dry erase board can be functional as well.

  

You could, of course, go with something like tiles, which can be functional if you use grease pencils a lot.  It is also easy to clean, and you can use decorative tiles for a beautiful look. Depending on how you do your floor, you may want to look into using one of these materials for your wall.

 


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Organize your craft room so that you have easy access to your materials and space

Once you get new floors in your crafting room you are going to want to have your room organized for easy access to your materials. 

 

Related: Join The Craft Room Transformation Challenge + FAQ’s

 

These items are fairly cheap but can be placed pretty much anywhere and they are fairly compact.  We recommend that you use the plastic drawers as it is better for organization, but plastic totes work really well for mass amounts of materials, like yarn. 

 

Related: 24 Life-Saving Craft Storage Ideas To Save Your Sanity

 

A few of these drawers and totes can turn your craft room from a boring mess to an organized workspace.

 

5 Types Of Flooring For Your Craft Room 

 

The first of the 5 types of flooring; Concrete

Concrete flooring can be a great idea for craft rooms.  These floors do not trap needles and are fairly easy to clean if something is spilt, as long as it is sealed properly. 

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Concrete can be designed for any budget, has unlimited creative options and will last 50+ years with little maintenance.

 

Lino Tiles

The Second Type Of Flooring; Linoleum 

Linoleum is another wonderful idea for craft room floors.  This is because linoleum is extremely easy to clean. It also comes in a variety of tiles and you can choose the one you like the best.  Linoleum is also very durable.

 

Parquet Flooring

Parquet/Hardwood 

Hardwood flooring is a really good flooring type for craft rooms.  As long as it is treated it is easy to clean and will not hide needles.  This type of flooring can be more expensive than others, but it is durable and long-lasting.

 

Vinyl Flooring

Floor Type No.4; Vinyl 

Vinyl flooring is another type of flooring that can be easy to clean and is durable.  Vinyl is a cheaper flooring that works wonderfully in a craft room setting and is another flooring you can customize.  Vinyl flooring is stain and water-resistant, plus it is comfortable under the foot. It is also a very common type of flooring, due to its nature. 

 

Tiled Flooring

The Final of The 5 Types Of Flooring; Tile 

Tile flooring is very easy to clean and if you choose tile for your walls you can have fun matching assorted colors.  The one problem with tile is that if you work with pottery or heavy art equipment and you drop things, the floor may crack and need to be replaced.  Other than this factor, tile is very durable and very resistant to general wear and tear.

 

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Renting? You can always hide ugly carpet with a beautiful rug

How to choose what floor suits you the most

There are a few things you need to consider when choosing what type of flooring you would like for your craft room.  Durability is a big one. If you’re a painter, you might not need a floor that is as durable as a potter or sculptor but it is important to check if there are grooves in the wood.

When I get paint on the floor, it sometimes bleeds into the little grains and it can be difficult to remove without chemicals. A smooth surface would mean you could easily remove all of it with a paint scraper.

Types of flooring

Ease of cleanliness is another thing you should check out when looking for new flooring.  If you are a painter, a floor that is easy to clean might be a good idea. The last thing you should look at is the style of your floor.  Do you want your floor to be in style as well as functional?

 

Your new and improved, inspiring and easy to clean craft room

Once you have chosen the type of flooring you want, then the walls and organized, you will have your fully functional craft room.  You have to decide whether you want style, functionality, durability, or a floor that’s easy to clean. Remember, your craft room floor should suit you, it is your craft room after all.

 



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Manage Stress Levels; Here Are 6 Terrifying Reasons Why You Must

So much is always going on in our lives that at times it becomes difficult for us to manage stress. No matter how hard we try, things are never going to be in our complete control and they most certainly are not always going to be in our favour.

While we can’t control what happens in our life, we still can learn to deal with the things that produce stress. 

Stress is extremely, and I can’t stress enough – extremely – bad for your health. It can cause serious damage and you will regret not attempting to de-stress. 

Manage Stress Levels; Here Are 6 Terrifying Reasons Why You Must

Here are some of the reasons you need to de-stress yourself – now. 

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Manage Stress Because It Can Lead To Premature Aging 

The first thing a constant phase of stress does is to begin to change your appearance. You start to look older, and your skin becomes dull. You may think that you can cover it up and that your skincare will control the damage, but you are wrong. 

I recently discovered that all women should have an eye cream regime from their 30’s onwards. I’m a little behind, but you should start. Start de-stressing now if you want to reverse the damage.

  

Reduce stress for the sake of your heart

Manage Stress Because It Is Bad for Your Heart 

Stress is directly linked to cardiac diseases. Constant stress will weaken your heart over time. You might not even realize it until it’s too late.  Adopt healthy habits that will help you improve the health of your heart and help you de-stress at the same time. Regular exercise and improving your eating habits are a great place to start. 

 

It Can Lead to Addiction 

The worst thing about stress is that it curbs your ability to think clearly and positively. You might try to look for unhealthy ways to deal with your stress. You may start to look for an escape through alcohol or drugs, and that will always end up one way – in addiction. 

Helping others is a great way to de-stress as it lifts your spirits.  Look around and help a struggling friend. If a loved one was not able to deal with their stress constructively and is now struggling with addiction, check out ARC Drug Rehab Centre and help them out. 

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Meditations, CBT and mindfulness are all wonderful complementary treatments; alongside anything recommended by the ARC centre. 

 

It Causes Obesity 

In many cases, people end up stress eating, and it causes obesity. Then you start stressing about gaining weight and the vicious cycle will never end. Take a hint when you crave something to eat every time you feel stressed. That’s a stress-eating starter pack.

Start working on it right there and then. Once you can identify that your stress is making you eat more, you can replace it with any healthy habit. For example, you could jog or exercise instead. It helps divert your attention and ultimately acts as a stress reliever. 

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If you are feeling the effects of stress on your weight, there are things that you can do to reduce the stress you’re experiencing and stop eating your problems. I’ve had to do them and I lost 10lbs without even noticing.

Related: The Best Way To Lose Weight And Make Money Online 

 

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It Can Lead to a Long-Term Disability 

Believe it or not, constant stress and poor stress management can lead you into a long-term disability. It can cause memory loss, and sometimes, even lead to a stroke. A stroke can cause lifelong disabilities or end your life immediately. Thankfully, stress is not why I’m disabled. My problem is a rare genetic disorder that affects my connective tissue. 

 

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It Weakens Your Immune System 

Are you experiencing illness more often? Stress is affecting and weakening your immune system. You are constantly sick and catch diseases easily. 

 

Bottom Line 

There is no simpler way to say it. Stress is bad.  You need to de-stress yourself now and live the happy and healthy life that you deserve. 

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How To Choose The Best Sewing Machine For Beginners + Solutions

Make a wise decision! Knowing how to choose your very first sewing machine for beginners can be a daunting task. So, what is best for beginners? A capable yet simple model. Now I want to share how to find the perfect first sewing machine for yourself as a beginner. 

Seriously, no experience needed.  

 

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How To Choose The Best Sewing Machine For Beginners + Solutions

 

Back when I was buying my very first sewing machine for myself, I had a lot of questions on my mind. Where should I start searching? What should I look for? How do I know if I need some features or not? Am I hungry or do I just want a snack? Thankfully, I had my granny to help me out. 

Since you’re probably having similar or identical questions troubling you right now, you should try and find the right answers to them before you make the purchase. That way, you will be able to make the right choice and buy the best sewing machine for your needs.

It’s not an easy task, but fear not, you don’t have to do this alone. I’m here to help you with this endeavour, so just relax and read this article I have prepared for you.

 

What kind of amazing projects will you work on with your best sewing machine for beginners?

The most important question you need to ask yourself before buying a sewing machine, is what will you do with it? Depending on the type of projects you’ll be working on, you should search for different features and functions in a sewing machine. 

There are three main types of sewing work: repairs and alterations, home decor, and garment sewing.

 

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Repairs and alterations;

can be finished faster and easier with a free arm, a blind hem presser foot, and a blind hemming stitching function. The free arm will hold a sleeve or a pants leg in position for you, allowing you to sew cylindrical shapes with ease. The blind hem presser foot and stitch, on the other hand, will allow you to produce durable and professional-looking hemming results on any kind of clothing.

 

Home decor;

like curtain sewing, bedsheet making, sewing pillows, and similar decorative items is probably the easiest type of sewing work among the three I previously mentioned. A sewing machine with an automatic option is the best choice for you if you intend on working on these projects. Here’s a little free tip, try not to forget it.

Since curtains are usually pretty thick, search for a machine that can feed multiple layers of thick fabric and you’ll be able to alter or create them without any difficulties whatsoever.

 

Garment sewing;

is the final and most complex type of sewing work. Making any kind of clothing from scratch falls into this category. Sewing machines with just a few basic stitches can easily achieve everything you need from them for garment sewing. Search for these five features in a machine. Straight, zig-zag and stretch stitches, an automatic buttonholer, and the option to change the needle position that allows you to sew zippers. If you want your stitches to be extra durable, you’ll also want a backstitch option that reinforces your seams.

 

Related: Top 5 Sewing Machine Stitches To Become A Master Sewer

 

Keep in mind that sewing with thick and tough materials like denim or leather can prove to be difficult for regular sewing machines. If you intend on working with such fabrics, you should look for a heavy-duty model. Sewing with delicate fabrics, on the other hand, requires a higher-quality model because cheap ones tend to rip light materials.

 

Set the budget: How much money are you able to spend on a beginner sewing machine?

I suggest that you buy the most expensive model you can afford. 

 

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As long as you choose a sewing machine that has all the features you need, you won’t have any difficulties using it even though you’re a beginner. If you aren’t sure which one to choose, I suggest you get the Brother ST371HD because it is one of the best beginner-friendly models on the market. Not only that but it is also great for advanced users, which means that it will meet your demands even when you improve your skills considerably.

Related: All The Child Friendly Sewing Machine Info You Need To Know [Great For Beginners!] 

 

Consider a second hand sewing machine + where to find a good second hand sewing machine

Of course, when choosing the best sewing machine for beginners look for one that meets your demands and is appropriate for the type of work you decided you’ll be focusing on.

 

If your budget is small, don’t buy a new machine. Find a used one instead. They are much more affordable but far superior to cheap new ones, try Amazon used section (under the buy buttons), Craigslist, PreLoved or Gumtree. And if their previous owner took proper care of it, you won’t even notice that it isn’t brand new.

 

Noise, accessories, weight

 

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Should your new machine meet certain demands?

  • Some machines are noisy, others are almost completely silent. If you consider this important, check how much noise a machine makes before you buy it.
  • The weight is another factor that you shouldn’t consider trivial. Heavy machines are made of metal, light ones are made of plastic. In other words, heavy models are sturdier and more durable, and light models tend to break down more easily.
  • Accessories that come with the machine are always welcomed. The more the better, especially if you plan on sewing different kinds of projects.

The more the merrier! 

 

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Know the extra features you want your new best sewing machine for beginners to have

Here’s a list of some non-standard options that might prove to be very useful to you.

  • Automatic needle threading is a feature that saves your eyes by helping you thread the entire machine with a push of a lever.
  • Speed control slider allows you to adjust the stitching speed to a constant. No matter how hard you push the pedal, the speed will always remain the same.
  • Bright LED lighting is essential in my opinion. It saves your eyes by reducing the strain on them, and it allows you to sew at nighttime. It is also useful when you’re sewing with very dark fabrics and threads.
  • Automatic thread cutter will cut the thread for you with a push of a button when you finish sewing. No need to use scissors to do that, everything is automated.

 

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Use it wisely! 

Take action, improve your skills and fulfil the potential of your new best sewing machine for beginners.

When you get your new best sewing machine for beginners, it’s time to start working. Use the perks of the internet to find yourself some new tasks, learn new sewing skills and ultimately, present your unique creations to the world. The sky is the limit, but try to bust through it nonetheless!

  



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Join The Craft Room Transformation Challenge + FAQ’s

Are you in need of a complete craft room transformation? No matter what type of craft space you have; it could be a kitchen table, a closet or even a she-shed, you can join in with this challenge. 

You’re about to discover the secrets of Flow and how to hack your current creative space into a crafting paradise without the pain, suffering & hopelessness you have been living through for years.

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When I was little my biggest most earnest desire was to feel special. Feel like the whole universe revolved around me & my whims. Yes, every child is the same and things don’t change much when we get older right? 

So today I am here to make YOU feel like THE most special person to ever walk the face of the internet.

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A Little More About Me

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I am Claire and I’m a full-time craft blogger with 13 years experience, featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Good Homes Magazines, Mollie Makes and many more.

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The Craft Room in my old house

 

What I discovered recently is; organizing your craft space isn’t just about having a place for stuff. If you’re like me and suddenly find piles of random clutter everywhere, there is a cause and we are going to figure it out together. 

I’m going to lead you through a transformation over the next 21 days. You and I are going to give you a place to dream and create. It’s entirely possible to do this over 30 days if you feel you need to add extra catch up days in between, just make sure that you take DAILY ACTION.

 

Before & after Craft Room Makeover
How my craft room looked when we moved in; it was a master bedroom. The entire project was done in 30 days because we had guests coming from another country and this is also the guest room. We had a tight deadline but we did it. Including getting the walls replastered. The key was organizing in advance and being totally prepared which is the gift I’m giving to you in this free challenge!

 

Related: 10 DIY Craft Room Organization Days To Brighten Your Space

 

Bedroom before and craft room after

 

Here is a small sample of all we are covering in this FREE challenge:

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  • How to identify the way you work and organize in a way that means zero set-up time for projects so that gives you more time to craft.
  • Precisely how to choose furniture that will encourage crafting and stay away from furnitureblack holeswhere you can never find your supplies (I’ve owned one of those before) so that you will instantly recognise problem areas in your current space AND how to fix them.
  • Why you should organize in flow so that you will find yourself crafting every single day.

Make sure to grab your spot, check your inbox and load up on coffee. This will be a doozy.

And the best part?

It costs you nil dollars…nada…zilch…zero dinero…you got nothing to lose!

But to make that happen, you need to take the first step and sign up for the Craft Room Transformation Challenge:

Here is why you should be jumping up and down about this opportunity:

So you can FINALLY stop running from solution to solution, guru to guru, one fake promise to the next and finally start seeing results. 

Art journaling at Dreambox desk with Ikea office chair

Here is why I am doing this Craft Room Transformation Challenge:

Because I believe someone as special as you should have access to something as special as this…it’s a match made in heaven and I am just a humble match-maker!

Here is what you should do next: Sign up!


Get On The Challenge VIP List To Get The First Challenge Lesson on 10/2/20

Here is why you should do it right now:

Because in a 30-day window, you will be basking in the knowledge that you are not only special but also an action-taker and an excuse-buster!

 

Craft Room Organization Challenge FAQ’s

Where is my challenge email?

That sucks you’re having trouble finding your email! This can be a touch issue to actually solve from our end but here’s how it works; we send the emails every day using fancy software, they’ll always be at the same time (3:30-5:30am EST) once you have entered your email address for the VIP list, gone to your emails and clicked the link in your confirmation email. When there is a problem with deliverability, it is often due to the way all the different email companies work. 

My assistant Sandra can help you by sending you your email again if you can’t find it, but please keep in mind that due to the high volume of emails we receive daily it may take some time for us to get back to you.

 

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Why? If your email doesn’t know that you’ve signed up for this challenge, then it may see the emails as spam and try to block them. 

 

What time do emails arrive? 

Please note that the challenge emails will be sent AUTOMAGICALLY (thanks for the word Coschedule) at the same time every day. In the morning after you’ve had your coffee and breakfast, I need you to get into the mindset of clearing out and taking action. Get in the habit of checking for your challenge email, do your tasks and share your assignment in the evening within the private Facebook group. 

The rest of the challenge emails will be sent out between 3:30-5:30am Eastern time each day.

If you don’t see your email by 5:45am Eastern time, check your junk folder, and please read above if you’re having trouble finding emails. 

Keep in mind that looking for email on your mobile device may not always search all folders, so you may want to check from your desktop or laptop. If you find it in your junk, MOVE IT TO YOUR INBOX and follow the prompts to alert your email service that you want all messages from us to go to the inbox 🙂

 

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Why? Due to the strong spam filters the majority of email servers have, many emails end up in junk or spam even if they aren’t junk or spam and some don’t even make it to you at all. GMAIL is the most likely to deliver, however, emails may go into a different folder like “Promotions.” Simply drag it to the correct location. The best place is somewhere you will notice it. 

Want to update your email address? Use the “Update Preferences” link at the bottom of an email you’ve previously received. 

 

5. How Do I Find The Private Facebook Group? 

You will receive your invite to the private group within your first emails and you must then copy your email address into the Facebook group so we can approve that you’re actually on the list and going to be receiving the challenge emails. 

 

6. I want to check in for the challenge, but I don’t know where to go

I can’t wait to see your daily progress! Every single day of this challenge, go into the private Facebook group and look for the ‘Day X’ assignment image.  That’s where I’d love to see yours! 

You can post anything you like, from just telling me that you completed the tasks, sharing a quick photo or even the progress in your workbooks. 

 

Something happened, and I need to delay/pause/restart the Challenge

I completely understand – life happens to us all! Simply go to the very bottom of your email and hit ‘Pause challenge emails’ or even ‘update your preferences’. I can’t wait to have you back on board!

 

Pre-Challenge Assignment:

In the comments below, tell me what colour your dream craft room walls would be and why!



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33 (DIY) Ways to Organize Everything in Your Life

Organization is one of those must-dos for me at the beginning of each year. Anyone else?

The need for organization is real right now. And I don’t know if it’s because I’m on an organizing kick after making my DIY standing desk or I just have a messy house in need of attention. But either way, sometimes you just need a clean slate. Right?

I mean, remember how last year, everyone with a Netflix subscription was jumping on the Marie Kondo tidying up train? There’s a reason for that! Getting organized feels like more than just tidying up. It feels like taking control of your life. Kinda. I think? Stay with me!

Whether you’re on some deeper quest to gain control OR you really just want to organize your craft room, bedroom, bathroom, etc – this list is for you!

It’s filled with accessible ideas that will help you get it together – a big list of organizational ideas that you can DIY. Here are 33 organizational ideas that you can totally DIY – from clothing racks to hanging wall organizers, trays, and jewelry stands!

1. This DIY hanging wall organizer looks good AND keep things organized – which can be a challenge in a craft room or office space. The thing I love most about this canvas organizer though is that you use it for so many things – from sorting mail to hanging hammers. Plus, you can customize the size to suit your needs in any room of the house.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Clothing Rack #organization #organized

2. This clothing rack DIY from Weekday Carnival is great for extra clothes that don’t fit in the closet. And it would be a good option for a guest bedroom without a closet as well.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Bathroom Organizer for the Wall #organization #organized

3. The DIY bathroom organization I made from a couple pieces of wood and leather scarps is still one of my favorite DIY organizers ever. This DIY bathroom caddy is perfect for small spaces. You put on your makeup in the mirror, have a place for you toothbrush AND perfume / beauty stuff, and hang towels to dry all at the same time.

4. Maybe a DIY standing desk, with lots of storage, is more your thing? What I love most about this Ikea hack is the fact that the storage is closed, so you can be as messy as you want inside and no one will know.

BUT of course, you’re not going to be messy….your going to be organized because that’s what this whole post in about. Right? Wink, wink!

5. And speaking of keeping those cabinets organized, you can turn old shoe boxes into really cute fabric organizer boxes. I use these exact ones in my desk cabinets and they work so well for receipts, scissors, markers, and other small(ish) items.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Magazine Rack #organization #organized

6. I love minimal design like this x shape magazine rack that keeps things tidy and clutter-free while looking cool. This project is from HomeDIT.

7. These DIY leather pouches are perfect for organizing makeup items and other small things (like craft supplies). They’re be super cute painted too, if you’re looking for something more colorful.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: Modern DIY Desk Organizer. #organization #organized

8. Another minimal design for a typically ugly product. This modern DIY desk organizer is one of my all time favorites for keeping things handy on your desk without taking up too much space (or making your eyes want to cry with ugliness).

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: How to Organize Your Junk Drawer. #organization #organized

9. We all have that crazy junk drawer that is filled to the brim with crap. Right?

So the next time your drawers start to overflow, check out this 5 minute tutorial for how to organize your junk drawer. It’s really easy and very satisfying when it’s all said and done.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Storage Boxes. #organization #organized

10. Covering old boxes with decorative paper is a great way to reuse what you already have, while taming the clutter. I love these wallpaper covered boxes for storage from Homey Oh My.

And if you want to try something with fabric, try my fabric covered storage boxes (number 5 on the list).

11. Love the idea of a desk, but one something more modern? Try this DIY desk idea for a modern option with unique storage.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Rollup Organizer. #organization #organized

12. A DIY rollup organizer is great for keeping craft supplies organized. But you can also use it as a rollup for reusable items you want to take with you on the go – like reusable utensils and straws, etc.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Ikea Hack to Tame the Clutter. #organization #organized

13. Hide the clutter with this DIY Ikea hack from September Edit. Isn’t it pretty? Now I’m wondering if I could do something similar with the cabinets for my DIY standing desk. Hmmm.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Clothing Rack #organization #organized

14. Don’t have a dedicated closet? No worries – try this wooden clothing rack project from The Merrythought. It’s cute and functional.

15. This back to school project is perfect for organizing kid’s items (like hats and homework), along with keeping messages and reminders up.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Makeup Caddy. #organization #organized

16. I’ve used this DIY makeup organizer to store my most-used makeup brushes and glosses in the bathroom for years and it’s still holding up well after all this time.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Entryway Organization. #organization #organized

17. Grab some crates and make this easy entryway organization from The Merrythought.33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Cork Caddies. #organization #organized

18. Made these geometric organizers out of cork in my old office and they worked great. It’s kind of nice to have a soft, natural element like this hanging near your desk, don’t you think?

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Half Circle Wall Shelves. #organization #organized

19. This unique DIY wood shelving (half circles) idea has been perfect for Hayes’ nursery. And it’s actually really easy to make too. Plus, you don’t even have to nail them into the wall.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Kitchen Organization. #organization #organized

20. Grab a paint pen and customize your kitchen organization in minutes with this idea from A Beautiful Mess.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Magazine and Book Organization. #organization #organized

21. Loving these minimal modern magazine and book rack DIY from The Merrythought.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Wall Organization. #organization #organized

22. I have hung sooooo many things on this DIY hanging wall organizer in the bedroom. Hats, backpacks, jackets, you name it! It’s like a mini closet that actually looks good.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Jewelry Stand. #organization #organized

23. Turns out, you can make a two-tier jewelry stand in just a few minutes. AND it’s an Ikea hack!

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Zig Zag Coat and Purse Rack. #organization #organized

24. I think this DIY zig zag coat and bag rack from Almost Makes Perfect is really clever. I love the personality that comes through from just a simple zig zag.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Desk Paper Organizer. #organization #organized

25. A DIY desk organizer for paper, that also serves as a paperweight? Yes, please. This is one of my favorite organizing desk accessories to date. I made it years ago, and still comes with me every time we move.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Hanging Organizer. #organization #organized

26. Love this minimal hanging organizer DIY for paperwork, etc from Burkatron.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Mood Board Office Organizer. #organization #organized

27. Giant mood board organizer?! Check!

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Hanging Wall Organizer. #organization #organized

28. Here’s a bathroom version of my hanging DIY wall organizer. I could use this in every room of the house, to be honest. So easy to make (and budget-friendly).

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Basket Storage. #organization #organized

29. Who couldn’t use a little extra DIY basket storage? And this one adds a little something soft and fuzzy to your typical storage containers.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Yarn Bowl. #organization #organized

30. These 10 minute DIY yarn bowls are one of my favorite things. They look so sculptural and take up almost no room at all when not in use.

31. A DIY jewelry dish made of what? These terra-cotta babies have been nestled on my nightstand since I made them. I use the flat dishes for jewelry and my glasses. And then the deeper vase like ones are for matches and little craft supplies (chalk, paint, etc).

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Custom Built-Ins. #organization #organized

32. Remember back when I had my loft studio space and shared how to make custom built-ins. This was one of my favorite projects in this space. It completely transformed the functionality (and the look).

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Wall Hooks. #organization #organized

33. DIY wall hooks to organize your entryway (that don’t look like wall hooks). I love that they wall hooks just look like wood baubles on the wall when nothing is hanging on them. Kind of like jewelry for your walls.  

34. If you’re a leather-lover, this simple wall organizer is a cute one to try. I used my Cricut maker to cut all the pieces to make it even easier. But you can also cut the pieces by hand if you don’t have that machine.

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Grid Rack Storage. #organization #organized

35. Use a metal grid for hanging hats, scarves, and more. Have you seen these at local stores, like Urban Outfitters and The Container Store? 

33 Ways to Organize Your Life: DIY Peg Rail Organizer. #organization #organized

36. If you’ve been around here long, you know that I absolutely love a good DIY peg rail organizer. I have so many of these – some bought and some DIY. They’re so functional and cute, it’s hard to resist.

37. More DIY baskets, but these are amongst my absolute favorites. Plus, you can use this dyeing technique on larger size basket as well.

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Which one if your favorite? How do you stay organized in the new year?

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This Money Saving Expert Shows You How To Cut Your Bills In Half

Costs are rising with inflation, but we all know that pay isn’t rising at the same level. That’s why the help of a money-saving expert is necessary sometimes. It’s getting harder to afford the things that we all wish we could. Taking the kids out for day trips, or going out on a date, means stretching your household budget.

But by taking control of your budget, you’ll have more money to do all the things you enjoy. Why not try these easy ways to reduce your household bills?

This Money Saving Expert Shows You How To Reduce Your Household Bills

1. Watch out for subscriptions

As a money-saving expert, this is one of the first ports of call. Have you signed up to services that you don’t even use? An on-demand TV subscription? Spotify? Your local gym?

Many people sign up for monthly or annual subscriptions, then get bored and stop using the service. If you don’t cancel straight away, you might forget completely. You could be paying, every month, for things that you don’t even use. If you actually use the service, then it’s not necessary to cancel unless you don’t feel as if you’re getting the value.

Go through your bank statement. Find any regular subscription costs, and cancel them if they’re not worth it.

 

Bullet journal weekly layout

2. Keep a bullet journal

A bullet journal, dedicated printable budgeting worksheets or one of these home management binders is one of the best tools you can use. Use them wisely. I like to use dedicated printables and stick them inside the bullet journal because it’s more portable than a full binder.

Ready to start saving money like Beyonce? The queen is worth 400 Million so I'll follow her lead. These Budgeting worksheets are an ideal way to start. Either print out these worksheets or fill a spreadsheet. Either way, you need to get started managing family finances with these budget planners, printables and worksheets. Get hold of your personal finance and get to grips with budgeting regularly. It's the only way to grow wealth and manage your household #budgeting #finance #money

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If you use a bullet journal;

Write down every commitment, along with how much it will cost you. On payday, see how much you’re planning to spend on everything that’s written in your calendar. Set this money aside. Make sure you don’t overspend.

Keep your journal with you. Don’t agree to anything extra, like a night out with friends, until you’ve checked your budget and written it down in your journal.

Create cool bullet journal covers so that you actually enjoy using them.

 


3. Invest in home security systems

Whilst a home security system is an initial investment, you’ll find that it’s well worth the money. With a reliable home security system, you’ll benefit from valuable peace of mind. Some systems can even integrate seamlessly with your smart home setup.

Upgrade home security

According to the Insurance Research Council, theft makes up 6% of all household insurance claims. The average household insurance claim is $8,787.

Investing in household security, ideally externally monitored, means that you’re adding to your monthly bill. But, it’s also a chance to save and protect the things that you already own.

 

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4. Leave the car behind

Walking more often is good for your health, and even better for your bank balance.

If you can, skip the car and use the bus. Or, set off on your own two feet. You’ll save a lot on fuel, and reduce the risk of car maintenance costs.

 

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5. Make DIY gifts like DIY Spring Planters

Special occasions (and there are so many) become extra household bills. Christmas, birthdays, and other occasions all add up to expensive costs.

Whilst DIY gifts are cheaper than shop-bought gifts, they won’t go unappreciated. In fact, people love getting something personal that’s been made with love.

Keep monthly bills down by saving money on gifts. Make something at home that shows you care. Your time will be your biggest expense, whilst your household budget stays intact.

 

6. Make use of cashback

Many credit cards offer cashback deals. Or, you can use cashback websites. Every time you buy or spend, see if there’s cashback to be earned. This makes every shopping trip, and every household bill, a little cheaper.

Some websites can take upwards of 6 months to give you the cashback you’ve earned. Don’t let that put you off. Save your cashback for a big annual spend, to cover the cost of Christmas.

 

reusing soda bottles on a wire fence to plant vegetables

7. Reuse, recycle and repair

Don’t throw anything out without thinking of other uses for it. Can you repair your old clothes, rather than saying goodbye?

Repairs take time, but they’re worth it.

By repairing things you already own, you’re keeping your household bills lower. You’re also helping the environment, by making sure that you don’t send much to the landfill.

It’s surprising how many ways you can reuse old clothes, or other things that you would have thrown away. When something breaks or gets damaged, do an online search and look for ideas before you give up on it completely.

recycled fruit bags turned into bird feeders

You know the net that oranges come in? It can be turned into a bird feeder and even scratched CDs can be turned into hanging decorations to keep unwanted animals at bay.

Related: 10 Super Simple DIY Bird Feeders For Spring

What recycling tips have you tried for broken belongings?

 

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The Final Word From Our Money Saving Expert

By utilizing these basic money-saving strategies brought to you by a money saving expert, you could save a small fortune. It may be difficult to adjust in the beginning, but soon these frugal habits will become second nature. 

 



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Stand Up: A DIY Standing Desk (Ivar Ikea Hack)

Because Ikea hacks are kind of the best, today I’m sharing a DIY standing desk (IVAR Ikea hack) that has completely transformed my workspace at home.

Organic modern office with lots of wood details

After making this DIY desk a while back, I had all these ideas for another. BUT I also already had not one but TWO desks in my workspace at home, so it didn’t really feel like the ‘right’ time to add another.

The problem with those old desks though were that neither one of them had any storage whatsoever, so it didn’t take long to realize I needed to come up with a better solution that would help organize and consolidate the clutter AND look better than what I currently had.

That’s where this Ikea hack desk was born. It’s highly functional, with plenty of storage, but doesn’t take up too much room. Plus, it’s the perfect height imo between a standing desk and a regular sitting desk. So you can do both! Tuck in a counter stool (or something similar) when you want to stand and pull it out when your legs need a rest.

Why I love this DIY Standing Desk

Having a desk with storage is a huge game changer for me, when it comes to taming the clutter constantly popping up in my workspace. And unlike my last DIY desk project (which I also REALLY love), the storage on this one has doors! Which means I don’t have to constantly keep it organized and looking cute in there. I just close the doors and it’s magically gone. Haha.

Plus, these cabinets have A LOT of storage. I can fit so much more in each cabinet than I had expected. Another big bonus, for sure!

Organic modern home office with lots of wood details

This desk will work in almost any space (size or style)

But what I love most about this IVAR Ikea hack is how customizable it is. You can keep the pine cabinets and desktop as is, or stain them, or paint them. You could even paint the cabinets and leave the desktop raw or vice versa. Lots of options depending on your needs.

The length is extremely customizable, since the cabinets can be spread apart more or less than I did for mine. And because the IVAR Ikea cabinets come in two different depths, the depth is also (semi) customizable based on your needs.

You can also change the height of this DIY standing desk from what I have pictured to something taller, by attaching short legs to the cabinets before installing. I personally like the final height of my desk (which is about 34 inches), but if you’re looking for something taller, attaching legs would be a great option.

I also considered going a normal desk height for this one, which would have meant making some precise cuts and measurements before assembling the cabinets. But ultimately decided that a standing desk option was a better option for what I needed in the space (more storage and something great for doodling, working on small projects, etc.

And last but not least, you can also customize how much storage you have underneath, to a certain extent, with extra cabinets if desired. With all of the changes you can make to this one to get it to exactly what you need it to be, this IVAR Ikea hack feels like a real winner as far as DIY standing desks are concerned.

Before photo of desk in home office with boxes on the floor

Materials Needed

  • 2 IVAR Ikea cabinets (20 inches deep)*
  • pine board (or similar)
  • drill with screw bits
  • screws for tabletop part of desk
  • furniture wall straps or similar if securing desk to wall

*There are two depths available for the IVAR cabinets – 12 inches deep and 20 inches deep. I went with the 20 inch deep option for more storage and stability. But if you have a small space and want a small depth to accommodate, the 12 inch size is an option as well. I could picture that 12 inch depth being used as more of a decorative element that provides some storage, rather than a super functional desk space.

More about the IVAR cabinets: For a really long standing desk (with even more storage), you can add additional cabinets and just adjust the length of the desktop to accommodate.

Building IVAR Ikea cabinet for DIY standing desk

How to Make a DIY Standing Desk (Ikea Hack)

Assembling the cabinets

The bulk of this Ikea hack involves putting the IVAR cabinets together. Good news: As far as Ikea cabinets go, these are actually pretty easy to assemble without stress. But if you can grab a second person to help, it will go soooo much faster. So, I highly recommend that if possible.

Assuming you like the height of my standing desk as-is, you’d assemble the cabinets exactly according to the Ikea instructions.

Building IVAR Ikea cabinet for DIY standing desk

If you have a gap in your doors once the IVAR cabinets are assembled

The only thing that I noticed that we had to some adjusting on was fixing the huge gap in between the cabinet doors after the cabinets were built. Which you can see in the above – look at the afters to see how much the gap was closed with the below method.

Originally, I had planned to add decorative pieces to each door at the gap, to conceal the gap and add a clean, simple handle for each door. But after chatting with someone who has the same cabinets (and no gap) – thanks Molly – I realized the gap could be fixed.

If you have a gap between the doors when you assemble, I would recommend loosening the screws a little bit on the hinges to see if that helps and if not, try adding small pieces of cardboard under the hinges to push the doors out and more together. The cardboard worked like a charm for me and you can barely see it at all when the doors are open (and obviously can’t see it at all when the doors are closed).

If you prefer a regular height desk over a standing desk

If you would prefer a shorter / more standard desk height, you can still use the same cabinets and this tutorial to complete the desk. You will have to cut down some of the pieces of the cabinet before they’re assembled though.

The pieces that will need to be cut are: the doors, the side pieces of the cabinet, and the back. With the exception of the back of the cabinet (which is masonite), everything that would need to be cut is solid wood. So you don’t have to worry about cutting through materials that will completely crumble under a saw.

Standard desk height is 29-30 inches and the cabinets are roughly 33 inches heigh. So cutting a few inches off the doors, sides, and back before assembly will get you down to standard height. And then when you attach the hinges at the end, you’ll have to create new holes for the top or bottom set (depending on where you cut from), but that’s it.

If you have experience with power tools, it’s a pretty quick and easy job.

Stacked artwork and a long peg rail in a home office filled with DIY touches

Measuring and cutting the desktop

Next is the desktop. Once the cabinets are assembled, slide them to the area you are planning on using them in, spacing them out at least 20 inches from one another to allow a space to stand in the middle or pull up a counter stool, etc. Mine are 24 inches apart, for reference.

Once the completed cabinets are in place, measure the length from the end of one cabinet to the end of the other to determine the length needed for the piece of wood that will turn it into a desk. Then measure the width needed.

I pushed my cabinets as far back to the wall as they could go and then measured from the wall to the front of the cabinets to determine my desired width. I decided to keep the width of the tabletop to just the cabinet base itself, and didn’t include overhang to account for the drawers sticking out a little further.

So, the final measurement for my wood desktop piece was 20 inches wide x 87.5 inches long.

You can have the wood cut down to size at the home improvement store to make it easier. Or cut it yourself at home. Either way, make sure to give the edges a quick sand (I like to use an electric sander) to remove any splinters, etc.

Wood desk idea in light-filled workspace

Securing the desktop to the cabinets

Once the tabletop is resting in place open top of the cabinets and up against the wall in the back, you can secure it to the cabinets. Just add one screw to each of the corners (even nails can work) to keep things from shifting around.

Anchoring the standing desk to the wall

If you have small children, I would recommend anchoring things like this to the wall. You can use furniture wall straps or something similar. This desk, with the 20 inch deep cabinets, feels quite stable when assembled and has some good heft to it too, weight wise, but I would  still recommend anchoring it to the wall, as I would every piece of furniture in the home, if you have kids. Just to be safe. *And if you opt for the 12 inch deep cabinets instead of the 20 inch, it would be even more important to anchor it to the wall.

Raw wood desk idea in eclectic workspace

Organized workspace with lots of raw wood details

Wood standing desk in organic modern home office

How to Make a DIY Standing Desk (IVAR Ikea Hack)

Ikea hacks are kind of the best, right? So, today I’m sharing a DIY standing desk (IVAR Ikea hack) that has completely transformed my workspace at home. It’s highly functional, with plenty of storage, but doesn’t take up too much room. Plus, it’s the perfect height imo between a standing desk and a regular sitting desk. So you can do both! Tuck in a counter stool (or something similar) when you want to stand and pull it out when your legs need a rest.

Keyword: diy desk, Ikea hack, IVAR Ikea hack, standing desk

Cost: $150-200

  • 2 IVAR Ikea cabinets 20 inches deep*
  • pine board or similar
  • drill with screw bits
  • screws for tabletop part of desk
  • furniture wall straps or similar if securing desk to wall

Assembling the cabinets

  • The bulk of this Ikea hack involves putting the IVAR cabinets together. Good news: As far as Ikea cabinets go, these are actually pretty easy to assemble without stress. But if you can grab a second person to help, it will go soooo much faster. So, I highly recommend that if possible.

  • Assuming you like the height of my standing desk as-is, you’d assemble the cabinets exactly according to the Ikea instructions.

If you have a gap in your doors once the IVAR cabinets are assembled

  • The only thing that I noticed that we had to some adjusting on was fixing the huge gap in between the cabinet doors after the cabinets were built. Originally, I had planned to add decorative pieces to each door at the gap, to conceal the gap and add a clean, simple handle for each door. But after chatting with someone who has the same cabinets (and no gap) – thanks Molly – I realized the gap could be fixed.

  • If you have a gap between the doors when you assemble, I would recommend loosening the screws a little bit on the hinges to see if that helps and if not, try adding small pieces of cardboard under the hinges to push the doors out and more together. The cardboard worked like a charm for me and you can barely see it at all when the doors are open (and obviously can’t see it at all when the doors are closed).

If you prefer a regular height desk over a standing desk

  • If you would prefer a shorter / more standard desk height, you can still use the same cabinets and this tutorial to complete the desk. You will have to cut down some of the pieces of the cabinet before they’re assembled though.

  • The pieces that will need to be cut are: the doors, the side pieces of the cabinet, and the back. With the exception of the back of the cabinet (which is masonite), everything that would need to be cut is solid wood. So you don’t have to worry about cutting through materials that will completely crumble under a saw.

  • Standard desk height is 29-30 inches and the cabinets are roughly 33 inches heigh. So cutting a few inches off the doors, sides, and back before assembly will get you down to standard height. And then when you attach the hinges at the end, you’ll have to create new holes for the top or bottom set (depending on where you cut from), but that’s it.

  • If you have experience with power tools, it’s a pretty quick and easy job.

Measuring and cutting the desktop

  • Next is the desktop. Once the cabinets are assembled, slide them to the area you are planning on using them in, spacing them out at least 20 inches from one another to allow a space to stand in the middle or pull up a counter stool, etc. Mine are 24 inches apart, for reference.

  • Once the completed cabinets are in place, measure the length from the end of one cabinet to the end of the other to determine the length needed for the piece of wood that will turn it into a desk. Then measure the width needed.

  • I pushed my cabinets as far back to the wall as they could go and then measured from the wall to the front of the cabinets to determine my desired width. I decided to keep the width of the tabletop to just the cabinet base itself, and didn’t include overhang to account for the drawers sticking out a little further.

  • So, the final measurement for my wood desktop piece was 20 inches wide x 87.5 inches long.

  • You can have the wood cut down to size at the home improvement store to make it easier. Or cut it yourself at home. Either way, make sure to give the edges a quick sand (I like to use an electric sander) to remove any splinters, etc.

Securing the desktop to the cabinets

  • Once the tabletop is resting in place open top of the cabinets and up against the wall in the back, you can secure it to the cabinets. Just add one screw to each of the corners (even nails can work) to keep things from shifting around.

Anchoring the standing desk to the wall

  • If you have small children, I would recommend anchoring things like this to the wall. You can use furniture wall straps or something similar. This desk, with the 20 inch deep cabinets, feels quite stable when assembled and has some good heft to it too, weight wise, but I would  still recommend anchoring it to the wall, as I would every piece of furniture in the home, if you have kids. Just to be safe. *And if you opt for the 12 inch deep cabinets instead of the 20 inch, it would be even more important to anchor it to the wall.

What do you think of this Ikea hack desk? YAY OR NAY? And also… What kind of desk do you prefer a standing desk or a normal one? So curious. I now have both, so I don’t have to choose. Haha.

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Small Changes: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Reusable Dish Scrubber

Continuing on with more eco-friendly projects, and a year of #smallchangesinstead, today I’m sharing an eco-friendly dish scrubber you can make while you’re streaming a movie. 

Scrubbing dishes under the sink with a natural DIY scrubber

I don’t know if I ever thought I’d own a kitchen scrubber that is cute enough to take a picture of? But guess what, I do! And today I’m sharing how you can make your own.

Did I mention it’s also made from just one supply AND that supply/material is natural, sustainable, biodegradable / compostable, and super affordable?!

So what’s this kitchen scrubber made of exactly? It’s made of jute (string). And it looks pretty cute just sitting on your kitchen counter (if I do say so myself). WAY better than a standard kitchen sponge.

Why use jute?

Jute, like sisal, is a great eco-friendly fiber. I like jute because it’s strong and a little coarse. Making it the perfect material for a dish scrubber.

Plus, it grows without fertilizers and pesticides, is completely biodegradable, uses far less water than cotton to produce, AND is one of the most affordable natural fibers available.

Why make instead of buying?

You could really go either way on this one. As I was doing research for this post, I found some affordable options on Etsy that are similar. Ultimately, it’s more budget-friendly to make them yourself.

One spool like mine (which is 400 yards) can make dozens of kitchen scrubbers like this one. And each one can last up to 3 months (maybe even longer). I’ve had mine for about three months now and it’s held up really well, despite using it everyday! 

And it’s a project you can do while sitting down and watching tv, etc.

Scrubbing dishes under the sink with a natural DIY scrubber

Supplies:

*I used a burlap string that I found on Amazon (this exact one), which is made of 100% jute. It’s a little on the thin side, which is why this tutorial says to double up the string. If you opt for a thicker string though (sisal or a thicker jute) you may not need to double up.

And if you decide to use sisal instead of jute, that’s totally fine. Sisal is also an eco-friendly, sustainable fiber.

How to Make a Jute Dish Scrubber

Step 1: Start by doubling your jute string and creating a slip knot. There is no need to double up if you’re using a different material.

Step 2: Chain stitch 15 stitches.

Step 3: Yarn over and single crochet 15 times.

Step 4: Repeat the last step 14 times. Tie a knot on the last stitch.

Note about adding more string length as you go

Whenever you need to add more string, which will probably happen a couple of times during the making of this DIY dish scrubber, it’s really an easy process. Just cut more, double it up as you’ve done before, then double knot the pieces together, and cut off excess (as shown in video).

Can you use sisal instead of jute for this project?

Yes! Like I mentioned in the supplies list, you can absolutely use sisal instead. Sisal is also a great sustainable material to use. Jute is often a little bit easier to find (you can usually find it at arts and crafts stores) than sisal (and a little cheaper), which is why I recommend jute. But I linked to both on Amazon, if you want to buy online instead.

Here’s the link again to the sisal I would recommend if you want to buy from Amazon.

I’ve heard these kinds of dish scrubber referred to as an ‘unsponge’ and I like that term. But whether you call these little guys an unsponge, a dish scrubber, or that thing that you scrub stuff with, doesn’t really matter. What matters is that making your own will get you one step closer to eliminating kitchen sponges made of synthetic mystery materials.

Is this DIY dish scrubber compostable?

As I mentioned before, these just kitchen scrubbers can be used for months and months at a time. My guesstimate is somewhere around 3 months per scrubber, maybe longer. I think it’s pretty common to only use a sponge or dish scrubber for 30 days before tossing because of bacteria though. I’m no expert in this department, but that’s what I’ve read.

So whether you decide to keep each one for a long time or a short time, go for the compost pile instead of the trash. Yes! Because jute is biodegradable it’s also compostable! So instead of tossing this scrubber in the trash when you’re ready to replace it with a new one, compost it if you can.

Scrubbing dishes under the sink with a natural DIY scrubber under running water

What other eco-friendly products can you make using this technique?

You can also use this technique to create a much larger piece as well, that can instead be used as a potholder, etc. Just be sure to use a thicker jute or sisal (something like this is a good option) if you plan to go the DIY potholder route.

You could even make a body scrubber, if that’s something you want to try.

Eco-friendly cleaning products like this one are a great place to start on those small changes you may be making this year towards reducing your use of plastics and synthetic materials.

Eco Friendly Dish Scrubber

Make your own jute dish scrubbers. These kitchen scrubbers are a super affordable (natural) alternative to using a standard sponge.

  • jute string exact string used is linked in blog post
  • K crochet hook if you’re not using thin jute, like mine, you may need a bigger hook
  • Start by doubling your jute string and creating a slip knot. There is no need to double up if you’re using a different material.

  • Chain stitch 15 stitches.

  • Yarn over and single crochet 15 times.

  • Repeat the last step 14 times. Tie a knot on the last stitch.

Note about adding more string length as you go:
Whenever you need to add more string, which will probably happen a couple of times during the making of this dish scrubber, it’s really an easy process. Just cut more, double it up as you’ve done before, then double knot the pieces together, and cut off excess (as shown in video).

Looking for more eco friendly projects like this one? Check out my tutorial for making your own unpaper towels and 3 ways to make natural cleaning products.

P.S. Want to try this simple project and/or join the small changes challenge? Head over to this post on small changes and use the hashtag #smallchangesinstead on Instagram to join.

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How To Create An Indoor Garden – Honestly WTF

If you know me, you’ll know I’m notorious for my inability to keep plants alive. Yes, I’ve managed to take down even the lowest maintenance of living greens (ahem, cacti). Over watering, under watering, not enough sun, too much sun . . . it’s hard staying green! But after many failed attempts and now, a newfound motivating force, I’m happy to report that 2016 has been off to a relatively good start in the quest to cultivate my green thumb. It all started with an infatuation with handmade ceramics after taking a pottery course last fall. The understanding of the patience and tenacity required to throw clay successfully has given me a new appreciation for the art of pottery making. Not only do I hold the few pieces I’ve created near and dear to me, I find myself addicted to scouring Etsy and shopping from an immense array of talented ceramic artists. So what was I to do with my growing collection of hand crafted pots and vintage vessels? Fill them with happy plants and use them to enliven my home, of course. And no, I’m not ashamed to admit that my dedication to indoor gardens started with my love of ceramics and vintage vessels first. Plants second. Nonetheless, here are two ways in which even the blackest of thumbs can maintain an indoor garden:

Plant Shelfie: Plants are perfect for filling empty spaces on bookshelves, accent tables and even bar carts. I love using vintage brass vessels, found on Etsy, as unexpected planters. I also love the idea of clustering plants of varying heights together but also using really low and flat vessels for cascading succulents that can spill over an edge of a shelf. You’ll need drainage so I recommend punching a small hole with a hammer and nail, or drill, at the bottom of thin brass bowls and cups.

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Bathroom garden: A minimalist, indirect light-filled room, like a bathroom, is the perfect place for an indoor garden. Plus, those morning showers make for a great daily reminder to keep those plants thriving! As it turns out, succulents and cacti flourish well in unglazed and glazed ceramics so I was excited to style all of my favorite, neutral grey and black clay pots from Etsy together. The end result is lush and gorgeous but it also takes some thought and care in considering the amount of humidity and light a bathroom gets. If you’re mixing cacti, succulents and tropical plants, just be sure the environment is right. For example, I like to open a window at least once a day so my succulents can dry out a bit between waterings. And that coconut palm in the back? I move it forward while I’m showering so that it gets the most warm water. How’s that for multi-tasking?

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A few extra tips:

  • Keep a journal: I found that keeping a watering journal in my calendar has been very beneficial, especially in the beginning. I water my plants on certain days of the week just to keep it habitual and consistent.
  • Research: Each plant variety has different watering and light needs. Stick with low maintenance plants to start but also, do your research before buying them.
  • Name them: Naming your plants helps you remember specific needs. Plus, it also helps you grow attached to them – even better motivation to keep them alive!

(art direction by HonestlyWTF, styled by Bianca Sotelo, photography by Ashley Batz; Taule Bar Cart via Lulu & Georgia, this post was created in partnership with Etsy)

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