October 6, 2013
Wall shelves can be a sleek, minimalist way to create some storage space in your home. I decided to install some wall shelves above my TV to clear up some of the clutter on my TV stand.
Before, I had junk all over the stand blocking my remote signals and stressing me out. Also I had a gaping empty stretch of wall that needed filling!
Remember the post where I talked about how to find a stud in your wall? Well this is why I had to learn how! Each shelf has three screws to secure it to the wall, and for maximum weight capacity at least one has to be secured to a stud.
Here are a few screwing tips I learned to hang these walls.
Before you get to screwing, you’ll want to use a skinny drill bit like the one pictured above to form a little starter hole where you’re planning to drill in a screw. It’ll make the screw move into the wall more easily.
The white screw-looking object pictured above is actually a dry wall anchor. Anchors will help stabilize a screw in the wall so that it can carry more weight without pulling out a chunk of the wall. I only used anchors on screws that weren’t going into a stud. Different kinds of anchors come with different instructions, so be sure to follow yours closely!
If your screw ends up looking like the one pictured above, and no screwdriver can turn it in or out, you have yourself a stripped screw. The only choice is to take it out and put in a new one. Mine got so securely stuck I had to get out the pliers and jiggle it out!
Eventually all my screwing hung the bracket above that in theory I’d be able to gently slide the shelf onto, but really sliding the self onto the bracket may have been the most difficult step!
But eventually I was able to do it! And now I have some nifty storage space and some screwing experience under my belt.
I prayed pretty vehemently that hanging these right above my TV wouldn’t backfire terribly, but so far they’ve been safe and secure!
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July 31, 2013
I know I seem like quite the home furnishing aficionado, but I must say even I sometimes get lazy.
I mentioned in this post that at one point I was eating my Panda Express off of a flipped-over laundry basket while sitting on the floor. When I first moved into my apartment, I didn’t have a bed and had to sleep on an air mattress for two months until I could afford one.
But sometimes I find solutions to my furniture shortcomings that actually fill the void quite well.
Take, for example, my makeshift recliner.
Believe it or not, extremely comfortable and perfect for watching TV or playing video games. All you need is an air mattress and a stepladder.
When I finally got my bed, I was so excited to be able to rest against the headboard and read books before I went to sleep. When you’re on an air mattress on the floor, you have to hold the books over your head which is uncomfortable. But then I realized I didn’t have a nightstand to set my lamp or book on.
So I found this solution.
All you need are two boxes of unequal size. Put the smaller one on top of the larger one, and voila: Nightstand. And it’s the perfect height!
However, if you’re looking for some upcycling ideas for your home decor that don’t make you look like you rummaged through the local landfill for furniture, check out this roundup of projects from Debbiedoo’s.
Upcycling is awesome because you get the benefit of a totally personalized piece of decoration/furniture, and you’re reusing something that would otherwise have been discarded.
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