A Handful Of Useful DIY Hacks To Use Around The Home

It’s always fun to think of new and exciting ways of implementing DIY around the house. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to partake in full-scale renovation projects for some DIY fun! While they’re worthwhile, it’s sometimes better to try a few smaller ideas instead. Below, you’ll see a small handful of DIY ideas to use around your house:

Furniture sliders

This is a brilliant idea if you have hardwood flooring in your home. Essentially, you need to buy some material to stick to the bottom of your furniture. It’s usually felt-based, but just Google furniture sliders and you’ll find loads. By sticking them to the bottom of, say, a large sofa, you now have a way of moving it around.

It can slide around without damaging the floor or forcing you to lift it!

Door stoppers

No, this doesn’t relate to doorstops that keep doors open.

Instead, it’s more to do with smaller doors in your home – like cupboards and cabinets. The idea is you attach a small piece of plastic between the inside of the door and the inside of the cabinet/cupboard. As the door is opened, the plastic line extends and tightens, stopping the door from opening past a certain point.

It’s very useful to prevent these doors from slamming into other cabinets or walls, protecting your property. 

Window nets

A window net is commonly used in hot and humid places.

Typically, it’s to keep out lots of annoying bugs and insects. Loads of Mediterranean countries use these nets as an effective mosquito control feature in their homes. The idea is you install a net that fits over the window when it’s opened. Here, the cool air can come into your home, but the netting prevents other things from flying in. This can be a complicated or easy job, depending on how you approach it.

The easy way is to install this net as you would some curtains. E.g. a pole fixed above the window, with the netting hanging down. 

Kitchen cabinet protectors

Back in the cabinets for this one, and it’s an easy way to protect the surfaces inside your cabinets.

You can find sheets of materials in any DIY shop, which can be used to line the cabinets. There are a couple of reasons this is a great DIY move. Firstly, it adds some extra color and flair to the cabinets. Secondly, it protects the surfaces from dust and stains.

Ultimately, it’s an easy thing to do as you just cut the material to size and lay it down!

Contact paper

Finally, and this follows the previous idea, you can use contact paper around your home.

This is typically used in the kitchen to provide a budget makeover. Here, you lay the paper down and it sticks to surfaces. You can get it in all sorts of designs: marble, wood, etc.

It transforms your kitchen counters and makes it look like you have fancy materials on there. In reality, it’s just some special paper stuck down.   

Try any of these helpful DIY ideas if you want to subtly improve your home!

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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