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33 DIY Ways To Decorate Your Boring Apartment

Moving into a new apartment can be exciting, but if your apartment is looking boring and cold you might want to make it warm and cosy with these do-it-yourself ways to decorate your boring apartment!

Packed with cheap alternative solutions you can do yourself including paint and frame four doormats for a faux-wood headboard, mount a cool shower curtain on a basic wood frame for a wall-sized statement or even turn a couple of Ikea pieces into a trendy drink table with some gold spray paint!

These 33 DIY Ways To Decorate Your Boring Apartment are perfect for anyone looking to save some money and get creative!

1. Use fabric medium and acrylic paint to turn a cheap remnant rug into a custom statement piece.

You can usually find remnant rugs at Home Depot or Lowe’s, just ask for what they might have in stock. Learn how to paint the remnant here.

2. Adhere some gold leaf to canvas pillow covers to make statement pillows.

Here’s the tutorial, although you might want to paint a pre-made cover instead of using fabric glue to make your own.

3. Modernize your childhood dresser (or an antique thrift find) with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

Here’s how. If you don’t have a convenient flea market near you, eBay actually has quite a few good finds. And if you don’t want to buy new drawer pulls, you can spray paint the current ones metallic gold.

4. Paint and frame four doormats for a faux-wood headboard.

Here are the instructions. While you can’t still buy the exact mats used in the tutorial, you can use any rubber doormats that you like (this one and this one are similar).

5. Or, nail salvaged wood together for a minimal but warm headboard.

This does require some DIY guts, and the tutorial comes in a few parts: one and twoand three.

6. OR, dumpster-dive for an old door, and paint it a fun color.

Here’s how they did it. You might consider skipping the door knob, though, so you don’t accidentally slam your head against it when you wake up from a bad dream.

7. Turn a 1×1 cubby into a sleek side table.

This would work in your bedroom or next to your sofa. This tutorial uses an Ikea Expedit shelf, which you can’t buy anymore, but you can find similar shelveselsewhere.

8. Or, screw some hairpin legs to a stained or painted crate.

Here’s how. Bonus: you get a little more bookshelf space.

9. ~Orrr~ you can build your own wooden top for your hairpin legs.

Find the plans here.

10. Cover a boring mirror with a fabric that you love.

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Here are the instructions, but if you don’t mind the edges of your mirror as-is you can skip the wood veneer step.

11. Warm up your entry way with an Anthropologie-like paper flower garland.

It’s an inexpensive way to deal with that big, blank wall. Here’s how you can make it, including the printable flower templates.

12. Cover an ugly planter in pretty rocks for your front steps.

So maybe you don’t have a wrap-around porch, but that doesn’t mean what you do have has to be boring. Here’s how to do this.

13. Pick out some tough fabric and sew a slipcover for a utility bucket.

Utility bucket = personal ottoman? Yes. Here’s how to do it.

14. Cover an old pallet with foam, batting, and fabric for a custom living room ottoman.

Enlist a couple of friends or roommates to help you out with the tufting. Here are the instructions, with photos.

15. Or, if your small apartment can’t fit a giant pallet-sized ottoman, make one out of an old cable spool.

Here’s how. To find a big spool, try calling up a local commercial electrician, who might have one that you can pick up.

16. Add simple legs to an Ikea table top for a midcentury-style coffee table, if you prefer to skip the cushioned ottoman.

It’s cheap, and you could probably put it together in an afternoon. Here’s how.

17. Mount a cool shower curtain on a basic wood frame for a wall-sized statement.

See how to do it here. The hardware store will usually cut wood to size for you, so all you have to do is nail it together.

18. Glue old picture frames onto wooden boxes for pretty framed shadow shelves.

Try a local flea market for cheap but pretty frames. Here’s how to make them.

19. Glue felt around wooden dowels for a cheap and pretty magazine holder.

(Some of us still do read magazines!) Here are the directions.

20. Recover and paint ugly cheap chairs for actually pretty guest seating.

Ok so maybe this feels a *little* over the top, but if you’re feeling extra crafty, why not? Here’s how you can make them.

21. Hot glue paint chips to the inside of a poster frame for a dry erase calendar that actually matches your kitchen towels.

To get the pretty background, you’ll also need a neutral fabric. Get more details on how to make this here.

22. Balance a marble tile on a copper pipe frame for a pretty plant stand.

You can find single marble tiles at most flooring stores, and ask your hardware store to custom cut your copper pipe for you. Here’s the tutorial.

23. Secure an old suitcase to a TV table for a small but stylish bar.

Here’s how you can do it, even though the tutorial uses empty liquor bottles for some reason.

24. Turn a couple of Ikea pieces into a trendy drink table with some gold spray paint.

Here’s the step-by-step. You’ll probably need a couple of tubes of super glue, though.

25. Tie sisal rope onto a painted board to create a simple hanging shelf.

Get the super simple instructions here.

26. Upholster a piece of wood with a pretty blanket (and hairpin legs, again) for a colorful bench.

Your puppy will love it, too. Here are the instructions.

27. Turn two bowls and some concrete into a beautiful succulent planter.

Literally two plastic bowls. It looks hard to make, but it’s not! Here’s how.

28. Or, knot together some pretty mini hangers for your kitchen window.

Here’s the tutorial (illustrated with photos, thankfully), which also includes directions for those pretty ombré pots.

29. Edge a simple round mirror in copper tape.

Copper tape is usually used as a “shielding tape” in electronic work. Find out howyou can use it to jazz up an old mirror.

30. Or, adhere copper leaf to a framed mirror that you already own.

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Here’s how, and here are some tips on using metallic leaf.

31. Drill holes in the side of a ceramic pot to turn your favorite pot into a hanging garden.

Be sure to read the directions so you don’t crack the pot, and please wear safety goggles! Here’s the tutorial.

32. Spray paint a plastic or wooden dowel with copper spray paint, then hang air plants on it.

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If you put this in the bathroom, then you won’t even have to remember to mist the plants with water because they’ll be moistened every time you shower. Here’s how to make it.

33. Marble a vase by floating nail polish in a bowl of water.

Make it even cheaper by picking out your nail colors from the clearance bin. Here’s the step-by-step.

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30 Weird and Creative Chair Designs

Chair Designs are usually pretty boring and hold very few inspirations. But chairs can also be designed with creativity and can sometimes be weird and creative if designing with some flair.

A chair is a piece of furniture with a raised surface used to sit on, commonly for use by one person. Chairs are most often supported by four legs and have a back; however, a chair can have three legs or could have a different shape. A chair without a back or arm rests is a stool, or when raised up, a bar stool. A chair with arms is an armchair and with folding action and inclining footrest, a recliner. A permanently fixed chair in a train or theater is a seat or, in an airplane, airline seat; when riding, it is a saddle and bicycle saddle, and for an automobile, a car seat or infant car seat. With wheels it is a wheelchair and when hung from above, a swing.

In today’s collection we’ve gathered 30 Weird and Creative Chair Designs, these chair designs are just ordinary, they are unique and weird! Which chair do you like the best? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Created as part of a group project at Victoria University of Wellington. (Designer: Joya Boerrigter)

Q! Loungle Chair

30 Weird and Creative Chair Designs

Lounge chair which based on Richard Buckminster Fuller’s spherical thin-shell structure. (Designer: ODESD2)

Coat Check Chair

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The Coat Check Chair design helps users find unexpected meaning in mundane objects. Recombining clothes hangers and a steel closet rod, it engages pedestrian artifacts to solve common problems: what to do with extra hangers clogging up a closet, and how to encourage people to hang up their clothes. By bringing the elements of the closet into the foreground of a person’s daily routine the Coat Check Chair offers a unique design and a gentle encouragement to stay neat. (Designer: Joey Zeledón)

GÉNOIS

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Armchair pouf made with recovered sail fabric. The fabric becomes tense when the seat is used and the back acquires rigidity, adapting perfectly to the body, making it extremely comfortable.  (Designer: DVELAS Reusail project)

167 | ComOn | Molteni

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167 comes from the recovery of the defective bases of the table Arc of Foster. The solidity and immobility of the base made in cement is set against the leather seat, light and soft, leaning against the structure, almost floating. The skin recovered was grooved to change shape, the chair is created by 167 cuts like in a hug. The cement, raw, defective, industrial, evokes the charm of the urban and cemented ambient, the strong appeal of the areas 167 of the Italian cities, in fact. (Designer: Tandem)

Tree Chair

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(Designer: Dragana Ranitovic)

Horse Chair

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A playful chair designed by Deigner Christine Bobae Lee.

Worm

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Worm is a ludic outdoor product inspired by the funny shape of a little worm. It’s a chaise longue, a double chair but also a teeter-totter. (Designer: Sara Porco)

Typography Chair

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Chair made out of typography for the Barcode buildings in Oslo. (Designer: Helene Kristiansen)

Rocking On The Beach

“Have you ever experienced to dream that you are going to the beach? Breeze, the sound of waves and the sandy beach, these make our feeling so good. Rocking on the Beach helps you imagine the one of these experiences in your home. The plastic and pipe shape is designed for the best seashore sound, which is researched around the Netherlands seaside. The shape of chair with full of pipes gives a strong impression as an electronic circuit or urban city landscape.” [11] (Designers: Joon&Jung Designteller)

Zip-Up Chair

“Although intended for small apartments that demand functional furniture, I don’t see why we can’t include the Zip-Up Chair in mansions.[12] (Designer: Kim In-bo)

Sticky Chair

“Designers intentions were to create a form that looked like active movement; an explosion from a center point creating new space by shooting in every direction.” [13] (Designer: Samwoong Lee)

Splash Chair

“Ever look at macro photos of water splashes or super slow mo’ video of a droplet slamming into the surface sending ripples across a lake? There’s a moment in that 1/10 of a second when the impact creates a crater or sorts, as if you were small enough, it could neatly cup you. Inspired designer Michael Wendel created a 1/8th scale model called the Splash Lounge Chair, big enough for us to sit in.[14] (Designer: Michael L. Wendel)

Growing Chair

“It is time for man and nature to reunite!” [15] (Designer: Michel Bussien)

Selfportrait Chair

“The theory behind designing the Selfportrait Chair is very honest and simple. As an introvert, graduate student Ka-Lai Chan found it difficult to express her emotions lest her peers ridicule her. The stifled emotions grew like a nagging tumor and are seen as those odd blobs on this chair. Rarely do we come across an emotional side to a design accurately represented as this!” [16] (Designer: Ka-Lai Chan)

Ivi Chair

“The white but otherwise realistic leaves of “ivy chair” act as a metaphor for the exclusion of nature from the city.” [17] (Designer: Satoshi Itasaka)

Atar Chairs

“Gravitational Illusion. A fantasy of optically excellent proportions. These chairs float between naturalistic and industrial on a bed of impossibility.” [18] (Designers: Christian Andrés Parra Sánchez, Juliana Andrea Mosquera.)

Him&Her Chairs

Light and sensational chair design. (Designer: Fabio Novembre)

A Chair With A Rug

“The chair is designed by Dutch design student, Sophie de Vocht, and made of 1,000 feet of yarn pulled through a tough metal wire mesh. The seat cover is made with using a designer’s hand-tufting technique. Crossing a carpet and a chair allows to use the warmth and the comfort of a carpet in a different way.” [19] (Designer: Sophie de Vocht)

The Octopus Chair

The artist wanted to be faithful to the animal’s physique and the natural majesty of its movements, therefore Maximo attended to each physical detail of the octopus in order to make the animal the unique protagonist of the whole piece. [1] (Designer: Maximo Riera)

Meltodown Chair

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“This chair is created by heating and pressing a seat-shaped former into a ball of polypropylene rope. The rope begins to liquify as it comes into contact with the heated former and, as it cools, it sets in the shape of a seat creating a contrast in form and texture to the remaining rope. No additional material has been added to make the seat – it is all made from melted rope.” [2] (Designer: Tom Price)

Lathe Chair

“Designer started this series as a graduation project for the Eindhoven Academy and has since continued working on it.[3] (Designer: Sebastian Brajkovic)

Beautiful Bloom Chair

Made of deep soft folds of handmade microfibre fabric stitched into a steel base, the chair is available in Red, Moss Green, Light Green & Yellow. This lounge chair will make you feel like fairytale Thumbelina in a beautiful flower.” [4] (Designer: Kenneth Cobonpue)

Chair For Cafe

The design satisfies both elements of functional and decorative design. The seats appears like a silhouette of a coffee mug, whose handle can be used as a hook for draping a jacket or hanging a bag.[5] (Designer: Sunhan Kwon)

Bahia Chair

“On the back it has 5000 Brazilian ribbons. According to 20age, these ribbons are a lucky charm in Brazil.” [6] (Designer: 20age)

Tie Lounge

“As you might notice that these chairs look like ties. Have to say it’s clever idea. Also this collection consists of various variations start from office ties to fur ones.” [7] (Designer: Velichko Velikov)

The Seatub

The ‘seatub’ chair combines the idea of relaxing in a chair and a bathtub [8] (Designer: Ki Kim)

The X Lounger

“The X Lounger is based on a single ray, traced along a periodic double curved surface.[9] (Designer: Timothy Schreiber)

The Barnacle Chair

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The Barnacle Chair is made from sustainable wood and lined with a cultivated industrial felt. This chair allows the user to sit in it, similar to bucket seating or flip it over and multiple users can lean against it while seated on the floor.[10] (Designer: Ania Wagner)

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33 Most Creative Sofa Designs

When furnishing a living room choosing the right sofa or couch is essential. Couch or Sofa Designs are important to get right, they should stay within the theme of the living room and should be warm and inviting. Personally I prefer warm and cosy couch/sofa designs!

Some facts about sofas 

The term couch is used in North America, Australia, New Zealand, whilst the term sofa is generally used in the United Kingdom. The word originated in Middle English from the Old French noun couche, which derived from the verb meaning “to lie down”. It originally denoted an item of furniture for lying or sleeping on, somewhat like a chaise longue, but now refers to sofas in general.

In today’s collection we’ve gathered 33 Most Creative Sofa Designs or Couch Designs, these sofa designs are super creative and modern! Which one would you want in your living room? Comment below!

QWERTY

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(Designer: Paolo Emilio)

BRC

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(Designer: BRC Designs)

Manet

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(Designer: Marta Szymkowiak)

Alien Inspiration

(Designer: Jonas Jurgaitis)

 Styrofoam Sofa

(Designer: Kwangho Lee)

Brush

(Designer: Ron Arad, student of BCUC)

Cow Sofa

(Designer: Rodolfo Rocchetti)

“Cross” Sofa

(Designer: Elvis Pennetuzzo)

Feel the Deluxe

The Feel Deluxe is made of 120 soft and extremely pleasant balls. (Link)

Inflatable Sofa

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Lego Sofa

(Designers: Thierry Nahon & Philippe Landecker)

Luminating Sofa

(Designer: unknown)

Monster

(Designer: unknown)

Montanara

(Designer: Gaetano Pesce)

Puma

(Designer: Rodolfo Rocchetti)

Roma

(Designer: Rodolfo Rocchetti)

Phat Knitt

(Designer: Bauke Knottnerus)

East Meet West

(Designer: Tonio de Roover)

Tiger

(Designer: Rodolfo Rocchetti)

Pool Sofa

This Sofa was made for an ad campaign for swimming pool design firm Piscine Castiglione near Milan.

Cactus Sofa

(Designer: unknown)

The Egg Sofa

(Designer: unknown)

“Napoleon versus Napoleon 1999″ – the Double Decker Sofa

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Brocca

(Designer: Gufram)

Lupita, Peeled or Loop Sofa

(Designer: Victor Aleman)

Harrod’s Stuffed Animal Couch

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 Wall-Climbing Sofa

(Designer: Lila Jang)

Not a Bit Prickly

You can sit or you can lie on it! (Designer: Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte)

Sofa Box

(Designer: unknown)

Sofa Design with Brick Upholstering

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Ball Pillow Conglomerate

(Designers: Cheng-Tsung Feng and Kai-Ting Lin)

 Crumpled Rumpled Paper Sofa!

Sofa made from crumpled paper. (Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka for Moroso)

 Aston Martin Seat Sofa

(Designer: unknown)