There are many renovations that needs to be done when you have collected the keys to your home. One such important renovation that needs to be done is home safety. When it comes to decorating you home, the main hurdle that stops you from making the whole ‘decorating’ part actually beautiful is the budget. You want every corner and untouched parts of the room to be accommodated with such things, which are not only good to look at, but also useful and most importantly, affordable. This is where quick and cheap do it yourself improvements come in handy.
Let’s look at some of the most popular and easiest home improvements of this type:
Beautiful books: Books, without a doubt, make for some of the more elegant and decent looking decorative pieces. Make simple bookshelves out of wood and arrange colorful books in the right order of size and color. Experiment with the shape and orientation of the bookshelves. Maybe you can make them like a triangle, star, staircase or anything more imaginative.
Wonderful Wire Baskets: Wire baskets can be hung in the outer areas of the home like balconies or porches to be chandeliers or hanging plant holders. You can have a few candles or bulbs beautifully arranged or plants like a money plant or other flowering creepers planted in them.
Free plant boxes: You surely buy lots of food products in tin boxes. You can use these boxes as plant pots in your garden. If used wisely they look very beautiful and cost nothing. These tins come in various colors and thus can be arranged in order of the colors and sizes.
Framed table: If you have a picture frame which is deep enough to keep some small things inside it, you can glue it onto a stool or table which is of a similar size and then put small things like dried flowers, photos and other things that are parts of your memories in it. Make sure that the glass is strong enough and then you can use it as a normal stool in your drawing room.
Glasses come alive: You can use old glass tumblers or wine glasses as transparent pots of miniature foliage. You can have small creeping plants, flower plants or any other small breed plant which may be growing along the boundaries of you home. This not only looks good but also gives a very fresh feel to places like the kitchen or windowsills.
Mirrors make it bright: Use small sized mirrors by placing lots of them like a grid in a room to make the room look bigger with the reflection. The space between the mirrors gives a very retro look to the room. Also, the small size of the mirrors will have the cost under control.
Old calendars useful again: Remember that calendar from last year with a beautiful painting for every month. Well those are not totally useful. You can cut those out, frame them and use them on undecorated parts of the wall. Cut out the images from the entire calendar and you will have 12 of them, which can be arranged in a composition.
CD cases make good frames: CD cases are of just the right dimension to make for good frames. The open and close and so you can cut your favorite pictures like the ones from the calendars in the last point and place them anywhere.
Gift Wrap papers finally useful: Some gift-wraps are so beautiful you want to use them somewhere, but you can’t figure where. A sensible way to use them is to get them laminated and use them as tablemats.
Light holders come alive: You can use you old bulb holders or industrial light fixtures as fancy looking pots for plants like cactuses and other dry looking plants. These look shiny and modern, matching well with the simple look of the cactus.
Every year in the UK more than 5,000 people die and a further 2.7 million visit the hospital due to accidents in the home. Fortunately, many incidents are both treatable and preventable, but it’s essential to take health and safety seriously. With this in mind, here are five ways to make your property that little bit safer.
Whether you live alone or have little ones running around, there are first aid supplies that can come in useful. Everything from plasters to antiseptic wipes will take care of small injuries and sterile dressings will guard against infections. The equipment you buy is up to you, but make sure you have enough items to meet your needs.
If your boiler is faulty or has been installed incorrectly it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. This is potentially fatal, so you must arrange a central heating inspection once a year – more if you think there’s a problem. Regular checks will keep you and your family safe, so call in a Gas Safe Register approved engineer and enjoy peace of mind.
Children are prone to burns and scolds. That’s why it’s important to use the back rings of your cooker when you’re making a meal. These are harder to reach and should stop stray hands from getting injured. If you do have to use all the hobs, keep a close eye on your kids and make sure they are aware of the dangers.
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to test the fire alarms. This should only take a few minutes, but it could potentially save your life. After all, smoke detectors will alert you to danger, but they are no use at all if the batteries are flat. While we’re on the subject of fire, make sure everyone knows how to escape in an emergency just in case you ever have to flee in a hurry.
Avoid trips, slips and falls is by providing adequate lighting throughout your property. Ensure all bulbs are working properly and keep hallways and stairwells are well-lit – particularly if you have small children or visitors. What’s more, you should also remove all clutter from walkways and tidy up loose electrical wiring as stray cables could prove dangerous.
There are many ways to keep your living environment safe. In the UK, first aid kit providers offer a wide selection of options, so inspect your home for obvious hazards and buy whatever equipment you think is right for your environment. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.