Those who live in small places or without a dedicated mud room or home landing pad can attest: it's hard to keep those things you take in and out of the house everyday organized. Especially if one of them is a bicycle.
Nothing beats a stylish DIY project that's made from easy-to-find supplies from the home improvement center, comes together in an afternoon, and provides extra storage space.
Often, the hardest part of creating and designing DIY projects is sourcing the right materials. Finding something strong yet workable, with just the right amount of visual character can actually be harder than you think. So, what I love about this rustic storage project is its embracing of its worn materials
A wall-mounted magnetic strip is the best way to store and organize kitchen knives, chisels, carving tools, and other sharp objects. It not only protects the sharpness of the tools and maintains their fine edges, but it keeps your hands safe while you're storing the tools, and out of the way when you're not using them.
Say what you want about the decline of the bound paper book, but, as a someone who spends most of each day online as part of my full time job, I believe the internet, at least the parts where I interact, loves books and print media. Every day, I've see folks talking about books, making stuff with them, sharing their experience of reading them, and most interestingly, sharing awesome ways to store and display them.
Physical music media have gone through a curious century. The vinyl album dominated for nearly 75 years, than gave way to a ten-year success of the cassette, which was left behind by the CD, with all the 8-tracks and mini-discs and other less successful technologies mixed in. And now, at least among those who are serious about music - a mix of the two extremes: digital, either as actual files or subscribed up the in cloud somewhere, and the original vinyl LP, still reknowned for its warm fideiity and large cover art.
Of course, modern furniture isn't built to house LP collections. They don't fit in contemporary milk crates, and most of those little flatpack cube-storage units are just a half-inch too small. So, it's time to build your own.
I've always enjoy the ambitious experiments of designer Dominic Wilcox, who, lately, has taken on a thirty-day speed creating challenge that has resulted in some fun projects: thread-wrapped grapes, onion ring fabric, and inflatable socks.
But I'm particularly loving the practicality (?!) of this colored pencil shelf. Dominic says, "I made a shelf from coloured pencils by glueing them together. I was suprised at how strong it was using two layers of pencils....The shelf brackets are made by cutting a single pencil case into two parts and glueing together. The sliding doors hide the screws."
Giant LEGO storage boxes? Who wouldn't wanna store their stuff inside an oversized, stacking modular toy?
"Our neat new giant LEGO storage brick boxes have been made especially for STORE under licence from LEGO themselves and just like the original LEGO bricks, each storage box can be clicked together and then stacked to create a giant LEGO structure but with the added benefit of storage within.
I mentioned yesterday that we'd just released the third Make It! publication, entitled Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It aims to help folks create home design pieces using only items from the home improvement store. So, as you might imagine, my eyes and ears have been tuned to looking for creative use of materials and hardware supplies.
So, I'm definitely digging this wall unit made only from black pipe and pine 1x stock. Inspired by a piece at the Ace Hotel, Morgan created this installation for around $200. "The other side of the living room needed something large. A statement piece I think real designers would call it. Well, I fell in
IKEA.com dubs its Broder system, "sturdy storage that goes anywhere."
"We needed a way to store our 2 bicycles inside. We are renting and wanted something that didn't screw into the walls or ceiling. We liked the look of the Stolman hack, but when we got to Ikea they had replaced the painted aluminum color Stolman system with a creamy off-white color that we didn't like. We went with the Broder instead and as a bonus this is a much cheaper system - the entire bike rack cost us about $20. You'll need: 1 x Broder long post (80.25" or 204cm), 1 x Broder height extension post and foot, and 2 x packages of Broder front facing brackets."
So, a total of $20 worth of IKEA goodies and some scrap dimensional lumber. Can't be that.
Instructable-maker Greg Clarke came up with a great way to make DIY bicycle panniers from backpacks that allows you to maintain the backpack's functionality... meaning you can remove the pannier and then strap it onto your back, and no one's the wiser.
This project is right up the bike lane of most ManMakers: we don't have enough kitchen storage space, we love to recycle, and don't have regular access to welding-gear.
"A bike wheel and a few hardware-store odds and ends are all it takes to rescue your cookware from the dark and dusty recesses of kitchen cabinets. And who knows? Perhaps a functional, accessible, and rotating pot rack will finally bring out your inner Iron Chef (or at least encourage you to stop ordering in every other night)."
We say go for it!
The IKEA Fira drawer unit - the awesome little wooden box deal that everyone loves to customize - has been cancelled...like, already. Like there's no longer any mention of it on their website.
Lame. Sure, they were among the most difficult of Ikea products to assemble [read: nearly impossible], but they were crazy useful, and could be made to match nearly any room or function.