When I finished my basement workshop makeover earlier this year, I couldn't have been more excited, or proud, about how far it'd had come. What was once two dark, dingy rooms full of plumbing pipes, exposed studs, and our family's household junk, was now a bright, clean, inspiring single workspace full of tools and materials. But to get it to that condition was a ton of work, and the truth is, my house still hasn't totally recovered. Examples include, but not limited to, the plywood sheets stored in the guest bathroom, the dust collector in the hallway, and the piles of clamps in our home office.
Oh, those clamps. They've been all over the lower level of our house for nearly six months. I used them for projects, of course, but mostly, they just stood against the wall or inefficiently piled on the floor, falling down every so often, scraping the paint as they went and startling all of us in the process.
I love pegboard. I love organizing my workshop with it, I love using it in our office, I think it's cool when people do the Julia Childs-style pegboard pot rack thing...and I even like seeing it in store aisles, and noting all the clever and and adaptable industrial design things used to display items.
But...But! While pegboard is amazing for hanging stuff neatly on a grid, it does absolutely nothing for items without a hole in them.
These vintage suitcase shelves were created by Ki Naussauer, a designer known for her commitment to flea market pieces and upcycling. This wall is from her actual living room, which means: she made them herself, and you can too. Here's how it'd go:
ManMade reader Ruben van Dijk sent us his most recent DIY project: a set of stylish concrete shelves. His girlfriend had asked for a clean and simple solution for displaying
One key to giving any room in your house a warm, masculine texture: clever use of materials. This DIY bookshelf project nails the multi-media look with basic iron and wood materials from the home center, but resulting in a storage piece greater than the sum of its parts.
Industrial designer and jeweler Mat Brown came up with this awesome technique for taking a split, live-edge length of chesnut wood, and rather than fixing its flaws, decided to highlight their natural character. By making them glow in the dark.
I'll never turn down an opportunity to share a clean-yet-rustic furniture project made entirely from easy-to-find materials from your local home improvement center. This
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.
I was really bummed when my wife, Alicia, suggested we install a shower shelf. I mean, figuring out how to arrange and balance all those shampoo bottles and soap bars on the two-inch-wide edge or the tub is what kept me occupied during those boring morning showers. But after the four-thousandth time I knocked a domino-ish chain of plastic containers into the tub, I began to see her reasoning. Fortunately, installing a shelf in your shower is really easy. Read on to see how I did it, with a few supplies and some help from my local TrueValue hardware store...
I've lived in my house for three years, and I have but one giant blank white wall left: the one across from my bedroom headboard, the first thing I see when I wake up. For the past thirty-six months, I've been slowly filling my walls with DIY art projects, screenprints from my favorite artists, even a full-on collage of colorful paint samples glued to the plaster (which are never coming off, by the way). But this guy...taunts every morning. Or, had been. Cause last weekend, I decided to do something about it.
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
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.
Designer Brendan Ravenhill's last creation, The Wall Clamp, is one of those brilliantly-obvious ideas that I wish I would have come up with: A C-clamp that screws onto the wall, turning any flat object into a shelf.
I remember the first decidedly modern home I ever visited. Certainly, there were none in my hometown or among my family or parent's friends, so when we stepped into what I now know to be an Eichler-alike ranch in the Smokey Mountains, I was totally blown away. "This looks like the Jetsons!" I remarked, and while I have no idea who those people were, at age 6, I started to develop a taste for modernism.
The home of this mystery couple, who were someone my parents knew that had just recently moved, sported this amazing large floating shelf, which served as both storage and a room divider. So, from the very beginning, floating shelves = awesome to me.