5 fantastic home improvement projects to keep you busy

It’s not long until the kids are back at school; we’re ready and excited for a new year and a new start. Naturally, it’s the perfect time for a little home improvement!

That might mean setting up a productive working space as a home office, or taking the time to declutter the kitchen with clever storage solutions. You might even decide to update your kitchen decor to create the coastal farmhouse look you’ve always dreamed of. 

No matter what you have in mind, you can get ready for the year by restyling, refreshing and reorganising at home. Here are our fresh ideas and advice  to get you started!

Set up your home office to create an enjoyable working space

Like many, you may have created a makeshift home office last year assuming you’d be back in the workplace full-time by 2021. As perceptions of working from home continue to change, it’s a great time to review and revitalise your working from home setup. 

First things first, an ergonomic home office chair. You can spend at least seven hours of your day sitting in this chair, so it’s as important as investing in a good mattress. Find a suitable chair to support your back and spine. Look for one that is easy to adjust to your height and set up. 

Our Centre is stocked full of desks to suit your working style. You could even consider a standing desk that allows you to sit down or stand up as you work. 

Adequate lighting isn’t always easy in a room that was never intended to become an office. A task lamp will add the extra lighting you need to focus on your work.

Transform your kitchen and living into a coastal farmhouse dream 

The coastal and farmhouse styles intersect perfectly. Think pale, unstained woods, white linen and natural tones.

The epitome of coastal styling is a natural hardwood dining table with organic knots and grooves for a slightly ‘unfinished’ look.

Coastal living is also about clean white decor and bright, airy spaces, which is why white linen couches are perfect in creating this look.

White kitchen cabinets, stone bench tops and open shelving units also help to create a light and airy atmosphere throughout the home. Add some rustic bar stools to create the perfect breakfast spot.

Coastal styling can include natural elements like pieces of coral and driftwood sculptures; however nothing says ‘coastal’ quite like navy blue touches. Look for vases, throw rugs and even artworks that contain this hue.

Declutter your kitchen with stylish solutions 

Are you keeping a collection of wines, spirits, beer glasses and cocktail glasses in your kitchen? Free up cupboard space with a stylish bar cart.

Double the shelving space in your cupboards with a stacking shelf to make the most of the vacant spots throughout your kitchen. These shelves work by adding an extra layer on top of an existing one for optimum pantry organisation. Floating shelves also offer added storage without overwhelming a room.

A drawer organiser is of course a must-have. We all have at least one humble draw of cooking utensils, spare batteries, pens and random odds and ends that needs to be tidied!

Beat sleeping in the heat with this summer bedding inspiration

Bamboo sheets are lightweight, ultra-breathable and moisture-wicking. They are an excellent choice for staying cool on hot Summer nights. Combine these with a silk pillowcase and you are set for Summer. 100% silk pillowcases are naturally cool to the touch for a better night’s sleep. These are also hypoallergenic.

A latex mattress is recommended if you’re a hot sleeper. There are also plenty of Summer mattress toppers and protectors designed to keep you cool and comfortable. While you’re refreshing your bedding, consider the last time you replaced your pillows. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to replace them every 1-2 years.

Switch up your drapes for the season and install sheer linen curtains. This lightweight material will give you privacy while allowing light to filter through.

A good fan is a life saver during the hot Summer months. Technology has come a long way, allowing for cooler rooms without the loud noise. A Dyson cool tower fan is stylish, sleek, cooling and quiet.

Make the most out of your outdoor living space with these storage solutions 

There are plenty of reasons to need outdoor storage. Whether it’s a few shelves on your apartment balcony, a cabinet to organise your car maintenance products or a shed to hold garden equipment and pool toys, we’ve got plenty of storage solutions available for your lifestyle. 

There are plenty of outdoor storage boxes that have been designed to be simple, effective, and unobtrusive. Opt for a timber box for a natural look, or a painted box for something that fits in with your outdoor furniture and patio. 

An outdoor storage bench is both a large storage box, and a bench with armrests and a seat back for comfortable seating. This is perfect for a space next to a BBQ or fire where you’ll have quick access to the storage and a handy extra seat for guests. 

For the lawnmower, wheelbarrow, and other large garden tools and accessories, you need something bigger than a box. An outdoor storage shed is the easy answer, coming in a range of sizes and colours. A small cabinet is ideal for storing gardening basics such as weed killer, fertiliser, and kneeling pads. 

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Get everything you need for your Summer home improvement projects, and much more, at Hills Super Centre. Visit today and get started!  

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