Posts Tagged ‘Ikea’

A while back, we set up this little office nook in our already tiny bedroom. Sometimes, this ends up being the dump station before we have company, which is unfortunate and makes the space unusable. I’ve been keeping it clear though for the last couple months and it has been a nice space for getting away from the rest of the household chaos. Our 5yo has been using it when she wants to make little iPad video episodes of her toys.

The desk, which you can’t really see in the photos, is L-shaped and quite small. We cut it out of plywood to the exact size that we were looking for, used brackets to hold it up on the wall side and used a couple table legs we found in the magic alley for support in the front. I painted the desk a distressed muted green and I love how that turned out (I’ll have to get photos of that for another post sometime).

The curtains are from Overstock and they are an ivory velvet with blackout material on the inside. The blackout material is great for getting late night projects done without the light disturbing whoever is trying to sleep.

The floating shelves are from Ikea and this “tieback” is from Ikea. It is actually a hanger for things like scarves and other accessories  but flipped on its side, it makes a nice wide tieback, which is just what I was looking for for this curtain.

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I’ve had these rugs sitting in the laundry room for months. I’ve been wanting to do something with them, but up until yesterday I wasn’t quite sure what that something was. After spray painting some bins gold and thinking about all the things I am trying to organize right now, I finally knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Make more bins!

I bought some soft-sided bins from the Container Store a couple years ago that I love, but they were not cheap. Not even close to cheap. But, these rugs were cheap…under $4 cheap. They are seasonal items, but I can usually find something like this or similar when I am at Ikea and I know this sort of thing is available elsewhere, although the colors and exact sizes might vary. Fortunately, this sort of thing can be adapted easily to whatever you have on hand. I even bought a rug like this in a dollar store once (even cheaper!).

Other than the rug, all you need is a needle, some thread (I used thick quilting thread) and a pair of scissors. Oh, and a safety pin or two are helpful as well.

Start by folding the rug in half and sew up the sides. It was easier for me to sew on the inside of the thick edge than right through it, so that’s what I did. Leave the fringe ends open (don’t sew them together). 

Once the sides are sewn together, fold the rug in half (sewn sides together) and find the center of the folded edge (what would have been the middle of the rug). I marked mine with a safety pin.

Take a non-fringe corner and fold it in to your center mark. The fabric should form a triangle.

Now do the same with the opposite corner. This will be the bottom of your bin.

Sew along the diagonal edges of these folds as well as the folded edge on the inside your bin.

Here is what the outside of the bin should look like when you’ve finished sewing along the edges.

And here is what one of the inside folded edges looks like when sewn.

Once you’ve sewn these six folded edges, you are basically done. The bins are essentially reversible, So use whatever side you want for the inside. I chose to use this side.

Fold down the sides for more stability. I tried mine a few different heights and settled on this.

The amount of side folded over also depends on what you want to store in them. I tried mine with books and yarn projects and I might also use them to store toys or towels.

When you aren’t using them, they fold up and store quite nicely.

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