A group of ten architecture students from Columbia University GSAPP have created an amazing double sided bench which consists of 119 interconnected sections built out of 18 sheets of plywood. The bench was inspired by the undulating action of a slinky, as it’s 928 sections become an interactive balance board, transforming int’s shape depending on the movements of it’s occupants. Take alook at the video below!
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If you are expecting guests this bank holiday weekend, you may well be cleaning and preparing a spare room or a comfortable place for them to sleep. But don’t forget that if you are placing any orders that delivery days and times are also affected by the shorter working week.
In terms of the choice of sleeping solutions for guests, Comfy Living have made some recommendations:
Chair beds are constructed from a firm foam-like filling and are best suited to children up to the age of around 10 years old. These are often called ‘Z beds’ or ‘flop out beds’ due to the simple nature of construction and children are easily able to use these in their bedrooms.
For small rooms where space saving is paramount and to accommodate guests would be a struggle with buying a spare bed, consider buying a futon to help with holiday sleepovers. Futons are versatile items of furniture, quickly changing from a sofa to a bed within seconds. Futons are available with a metal or a wooden frame and are suitable for adults of all ages.
Divans are a seen as a permanent addition to a spare room. Budget divans have no storage in the base and come with a mattress suitable for occasional use. Options with upgrading divan beds include storage options (drawers or slide storage) with a mattress which is deeper than a budget range, perhaps to a hand tufted variety, or memory foam.
Comfy Living have released order times for the forthcoming August Bank Holiday and would like to inform all customers of the following dates and order cut off times:
- For delivery Friday 26th August order online by 3pm Thursday 25th August.
- Orders taken after 3pm on Thursday 25th August and by 12 noon on Friday 27th August will be delivered on Tuesday 30th August.
- Orders taken after 12 noon on Friday 27th August will be delivered on Wednesday 31st August.
Comfy Living telephone support will be up to 2pm on Friday 27th August, after which time the telephone lines will re-open on Tuesday 30th August. Over weekends and Bank Holidays there is no telephone support as the office is closed at these times.
School holidays: Guide to stress-free sleepovers and encouraging tidy rooms
When children have their own rooms, most adults agree that getting the little tykes to clear up after themselves is a never ending job like painting the Forth Bridge. There are a number of ways to approach this (and could include the ‘naughty step’ from Supernanny) and to keep a positive approach is usually the best start.
Rather than having toys in boxes around the room, buying a piece of bedroom furniture like a cabin bed will appeal to a wide audience as this is especially designed with children in mind. There are a number of drawers and storage shelves, together with the added excitement of sitting underneath your own bed with a desk to work from, whether it’s a laptop or written homework. Encouraging the younger ones to look after their own belongings could often start with the basics, starting with their own bed.
For small rooms where space saving is paramount and to accommodate guests would be a struggle with buying a spare bed, consider buying a futon to help with school holiday sleepovers. Futons are versatile items of furniture, quickly changing from a sofa to a bed within seconds.
Choosing a futon should be based on the advantages of a wood frame versus a metal frame. If you intend to use the futon as a sofa primarily, and as a bed only on rare occasions, the metal frame gives a better seating posture. If the futon is mostly going to be slept on, or used regularly in a children’s room, for example, the wood frame would be a slightly cheaper option. Most futon mattress covers are fixed, so consider buying a modern colour to match the scheme of your home.
Children’s space saving ideas on a budget are chair beds and sofa beds. As children are lighter than adults, the fillings used do not need to be solid and firm, or use internal springs. A foam cube bed, or chair bed are cheaper than buying a single bed and great for occasional use, they come in a wide array of colours. These flop-out collapsible beds are also perfect for children to put down and pack up again with no risk of injury. Every child loves the novelty of sleeping round a friend’s house, and using a bed they have made themselves surely adds to the experience to compliment jammy dodgers as a midnight feast!
Comfy Living recently featured on ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’ with one of their bed frames and have had encouraging feedback from the programme designers and customers alike.
While DIY Doctor is at the Ideal Home Show we have been looking around at the trends for next season in the home. Here are the 3 hot tips for interiors:
Floral abundance – mix bright floral fabrics with cushions, rugs and other soft furnishings and set them off with light neutral walls and floors to create a room that is full of style and character.
Sea Breeze – take inspiration from beach-front living with weathered whitewashed wood, and striped fabrics in neutral shades and washed-out blues. Then kick back and relax in this calm environment, perfect antidote to today’s fast pace of living!
Functional fifties –post war interiors were all about pared-down style and streamlined profiles, rediscover this look with blonde wood, teak and rosewood furniture teamed with graphic style prints and Scandinavian ceramics.
Linda Barker is presenting in the ‘How To’ theatre today at 11.30, 1.30 and 3.30, with her own tips for how to transform your interiors incorporating your own style.
DIY Doctor will also be on stage giving expert advice on How to Avoid Cowboy Builders at 12.30, How to Skim Plaster at 2.30 and How to Tile a Bathroom (in association with TileTracker) at 4.30.
DIY Doctor would like welcome Comfy Living aboard the site.
If you are looking at buying a new bed, futon or mattress for the new year, then the Comfy Living website is the place to visit. They offer a huge range of beds including wooden and metal frames, divans, bunk beds and guest beds, sofa and chair beds, as well as a new range of orthopaedic mattresses and a great selection of bedroom furniture.
If you buy any bed frame and any mattress together, you get 10% off the total price, and they also offer free next day delivery in the UK.
Take a look at their full range of beds, mattresses, futons, chair beds, kids beds and divan beds at www.comfy-living.co.uk.