Quick Fix For Reinforcing Bed Supports

Have a raised bed with slats that support your box frame? I do. I have a metal bed frame and wood beams to support the box frame. I have a feeling that my dad cut them, as the frame came from a garage sale before I can even remember. I have had this bed frame for a loooooooong time. It’s fine. It works. I’m rather short so a full is more than enough for me and my dog, but every once in awhile a bed support beam will fall out, which is not a fun way to wake up in the middle of the night.

So how to fix this issue? Simple. All you need is a few 2″ corner braces and a drill.

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Take out your support beams that are causing the trouble (I only had 2 that would fall out on occasion) and attach 2 of these on each end. The metal on the bottom keeps the wood beams from being pushed through the frame and the metal on the ends makes them a tighter fit which means less of a chance of them shifting and falling out.

I haven’t had a problem since. Total cost around $6.00.

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How To Patch A Plush Area Rug

Almost a year ago I brought my cute little puppy home. He was 3 1/2 months old and the cutest dog in the world (still is). Well he’s a chewer. He’s smart and has learned better, but with in a month of being brought home the person who was watching him while I was at work didn’t do that good of a job and he chewed a small hole in my area rug.Hole.jpg

He learned he shouldn’t do that after a simple scolding when he was caught and has never tried to since. That whole has been driving me crazy for a long time though and I’ve finally fixed it. All you need is a sample of plush carpet the same color as the hole, scissors and a hot glue gun.Supplies.jpg

Just simply cut a piece of the sample to fit the hole and glue it into place. Make sure you check that the piece you cut fits before you put glue on it though.HoleSample.jpg

It’s a bit lighter, since my puppy hasn’t gotten it dirty, but it’ll blend in soon enough.

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Now it’s time to give it a ‘hair cut.’ Make sure you don’t cut the rug, just the patch.

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After it gets walked on a bit it’ll blend right in. I may go in and give it a trim again later if it doesn’t get smooched as much as I think it will. It’s not seamless yet, but it’s much better than that hole.

This project cost me nothing. I got the sample for free, didn’t even cost to ship it, and I already had the glue gun and scissors.

Quick Fix For Saggy Couch Cushions

I’ve inherited random things. From family and from past roommates. This couch is one of those things. It’s in decent shape, but the back cushions are lumpy and no matter how much I fluff them as soon as I sit down they fall down and offer no back support at all. It’s been driving me crazy for years. YEARS! Why didn’t I do this sooner?!CouchBefore

Probably because I keep imagining buying this gorgeous gray sectional from west elm…peggy-mid-century-chaise-sectional-o

Someday… someday you will be mine, when I have a few spare K.

Until then I HAD to fix this couch so I could actually enjoy sitting on it. So with a 50% off coupon for Joanns I browsed the stuffing section. My original plan was to use foam padding, but they wanted $75 a yard for the 5″ thick stuff, which still wasn’t thick enough to fill out those cushions. I had found it on Amazon for around $40, but I looked at other options and found this 10 lb box of PolyFil. PolyFil.jpg

Says it will not bunch, smooth consistency and best of all with my coupon it only cost me $24.65, a little over half what the foam on Amazon would of cost me.

My fist step was to take off the cushion cover and take a look at what was inside.

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As you can see I had a lumpy filling inside some batting. The batting was still in good shape so I just cut a long a seam and pulled the old stuff out.

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Yuck, so lumpy! Bye bye lumpy filling, hello PolyFil.PolyFilOpen.jpg

Next step was just stuffing the batting up and doing a quick whip stitch to seal it up.CushionFillSewCushionFillSewDetail

At this point I laid it back and admired my new fluffy cushion then stuffed it into it’s cover.CouchHalf.jpg

Here you can see how it looked halfway done. Looks so much better already! On to the next one.CouchDoneCouchDonePillows

All finished! It’s like an all new couch, the back cushions are now super fluffy and offer plenty of support. I celebrated by sitting on it with dessert and watched an episode of Midsomer Murders.

So I fixed my couch for $24.65 and it only took me an hour and a half. Plus I have a bunch of PolyFil left over, I probably only needed 5 lbs. I see some stuffed animals in my future to use the rest up.