Get productive this summer with these home and living projects

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!

You might need to set up a full-time home office for your new working from home schedule, or maybe you’d rather use that spare room to create a fitness station. Or perhaps you’d like to give your bathroom a makeover. 

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.

Get the latest and greatest pet accessories for your best friend

With so much Summer rain around this year, it’s a good time to upgrade and replace your dog’s kennel to ensure your best friend is feeling cared for and as comfy as you are!

Make sure it has enough room to walk inside and do a few turns before laying down for a nice long nap. Whether you’re looking for a design that’s traditional or one to match your outdoor area styling – you’ll find a great range in Centre now.

If your pet is more of an indoor prince or princess, there is a host of comfortable and stylish beds to meet your furry friend’s needs. Choose from plush snuggle versions, orthopaedic, odor resistant mattresses or even temperature regulating mats to help keep them cool. 

Be sure to keep your pooch stylish outside of home too with a collar, bandanna or coat that perfectly matches their personality… adorable!

How to create a fitness station for at-home workouts

A half rack with barbell supports is key to any strength training program. This will set you up for squats and deadlifts.

A weight bench is a must for the classic bench press move, and this versatile piece of equipment can be used in a variety of exercises, such as core and cardio workouts.

A set of weights and dumbbells are essential for any home gym set up. These weights balance your barbell and can be built up as your strength improves. From a push press to weighted lunges, there are dozens of challenging exercises that you can do.

There is plenty of new, impressive cardio equipment on the market. Equipment that can also be used to build muscles by setting a resistance level. Cross trainers and rowing machines are the standard in any home gym. Why not try the latest technology, such as the newest Assault AirBike or a treadmill with a curved running deck?

Give your bathroom a makeover with stylish bathroom accessories

Mirrors act as a focal point in any bathroom. Updating your bathroom mirror will give it a whole new look. Opt for one that has a defogger or demister, and for a clean yet soft look, try a mirror with an arch or rounded edge.

Luxury towels don’t just feel amazing, they look great too. Invest in a set of plush towels that enhance your bathroom’s colour palette. Add a few chic hooks throughout the room for style and functionality.

Or why not install some floating shelves and a stunning ladder shelf? A bright pot plant can also complement any bathroom decor. Pop it in a beautiful basket to complete the look.

Lastly, every bathroom has a collection of soaps, toiletries, cloths and hairbrushes. It’s hard to make a bathroom look tidy and stylish when these items are scattered throughout. Keep them tidy with a sleek cabinet trolley.

Acrylic Pouring is a fun and easy way to create your own abstract artwork for the home

Acrylic pouring is an easy painting technique that creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind abstract art. Fluid shapes are created on a canvas simply by pouring paint and allowing the medium to become an artwork naturally.

You will need: 

  • A canvas or board 
  • Acrylic paints
  • A pouring medium to mix the paints for a good pouring consistency
  • A drop sheet 
  • Plastic cups 
  • Paddlepop sticks to mix the paint
  • Gloves 

There are plenty of how-to’s and video tutorials online but there are no rules. Let your creativity run wild, pouring splotches, wide swathes, and small dots all over the canvas. You can also move the paint around by tilting the canvas. Have fun and create beautiful abstract paintings to hang in your home. 

Find it all in one handy place

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

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