The sales: where will your heart or your mind lead you when it comes to buying a larger coffee table, a cushion cover or a new pair of curtains for the living room? So to help you consume less but better, we have put together a small selection of products from the Summer Sale available on ManoMano.co.uk.
Summer sale: how about extending the summer?
What better occasion than the Summer Sale to complete your garden furniture? A comfy hammock, an inflatable ring, or a deckchair for two… We have selected the products that will help prolong the summer, at low prices!
We are excited to share that we have partnered with the Instagram famous styling duo Style Sisters to create an exclusive Edit and 10 top tips for styling a child’s bedroom, featuring clever storage and multifunctional furniture.
The Style Sisters have risen to fame by helping their clients to style and organise their homes and wardrobes. From smaller wardrobe detoxes and decluttering to full organisational home makeovers, the sisters are on hand to transform their clients’ homes.
The Edit focuses on clever storage solutions and multifunctional furniture for a child’s bedroom. With the help of ManoMano, you can shape your world in your own vision and make the most of whatever space you have – from wooden bunk beds with drawers underneath and a cow themed storage stool to characterful home accessories.
*Stock levels may vary and will be restocked throughout the year. Alternative products are also available on the website.
Top 10 tips: Styling a child’s bedroom
1. Choose furniture that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also holds plenty of storage! You want to make sure you’re picking pieces that are stylish, practical and functional.
2. Beds with under the bed storage like the drawers in the bunk beds we have chosen are a great way to maximise space and storage.
3. Ottomans are perfect for storing away items like toys and teddies, you can make them multi functional by popping a few cushions on top so it can also double up as seating.
4. Think outside the box with storage especially in smaller rooms. Don’t neglect wall space! Use shelves to display and store items.
5. Think about purchasing furniture that can grow with your child rather than nursery furniture. Consider a chest of drawers you can add a changing topper/ mat to, so that you can simply take these off when the child no longer needs them, leaving you with a chest of drawers that still has purpose in the room!
6. Over the door storage is also a great solution for otherwise unused space. A great hack is to use over the door shelving (shoe pockets also work great and can be found inexpensively) – you could use them for teddies/toys!
7. Desks don’t have to be big and bulbous! Choose one that has lift-up storage like we have used and consider placing shelves above to store craft items on. This way it takes up minimal space but hosts a cute creative corner for the children to use and love!
8. Slimline velvet hangers are perfect for a children’s wardrobe. They take up less space than other hangers and leave everything looking super stylish too!
9. Sleek freestanding shelving displays are great to store books and toys. They make a lovely alternative to a traditional bookcase and are more narrow so don’t take up as much room.
10. Storage baskets are perfect for holding children’s toys. Choose baskets that match the style of the room and go as big as the space will allow. You can place them around the room to store the toys away – you can also bring the basket into other rooms when needed!
“We’ve loved creating an edit with ManoMano and wanted to show what can be done to freshen up and modernise a kids bedroom. Our aim was to utilise space by selecting furniture with storage incorporated into it and we’re excited to show you the end result”, the Style Sisters.
An outdoor living room is a great way to take your garden to the next level to make the most of your garden. For many of us, this type of project can seem to be a complicated task and as a result can take second place to designing interior spaces. We have created these 6 easy design steps that needed cost a fortune to help guide through the process, so that everyone can transform their outdoor space and enjoy that bottle of crisp white wine on ice, while entertaining comfortably in their beautiful outdoor living room.
1/ Make your outdoor living room comfy for everyone
Get enough seats for family and friends so you can entertain safely and happily in your outdoor living room. Just because it’s outdoors, it doesn’t mean you cannot be comfortable. These sofas are the perfect base for outside, with weatherproof fabric that can withstand a beautiful British summer shower. Yes, the cushions need to be kept inside long-term, but that’s what garden sheds are for.
2/ Add soft layers to your outdoor living room
Cushions and throws make any outdoor space feel like home and will add colour and texture to soften the look. Go for natural fibres, like linen and cotton as they feel right at home in the garden. This blue ombre design we’ve chosen is a beaut.
3/ Make it personal
Add your own design touch to a greenhouse or cold frame to help it bed into your scheme. We gave this easy-to-build cold frame a lick of pale green paint and some new brass handles, making it fit perfectly into our outside living design. It is beautiful and practical, helping us to grow seeds for our veg patch.
4/ Zone it with a rug
Rugs are a great way to define the space as an outdoor ‘room’. This rug is for outdoor use and adds some colour too. Durable and beautiful, no wonder our Dachshund Buckley loves it.
5/ Plant it up
Large planters will add architecture to the outdoor living room you are creating and give more definition and interest. Plant them up with your favourite flowers or plants to continue that houseplant obsession outdoors. We have gone for Brown turkey fig, love the leaf shape, and Hydrangea Paniculata, because it is so beautiful and the white of the giant cone-like flower heads give the look a fresh lift.
6/ Light it up
An outdoor living room is not just for day time- add in some lighting for night time ambience. You needn’t have outdoor plugs or wiring either because there are lots of solar powered options available. These white solar powered ball lights are effortlessly chic and come with a spike so they can slot easily into any border or planter.
A football table will provide you and your children with many hours of entertainment, fun and lots of laughter. In order to make it yourself and with materials that are easy to find, all you have to do is follow this step-by-step tutorial on how to create your very own cardboard football table. If you need extra assistance, you can always ask the little ones to help you make it.
You can create plenty of children’s toys with just a cardboard box and a bit of creativity. This DIY cardboard football table will stimulate your child’s imagination, their manual dexterity and it will also teach them the importance of recycling and reusing materials which can be easily found in our homes.
If you already have all the necessary tools, the cost of materials is about 10€, and it will be even less if you recycle materials that you have lying around the house!
In addition, you will be able to finish this DIY project in just a couple of hours and the level of difficulty is easy. It is an ideal project to do with your children. The’ll enjoy the process and will be able to let their imagination run wild when customising the football players. 🙂
How to make a cardboard football table step by step
Table football is a classic table game that both children and adults can enjoy and have lots of fun with. Luckily you can easily make one with the following step by step guide.
1. Make the players
In order to create the table football players we will use clothes pegs and wooden balls. You can also use buttons instead of the wooden balls.
First we fix a ball to the base of a clothes peg with the glue gun. We will repeat this step with 10 clothes pegs, in order to have 5 players per team.
Next we paint the top half of the clothes pegs with acrylic paint and a brush. We recommend that you use two contrasting colours in order to make both teams easy to tell apart.
Lastly, draw the eyes of the players with the permanent marker.
2. Build the field
In order to make the football field we have used a cardboard tray. You can use cardboard shoe boxes or even packing boxes, supermarket fruit boxes, etc. In order to customise it, follow these steps:
Cut the shorter sides of the box with the scissors, leaving a gap measuring 8 x 5 cm. This will be the goal posts.
Make 4 holes in each of the longer sides of the box. For this tutorial, we have made the holes at a height of 5.5 cm from the base and with a distance of 6.5 cm in-between.
Cut a green coloured card the size of the box base, which will represent your football field.
Draw the field lines on the green card using the white chalk, as per the images below.
Place the card on the bottom of the box. We recommend that you use double sided tape in order to fix it to the box.
3. Build the football table
The last step is to build your cardboard football table! First, insert the players into the wooden skewers and slide them into the holes on the side of the box.
Glue pierced wooden balls to the ends of the skewers to make sure they stay in place. You can also glue the players to the skewers to prevent them from moving.
Lastly, use double sided tape to fix netting or mesh around the goal post. For this tutorial we have used the mesh bag from garlic bought in the supermarket!
And last but not least, after following all the steps in this tutorial, all that is left for you to do is throw the wooden ball that we will use as the ball into the football table and start playing. Enjoy! 🙂
This is a table game for the whole family. Both kids and adults will love it. You can even set up your own league, and have hours and hours of fun!
Kids love sleeping in tents, tipis and cabins of all kinds – and now yours can sleep tight under the stars from the comfort of their own room. This minimalist tipi tent bed frame is not only super cute, it can also be decorated in a million different ways. Better yet, it’s a whole lot easier than setting up a tent in the middle of a field: all you need is a saw and a few screws for this fun bed frame.
To make your tipi tent bed frame, you’ll need:
wooden strips (pine) (here, we’ve used 6 strips measuring 28 x 40 x 240 cm, which can be adapted to your child’s mattress)
Please note: our frame is for a mattress measuring 60 x 120 cm, but it can easily be adapted to fit any child-sized mattress, such as 70 x 140 or 90 x 190. You can even build it on top of an existing bed frame for a tent bed with a bed base.
Choosing the right paint for a child’s bedroom
When it comes to painting children’s rooms or furniture, it’s important to read the ingredients carefully to avoid chemicals that could be dangerous to children.
– Ban the use of oil-based paints: they contain too many VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and formaldehyde, substances that are very harmful to human health and the environment. – Water-based acrylic paints are less dangerous, but may also contain some harmful substances. Check the ingredients and avoid paints containing glycol ethers. – Whenever possible, opt for paint that is specifically made for children’s rooms or environmentally-friendly or natural paints. – No matter what paint you choose, make sure to air out the room for several hours after application.
How to make a tipi tent bed frame for your children
Step 1: take the correct measurements
Lay a wooden strip next to the mattress lengthwise and use a pencil to mark off the length you need for the frame (here it’s 120 cm). Next, measure the width you’ll need making sure to factor in the width of the strips (here it’s 60 cm + 2 x 2.8 cm = 65.6 cm).
Step 2: cut the wood and build the base frame
Cut the wood strips with a jigsaw and then lightly sand the ends (you may also want to sand the edges if you’re using unfinished wood).
Put the strips together to form a rectangle.
One each side, pre-drill holes in the strips using one of the shorter wood drill bits. Then screw the 50 mm screws into the four corners.
Tip: For a professional look, use a countersink to form a small cavity in the wood before screwing. That will stop the head of your screw from sticking out.
Step 3: make the ends of the tipi tent
Put two wooden strips together to form a triangle, where the base is the head and foot of your frame, and check to see which height that would be best for your child’s bed. On one strip, use a pencil to mark the top of the tent frame and the point where the two strips will intersect. Use the same dimension to mark the other three strips with your pencil.
Cut the strips with a jigsaw and drill them at the point where they intersect. Use a bit that’s wider than your screws, as the latter will need to move around in the holes you’ve made. Sand everything until it’s smooth and splinter-free.
Screw the top ends together and attach the strips to the frame at the bottom after pre-drilling (it’s normal if they aren’t perfectly symmetrical). This step is easier with the help of another person.
Step 4: attach the tent frame crossbar
Once the sides are attached to the frame, measure the length you need for the central bar, which will reinforce your frame. To do this, place the uncut strip at the top of the ends (as seen here) and mark the inside of the strip with the pencil.
Pre-drill the end of the crossbar in the middle, taking care not to split the wood, and attach the crossbar with the larger screw, drilling it into the end braces beforehand (as seen here).
Step 5: paint your tipi tent bed frame
For the finishing touch, we decided to paint only the top of the frame. If you want the same effect, protect the strips with some masking tape at the desired height and then paint the top of the ends and the crossbar.