Annually, Pantone sparks design inspiration and creativity across the world with the announcement of their Color of the Year. This universal language of colour is used globally, setting trends and bringing fresh ideas.

Pantone Color of the Year 2021
Pantone Color of the Year 2021

The Pantone Color of the Year 2021 is a combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, reflecting a message of strength and hopefulness. Following a rocky 2020, the marriage of these two colours aims to inspire hope and stability.

Interiors inspiration by ManoMano
(C) You X Ventures

To help turn this design inspiration into a reality, we have put together our top 14 Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Grey picks so you can bring this uplifting combination to life in your own home!

Living Room Design Inspiration

Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Living Room
Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Living Room

1. 2-seat sofa, £261.99 – 2. Marble coffee table, £89.99 – 3. Grey beanbag, £69.99 – 4. Jute rug, £45.99 – 5. Yellow ottoman, £28.99 6. Yellow Chesterfield armchair, £219.99 – 7. Grey cabinet, £135.99

Pantone design inspiration by ManoMano
(C) Isaac Martin

Pantone Bedroom Inspiration

Using the Pantone Color of the Year 2021 hues, you can get creative by playing around new design ideas. Grey and yellow work well together for a variety of interior styles, including accessories for your bedroom.

Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Bedroom
Pantone Color of the Year 2021: Bedroom

Sideboard chest with wicker drawers, £139.99 – 2. Yellow rocking chair, £149.99 – 3. Gold side table, £129.99 – 4. Grey wood bed frame, £289.99 – 5. Knot cushion, £55.00 – 6. Bedside table, £89.00 7. Yellow footstool, £114.99 

Want to take your inspiration to the next level and give your walls a refresh? For your next weekend project, take a look at out our article on 5 projects to transform your home in one (brush)stroke.

Did you enjoy this article on our top design inspiration by the Pantone Color of the Year 2021? Why not read our tips & tricks to create a cosy reading space or even our guide on how to paint a wall!

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DIY Christmas Game project created by My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy with photography by Andy-Greenacre.co.uk

Family DIY Christmas Game by Cassie Fairy (C) Andy Greenacre
Family DIY Christmas Game by Cassie Fairy (C) Andy Greenacre

If you’ve got family visiting your garden this winter, why not build this snowman target game to entertain them outdoors? This fabulously festive family Christmas game makes use of an unwanted pallet rescued from a skip and turns the wood into a DIY snowman decoration for the garden. The snowman is freestanding thanks to the stakes attached to the back, so always take care to ensure that the snowman is solidly fixed into the ground and can’t fall over, no matter how hard you throw snowballs at him! 

If you add holes of various sizes to the front of the snowman, he doubles-up as a family game. The aim of the game is to throw snowballs through his ‘buttons’ and mouth to score points. It’s quite a skill to form the snow into a suitably-sized snowball to fit through the holes! If it’s not snowing, you can use homemade pom-poms, faux snowballs or tennis balls instead. Family members can take it turn turns to throw their ‘snowballs’ and most points scored with five balls wins the game. Check out the DIY Christmas game guide with step-by-step photos to make this snowman target game here. Enjoy!

Family DIY Christmas Game by Cassie Fairy (C) Andy Greenacre
Family Christmas Game by Cassie Fairy (C) Andy Greenacre

Did you enjoy this DIY Christmas game guide for the family? Why not read our article on 30 Christmas decorations using wine corks or even our December home and garden checklist!

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If there’s one thing in your workshop that you can’t live without, it’s a mobile workbench. This tutorial will teach you how to build your workbench with wheels out of recycled or reused materials.

The mobile workbench is one of the core elements found in every workshop. It can be used to store your power tools, as a surface for your projects, cutting, filing, and more. And building a customised workbench is the best way to guarantee you’ll make the best possible use of it. If you’re also able to build with recycled or used materials, then you can save some money as well.

Materials to make a mobile workbench from scratch
Materials to make a mobile workbench from scratch

Tools and equipment

Tools and equipment
Tools and equipment

To make a simple workbench with wheels, you’ll need the following tools and equipment: 

Cost, duration and difficulty level

The cost of making a workbench depends on the wood you are able to recycle or reuse. For this example, we used recycled and reused materials, as well as pallet boards.

We spent around £55. If you buy the wood, the cost will increase to around £110. You’ll find all the necessary tools and materials on ManoMano’s online shop.

For this project, you will need to have some experience using power tools. That’s why we’ve categorised the difficulty level as “medium”. It’s perfect for DIY enthusiasts who would like to take on a new challenge.

To build this workbench, you’ll need a full day’s work. If the wood you are recycling is in poor condition, it could take a bit longer. That’s what happened to us when we were completing the project.

How to make a customised mobile workbench

The main advantage of making your own workbench with wheels is that you can customise it:  

  • You can adapt the width and depth to your workspace or workshop.
  • You can also ensure the tabletop is the right height to prevent straining your back or joints when standing for long periods.
  • Don’t forget that the ideal workbench height depends on the type of work you’ll be doing:

For precision work, we recommend building it at the height of 110 to 94 cm. This is the size commonly used for building packaging stations.

  • For projects that require considerable strength, choose between 93 and 86 cm in terms of height.
  • Finally, we recommend between 85 and 71 cm for work that requires considerable strength and/or cutting tools that must be attached to the surface of the workbench.

For this example, we took the size of the person who would be using the workbench the most, as well as the recommendations given above. As a result, we built a workbench with a height of 76 cm. Here are the steps we followed to complete this project.

1. Cut the posts

The first step involves cutting the posts needed to build the mobile workbench’s legs. We wanted our work area to be 180 cm wide, so we cut 6 legs measuring 63 cm each: 2 legs for each end and 2 for the middle. We used the mitre saw for this part of the project, as we had to make several cuts due to the size of the posts we used (10 cm square posts).

Cut the posts for your mobile workbench
Cut the posts for your mobile workbench
Using the mitre saw
Using the mitre saw

2. Grind and sand the wood

We recycled some wood that was intended for use as posts.  As it was in poor condition, we decided to grind down the wood first using the grinder and a sanding disc. Keep in mind that this step will produce a lot of dust. We recommend protecting both your airways and your eyes.  

Despite the extra time and effort required, this added step is well worth it: it will not only reveal the wood’s natural beauty but will make it look like new as well. 

Grind down the wood
Grind down the wood

3. Build the frame for your mobile workbench

The next step involves building a stable and durable frame for your workbench. To do this, you’ll need to attach the 6 legs to the boards so that they are recessed.

  1. Use the circular saw to cut several parallel grooves at the end of each post: cut to a depth that equals the thickness of the boards (2.1 cm) and cut the width to equal that of the boards (6.8 cm), as seen in the photos.
  2. Remove the area of wood you’ve just scored with a multifunctional tool. You can also use a woodworking gouge for this step.
  3. Bear in mind that, for the corner legs, you’ll need to reduce the wood on 2 of the 4 sides;
  4. Cut 4 boards measuring 1.6 m wide, 2 measuring 54 cm, 5 measuring 36 cm and 19 measuring 44 cm;
  5. Use a dowelling jig to screw the wooden frame to the inside lower part of the workbench;
  6. Nail the boards to the lower part of the frame to make shelves.
Build the frame of the mobile workbench
Build the frame of the mobile workbench

In the photos provided here, you can see how the workbench was put together following the steps described above.

Putting the frame together
Putting the frame together

Next, turn the frame over and attach the braked castors or wheels. As this solid workbench is somewhat heavy, wheels will provide greater mobility and freedom of movement.

Turn the frame over
Turn the frame over

4. Add the work surface to your bench

In order to build the work surface for our workbench, we reused a door whose lower and upper parts were somewhat damaged. To ensure we used only the part that was in good condition, we cut the door using the circular saw. Finally, we glued and nailed a plywood strip to the cut sides.

Add the work surface
Add the work surface

For increased stability, we used metal mounting brackets to attach it to the lower part of the workbench.

Your mobile workbench
Your mobile workbench

5. Attach your mobile workbench accessories  

Adding the accessories
Adding the accessories

The final step involves attaching practical accessories onto your mobile workbench.  To begin, attach a vice onto one side of the work surface using screws. On the sides, you can attach a power strip using duct tape.

If you’ve followed the steps described above, then your mobile workbench with wheels is now complete! You are ready to begin work on all of those DIY projects you’ve been planning.  

Did you enjoy this article on how to build your own mobile workbench? Why not learn how to build your own office desk or even our buying guide on tool storage! Are you building our own mobile workshop? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the the #mymanomanoway, #manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

DIY desk guide written by The Stayover Life

There’s nothing new about having to adapt our homes to become more friendly workspaces. We’ve spent the best part of 2020 trying to create functional spaces where we can all live and work in harmony. After browsing the internet I quickly realised desks are in high demand right now (no surprise there). Many of the desks I fell for were out of stock, international shipping rates (no thank you) or sky high prices.

After becoming a self-proclaimed amateur DIY enthusiast in the early days of lockdown I decided to put my new honed skills back to the test and make my very own DIY desk. My preferred dimensions, my preferred look. Perfect! 

DIY Desk by The Stayover Life
Image credit: The Stayover Life

This weekend project actually turned out to be way simpler than expected. I set to work by creating a moodboard of desks I liked the look of, then began sourcing my supplies for the task. All the materials were ordered from the ManoMano website where you can buy pretty much anything for a homeware project. 

Moodboard for DIY desk
Image credit: Pinterest

The requirements for my DIY desk were:

  • Sturdy feel to the desk 
  • Enough width and depth to either have two chairs to work from same space or one large space for single use 
  • Matt black with industrial looking legs 
  • Upstand around the desk edge for a finished look and to keep loose items from escaping the desk

What you’ll need for your DIY desk: 


Step 1: Sand it out

Lay out all wood on a dust sheet and begin sanding the MDF board and fixing batons to make sure it’s fully smooth and ready to prime. 

Step 2 Prime time: 

Prime the wood with the undercoat and leave to fully dry. Then paint the MDF and the batons with matt black paint. The oil based paint will need a few hours to dry. It would be wise to leave overnight after the second coat is applied.

Step 3: Leg it

Place the MDF board upside down and take the industrial square table legs and align them at each end of the desk top. Fix the legs to the table top with the screws provided. Then attach the protective feet. 

Step 4: Measuring the batons

Flip the desk the right way up and line up one 1200mm baton at back of desk. Sit one end of the baton at the edge of the left hand side and it should be 25mm short at the right side. Take the second baton and place it along the right hand edge of the desk. It will sit snugly in the gap from where the back baton didn’t meet the edge of the desk. At the forward edge on the right hand side of the desk make a marking where to cut the wood. 

Step 5: Fitting the batons

With the remaining side of the wood measure up the baton for the left side. Cut the wood to size. The batons will be different sizes but will fit the trim of the desk perfectly. Sand to smooth the cut edges and line up x3 pieces of cut wood and make sure it all fits in a perfect U shape around the desk edges.

Step 6: Glue it down

Time to try out your new best friend – No More Nails Glue. Stick the batons down and hold firmly until dry. 

Optional – to be sure it’s secure, screw x3 nails to the rear trim and x1 to each side trim.


A two person desk… Or just for one!

Step 7: DIY desk final touches

A plant adds a vibrant element to a home office, so style it up with a chic plant pot. There is a huge selection of plant pots available on ManoMano with many different sizes. 

The light wood bamboo file storage system complements the matt black desk and retro looking chair. A laptop stand is a MUST for perfect posture and also with its interchangeable height this leaves the option for a stand up work space too. Finally, my DIY desk has enough space for a filing tray to keep my home office organised!

DIY Desk by The Stayover Life
Image credit: The Stayover Life

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With Halloween 2020 falling over a weekend and a full moon, we could be in for a real treat. To celebrate, we have put together a frighteningly tempting selection of our top Halloween decorations, from hanging lanterns to inflatable ghouls and novelty accessories for your pets. Read on for some devilish inspiration if you dare…


Trick out your home with some of our top Halloween decor, including an inflatable pumpkin and ghost tree, hanging witch hat lights, and a pet Halloween costume!

ManoMano’s spookily tempting Halloween Decorations
  1. Hanging light up witches hat – £7.99
  2. Pumpkin scratching mat for cats – £13.77
  3. Pet bat costume – £7.99
  4. Skeleton arm decoration – £8.45
  5. Skull hand lamp – £6.99
  6. Halloween lamp – £5.99
  7. Scary inflatable tree – £48.99 


Give your home a simple seasonal makeover this October with some of our festive ideas! We’ve put together some spooktacular deals at our one-stop-shop for the scariest Halloween decorations, for both inside and outside. Pumpkins & ghosts & skulls, oh my!

Devilish deals for ManoMano Halloween Decorations
  1. Trick or treat hanging decoration – £5.99
  2. 4 piece porch decorations – £9.18
  3. Pumpkin lantern string – £4.99
  4. Pumpkin lantern – £12.99
  5. Skull piggy bank – £24.90
  6. Inflatable ghost – £28.99
  7. Skull bandana – £5.99

For further seasonal inspiration and ideas, check out ManoMano’s complete Halloween section.

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