Plastic has a pretty bad reputation because it’s difficult to dispose of and is there for causing a strain on the environment, but it is also a durable and inexpensive material that can be used for home-improvement projects around your house or apartment.
The Plastic People, a Leeds-based provider of low cost cut to measure sheets of Acrylic, Perspex, Polycarbonate, PVC, Correx and many other plastics, has a website full of ideas on how to use plastic to improve your home, so I thought I’d share two of my favourite ideas with you:
1. Make your own double glazing
Double glazed windows don’t only minimise outdoor noises such as traffic, they also stop the heat from leaving your house and therefore save you tons of cash. The concept is really simple: The air gap between both surfaces acts as an additional layer of insulation that keeps your home warm for longer.
There’s however one downside to double glazing and that’s its price. A much cheaper option is fitting your own double glazing. There are complete kits available and all you have to do is measure your windows and cut some self-adhesive tape. Couldn’t be simpler, right?
2. Add splashbacks to kitchen or bathroom
Let’s face it, kitchens and bathrooms are an absolute pain to keep clean, especially if you have kids, but splashbacks behind your sink, cooker or in your shower can really help you minimise cleaning time, give your home a sleeker and cleaner look and most of all, are more hygienic than traditional tiles with grouting.
Simply measure your space, make a little drawing indicating any sockets or light switches and get a cut to size acrylic splashback that you can fit yourself by screwing or glueing it onto your surface within just a couple of minutes.
I also think transparent cuts could be really handy when baby-proofing your home, e.g. cover up dangerous spaces along your banister without losing daylight in the rest of the house.
Can you think of any cool DIY projects that you can achieve with pre-cut plastic? I’d love to hear them!