The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - UPDATE - With edi­tor Robyn Wil­lis robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

Hack­ing your way to a happy place

There was a time not too long ago when, if you wanted some­thing out of the or­di­nary for your place, you had to go to the pro­fes­sion­als.

Only in­te­rior de­sign­ers could give the right ad­vice — and ac­cess to prod­ucts — to cre­ate the per­fectly bal­anced room and only skilled crafts­peo­ple could de­sign and make the right piece of join­ery for your space.

That has started to shift in re­cent years, with eas­ier ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy and even so­cial me­dia.

These days, if you want to learn how to make some­thing to sit on, eat at, or even sleep in, chances are there’s a tu­to­rial avail­able on­line to show you how to do it.

High school kids have ac­cess to laser cut­ters and 3D print­ers ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing ev­ery­thing from Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions to pots for plants.

And there are grow­ing groups of fol­low­ers on so­cial me­dia now look­ing to mod­ify or ‘hack’ prod­ucts bought from Ikea or Kmart to cre­ate some­thing with greater func­tion at a smaller price.

In­stead of com­mis­sion­ing a craftsper­son or spend­ing big bucks on high-end re­tail, peo­ple are get­ting out the paint brushes or get­ting on the tools to con­vert wooden boxes into shelv­ing, waste paper bas­kets into side ta­bles or ba­sic cab­i­nets into a child’s play kitchen.

It’s not like it’s never been done be­fore but there’s cer­tainly a grow­ing de­sign con­fi­dence out there among those of us with fairly av­er­age skills and re­sources to just have a crack at it that’s re­ally en­joy­able to watch.

And in this age of ‘if it’s not on so­cial me­dia did it ac­tu­ally hap­pen’ the de­sire to go the ex­tra mile so you can show the re­sults to on­line friends is a re­ally pos­i­tive out­come.

There’s even the pos­si­bil­ity that a new busi­ness might grow from it to help those of us who still can’t grasp DIY.

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