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.