Vintage wallpaper is hard to come by – unless you buy a house with it already stuck on. (Lucky!) And even if you do come across some rolls, it’s usually way overpriced because of its rarity (Bradbury & Bradbury anyone?). However, small scraps of wallpaper aren’t hard to find at all! So where does that leave us?
Take your wallpaper scraps, frame them, and hang ’em on the wall. Done.
Of course, don’t limit yourself to wallpaper – fabric, carpet, leftover vinyl from your great aunt’s kitchen floor, or scrap contact paper from a drawer liner would work just as well!
To frame your scrap pattern, purchase some wooden molding from a hardware store. Pick a color from the pattern, and paint the molding in that shade (or stain it – if the color you want happens to be brown). Measure your scrap, cut the molding to length, and nail it together. Finally, make sure you screw a piece of masonite (or similar material) to the back of your frame.
If you don’t want a border around your panel, you can buy stretcher bars from a local art store and hang your panel like a canvas. However, don’t try this with wallpaper; you will need a material that will stretch, like fabric.
As a final note, I would recommend not hanging just one panel in a room – hang at least two in the same pattern. Repeating patterns throughout a room will pull the whole room together.
All the images in this post come from Better Homes and Garden’s Decorating Ideas Under $100. (Bet you could have guessed that one).
I have never had the pleasure to run into a seating platform – however, I do love sitting on carpeted floors! (Not the same, I know.) However, I suppose some people might find the sensation of a carpeted level uncomfortable. For those people, there are cushions.
Essentially carpeted bases, all these do-it-yourself couches need are some throw-pillows:
Or be daring and forget the cushions altogether!
Literally sit on your carpet and eat your lunch boy:
You will need to plan for your built-in couches before carpeting (or re-carpeting) a room. First, build a base for your couch(es) out of plywood. Then, simply have your carpet installed up and around these bases. Afterwards, add store-bought or hand-made cushions or large pillows! Done!
The images in “Carpeted Couches with Cushions” are from: The House Book (1974), Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), unknown, The House Book (1974), The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970), The House Book (1974), The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970), and Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975).
Though pits and platforms are essentially steps (steps that you sit on), they rarely contain actual staircases. The below ski resort is ingenious. Building staircases into your platforms also allows you to continue the same platform onto multiple floors of your home:
Here’s another view of the seating platform with the arrow supergraphic from a previous post:
The below seating platform includes drywall which allows for a two-toned color scheme. It doesn’t look quite as comfortable, but it melts into the wall and ceiling nicely. Additionally, check out the bed and couch that have fabric/cushions which camouflage into the color of the carpet:
The five rectangular prisms at the top of the next seating platform are really cushions upholstered in black fabric. They are lightweight and easy to move, making the levels of your platform itself modular:
If you look closely, you can tell that the next living room’s seating is actually half carpeted platforms, half-upholstered couches. If the yellow rug in the center was also red-orange, it would barely be distinguishable from some of the seating platforms at the beginning of this post:
Not a true platform or pit, the below image is simply wooden furniture upholstered in carpet on a flat floor:
This room’s platform does not fulfill the same seating-role as most platforms; instead it exists as an open play area:
Conversation pits are not exactly a do-it-yourself project unless you are a professional. Platforms are much easier (and cheaper) to build as they require no alterations to the existing floor. A good compromise between the two is to build a raised platform with a hollow in it, as pictured below. Whatever you choose, you need to be aware of your local building codes and general safety.
Citations by Section
In order of appearance, the images in the first section under “Carpet Pits & Platforms” are from: Living for Today (1972), unknown, The House Book (1974), unknown, and Ugly House Photos (1974). The images in “Modifications” are from: The House Book (1974), unknown, Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), unknown, and Sunset Children’s Rooms & Play Yards (1980). The first image and the text blocks in “Construction” are from The House Book (1974) and the remaining images are from this website (2005)- look at the link under “Riser Construction.”
Additionally check out this amazing post on pits and platforms by Ouno Design.