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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel


Total posts: 15414
Posted:Due to one of our housemates now not retrning tothe house, and our landlady being very doubtful that we will manage to get a new housemate as most people have found houses, we are now left with an empty room, at the front of the house.

We dont have a living reoom, or a communal room, instead we mainly end up in one of the bedrooms. This makes the persons room get messy and its a bit of a pain in the arse really.

So we want to turn the empty room into the living room, so that we have somewhere to entertain guests and to relax in.

The roblem is that it is quite plain. In fact...its really boring.

At the moment, there is a bed, a wardrobe and a desk in there. A big pece of patterned material hanging down above the bed, a poster onteh back of the door and a 48" UV blacklight.

We are stuck for ideas how to turn it into a proper room. We need a coffee table and some form of audio/ visual entertainment. We are going to use the bed as a sofa we think.

Apart form that we have no ideas how to make it a nice room.

Which is where you come in.

Any ideas?

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NOn


activist for HoPper liberation.
Location: ffidrac

Total posts: 1643
Posted:shove the bed against a wall so the sofa has a back to it. and find some cushions for extra comfiness... get someone to donate their tv/stereo to the cause - from whoever's room you usually end up in i guess... or everybody chip in and buy a joint one, you may be able to get a decent enough tv second hand...

I wonder whether you could maybe use the wardrobe as a sort of coffee table -although obviously would not work if it's a fitted wardrobe or simply too huge... Coffee tables are easy enough to construct though, you just need a flat board/sheet of perspex and something interesting but fairly sturdy to prop it up with - could be anything, bits of wood, stones, i think there was one on tv that was just a load of cheap glasses on the floor with a great big slab of glass on top of that... - get scouring some junk shops and get creative.

uv blacklight sounds fun, i'd be sorely tempted to get some flourescent paint and go mad on the walls, but that may only be fun for a short time... I decorated my uni room by hanging up fabric on the walls with drawing pins - patterned sarongs or if you want to go minimalist, plain cheap calico which you can get for as little as about 3 quid a metre, and you could maybe dye that too if you wanted...

I reckon the best way to get a nice living room though is to try living in it and see how it 'evolves', eventually you'll end up with all sorts of bits and piece from everybody's rooms and it'll look more interesting.

not the most innovative ideas but i think you'll do much better by just getting in there with your housemates and changing things


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nearly_all_gone
SILVER Member since Aug 2004

nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton

Total posts: 1626
Posted:Yeah, do all the above.

A TV will pretty much turn any room into a living room, particularly if there's enough of you to get cable.

Definatley keep the bed so people can crash on it, but loads of cushions are a must because big flat things can become a pain in the arse to sit on if you're there for any period of time.

Make it unique, but not too nice or you'll never get rid of all your mates (a mistake, it has to be said, fairly easily rectified with the introduction of a few weeks' filth)


What a wonderful miracle if only we could look through each other's eyes for an instant.
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Charles
BRONZE Member since Jun 2001

Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland

Total posts: 3989
Posted:Fill it with balloons!

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel


Total posts: 15414
Posted:We shall wait for the Bovril Mon-eky to arrive for that to happen.

I was very dissappointed he never made his balloon porn star for you.

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Oh lordy you have a GREAT start!

Ok, first get some cushions and put them on the bed against and along the wall to make your sofa. I'm assuming you're smart enough to have figured that out yourself. :-p

Get some beanbags. Toss them in the room. They're lovely. Take the patterned material and hang it over the window if there aren't already some decent curtains.

Now, the black light is a delightful idea. It would be complimented nicely by some UV-reactive posters. You could even make some goa-style string art if you had the drive to.

Add that, maybe a hookah and a lava lamp and you're good to go.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel


Total posts: 15414
Posted:We have UV string art.

The badger with a troubled past and Sugarplum made it for our house warming party thing. Its in the corner of the room. There is a bean bag.
There is a Tv socket.

There are some WWII black out curtains. Theymake the room TOTALLY dark. They are brilliant!


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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England

Total posts: 2629
Posted:Just watch out if you put the mattress up against the wall.

I did that in my student house and it was left there for the whole year. There was black stuff growing on the wall behind it when we finally moved it. smile


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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PyroWill
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

PyroWill

HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
Location: Staines

Total posts: 4437
Posted:if u wanna get rid of the uv light i'll have it smile

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Written by: Unsaturated Carpets Of Freedom

There are some WWII black out curtains. Theymake the room TOTALLY dark. They are brilliant!



I had a curtain like that once when I was in college! I loved it! You drew it and the room went DARK. At high noon you couldn't see your hand in front of your face they made the room so dark.

I will DEFINATELY have a windowblind like that in my room next year. Enough of this business of sleeping with an eyeshade!


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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GothFrogette
BRONZE Member since Oct 2004

GothFrogette

grumpy poorly froggy
Location: Nuneaton

Total posts: 3999
Posted:you can buy the black out fabric at about 1.99 p.m.
go skip hunting and use your finds to make really interesting pieces of furniture... cable reals as tables etc...these can also go to huge sizes... knits of the round table size and are fun to roll back to the house too, they also look pretty good stook to the cealing all different sizes. also trees you can never have enough trees, i was walking through our local woods and cam across a tree that had been there for some time so i brought it back to my house with the aid of a friend as it was 10 feet long. i had it before the kids burnt it. there are loads of things you could use that are free


Life's too short to worry about where you put your marshmallows

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