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How to Put In Your Skirting Boards in 3 Steps

If you’re putting in new skirting boards, whether they’re going into a spanking new new-build or if you’re replacing ones that have seen better days, then you also need to think about your flooring.

Laminate, wooden and tiled floors need to be laid before you place the skirting boards so that the boards cover any gaps or slightly ragged edges that these floors end up with. If you have carpets, then it’s best to put down the boards first as they offer a nice clean edge for the fitters to work with.

How to Put In Your Skirting Boards in 3 Steps | UK Lifestyle Blog

The equipment you’ll need

  • a pencil;
  • a mitre saw;
  • a coping saw;
  • a tape measure;
  • a hammer;
  • a silicone gun;
  • some nails and screws;
  • fast-acting adhesive and decorators’ caulk;
  • a drill, and
  • wood filler.

A measured approach

Measure your walls and add 20% of the length for contingencies. When your new boards arrive from, you should mark each one to show which side faces out and which is top and bottom.

Start off with boards that can be fitted with square edges at both ends, like the sides of a chimney breast. Measure carefully and use your mitre saw for a good, accurate cut.

If you’re using fast-acting adhesive, then you need to apply it to the boards in blobs and press the board to the wall. Wipe away any excess that leaks out.

If you’re planning to screw the boards into place, run a pilot drill through the board, marking the wall, at every 6cm. You then need to drill these holes and add a raw-plug. You also need to countersink the holes with a larger bit so that the screw heads can be covered over with filler once they’re in place. Your screws should be long enough to go through the skirting boards and at least 3cm into the wall. Once in place, you can cover over the screw holes with filler and then paint. 

How to Put In Your Skirting Boards in 3 Steps | UK Lifestyle Blog

Fitting the next boards

Your next board needs to be scribed so it fits in neatly and tightly with the previously-fitted board. This is where you need to coping saw and the pencil. You should have a few practice runs first with some off-cuts – take your time and don’t panic.

Once you’ve done the real thing, check it fits cleanly and accurately at one end before mitre-ing the other end and fixing it into place. Always plan to have a square end fitting to a mitred end, don’t try to join two mitred ends.  

Fixing boards to external corners

You only need two mitred ends to meet when it’s an external corner. Cut both ends at 45 degrees so they meet up nicely. Measure both boards to the corner, mark this on the back and make a 45-degree cut with the cut starting on the line. 

When you cut the second board, make sure the cut is in the opposing direction so that they meet by changing the mitre saw to its other axis.

Once you’ve boarded all the walls, fill in any gaps between the board and the wall with caulk, running a damp finger along it for a nice smooth finish. You need to let the caulk dry before painting, and then you’re done!

2018-06-04T01:13:09+00:00 September 24, 2017|Home Decor|

3 Secrets To Help You Make The Most Of London

If you’re a regular subscriber to my blog you’ll know that I’m getting married! Before we got engaged earlier this year, my other half and I used to go on holiday at least once a month. We’re saving for a big wedding now and we’re so busy with our careers that we’ve had to rein back on our holidays. That’s why our trip next month is super exciting! I’ll finally be attending my graduation ceremony at Cambridge Corn Exchange (despite finishing my course last year, I didn’t receive my classification in time to attend last year!). We also decided to extend our trip for a couple of days in London and by heading to Disneyland Paris shortly after.

If you are planning a trip to London too, you might well be wondering how you can fit it all into your schedule. The capital city of the UK is one of the most regularly visited tourist destinations, and there is a good reason for that: there is plenty to do there. However, many visitors do start to feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount there is to do, not to mention just the general hustle and bustle of the place. In this post, we are going to discover three essential secrets which will help you to make the most of your visit to this historic city.

3 Secrets To Help You Make The Most Of London | UK Lifestyle Blog

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It Can Be Cheap

London is often known for being a relatively expensive place to visit and see, and for many visitors this might well be the case. But the truth is that with a little forward thinking, you can often make your way around the grand city without too much financial trouble. There are a few key things to bear in mind if you want to see London on the cheap. First of all, book far ahead for any hotel London City has to offer, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive it is. Secondly, if you are going to be making your way around London, you will definitely benefit from having an Oyster card. This will provide you with discounted public transport fares – and it will make it easier to catch buses and trains too.

You Can Find Free Entertainment

While we are on the subject of money, you will also be surprised at just how many completely free options you can find for entertainment in the City of London. If you feel like going to see a concert, then you’ll want to head over to St. Martin-In-The-Fields, which hosts free afternoon music many weekends and some weekdays. Similarly, Hyde Park often has free music events throughout the summer. Another popular form of entertainment which you can find for absolutely nothing is a walk or tour – many hot spots around the capital are home to free walking tours, so it’s worth keeping your eyes open.

Sometimes It’s Quicker To Walk

The Tube service is often in itself a common reason for people to feel attracted to visiting London. By all means, you should experience travelling the Tube at least a little while you’re there. But it is worth remembering that in many instances it is actually much quicker to walk than to get the Underground. A famous example is Covent Garden to Leicester Square, which you can easily walk in under five minutes – yet with the hassle of going through barriers and queuing, might take longer by train. Get out and explore a little more by foot to see even more of this great city!

By taking advantage of the above, you will find yourself in a good position to really make the most of your visit to London. Then it’s just a matter of deciding when you will be returning.

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2018-06-04T01:31:14+00:00 September 20, 2017|Travel|

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity

Office products firm Fellowes has unveiled the seven types of desks that highly effective people have, and what each says about its owner.  Inspired by the famous business manual, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1988 by Stephen R Covey, Fellowes has identified seven different desk typologies and the most common objects found at their workstations.

In a recent survey of 1000 office workers, Fellowes uncovered how 82% of people believe that organising your desk makes you more productive. A further 17% said that badly designed desks are one of their biggest office frustrations.  Thirty-four per cent of UK office workers say that the right office equipment would help them be productive and ultimately more creative.

**PSST!!** Want to win a binder or a laminator? Scroll to the bottom of this post! 🦄⭐🌈🤓 

Fellowes recognise that we all have our favourite desk items and whether you’re a Neat Freak, a Health Nut or a Nester, the seven desks reveal the secrets behind your desk habits.  Fellowes, which is celebrating 100 years in the office product industry, aims to create an office environment which allows employees to reach their full potential in productivity and creativity. Thanks to its range of binders, laminators and trimmers customers can transform their workplace to inspire creativity and work better.

The typologies include:

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Neat Freak

A place for everything and everything in its place, OCD is A-OK! With a perfectly clean and tidy desk you need to have all your equipment exactly where it should be –  neat and precise and creatively organised. If it’s not a right angle, it’s a wrong angle! A perfect work set up with your monitor riser at just the right height and everything within reach, there is nothing you can’t achieve. Your file organisers brimming with immaculate documents in alphabetical order to ensure you know where everything is and to optimise productivity. With your sleek laminator all set to laminate a document at a moment’s notice you know that organisation is key to creativity and getting the job done.

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Creative Kid

Finding inspiration in everything around you, you are always on the lookout for the next great idea. Stimulated by pretty much whatever you lay your eyes on, your workstation has to be a creative hotspot, with your desk surrounded by images, magazines and photography. An inspirational quote on your screen, a bound book of the latest magazine clippings and a mood board of laminated images and you are ready to go. Having the freedom to explore everything that’s out there and bring it back to inspire your work allows you to do the best job possible. Who says you can’t reinvent the wheel? Just give you a couple of hours and we’ll be ready to hit the road.

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Social Butterfly

You are a people-person through and through. You thrive by having your colleagues around you all day long. Your workstation is surrounded with pictures of you and your friends out and about having fun. People keep you going and inspire you to do an amazing job.  Your desk is set up for connections and communications, with your phone exactly where you need it for the all-important creative conference call. An array of colourful post-it notes are littered around your screen (to remind you who you must speak to or tweet this week). Most important however is the calendar on the wall and the accompanying prized marker pen for keeping on top of your social engagements – all colour-coded and super creative!

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Number Cruncher

Numbers never lie and they always make sense. The bottom line is the only line that counts and you know there is nowhere better to hang out than in column A of an Excel spreadsheet. A Rubik’s cube and lone fidget spinner sit on piles of squared paper next to your keyboard. A calculator and ruler are always handy. Your screen is fitted with a blackout privacy filter to avoid prying eyes, and the shredder is always powered up to keep sensitive information getting into the wrong hands. The workstation is set up for keeping you in the zone, counting numbers and making money. People who say there is nothing creative about algebra just aren’t doing it right!

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Nester

Your desk is your home away from home. To do an amazing job you simply have to be surrounded by a creative display of photos of your favourite times with family notes from friends, postcards and invitations stacked high alongside your laptop. A family photo, your children’s drawings and school timetables are tacked to your cork board planner – these are the things that keep you inspired to do the very best job you can! With your laminated photos and school reports, you have your desk set up to remind you why you do what you do and keep the rest of the workplace up to date with what’s going on! ‘How’s your daughter doing’ your colleague says? Pass me that photo album and I’ll tell you everything!

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Health Nut

With your Body Coach cookbook proudly standing on your desk and next to your healthy lunch to feast on after a spot of yoga, you know there is nothing better you can do for your career than look after number one. When you feel good, you are truly at your most creative and can do anything in the workplace! Everything around you is set to keep you as healthy as possible, from your sit-stand workstation and ergonomics workspace accessories to your air purifier to keep any nasties out of the air you breathe. You want everyone else to feel as good as you do and will always be the one bringing the kale and carrot smoothies into the team meeting. You are a creative clean machine and ready to get the job done!

COMPETITION: What Does Your Desk Say About You?* #inspiringcreativity | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Globetrotter

Your workspace is full of postcards and souvenirs from your trips for business and pleasure around the globe. Ready to go at a moment’s notice you are not constrained by your desk, the world is your office and you are ever ready to go out there and make it happen. A map of the world mouse mat is home to your ergonomic mouse and with your sunglasses ready for action, you’re set for the next adventure with your Laptop Go Riser and mobile organiser file.  You only need two minutes’ notice and you’ll be on that plane! You know what you need to get the job done – and the tools to do it creatively. Now, where are we off to next?



Want to win a binder or a laminator?

We are asking readers to share what type of desk they would be on their social channels using the hashtags #fellowes and #inspiringcreativity. 

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– This is a sponsored post in association with #Fellowes for their #inspiringcreativity campaign – 

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2018-01-08T03:32:58+00:00 September 6, 2017|Blogging Tips, Post|