The 5-Second Standing Desk

by Bruno Bornsztein

This January (like last year) we're talking about the creative spaces where we get work (and art, and doodles, and crafts, etc.) done. Yesterday I stopped by a letterpress printer's shop (getting some cards printed up for my upcoming trip to Alt Summit), and I was really struck by one thing. The guy's desk chair looked like it hadn't been used in about 27 years. His whole job happens standing up, moving around.

And then there's me. And my laptop. The majority of my work happens in the space between my fingertips and the keyboard, which means the rest of my body is out of the loop. But it turns out sitting your skeleton down in a chair all day is pretty much suicidal.

The five minute standing desk

Fortunately, our friend (and editor) Chris Gardner came up with a quick way to fashion a standing desk out of 

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How to: Make DIY 'Bread Clips' to Organize Your Cables and Power Cords

by DIY Maven

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Oh ,how we loved the genius idea of using bread clips for power cord labels. However, there are a few problems with running with this hint. First, not every loaf of bread sold has this kind of clip, and, second, if we want to label all our power cords in such a fashion our carb intake will skyrocket. To circumvent these hiccups, we're going to make our own "bread clips," and get those cables organized!

What'cha need:

  • a scissors
  • a hole...

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How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

by DIY Maven

How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Eons* ago in design time, I gave this charity sale bistro chair a makeover. I painted the frame and re-upholstered the seat. I liked it for a while, and then I didn't. The colors in the fabric were those that always look dirty. In this case, a dull yellow and green. The more I looked at them, the more they reminded me of...well, phlegm.

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Before and After: Holly's Amazing Closet Office Makeover

by Chris Gardner

Before and After: Holly's Amazing Closet Office Makeover

Holly of the Almost 40 Year Old Intern writes, " I am in the midst of a career change, going from being a movie marketing execto starting over as an interior design intern at 39." So, friends, you better believe Holly needs herself a fine home office. But, as a city dweller in Los Angeles, spare bedrooms or designated workspaces aren't always just available for the taking, so she got creative, and built and amazing office in her closet. It's not big, but it's so lively that no one would mind spending the day in there.  

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Make: Clever DIY Cork-Covered Vases & Containers

by Kelly B

Make: Clever DIY Cork-Covered Vases & Containers

I've been obsessed with covering something, anything really, in cork ever since seeing a lamp base in a now defunct shelter magazine a few years ago. Who couldn't use a little extra place to pin an important note or photo? Somehow the material manages to fit into any number of decor styles, making it super versatile and useful. Ready to find out how?

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Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Capree's Whole-Home Office

by Capree K

Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Capree's Whole-Home Office

In the final days of our "Work_____" series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.

created at: 01/30/2011
Name: Capree Kimball
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

What sort of activities or projects do you work on in this space?

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My Total Office Makeover: Done!

by Chris Gardner

My Total Office Makeover: Done!

Welcome to our blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into a space where work can actually get done, and look pretty cool while it happens. 

created at: 01/27/2011

Part VII: The (Big?) Reveal For a year and a half, I had a spare bedroom that was more-or-less the kind of of place where you shut the door when you had company over. Heck, I didn't even like spending time in there, opting to do most of my work on the sofa instead.

So, I toughened up, made a few trips to the hardware and craft store, came up with a few original IKEA hacks, vowed to keep my space organized, and created a space where I spend more time than in any other room. Sometimes I even entertain in here!

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Studio Tour: Holly Magner of Grovecraft

by Bruno Bornsztein

Holly Magner's GroveCraft studio

"I make things out of other things". That's how Holly Magner describes the mission of GroveCraft, her one-woman handmade apparel company. Magner's main products are felted mittens and unique bicycling hats, both of which she produces at home in her studio. Though it's not mass production, there's a lot of stitching involved, with runs of hats or mittens sometimes numbering in the hundreds. As a result, Magner's workspace is designed to be...

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