5 Simple Internal Home Improvement Ideas

They say that a New Year is the perfect time for a new start, or to finally make those changes which you’ve been postponing for the past six months. Some of us make plans to lose weight, others promise to spend more time on a certain hobby, but home improvement is also a surprisingly popular resolution.

The bad weather and low temperatures make any outdoor improvements an unlikely prospect, as wind and rain can waste both our time and money, even making us feel unwell. However, there could still be plenty to do inside your home.

To give you a few examples, we’ve rounded up a selection of home improvements which can all be carried out with just a few products from George Hill Timber and a bit of elbow grease.

Replacing internal doors

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Some of the Doors on Display at our Oldham Branch

This project takes a couple of hours, and first involves measuring the old door. You’ll then need to trim your new door to size, as all internal doors are manufactured in one of a number of pre-set sizes. However, if you buy your new door from George Hill Timber, you can also take advantage of our free cutting service. Carefully remove the hinges, ensuring you don’t lose any pins. These are then simply attached to your new door, ready for hanging. You may need some assistance re-inserting the pins, but it will only take a matter of seconds.

Kitchen Worktops

Kitchen Worktops

Kitchen Worktops

Again, George Hill Timber worktops come in pre-set sizes so you may need to measure, cut and sand to size. Use joining lengths and strips to securely attach each individual panel, ensuring you wipe away any excess glue. Use screws and fixing plates to attach your new worktop to the kitchen cabinets, before finishing any exposed edges. All that’s left is to measure and cut a recess, and install your sink.

Make a DIY Headboard

A DIY headboard can give your bedroom a unique sense of character, and one can be built in a matter of hours. You’ll need to design your headboard on the current measurements of your bed, and use strips of your preferred wood to construct the headboard. For greater ease we offer a free cutting service here at George Hill Timber, saving you time and effort. Bear in mind that other stores with the ability to do so will often charge for the privilege.  Your headboard will also require glue, nails, sandpaper and any varnish or paint which you’ll be applying to the finished product. Fortunately, all of the above will also be found on the George Hill Timber shop.

Radiator Cabinets

Radiator cabinets can be built using the inexpensive MDF sheets available to buy on the high street and in stores like George Hill Timber. When measuring the radiator you’ll need to account for an extra 5cm in each direction to allow the circulation of warm air, and you’ll also need to use a jigsaw to cut vents across the cabinet.

Newel Post

Staircase Components Available at George Hill

As one of the larger interior home improvement projects, building a new staircase can still be an enjoyable and rewarding process. Newel posts are available from the George Hill Timber store, as is all of the wood for the frame, support boards and steps themselves. You should exercise utmost care during the measurement, cutting and joining of all components, as safety is essential for projects like a staircase. However, with proper planning and high quality wood, it is entirely plausible.

Will you be undertaking any of the above internal home improvement projects this year? Perhaps you have other plans for your home?

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George Hill is a leading independent timber merchant and building supplies provider in the North West, with branches in Oldham, Manchester, Bolton and Nelson. Founded in 1919 we’re family run, and have been for 99 years.

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