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2X4: Four Smart Ways to Use Bed Sheets

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Jessica
08.11.13

No bed sheet lasts forever, but what do you do with the ready-to-retire sets? Instead of tossing them, keep 'em around – they can solve all sorts of problems! Here are four smart ways to reuse bed sheets:

Note: If none of these second uses jive with you, consider donating old bed sheets to your local animal shelter – they’re usually looking for more!

Prevent Paint Stains. The Beach Glass Gray you chose for your living room may look awesome on your walls, but it’ll be less fantastic splattered on your floor and furniture. Use old sheets to prevent unfortunate paint stains! Before you break out the brushes, cover everything – chairs, table, floor, etc. – with old sheets. For more painting tips, check out: 9 Things To Do Before You Paint a Room.

Move Furniture Easily. That heavy chair sitting in the corner would look way better on the other side of the room. Or so you think. If you want to test your theory without asking for help (or creating an impromptu workout sesh), use an old sheet. Lift the legs of your furniture one at a time and put them onto your sheet. Then, drag. Patience is key here – move slowly to avoid damaging your floor (or your furniture). For more moving tips, check out: 6 Tips for the Solo Mover.

Make a Pillowcase. Are those paisley sheets a little too bold for your new bedroom decor? Or is it time for your little one to graduate from SpongeBob sheets, but he or she isn’t quite ready to let go? Turn these attention-grabbing patterns into less conspicuous pillowcases! For a simple step-by-step, check out this tutorial by just quilty. If you want to get a little fancy with your pillows, try Sew4Home’s guide.

Protect Wood from Flower Pots. A home full of potted plants is great for your health, but not always so great for the wooden surfaces below the pots. To prevent scratched wooden tables, countertops or floors, cut an old sheet into smaller squares (a rough cut is fine – this won’t be visible, so it doesn’t have to be pretty). Fold the square into a small pad, and slide it in-between the flower pot and the wooden surface. Tip: This works for anything you’re resting on hardwood floors, such as sofas or cabinets. 

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