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Legomaniacs can do more than just build things from Lego bricks! You can display your passion in your home with furnishings made from Lego bricks, home products from the Lego company, and products that have that familiar (if not company-sanctioned) shape.

Furniture

Design your own building block furniture with Luna Blocks, which come in many sizes and shapes, but all fit together. The only limit is your imagination!

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Luna Block materials range from steel to pillow-soft foam. See a showcase of different furniture configurations at DVICE.

Lego Lamp

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This lamp is 100 times the size of a Lego brick. It features LED illumination and snap-off nubs so you can store pens and such inside. Available from 25togo in Taiwan for about US $50.

Flash Drive

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Brighten up your computer desk with this building block USB flash drive. They look like the Lego bricks you love, and come in lots of colors. You might also be interested in a USB hand crank that can charge any USB gadget. Make your own from Lego bricks with help from Instructables.

Grandfather Clock

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Professional Lego sculptor Eric Harshbarger built this functional grandfather clock of Lego bricks, including the clockworks! The only parts that aren't made of Legos are the weights and the filaments holding the weights. You'll find many more Lego clocks in this list.

Work Desk

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A firm once hired a highly-desired employee who stipulated that he wanted a desk made of Legos. The company said sure, but when they realized you can't just go out and buy such a thing, they contacted Eric Harshbarger. He had the desk built in a couple of weeks, which involved putting 35,000 bricks together. Harshbarger then turned the desk upside down, disassembled it brick by brick, and reassembled it as he glued the pieces together! The price of the desk hasn't been disclosed, but if you ever have the clout to demand such a perk from an employer, you have arrived.

Bed and Bath

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Even the bedroom can get the Lego treatment with this Lego Make-N-Create Sheet Set, available through Amazon. You can also get Lego bath towels.

Kitchen Containers

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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories recently posted several kitchenware items made from Legos, such as a napkin holder, fruit bowl, and a vase. These are simple touches that can be taken apart, so they could also be a way to store your Legos between other projects.

Cake

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Your next birthday cake could be a Lego brick with this specially-shaped Lego cake pan. You can also use it to set Jello. When you bake the cake, keep track of time with a minifig timer.

Ice

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That birthday party will need ice. Make yours in a Lego ice tray. You can freeze different colors of Kool-Aid in it to resemble actual bricks.

Jelly Candy Mold

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Instructables member SFHandyman made his own food mold using actual Lego bricks. This involves creating a negative mold of food grade silicone. He then used it to make jelly candy!

Flatware

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This flatware is not flat! Snack and Stack forks, spoons and knives have handles shaped like Legos, and you can lock them together for storage. Therefore, they don't take up as much space as you'd think, plus they won't fall out of your picnic basket.

Using all of these products at once might scare away members of the opposite sex, but if you find someone who shares your Lego passion, you'll know in an instant.

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Your Dresser Is a Serious Tipping Hazard. Here's How to Fix It
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When it comes to household safety, we’re used to potentially hazardous items being clearly labeled. Hair dryers come with warnings not to use them in the shower; volatile cleaning products implore us not to drink them. But some of the most significant items carrying actual mortality rates are largely ignored: common living room or bedroom furniture.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 30,000 people were treated in emergency rooms from 2014 to 2016 as a result of furniture tipping over on them. Children are at particular risk of being injured or worse when they attempt to climb a dresser or TV stand. As Consumer Reports points out, these items do not have to conform to any universal manufacturing standard and can easily become unstable regardless of their weight, cost, the child’s weight, or other variables. Injuries are also seen when children tug on the furniture or attempt to climb inside the drawers. Since dressers are often in a child's bedroom where they can play unsupervised, the potential for an accident is high.

In testing performed by Consumer Reports, no one brand or style stood out as being inherently safer than the others. So what can consumers do?

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One easy solution is to avoid putting televisions on top of these dressers, since they pose a high risk of falling on top of a child when the dresser is moved. More importantly, child safety advocacy groups advise that adults use anchoring systems for furniture in danger of tipping over. These kits are available via mail order or in retail stores and come with straps that are connected between the furniture and two wall brackets. If weight is applied to the front of the dresser, the straps will keep it from falling over.

Some furniture comes with these kits, or with L-shaped angle brackets. Both are effective, but included straps can often be plastic that degrades over time—they should be nylon or steel. If not, you should opt for a third-party kit.

Advocacy groups have found that a lot of consumers are either unaware these kits exist or find them difficult to install. But it's a relatively easy procedure so long as you secure the anchor into a wall stud and not into drywall, where it will be too loose to stand up to a weight-bearing load. For brick or masonry walls, it’s best to hire a professional. If you’re renting and have been told not to drill into the wall, consult your landlord—it’s likely they’ll agree to waive any restrictions to make for a safer living space.

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These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
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When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

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The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

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