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16 Intricate Miniature Rooms

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Furniture is just furniture and rooms are just rooms, but when they're tiny they suddenly become fascinating and adorable.

1. A Library Within a Library


Courtesy of Tim Sidford/Sweetington

Tim Sidford makes amazing "shelf rooms" meant to be displayed between rows of books.

2. A Cupful of Czarina


Courtesy of TinyT42

This miniature of the last Russian Czarina's Mauve Room was made inside a teacup.

3. The Summer of 1885


Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

This room is styled after a 19th century summer kitchen. It's part of the Knoxville Museum of Art's Thorne Rooms collection, miniatures commissioned in the 1930s and '40s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne.

4. Pretty in (Mostly) Pink


Courtesy of SDKMiniatures

This room is only 1 inch tall and 1.5 inches wide.

5. Reaching Nirvana


Courtesy of BelinaTLV

This room has a music theme—records, a guitar, and a Kurt Cobain poster on the wall.

6. Traditional in the Orient


Courtesy of DollhouseAra

An Etsy seller in Korea made this miniature room.

7. A Toasty Little Cubebot


Courtesy of Mini Modern

This designer used a Cubebot toy to make a fireplace in this mini room.

8. Ready To Go

Courtesy of DollhouseAra

Aww. It's a miniature foyer with tiny matched luggage.

9. Red Corduroy Couches? It was the '50s.

Courtesy of The Toy Box

This vintage living room furniture is the right size for a Barbie
doll. Too bad Barbie's dress doesn't match the midcentury modern look.

10. Cooking in a Cigar Box


Courtesy of JanelLovesCrafts

This rustic kitchen was made out of an old cigar box.

11. A Living Room for the Classic American


Courtesy of MiniPlacesStudio

This classic American living room is very convincing.

12. Just Right for the Dowager Countess


Courtesy of Ginny'sDollhouse

A room inspired by the drawing room of Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.

13. Reclaimed Wood for the Hipster


Courtesy of NapkinMaps

Reclaimed wood is apparently a selling point even for miniature people.

14. Borrowing a Little from Greece and Rome


Courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art

This Federal era drawing room is also part of the Knoxville Museum of Art's Thorne Rooms collection.

15. A Room with a View

Courtesy of Stewf

Check out the carved wood around this diamond-paned window.

16. Inception: Miniatures Inside a Miniature Room


Courtesy of Shenghung Lin

This nursery scene has three even tinier miniatures inside it.

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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.

[h/t NPR]

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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.

Recycled bench.
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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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