Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cell phone service in Ireland

I made the mistake of assuming that my old phone which has not been in service for several years was "unlocked." Turns out it was locked.  Turns out you can unlock phones with your computer at home or call your old provider.  I did not have my home computer or any way to call my old provider, so I was stuck with a couple of options.  So, first, my best advice is to find out for absolutely sure...  ask, hook it up to the computer, call your provider...  better yet, do ALL of those!

If your phone is locked you can:
A. Rent GPS with your car and turn your phone to airplane mode and use it with wifi at restaurants and wherever you are staying.
B. Go to the Three.ie store in the Omni Shopping Center (Dublin's north side not too far from the airport) and buy a phone and buy one month of service.  I bought a phone for €79 and the service was €20 for a generous amount of data.  I then had an Irish phone number, extra space for photos, GPS, and access to the internet all the time....  and a phone I will use next time I travel to Ireland!

If your phone is UNlocked, you can:
A. Buy a card at the airport at the Spar which will be €20 PLUS then you have to contact them to purchase a plan for additional money.
B. Go to Three.ie in the Omni Shopping Center and buy the €20 sim card and ta-da done.  You can not do this online with an American address, but they do accept your American credit card in person.

Things to remember:
- Northern Ireland is a different country!  Your phone will not work there.  If you are using your phone for GPS, you will not have GPS.  Plan accordingly.
- Take a safety pin and tweezers in your checked baggage because these sim cards keep getting tinier and tinier.  You'll need the pin to pop the sim compartment open and tweezers or very steady hands to switch the sim cards.
- If you plan to visit the Three.ie store, write down directions before you travel - it's pretty easy to get there and it's a pretty standard mall...  or take a cab.  Look them up on the web before you go, but as of now, they are the best deal around.
- Remember to bring a car USB charger or you'll be buying one.  Also bring a handsfree holder for the car if you'll be using the phone for GPS so you can have a visual on the GPS - critical.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Accommodations in Ireland

Bed and Breakfasts are the way to go.  Ireland has been BnBing for ever.  You can find reputable amazing gorgeous full service BnBs on your own on the web or with a travel agent.  You can also go with people who offer a room in their own casual ordinary home.  11 years ago, we purchased a package deal where we could travel and choose BnBs all over the country in a BOOK.  Now, there is a thing called AirBnB which allows you to search by price, number of travelers, area, etc etc.

There is a controversy about AirBnB that I'd like to mention and address.  The controversy is something like this:  Some people buy up property and then rent these complete properties as short term rentals on AirBnB.  This takes those homes and apartments off of the regular rental market for people who live in the area.  This causes the rentals that are available to increase in price which pushes out the people who live in the area.  That is bad.  Maybe AirBnB should not allow that, but I don't run the company.  All I can do is choose listings that I feel are responsible.

I use AirBnB both as a host and as a traveler.  I rent out one of the cabins on my property.  It has and will never be a long term rental and it is no where near where normal people live and work.  As a traveler, I look for inexpensive, clean and safe, in-home rooms for my travel.

In Ireland, a place that has been doing Bed and Breakfast style travel for ever, we found AirBnB to be a great way for us to book and plan our trip.  None of the five homes we stayed in offered full breakfast service, but 3 out of five allowed full access to the kitchen, one of the remaining offered our own breakfast nook with tiny fridge, kettle and toaster, and the last one only offered a kettle, but allowed us to store yogurt in the fridge when we asked.  We stayed in the country for three of them and in cities for the other 2.  We found plenty of options that offered 2 beds.  All of our hosts gave us keys and told us to come and go as we liked.  Some of our hosts gave us detailed and awesome driving tour suggestions, and some were a little more self serve.  You can ask questions and investigate listings before booking.

Things that might surprise you:
- The outlets are different, of course, but the also have on/off switches at the outlet!  I thought I charged my phone all night one time only to realize in the morning that I forgot to flip the switch.
- You will more than likely never see a wash cloth in the bathroom.  If you require one, bring one.
- Most showers have an on-demand heating system that your host will explain.  And most of them do not give a very high pressure.
- The locking doorknob situation will have you pulling your hair out for a couple of days.  Stick with it, you'll figure it out.  Just know, you will always require two hands to lock the door!
- Tea is VERY strong.  And milk is the go-to, not cream or half-n-half.  Coffee will probably be instant in the home, but sometimes french press and that's lovely....  still, drink tea.
- The radiator heating system is also the clothes and towels dryer.
- Windows don't have screens.... there are no bugs!  But sometimes birds come in, so don't open them too wide and don't leave them open while you are away.
- Use the toilet before you leave....  and use it again.  Public toilets can hard to find, but better than ten years ago.  Some gas stations have them and are usually accessed outside the building.  And all pubs and restaurants have them now (not the case 10 years ago).  Some public toilets are paid 20¢ to use, like in a big city mall or tourist area with the free standing metal toilet.  Insert coin and a big door slides open.  It is sort of scary, actually.
- While we are talking toilets, the flush on most of them requires a little bit of a forceful, quick snappy motion in your flush action.  You'll know exactly what I mean when you get there.
- They seem to adore tiny sinks with separate hot and cold taps.  Just wash/shave your face in the shower.  Problem solved.
- The bathtubs are all set up an extra 6-12 inches.  Getting in and out of the shower (if it's tub style) is kinda difficult and I'm tall!
- Some staircases are super narrow especially if your room is an "attic" room.  Good luck with that big 90 pound suitcase!  We still did it just fine, so don't panic.
- Unless your BnB specifically says "En Suite," you'll be sharing with other travelers or people who live in the house.  We never had any problems, but you might have to wait a few minutes for the bathroom from time to time.
- Irish addresses and GPS sometimes don't mix.  BIG RECOMMENDATION here.  Get good directions while you are still stateside.  Find the location on the map in google maps and STAR it or write down the GPS coordinates.  Then you can use that location when you get to Ireland in your GPS of choice.  I'm a google girl - the star system was great.

Have fun!  Good luck!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Food in Ireland

We had an excellent experience with food in Ireland.  Here are some observations and tips that might help make you feel a little less like an alien :-)
- Breakfast.  Do you want a "traditional Irish breakfast"? Look for a cafe that serves a "fry."  They will likely offer a small fry or a large fry.  Small fry is one of each fried item, large is heart attack style.  You will get a fried egg, bacon, sausage, maybe blood pudding (once we did and once we didn't) and toast on your small fry.
- Breakfast 2.  We only ate the above breakfast twice.  The rest of our three weeks, we opted to buy yogurt and fruit at the grocery store and keep it in our host's refrigerator.  Most Irish homes have small (by US standards) fridges, so don't over do it.
- Tea or Coffee?  In the home, you are most likely to see instant coffee.  Some people have french press actual coffee.  In restaurants, you are nearly guaranteed instant.  There are many many cafes in Ireland, nearly as many as pubs.  Coffee has become popular and decent (Starbucks has invaded Ireland).  Still, I strongly recommend tea, because you're in Ireland!  Just do it.  You will find tea to be MUCH stronger than at home.  There won't be a string on your tea bag - you'll need your spoon to remove the tea bag unless you want your tea to be nuclear strong.  You will get plenty of caffeine, don't worry.  You are not likely to find half-n-half.  Milk is the normal and sugar is optional.
- Lunch.  Plenty of pubs and cafes offer simple "toasties" which is just a sandwich toasted.  You can have an untoasted sandwich, but I recommend living a little.  They are almost always ham and cheese.  Most places also have a soup of the day.
- Pubs.  Some pubs serve food, some don't.  Just duck in and ask.  If they don't they are usually more than happy to direct you to a place that has the type of food you want.
- Dublin.  Most pubs that are in the city centre of Dublin only serve big expensive heavy meals.  This is your chance to go to the chip shop and have fish and chips.  €6.50 gets you a HUGE portion of fish and a few chips - SHARE it!  We sadly threw away most of what we purchased.  Buy one and share it.
- Dinner.  You will not starve.  Pubs have great menus with fantastic portions.  A chowder with brown bread will fill you up.  I made the mistake of ordering a side of chips and then couldn't even eat one!  They are fans of mushrooms, lamb, potatoes, seafood, and goat cheese.  ENJOY!
- Historic sites or museums with cafes.  In the States, these places are generally not so good and/or extremely expensive.  That's not the case in Ireland.  You will see a glass case with the items they offer.  These items automatically come with sides that are not mentioned.  I had the most delicious brie and tomato "panini" with a lovely (not shown) side salad at Newgrange and Gwyndolyn had a shepherds pie that came with vegetable sides that were not mentioned.  Other sites had the same fantastic offerings.
- The bill and service.  Don't expect the bill to just show up.  If it's a big busy place, ask for the bill when you want it.  If you want it split, tell them that when you order.  If it's a small pub, just take your card up to the bartender.  Many of the small pubs we went to had a bar tender and one or two wait-staff running the entire place.  They will take your order, and you will get your food.  Don't expect to be babied.  If you are missing a spoon or ketchup, get up and go to the bar.  Everyone was super friendly, but they are often very very busy with the few staff members that are there.
- Tips.  Unlike the US, Ireland pays wait-staff.  If you use your credit card, you will see a tip line or you won't.  Some places add a service fee to your bill and the bill will say so, and some don't.  If it's a cash only pub, there is usually a coin jar on the counter with 20¢ pieces (beers must be €4.80).  Big tips are not expected, but you are certainly more than welcome to be generous!
- Kids.  Kids are welcome in pubs.  Some pubs will have a sign that says kids need to be gone by 7PM or something along those lines.  Pubs in Ireland are just cozy restaurants with a bar.
- Take-away.  Take-away places look like a quick cheap way to grab some food, but based on our two experiences, I recommend NO!  We had burgers both times, and they were, well, think McDonalds only 50 times worse.  No money or time savings.  Just go into a pub and have a soup or toastie.  The only exception are true fish-n-chip take-away shops where you can only get fish and chips in paper -yum!

Check out my financial post, the transportation post, the accommodations post (to be posted), and the cell phone post (to be posted) for more ideas about travel to Ireland from the US.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Transportation Tips for your Ireland Adventure

In Ireland, there are package deals and bus tours aplenty.  If that's your style, you're pretty much set.  If you want to spend time exploring lesser known treasures, renting a car is not such a bad idea.  We had a great time choosing things and exploring on our own.  I learned a few things on this 3 week journey in Ireland.  Here is a list of info and/or advice to consider.
- You will be tired, exhausted, near tears, fatigued, hungry, etc when you arrive in Ireland.  You just lost 6 hours and had to navigate airports.  You may or may not have been fed on your flights.  If you're anything like me, being strapped to the wing of the plane for the flight would better explain how crap you feel when you arrive.  I then rented a car.  And then drove it.  And immediately regretted my entire life.  I had a complete melt down (internally mostly).  It was all WAY TOO MUCH for me to handle.  Then I slept the night and felt fine the next day.  Here is my advice to you and to future me:  Do not rent the car on day 1.  Get a taxi or bus to your BnB.  Walk to a pub, eat and get some sleep.  Rent your car the next day or on your way out of the city.
- Renting a car is cheap (for three weeks, we paid $180), but insurance is about €30 a day or if you use the insurance offered on your credit card, the rental place might put a €5000 security hold on your card.  Be sure and have a Visa that can handle it.  Discover and Amex are probably not going to do you any good - hardly anyone accepts them in Ireland.
- We got the smallest cheapest car they offer.  It had no A/C and it was manual transmission.  If that is not good for you, be sure to ask.
- You will be driving on the left side of the road and you will be sitting in the right seat of the car.  The lines on the road are different.  The placement of the light signals is different.  Everything you know is now WRONG!  The good news is this:  The death rate on Irish roads is very low!!!  Haha!  No really.  In my experience, the Irish would rather drive appropriately than hit you because they are right and you are wrong.  If you make a move that isn't exactly right, more than likely, the other drivers will wait until you weasel your way into the correct position.  They seem to have an attitude that prefers that everyone stay alive than trying to run each other over just because they are right.
- Speed limits on backroads are NUTS.  You can certainly get up to the speed limit on straightaways, but no road is straight for very long and the road may or may not warn you about the severity of a curve.  If you are super cautious or traffic following you makes you nervous, pull over and let them by if possible.
- Big trucks and busses use those narrow backroads too!  That is possibly the most exciting part of driving in Ireland.  They might not slow down.  Move over, suck in, hold your breath, and hope for the best!!
- Roads have improved noticeably since I was there 11 years ago.  Most roads that your GPS will direct you to go will be wide enough for vehicles to pass with just a little basic caution.  We traveled a few that would require pulling over and pausing for a car or truck going the other direction to pass.
- On the larger major roads, observe and copy.  There will be a main lane (you on the left, oncoming to your right).  To your left is a yellow dashed line with a wide shoulder.  Super slow vehicles will drive there and it is expected that slower vehicles will pull all the way or most of the way over here to let faster cars pass.  The center stripe will be white with on coming traffic to your right.  In cities, watch for arrows painted on the ground and other cars to indicate if a street is one way or two way!  The white center stripe is no help.
- Round-abouts.  Yield to the traffic IN the circle, look for a clear spot, just like jump rope, and GO!  This is not the place to hesitate.  If you are using GPS, check it visually before you even get to the circle to see how your exit should look.  I think we only got onto a HUGE (three lane) round-about a few times.  On those, watch the arrows on the lanes and follow them.  On the smaller ones, even the two lane ones, just go.  Keep a good speed and exit making sure there isn't a sneaky car on your left that would hit you when you exit (only happened to me ONCE).  Remember, if you freak out, you can always run the round-about again.  No one will notice but you.  And if you exit the wrong road, your GPS will guide you to basically turn around at the next round-about.
- Toll roads.  You can not pay tolls on the road.  You have to pay them online or your car rental place might tally the fees for you.  Be sure and ask because penalties are HUGE if you don't pay them!
- Parking.  In small towns, parking can be tight and creative, but usually free.  Watch and do what they do.  In big cities, there are park and display machines that take coins.  The machine might be hidden behind a vehicle.  Be sure you pay it or you will get a ticket for sure.
- If you can avoid driving in Dublin, you should.  The bus system is great and taxis are cheap.  Dublin roads have street closures and parking is expensive and crazy.  Traffic is tight in narrow roads and confusing if you aren't used to it.
- Unleaded pumps are GREEN and diesel pumps are BLACK!  Be sure and fill up with the right fuel.
- As of May 2016, you fill up your car and THEN go into the station to pay.  We didn't find any stations with pay at the pump, and no one demanded pay first like we are so used to.
- Have GPS!  Seeing the upcoming road on the screen, where to turn, severity of curves, where to exit the round-about, seriously helped me be a safer driver.  If you plan to use your phone for GPS (see my post on phone service), be sure to bring a handsfree holder for it.  It is important to be able to visually check your turns.  Your passenger trying to tell you where to turn will cause one of you to want to murder the other.  Roads are just not the same as home.  Also don't forget a cigarette lighter / USB adapter for the car to keep your phone charged!
- Google maps served us very very well EXCEPT for a couple of times!  Some of the historic sites have major hiking trails or maintenance roads.  There were a couple of times that Google took us to back gates because it thought those trails or maintenance roads were actual roads.  Watch for signs and follow those first when you get close - THIS is the time for your passengers to shine.  The signs are numerous and small and I do mean NUMEROUS...  and small :-)
- Ferries.  We took two ferries to two islands - be sure to call and ask for times and pricing and whether cash or credit is accepted - do NOT trust the website!  Tory Island up north cost us €24 each to ride a boat for 45 minutes there and back the same day.  And The Skelligs cost us €60 *CASH* each person to go on a small 12 person boat there and return about 45 minutes each way.  Both were worth is and recommended.  Star Wars is the reason the Skelligs cost so much, but not the reason we went.  The oldest monastic site exists here and we saw Puffins.  The ferry also takes a trip to the Little Skellig which is home to the largest Gannet colony in the world.  This small ferry will make you sick if you are inclined to motion sickness.  Tory Island is a very special place.  You arrive to the boring side of the island.  There is a lighthouse on one end and cliffs the other direction.  I recommend walking toward the cliffs.  In my opinion, these were the absolute most beautiful cliffs in Ireland.  This boat was a little bigger and brought supplies to the island.  You may or may not get sick...  there is a pub with food and drink at the hotel on the island.  
- Just a reminder that Northern Ireland is not the same country!  Your phone will no longer have service and the speed limits will now be MPH.
- Turning in your car at the end of the trip.  Have your paperwork in hand to give to the inspecting person.  If you filled up your car, you will be due a fuel refund so you will have to go inside and wait at the counter.  Then, you will have to wait for the shuttle to get back to the airport.  This is the fun part.  There are twice as many people as shuttles. Travelers who need to make flight times are not as friendly as the rest of your trip has been.  Be sure to give yourself an hour for car return AT LEAST.  We arrived at 8AM and it was already insane.  Patience, and a friendly amount of aggression will serve you well here.  You might also be sure you've eaten something or bring some fruit.
- Security and customs coming home.  First, check your luggage.  Then stand in the huge line for the normal security check - no beverages or open foods.  Then fill out your customs form.  Then go thru the pre-screening which is an electronic thing that takes your photo.  Then go through a HUGE MEGA line for customs security.  On this one, you can take through opened bottles of water.  They are looking for smuggling.  Then you get to hang out in an even LONGER MEGA line to talk to the customs official.  We gave ourselves three hours.  We got 40 minutes at the end to spend our last cash on a toastie and beer before boarding the plane.  The later in the day your flight is scheduled, the more time you should give yourself.

Be sure to check out the Financial Tips post, the Food post, the Cell Phone post, and the accommodations post.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Financial tips when traveling to Ireland

I just spent 3 weeks in Ireland.  Here are a few tips or things to consider for your travels!
- In May 2016, $1.13 equals €1.  Don’t try to translate the prices, just consider it a 13% travel tax.  There is no sales tax on dinner or books or CDs, so thinking 13% tax shouldn’t be a big deal. 
- Euros are written like this: €1,50 is 1 and a half Euros (you will see this at petrol stations).  They use a comma where we use a decimal and vice versa.  €1.700 is 1700 Euros.
- Use the ATM machine, not the exchange counter in the airport.  I have a credit union that doesn’t charge on ATM withdrawals and no exchange fees.  I got €200 at the airport ATM for $226 on my bank statement. €200 from the exchange place costs $259. Check with your bank to make sure this is the safest easiest way for you to have cash.
- Do get cash!  Not every place accepts credit cards.  I ended up using €320 cash over 3 weeks.  Some places have a €5 or even €10 minimum for credit card charges.
- Don’t bother bringing AMEX or Discover.  They are hardly ever accepted.  Bring a couple of Visas.  One to use and one as a back up.  Make sure to let those cards know that you will be traveling.  Visa is accepted almost everywhere.
- MANY sites, parks, ruins, cathedrals, museums have fees.  If the fee is small (€3) cash is expected.  Occasionally, a fee for a ferry of €60 is expected to be cash.  Make phone calls to check.  Websites and email are not high priority in Ireland.
- Beers are typically €4-5.  A toastie is usually about €5 and includes a bit of salad or chips.  Embrace toasties for lunch - cheap, simple and offered in many pubs and cafes.  Dinners, I paid €6 to 15 for food, plus a beer at ~€5 - from seafood chowder to salmon or lamb meal.  Breakfast, we had yogurt that we kept at our host home fridge, tea, and bananas everyday.  At home breakfast is a great way to save a little money.
- Yes, gas is more expensive, but the cars are very efficient and driving slower because of windy roads means better gas mileage too.  We rented the tiniest gasoline car they had.  The rental agent wanted us to take a larger diesel (diesel pumps are BLACK).  The roads have improved, but there are still some very narrow roads.  I am very glad we stuck with tiny gas car (unleaded pumps are GREEN).  It got amazing gas mileage.  We drove 5000 kilometers in 3 weeks and spent about €300 on gas plus €180 to rent the car with no insurance because the credit card included insurance.  
- When renting your car, if you do not use the car rental company’s insurance, they may put a €5000 security hold on your credit card - yes, that’s five THOUSAND Euro.  Do not panic.  Just be sure you have a card (VISA, not discover) that can handle it!  Ireland can be a challenge to drive but it is fairly safe.  If you have a credit card that offers insurance, use that card, but prepare for the €5000 security hold.  If you use the insurance that the car company offers, it is around €30 a day for the insurance.
- If you rent a car, ask about toll roads.  The only one we found to be very useful was around Dublin.  Otherwise, I set my GPS to "no tollroads" and did fine.  There are severe and heavy fines if you do not pay the toll fee and you canNOT pay it on the road.  Either the car rental place tallies it for you, or you have to pay it online.  
- Tips are frequently included.  If you use a credit card, you will know for sure.  There is a place for tip or there is not!  
- The bill will more than likely NOT just show up at your table!  If you want it split, tell them first thing.  You can either ask for the bill or just go up to the bar and ask to take care of your bill while handing them a credit card.  Most places, the staff works together so you can hand off payment to whoever is standing behind the bar....  most places are fairly small, so they know where you sat.  If you go to big crowded place, you might not make eye contact with a wait-staff person for a while.  Don't waste their time, just offer them your card and they will bring over the card reader.  For your security and theirs, they always (or should always) run your card right there tableside or in front of you at the bar.  If the pub is cash only, there might be a tip jar with coins in it.  Big tips are not expected, just be observant of the situation and do what fits.
- Parking in big cities is often pay-and-display style. If it is, they WILL ticket you if you don't!!  Pay attention!  Sometimes, the machine is hidden behind some other vehicle.  Small towns, creative parking along the street with half the car up on the sidewalk is totally fine.  Observe and copy!
- Public transportation - we used a bus in Dublin.  Our BnB hostess told us which bus, where to stop, and that it would be €2.70 and where to get coins.  To explore the country-side, you need a car or go on one of those tour busses with specified tourist destinations.  Prices vary, but there are tons of them with booking offices in cities or online. 
- Phone service - MAKE SURE your phone is unlocked.  Even an old phone that hasn't had service for years might still be locked!  Three.ie was recommended to me, and I recommend them to you.  If your phone is unlocked, you can buy a card for €20 that will give you a good amount of data and phone service.  Then you don't need to rent GPS.  If you arrive and find your phone is locked, either rent GPS from the car people at €8-15 per day OR go to Three.ie (there is a booth in the mall... Omni Park Shopping Center), buy a cheap phone and service.  I bought a €79 phone and paid €20 for service which was still cheaper than a GPS unit rental and I got data, GPS and a phone, AND a spare camera when I ran out of room on the phone I brought!
- Just a reminder that Northern Ireland is not the same country!  Your phone will no longer work and the currency is now pounds.  We only touristed for one day in Northern Ireland.  Paper maps will do you fine and we used credit cards and no cash.  Keep in mind that some places have a £5 or 10 limit.
- Shopping taxes.  We are not big shoppers.  Ireland offers a refund on the taxes you spend on shopping (books and CDs do not have tax anyway).  They do this two ways.  Way 1: some shop keeper will give you an envelope to save your receipts and mail them in for a refund.  There is a minimum of €200 (I think) spent before you get the taxes back.  You can mail this in postage free when you get home.  Way 2: A shopkeeper will give you a card that they swipe and they will tell you to swipe it at the airport.  We found NOTHING of the sort at the airport.  The problem is that now your receipts are split between the two systems and it's my understanding that there is a minimum of €200 spent for the card to do you any good also.  Ya know what?  I wouldn't worry about it!  Unless you are a mega-shopper, there's not going to be a huge return on this.  It's just sort of annoying that there are two systems like this and shop persons will only do one or the other.  It's their call, not yours.

That's all I can think of....  Be sure to check out the Driving Tips post , the Food post, the cell phone post, and the accommodations post and have a great time!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Built in platform sofa

On May 1, earlier this month, I posted the video where I show how to build this built in sofa...  or platform sofa bed, or sofa with storage or whatever you want to call it.  It's simple, and it's a great space saving idea.  Here is how it looks painted and ready for the cushions:

Looking pretty good to me!  I have the space filled with household items waiting for the space to be finished so the dishes and pillows and light fixtures can all come out.

Here is is with the lower cushions:


And to be continued with the upper bunk installed!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Friends

When we are young, we are in situations that sort of force friendships or maybe make them very convenient.  We have daily interactions with the same people every day.  When we get out of school...

When I wander my daily chores in my daily life, I meet all sorts of people.  I crack jokes, I laugh, we may even work together musically or at a financial institution toward some goal or people stay at my property and leave wonderful notes about how they enjoyed the place and my ideas.  And then we go our separate ways.  The. End.

I often wonder if we adult humans miss opportunities to make friends of these people who wander past us.  We have online social networks like facebook to keep us loosely connected, but are we missing greater friendships?  And what about those people that we don't even get to know well enough to connect on facebook?  Maybe some of those people would be great friends.  We will never know.

Or is this something that only I ponder?

Sunday, May 01, 2016

How to build a sofa

I built a platform sofa and a platform bed in the container house because it saves space and creates storage.  I made this video to show how easy it is to put something like this together.  It's a great quick project that anyone can do just about anywhere.  Interestingly, the video has gotten a noticeable number of thumbs-down but no comments to back that up.  I'm not sure why anyone would disapprove of this idea, my method, or the video in general.  Personally, I think it's a great idea to put in the repertoire and I offer several simple techniques for those who may not be so confident.  See what you think!