Low-cost home furnishings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sue Wynne Johnson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Clara Ridder

Abstract: Interior furnishings for an entire apartment were constructed at a low cost by using ordinarily discarded objects as the basis for construction. Approximately thirty dollars was spent for the items used such as stain, glue, grout, and rope. This thirty dollars included all the expenses with the exception of the labor, and was considerably less than the $1,600 cited in the introduction as the minimum amount required to start housekeeping in such an apartment. The discarded objects used included crates, screen doors, tires, kegs, cans, baskets, and wire spools. These were categorized by rectilinear and cylindrical shapes and miscellaneous items. Such furnishings as sofas, tables, room dividers, and beds were made from discarded objects in each of these categories. These were described and illustrated by photographs. A floor plan of an apartment furnished entirely from the objects constructed was included. The results of this study could be used for ideas for furnishing an entire house or apartment or individual ideas could be used to make accent pieces to complement acquired furnishings. These ideas might be helpful to low-income groups, for example those who would be moving into new housing units such as the Turnkey projects, and to people in any income level who are interested in creating their own Interior furnishings.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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