6 Often-overlooked but low-cost items you need to create a safe & comfortable home

Our homes are our castles, but sometimes we're missing something that could make our space more comfortable or safe. From draft excluders to socket covers, there are many items we never think to buy but that could make a big difference. Here are 6 low-cost innovations to consider...

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Sometimes, it’s the smallest of things that make the biggest difference in a home. Whether that’s something that’ll keep you warm, or a safety device that’ll keep childproof your rooms, low-cost items can make all the difference to your comfort and safety. By the end of this blog post, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without these simple yet innovative items! Without further ado, here are six overlooked items that every home should have.

1. Socket covers

The home can be a dangerous place, especially for curious children wondering what the plug sockets in the wall do. Childproofing the home can be a painstaking process, sometimes to the detriment of the décor. But with so many socket covers on the market, you’re sure to find something safe that won’t stand out too much, whilst keeping your little ones safe from harm.

2. LED Stickers

Have you ever struggled to sleep because of a random blue light in the corner of your bedroom? Whether you’re charging a laptop or a Kindle, that little light can feel like Vegas in miniature. With a set of LED stickers you can cover those annoying lights when you’re trying to get some shuteye. You can get some that dim the light, or I’ve got one on my laptop with a cover that slides across to cover the light from the webcam. Once you’ve used them, you’ll wonder how you ever slept without them.

3. Draft excluder

A draft excluder may not sound like the most fancy or remarkable thing, but it’s easy to forget they do more than just keep those unpleasant drafts away. Pop it on your bedroom door and you’ll also be preventing any noises from drifting into your room, effectively soundproofing it. For students with, let’s face it, noisy flatmates, it’s the ideal option for someone on a budget. Even more so for someone that just wants some peace and quiet to study and successfully complete their exams and coursework this summer. Much like the LED stickers, they can help you get those much needed 40 winks AND keep you warm. Here’s my blog post to DIY a draft excluder yourself.

4. Desiccant dehumidifier

Damp problems in the home have declined enormously in the UK over the last 20 years according to Statista, and there’s a solid argument to say that the rise of dehumidifiers may have played a role in this. Whether it’s an electric or a desiccant dehumidifier, damp and humid air can become a thing of the past. Not only does it take moisture out of the air, but it will reduce the risk of mould and mildew building up, creating a safer environment in your room.

5. Under-the-sink mat

There’s always a leak under the kitchen sink cupboard at some point, right? It could be from a bottle of clean product on its side or even the dreaded leaky pipe. An under-the-sink mat saves you a lot of hassle when those dreaded spillages arrive. Simply wash it as you would a bath mat, let it dry and pop it back under the sink for the next inevitable leak or spillage.

6. Smart plugs

As the cost-of-living surges, we’re all looking to save money somewhere. A set of smart plugs and bulbs offer the ideal method to do just that. Connect them to your smartphone and you can turn off devices from wherever you are. This is especially handy if you’ve forgotten to switch something off before leaving the house or going on holiday and will save you money on your electricity bill.

And there you have it – 6 often-overlooked items that you need to consider adding to your home. What else can you suggest to make your home more comfortable and safe? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your low-cost home hacks. 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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