17 ways to give your home a Sugru makeover
At certain times of the year, our homes begin to talk to us. Some whisper for a little TLC. Others shriek out for a complete revamp. Paint scuffs, shabby shutters, wonky picture frames, dodgy shelving, that shameful shag pile – we’ve all got a list of things to do.
But sometimes all it takes is one small change to feel like a refurbishment, and you don’t have to be a DIY expert. Anyone can make impressive home improvements with the right tools.
So before you spring (hint, hint) into DIY action, let’s remind ourselves why a certain creative, high-performance adhesive has become the essential tool for all kinds of home improvement projects.
Welcome To The House of Sugru Mouldable Glue🏡
Here’s a room-by-room excursion through the house that Sugru hacked, where every space gets a simple but very effective makeover with a touch of Sugru. It has 1000s of great uses around the home, and unlike other drippy glues working with mouldable glue is a gloriously mess-free experience.
The Happy Hallway 🤗
It’s usually the first room that greets you and yet is often the dumping ground for shoes, coats, keys, mail and general disorder. Make a welcoming first impression with these clever Sugru hacks.
1. Repurpose Ikea Door handles into letter holders
Use 1/2 a single-use pack of Sugru and roll into two balls.
Press onto the door handle and shape into a cone.
Press firmly onto the wall. In 12-24 hours, Sugru turns into a strong and flexible rubber.
2. Conquer key clutter
We've all been there. You’re about to leave home but can't find your keys. It's one of the most frustrating parts of any morning routine, but luckily it can be easily solved. Make the most of your shelf space with this practical solution, and forgetting where you put the keys will be a thing of the past. Here's a handy tutorial on how to add key storage to your shelves.
3. Banish shoe shambles
Don’t let your footwear get kicked around the hallway. Repurpose door handles and tennis balls (or squash and golf balls for little feet) to make these brilliant shoe hooks. See how to get your shoes under control.
Create Kitchen Karma 🧘♀️
Every household has one. It’s the beating heart of any home, the busy intersection where everyone congregates first thing in the morning and just before bedtime, even occasionally for sneaky midnight snacks.
4. Try romancing the stove with a DIY copper rail
Until Sugru, a decent quality hanging rail required power tools and making marks on the tiling. Turn your back on pre-made things with this impressive drill-free copper rail hack. Get all the off-the-shelf standard components from the plumbing section of any DIY store at very little cost. This copper pipe is 40cm in length and 15mm diameter (standard plumbing size). Position the two mounting brackets (called a brass ring and backplate) either end of the pipe. The end caps are extras but also very standard. Go on. Have a go.
Press 1/2 a single-use pack of Sugru onto the back of the backplate and shape into a cone.
Press firmly onto the wall.
Clean off the excess and rub smooth. In 12-24 hours, Sugru turns into a strong and heat-resistant rubber.
5. Home is where the fridge is
The refrigerator. Such a brilliant invention. But what to do when the drawers and shelving start to crack? Or the door is missing a part? One, don’t panic. Two, don’t waste money on costly repairs. Three, fix it yourself with Sugru. It sticks permanently to lots of materials, including plastic* and glass, sets strong and durable, and is cold-resistant down to -40°C (-40°F). Check out How to fix your fridge in 3 ways with Sugru and Fix broken plastic in your fridge with Sugru.
*Sugru does not bond to oily plastics like polypropylene, polyethylene or Teflon™.
6. Make a drill-free iPad wall mount
We all know the score. You’re in the middle of cooking up a feast from the recipe on your iPad, but you keep spilling ingredients all over the screen. Keep your device clean and off the kitchen counter with three discreet Sugru hooks. Your tablet stays securely in place, and you can easily pop it in and out as and when you need it. No problem. Learn How to make your own tablet stand.
7. Steer clear of pot lid pile-up
Are you always searching for the correct lid to match the pot? Well, Sugru and the humble pot lid have a long and happy history. Get organised with this ingenious hack, and you’ll never have to hunt for another lid again. Take a look at How to organise your pot lids.
8. Defeat mug mountain with drill-free hooks
We believe that a room without a Sugru hook is like a body without a soul – either empty or a bit of a mess. Organising your mugs is so easy with these helpful little Sugru hooks. Watch How to make useful hooks in your kitchen without drilling.
Liven Up The Living Room 🛋
Living room, lounge, sitting room, call it what you may, it’s the room where we all go to turn on the entertainment and chill out. Here are a few ideas that might just enhance your peace and enjoyment.
9. Make your smart TV even smarter
First up, get your tech under control and make some useful storage space. All you need for this hack is a picture frame D-Hook (available in any home improvement store) and some Sugru. Now, go turn your TV’s rear end into a clutter-free tech hangout.
Roll 1/2 a single-use pack of Sugru into a ball and pinch off a piece.
Press the pinch of Sugru onto the device and mould into a cone.
Place the D-Hook over the cone.
Press the Sugru down onto the D-Hook.
Press the rest of the ball onto your TV and mould into a cone.
Gently bend the cone into a hook.
In 12-24 hours, it turns into a strong and durable rubber.
10. Make a creative wall
When it comes to making things, Sugru is the wonder material of choice. It bonds well to all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes and materials such as stone, ceramic, plaster and metal, even coral. Make a creative wall with all your favourite things. Either mount them directly to the wall or make Sugru hooks. No drills. No mess. No hassle. See How To Make A Creative Wall.
For more ideas, explore Ways To Reimagine Your Living Room.
Build Bathroom Bliss (mess-free) 🐳
According to the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the average bathroom renovation can cost over $17k/£13k/€15k. Frightening! No worries. You’ll be surprised how efficient Sugru is for making difficult home improvements easy – and bathroom jobs are no exception. Make yours an organised place of calm with these thrifty, stress-free hacks.
11. Personalise your washroom
Sugru will form a strong bond to all sorts of surfaces like ceramic, porcelain, metal, wood and glass. Repurpose other things to build unique bathroom fittings and mount them directly onto tiles without using a drill. Create a decorative ambience with plants and candles or simply keep your bathroom essentials to hand. See our step-by-step guide on How to create bathroom shelves without drilling or leaving a mark.
12. Design a washroom just for you
Not only will Sugru bond securely to most surfaces, but it’s also completely waterproof and heat-resistant, making it ideal for any hot and steamy shower project. Use it to mount hooks directly onto the walls for bath brushes, loofahs, flannels and shower gels. Even install a simple mount bracket and corner basket for the rest of your products and accessories – and not a screw in sight. Watch How to organise your shower without drilling.
13. Handy toothbrush holsters
No one has ever really come up with the perfect place to store toothbrushes. That is until Sugru. Free up some space in your bathroom, lose the grubby glass and replace it with a row of smiley faces. Make the best toothbrush holsters, ever.
Bedroom Dreamland 😴
On average, we spend one-third of our lives in bed. That’s approximately 26 years. Women fill 136 days of their lives with getting ready and men 46. So it makes sense that your boudoir is a well-ordered sanctuary.
14. Control bedside cables
Remembering to charge devices is a nightly ritual that usually involves cables draped across the floor or tangled around bedroom cabinets. Keep yours in order and within easy reach right beside your bed. These hacks work in the bedroom, the office, the car – anywhere you need to charge up.
You can Create excellent Sugru cable grips using a toothpick. They’re incredibly easy to make and do the job brilliantly.
Alternatively, one of our faithful Sugru-ers discovered that the hands on LEGO Minifigures are exactly the right size to grip most digital cables. Check out our guide: How to organise your cables with LEGO Minifigures.
Everything is beyond awesome!
15. Don't burn bedroom furniture
This home hack is brilliant for protecting furniture from the perils of hot things like hair straighteners and hard things like scratchy ornaments. Simply mould these clever little feet with Sugru and once set they turn into heat-resistant silicone rubber. See the tutorial on How to stop hair straighteners burning the furniture.
16. Hey! Good looking upcycled mirror!
Mirrors always attract lots of clutter. Upcycle yours into a functional mini beauty bar. You can repurpose almost anything into little hooks around it and even make a small shelf for all your bits and bobs. It's practical, decorative and resourceful – what's not to love? Do this easy How to organise your jewellery upcycling project and win storage points.
17. Get kids hooked on tidy
Kids love to feel independent, even when they’re too small to say so. This practical, quirky idea uses old toys to encourage them to hang up their things. Simply install a hook at the right height, made from something they recognise, and kids might stop leaving their stuff on the floor (we hope). As Sugru bonds to most materials, you can transform almost anything into a hook. Go for it. Make a child-friendly wardrobe.
Any one of these easy home hacks will make a massive difference to your living spaces. Love your home by sprinkling it with a bit of silicone magic.
Stick it. Mould it. DIY it.