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How to DIY a BTS-Inspired Decoration for Your Room?

How to DIY a BTS-Inspired Decoration for Your Room?

If you’d seen my room, you would have said BTS is everywhere –from the walls to the ceilings (yeah, even on the ceilings!) and on my nightstand. I’ve been a BTS fan for years now and I really like to incorporate them into my daily life.

So, if you want to change your room décor into a BTS theme, I would love to guide you. So, make way for one of the best BTS-inspired DIY room decorations.

BTS Light Up Décor

BTS Light Up Décor

Materials You’ll need:

  • Hot glue gun
  • A ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Cardboard
  • A pair of scissors
  • String
  • Black paper
  • Sharpie
  • LED battery-operated white lights
  • Transparent Photocards/ Printouts

Instructions to Make the BTS Light Up Décor

Step 1: You start by taking the cardboard and measuring a 28 * 9 cm rectangle on it. From the bottom on one side of the vertical lines, measure around 4 cm and from the top of the opposite side, measure approximately 6.5 cm.

Note: This is the beginning phase of creating the BTS logo shape.

Step 2: Then, connect all the lines.

Step 3: The same process must be repeated on the back of the cardboard to complete the BTS logo. Then, cut out the shape and with the help of a glue stick, put some black paper down onto one side of the cardboard.

Step 4: Once you’ve cut out the shape glued to the black paper, repeat the same procedure for the other cardboard.

Step 5: Now, trim all the cardboard strips that are of the same length as the exterior edges of the BTS logo (with approximately a width of 5 cm per strip).

Step 6: Next, try to use the black paper to cover both sides of the cardboard strips.

Step 7: Add some hot glue along the long edge of the cardboard and stick it to the top of the BTS logo shape.

Step 8: Now, start trimming all the edges that are poking out. If there is none, then just skip this step.

Step 9: Now, take the second-longest strip and using the hot glue, stick it to the top of the logo.

Step 10: Concerning the slanting edge, I suggest cutting down the sides of the strip to make it fit inside the two that have already been glued. Using hot glue, stick all three sides of the strip.

Step 11: Remember not to glue all three sides when you are gluing the last strip at the bottom. Just keep in mind that you only need to glue the base and the side closer to the center end of the logo shape.

Step 12: Once you’ve put the lights inside, tug the cord through the bottom edge that you didn’t secure with hot glue. Remember to do this for both sides.

Step 13: Once you’ve glued the lights in place, cut pieces of string and using the hot glue, stick them across the width of the logo shape. Usually, you can make as much as you want but I’d recommend a maximum of 4 only.

Step 14: Next, to cover the rough edges of the cardboard, it is recommended to cut and stick small and thin strips of paper.

Step 15: Now at the back of the cardboard, stick the battery packs with the switch facing outwards and put the cords down.

Step 16: If you want it to be stable enough, I suggest using the cardstock paper and hot glue to stick the two components at the back. In the front, you can just stick the two pieces of the shape at the middle.

Step 17: And, the final step includes putting the printouts or photocards of your bias or bias-wrecker and using pegs onto the strings, you can hang them. And, lastly, you can place it beside your bed or just hang it on some wall in your house or in your bedroom.




cork flooring

Formats and Installation of Cork Flooring

Cork flooring had its heyday in the 1970s, around the same time as Formica furniture! Now cork floors are making a comeback with the same undeniable benefits but with a new look! Indeed, Cork is now associated with more contemporary and aesthetic materials. It benefits from new technologies, which allow successful decorations on a material that no longer has to prove itself. They imitate the formats of parquet and laminate flooring and even modular PVC flooring.

Advantages of cork flooring

All-natural material

The first great advantage of Cork in this age of ecological and sustainable development is its entirely natural composition.

The material comes from the cork oak, a tree remarkable for its high bark production, which grows mainly in Portugal.

Good to know: only the bark of the cork oak is harvested. We harvest the bark every 9 years, the time of their regeneration. The trees regenerate without ever being cut down.

Ideal for renovation

Cork floors are often thin and ideal for interior renovation projects.

Traditional cork floors only require a little space.

The thickness ranges from 3 to 6 mm for glue-down cork floors.

A quiet floor

cork flooring

The disadvantage of some floor coverings is the noise when walking.

Cork absorbs the noise and gives a new acoustic comfort in footfall. No more clattering noise inside the room when walking, and comfort for the neighbours below!

Note: footfall noise is reduced by about 50% compared to a parquet or laminate floor installed as a floating floor, for example.

Natural thermal insulation

Cork is an ideal product for thermal insulation. The floor temperature is warm and remains stable regardless of the season.

Good to know: nothing to do with tiles, for example, a material strictly opposed to Cork in terms of heat!

Impact resistance

cork flooring

Cork is a compressed and very elastic material. Therefore, it is a flooring product that is resistant to impact and punching.

It resists well to falling objects, but also high heels!

Cork “parquet” floor

Product evolution

With today’s flooring technologies, Cork is a logical imitation of parquet. It is, after all, a wood base since we are talking about bark, so cork floor manufacturers have invested in manufacturing technologies derived from parquet.

The Cork is pressed onto a wood fibre base to become a floor covering similar to laminate or parquet flooring.

It can then be assembled with a click system and laid as a floating floor while retaining all the advantages of Cork. This is how a floor from yesterday became a floor of today!


cork flooring

With its well-known “cork” appearance, Cork still exists and is still suitable for certain places in terms of decoration. But its aesthetics remains little modern.

Manufacturers have continued to innovate by working on the decorative aspect of Cork simply by pressing very effective and modern decorative papers directly on it. It’s like a parquet floor that can be stained or brushed, or laminated, which is only a photo that can be modified.

Note: the decorations are sometimes printed on a thin layer of real Cork; manufacturers print them directly.

The result is easy-to-install cork flooring with designs that imitate all types of wood, for example, in many colours or even natural stone.


The cork floors are then protected with special varnishes to achieve effective resistance according to the areas of use. This is their wear layer.

Other types of cork floors

Traditional cork flooring

Traditional cork floors are glued down. This thin version has been known for years, often in the form of tiles.

This version is ideal for renovations.

Cork and vinyl flooring

On the same multi-layer principle as for the imitation parquet, manufacturers also associate Cork and vinyl (PVC) for a successful floor covering in terms of decoration and stability. So we have both the decor and technicality of PVC and the advantages of cork material.

Good to know: thanks to this clever mix, we can obtain unique products compatible with wet rooms.

Cork as an underlay

The new cork products can also be integrated with the material underneath as an underlay for floating installation.

In short, Cork is above but also below: all advantages!

Formats and installation of cork floors

Cork floor formats

The thickness varies from 3/4 mm for traditional glue-down Cork and up to 12 mm for multilayer systems.

Cork floors exist as slabs or strips: slabs to imitate tiles with mineral decorations and strips to imitate parquet.

Here are some examples of formats:

    – slabs: 400×600 mm;

    – strips: 140/180×1200 mm.

Installation of cork floors

The initial manufacture of traditional cork flooring products requires a glued installation.

Thanks to the new multi-layer products, floating installation is now possible according to installation standards.

Note: time is saved, and the installation is less technical.

Price of cork flooring

For cork floors to be glued down for domestic use (mainly in tiles): between $42 and $49/m².

For multilayer cork floors for domestic use, floating installation: is approximately $50/m².


Glued Parquet

Does Parquet Flooring Need to Be Glued?

Finding one’s way through all the parquet offers in specialized stores or shops is sometimes tricky. There are significant differences between each model: floating parquet, nailed parquet, glued parquet, nailed parquet, or glue-down parquet. It is essential, above all, to determine what is a solid parquet and a glued parquet. Both products have the same final appearance but are technically very different. Both contain noble wood, but not in the same proportions. To enlighten you and thus better understand and choose, we tell you everything about the glued parquet!

What is a glued parquet floor?

Let’s first recall the notion of “parquet”. The floor must be made of noble wood that is at least 2.5 mm thick to qualify for this designation. The laminate is, therefore, a parquet floor if it respects this primary rule.

There are products with lower facings, not parquet but veneer flooring. Laminate flooring is excluded from the parquet family because it does not have a noble wood layer.

In short, laminate flooring comprises 3 plies, a wood fibre panel or a resinous lath, a counterbalancing sheet on the reverse side and a noble wood facing of 2.5 mm minimum on the top. These 3 parts are assembled in the factory by pressing them together.

Glued parquet and facing

The facing is an essential element; it is the “wear layer” of the laminate floor. The thicker the facing, the more resistant the laminate, especially to punching. This will also allow you to renovate it longer, as a laminate floor can be sanded like a solid wood floor in a renovation.

Note: for renovation sanding, we remove 1 mm of wood at most, and we make, on average, a sanding every 10 years.

The different types of laminate flooring

There are two types of laminate flooring:

 – the multi-strip (2 or 3 strips on the same width of blade);

 – single strip (1 strip).

Multi-strip floors are more affordable in terms of budget but often less aesthetic. You will have the look of several small strips in one single strip. It is the best compromise to have a real parquet floor at home for a small budget.

Single strip laminate flooring offers a much more comprehensive range of colours, sizes and finishes. Single-strip engineered flooring is a single plank, close to the look of solid wood flooring.

Good to know: laminate floors are often sold “factory finished”, so they are ready to install. You will have chamfers, either 2 on the length or 4 on the 4 sides.

Why choose a laminate floor?

Glued Parquet

Advantages of glued parquet

First of all, unlike solid parquet, the construction of engineered parquet allows for wide and long strips, thanks to their excellent stability. This is a major advantage, but it also has other important benefits.

 – Laminate flooring is generally equipped with a “click” assembly system that allows the boards to be installed together without glue.

 – The recommended installation for this type of parquet is the floating installation; it is, therefore, fast to install compared to a glued structure, which is mandatory for a solid parquet.

 – Laying a laminate floor is easy and widely accessible to a good handyman.

 – Finally, the laminate floor can be renovated like a solid floor; it can be sanded to return to its raw state, re-varnished or re-oiled. You can also change the colour by applying a new shade.

Disadvantages of engineered flooring

On the other hand, the following disadvantages of engineered flooring are to be considered:

 – The laminate floor does not have the “nobility” of solid wood flooring, even if technically it is close.

 – The floating installation is sometimes a disadvantage because the floor is not integral to the support. The acoustic performance can be altered for transmission noises (from one floor to another) and transmission noises (walking noises).

 – Even if the parquet floor is more stable than a solid floor, it reacts to the same constraints as a solid floor (temperature, hygrometry, expansion, etc.).

 – If you choose a glued parquet floor with a small facing (2.5 mm), it will not last as long for renovation.

Note: Nothing prevents you from installing a glued parquet floor. The acoustics will be better, but the installation will be longer and more expensive (glue price).

How to choose a laminate floor?

Engineered flooring and aesthetics

Engineered wood floors are available in many wood species: beech, wenge, maple, walnut, etc. The most common wood is oak, which is widely available in all sizes, finishes and colours. It is the most sold wood, both solid and laminated.

The choice of wood is, above all, a matter of taste. However, beware of certain species that may present some constraints. Make sure you get the correct information before you buy!

As for finishes, you will find today as many varnished as oiled engineered floors.

What is glued parquet used for?

Glued Parquet

I prefer laminate flooring with a minimum facing of 3.2 mm for the most frequented living rooms. The thickness of the facing will determine its resistance wear. A parquet floor with a 2.5 mm facing will be sufficient for a bedroom.

Dimensions of laminate flooring strips

Engineered wood floors are available in various widths from 90 to 300 mm. A “wide” board is a 180/190 mm board; the offer on this width is significant.

You will find lengths from 1200 mm (short for a laminate) to 2400 mm.

Attention: if your pieces are small, too much length will lead to cuts. Also, handling long distances can be complicated if you live on a second floor! Take these different constraints into account before purchasing.

Laying techniques for laminate flooring

In principle, a glued parquet floor is installed floating, i.e., not glued to the support. The acoustics will be better (noise when walking reduced), which can also be recommended when laying on underfloor heating. However, nothing prevents you from laying a glued parquet floor in full or with a cord.

Some laminate floors do not have a click system and are presented like solid wood floors in tongue and groove. You can still lay a floating floor with these engineered floors, but you will need to glue the tongue into the groove to stabilize the system.

How much does engineered flooring cost?

The cost of engineered flooring is highly variable and depends on several criteria:

 – the size of the strips (width, length, thickness of the facing);

 – the wood species chosen (oak, beech, maple, walnut, wenge);

 – the finish (the more the floor is worked in a factory, by its colours or effects of structure, the more it is expensive.

Interior Wall Covering

Which Interior Wall Covering Should I Choose


    – Wall Covering: Paint

    – Wall Covering: Wallpaper

    – Wall Covering: Wainscoting

The choice of interior wall covering is a major part of home decoration, as is the choice of floor covering. Depending on the room and the desired aesthetic, we will adopt paint, wallpaper or panelling.

Wall covering: paint

Interior Wall Covering

Painting is the easiest solution to implement. Affordable for small budgets, it is ideal for a sober and contemporary decoration. Another advantage is the assortment of shades.

There are three types of finish: matte, gloss and satin.

Two types of paint exist.

Oil-based paints (glycerol)

    – Advantages: resistant to humidity, suitable for bathrooms, kitchens or high-traffic areas.

    – Disadvantages: quite long to dry, contain solvents, give off a strong odour, not very ecological.

Water-based paints (acrylics)

    – Advantages: adaptable to all surfaces, quick-drying, odourless, allow cleaning of tools with water, more environmentally friendly because there are no solvents.

    – Disadvantages: poor resistance to humidity, need for an undercoat.

Wall covering: wallpaper

Traditional wall covering is back! You can use wallpaper alone or in conjunction with painted walls for a graphic effect.

There are three types of wallpaper:

    – The ready-to-install: perfect for new walls, these papers offer a wide range of choices (embossed, smooth, vinyl, velvet, metallic, woven or vegetable fibres, imitation plaster, stone, etc.).

    – Ready-to-paint: somewhat adapted to old walls or walls to be renovated. They are generally white, easy to apply, paint, or for a seamless decoration. These papers are less expensive but also less interesting for new construction.

    – Non-woven: this new generation of wallpaper allows for a simplified installation. Apply glue to the wall, place the strip and then flatten it to fix it well. This improvement comes at a price: plus 10%, compared to a traditional roller.

One will adapt its wallpaper according to the house’s rooms (humidity, frequentation). Smooth papers are the most resistant, contrary to embossed and grainy papers, which can deteriorate if they are too close.

Note: always buy rolls from the same batch to avoid differences in shade.

Price: Starting at about $1.50/roll, up to more than $40 for a high-end paper.

Wall covering: Wainscoting

Interior Wall Covering

Most often offered in wood, wainscoting is also available in PVC or panels on a chipboard base. It is a practical solution when you want to decorate your home visibly and quickly.

There are three types of panelling:

    – The wood panelling: The wood panelling strips come in different lengths and widths, but the wide strips are now widespread. The type of wood is considered according to the room of destination: a humid room requires a wood able to withstand moisture (exotic woods such as teak and bangkirai). At the same time, the pine and white fir will fit in a room with contemporary inspiration. On the contrary, oak gives a more traditional “chalet” atmosphere.

    – PVC panelling: Very easy to maintain; this panelling is rot-proof and therefore has excellent durability. It is available in many shades and patterns and can imitate different materials, including wood. You can install the strips (length from 2.50 to 2.70 m and width from 10 to 37.5 cm) on the wall without any joints. A good compromise when you want to decorate a wet room, such as the bathroom, at a lower cost.

    – Coated decorative panelling: This type of ready-to-install panelling on particle board or fiberboard is covered with melamine paper. It offers decors that reproduce the look and nuances of wood for a lower price. The strips are available in lengths of 2.60 m or 1.28 m. They allow a seamless installation on walls or ceilings, according to your desire.

The installation of the panels, whatever they are, is quite simple. Most often designed as ready-to-install, the boards are equipped with a “click” system for better interlocking.

Note: The cover surface is calculated by removing the doors and windows to determine the number of boards needed.

For wood panelling, it is helpful to leave the boards in the room where they will be installed for 48 hours to let them adapt to the ambient temperature.

To avoid differences in shade between batches, mix boards from several packages when installing.

Price: PVC and coated panels are the least expensive (starting at $10 per 2.6 m²). Solid wood can reach $40 for the same surface.