56 Things Everyone Had in Their House in the ’90s
Remember running to Blockbuster on Friday nights for the latest VHS release?
Sponge painting was so easy it spread across the country throughout the 1990s. If you think sponge painting from the ’90s looks retro, check out these vintage photos of homes from 50 years ago.
In ’95, our sister site Family Handyman showcased shutters at home as a way to enhance the architectural look of a room and add visual warmth. Shutters were a popular choice for many in the decade and we can all recall the sound that lightweight shutters made when air from nearby vents moved them up and down.
This labyrinth game took over houses for about a month or so in the ’90s as everyone rushed out to grab one, only to become bored with it 30 days later. Woodworking pros that we are, decided to build our own for about $40 and eight hours.
Brown and Brass
Clothing went through the grunge period and for a while, the drab browns and brass light fixtures had a similar effect. That coffee table looks like something that later found its way into a college dorm.
VHS Tapes and DVDs
In the ’90s, we were still a ways away from learning what streaming meant. Instead, we used VCRs to play VHS tapes and worried about the tracking of the VCR. Later in the decade we got DVDs and didn’t have to worry about tracking but we did have to worry about scratches on the DVD. If you still have scuffed up DVDs and CDs, then you need this one tip to bring them to live again.
Track lighting was all the rage in the ’80s, so in the proceeding decade, recessed lighting took form as a way to hide the unattractive qualities of track lighting.
Glass Block Wall
Glass block walls appeared in homes in a variety of ways in the ’90s. From showers to dividing walls, to entryway features, we bet you know someone who had this in their house in the ’90s.
Huge Computer Monitors
Remember watching the pipes screensaver or the 3D maze screensaver on Windows 95 on our PCs? Then you also remember those absolutely huge monitors. Alas, those screen savers have faded away, though there is a site where you can still find them. If you’ve got an old computer that you need to get rid of but still have valuable information on the hard drive, here’s how to destroy your hard drive.
Bird Scare Balloon
It’s hard to pinpoint when bird scare balloons like this first started appearing everywhere but Family Handyman wrote about it in 1997 as a way to scare off woodpeckers. Woodpeckers caused in excess of $3 million in damage and a Minnesota man shipped some bird scare balloons down to Florida. The balloons worked because they’re somewhat shaped like a bird. The reflection and the movement of the tail simulate movements of a predator bird. NASA had no more issues with woodpeckers. Get a bird scare balloon if you want to drive away woodpeckers.