My inspiration for this blog came from a design show I was watching on HGTV a few weeks ago – Summer Showdown.  Two expert HGTV designers took the same exact family room and competed to make it the most functional and attractive for the family.  Vern Yip was one of the designers.  I love Vern’s design style….very simple, comfy, and cozy.  And, he’s not over-the-top with whacky, impractical ideas like a lot of the designers. Anyway, the family kept a huge dog kennel in their family room.  Vern very cleverly put a table over the kennel and used it as an end table beside the couch.  He then used fabric to make a fitted cover for the table to hide the kennel and make the end table attractive.  (Here’s the link to the episode.  Click to the second picture showing Vern’s winning design and ... More

After writing my last post about my first encounter with a  Lifetime Basketball System, I started thinking about how many other people probably had a similar experience as mine. In fact, on my drive home from work last week, I decided to count how many basketball systems there were, and how many of them were from Lifetime. In my short 10 miles from work to home, I counted 60 basketball hoops along my path, and out of those, close to 80% of them were made by Lifetime! So I’m guessing that many have had an experience similar to mine. If you do, I’d love to hear about it! In fact, while looking for the Jordan vs. Bird commercial a couple of weeks ago, I ran across video of some guys creating some pretty cool memories of their own on a Lifetime System. Check them out here:  Backyard Basketball More

Well, just when we think we have something figured out, plans always change.  When we bought our house, we paid a little extra for our lot because of the abundance of trees.  We were thrilled to find such a beautiful lot because the trees give us complete privacy from our neighbors, provide a gorgeous view from our family room and kitchen windows, and make for a unique play area for the kids.  Unfortunately, over this past weekend, one of the tallest trees in our yard just up and died.  No clue why.  We happened to be playing with the kids in the back yard and noticed all the leaves on the Mountain Laurel tree are completely brown…which they aren’t supposed to be even though it’s autumn.  Obviously, we are sad to loose such a big tree and we are hoping it’s not a disease that may spread... More

For the past several years our company has participated in the Annual Outdoor Retailer Show at the Salt Palace in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  You’ll find the show filled with aisle after aisle of camping gear, climbing gear, custom water craft, outdoor apparel and the like.  This year at our booth you would have also found our sweet Fold-Up Utility Trailer and our convertible Yard Cart.But anyone who’s been to a trade show knows that besides touting your own wares, half of the reason you’re there is to see what everyone else is doing.  So while meandering through the multitude of retailers just trying to keep up on relevant trends, I happened across some of our tables.  A configuration of several card tables made for a very practical and common use of our product – a convenient meeting area to discuss ... More

Do you like to go camping or RVing? Don’t we all? There’s one thing I’ve noticed, there never seems to be enough room to put pots and pans, board games, work areas, or just places to sit down and have a nice meal. The problem is space. RV’s don’t have a lot of room for “extra stuff” and regular folding tables can take up quite a bit of room. JEBar, a senior member over at MyRVtalk.com,  recommends Lifetime’s fold-in-half tables to solve this problem. They open up to a good working size but fold to a nice, compact size. JEBar says: features we like .... adjustable height .... easy to clean .... folds to a really nice size so as to fit into the basement of our camper (open size 2' X 4' -- folded size 2' square about 4" thick) ..... seems to be very stable .... one concern, will I have to put some sor... More

Lifetime’s folding tables and chairs have long been a staple of churches, schools, governments, airports, and non-profit organizations. Lifetime looked closer at these institutions and noticed some of them making larger orders, most need some way to store and transport tables and chairs when not in use, and many need custom bids and personalized service. In an effort to better serve these institutional customers, Lifetime has created the new Instutional Sales department. If you fall into one of these categories, get in touch with our specalist Michael Mower and see how Lifetime can help you! More

Ok, for those of you following my blogs, we haven’t forgot about our shed project.  It just kind of got put on the back burner with summer vacations, back-to-school etc.  But, we’re ready to start tackling it again.  Like I mentioned before, unfortunately, we really only have one ideal place for a shed in our backyard since we have a sloped yard and lots of trees.  It will be in the back corner with fence on two sides and trees on the other.  If you take a look at the pictures, you can see where we plan to put it and why it’s going to be slightly challenging. We did some measuring the other day.  The space we have to work with is really only about 6’ wide before we’d have to start removing trees, which we don’t want to do.  A 5’x8’ shed would fit perfectly!  Of course, things are ... More

Ahoy There, Me Hearties!  If you like to navigate shrewdly, fight recklessly and pillage mercilessly.  I have the perfect board game for you.  One of the many uses we get out of our Lifetime Card Table and our Lifetime Folding Chairs is using them for a convenient gaming table.  The card table is handy for board games where access to the board is necessary.  It’s small enough that you do not have to stretch across the table to draw a card or move a token.  This also allows us to use the dining table for the dining portion of the evening and the game can be already set-up ready to go instead of waiting to clear and clean the dining table.  The dining table can also be reserved to host a large array of desserts and treats.  One of our favorite board games is called “Pirates Cove”.  ... More

Bet you didn’t know it’s National Play-doh Day today, did you?  Not exactly sure why I know, I guess I just stumbled across it online somehow.  I’m also not sure what you’re supposed to do on National Play-doh Day and who even recognizes or sponsors it.  But, in honor of National Play-doh Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post of picture of my son playing with…yep, you guessed it…Play-doh!  :)   Kids love Play-doh. Parents love the idea of fun, quiet, creative play…but, deep down, most of us hate the mess it makes and detest the fact that the stuff dries out after just a few months no matter how tightly you put on the lid!  A lot of my friends only let their kids use Play-doh outside so they don’t have to worry about cleaning up those gazallion little rice-sized pieces that ge... More

We’ve been seeing a few comments posted here from customers trying to reach our Customer Care team. While we’re glad to try and address your questions here, most of the time we pass your questions directly on to our Customer Care team who is happy to help you get the information or help you need regarding your product. We always invite your comments and don’t want to discourage anyone from writing in (after all, that’s what this blog is all about), we do want to make sure that when you have questions they get answered as quickly as possible. That said, when you want to talk to a product or lifestyle expert, this is the place to post those questions, comments, suggestions, examples, etc. When you have questions regarding assembly, warranty, replacement parts, etc.  you’ll want to contact Customer Care. First, ch... More

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Building Our Lifetime Shed - Step 3
It's official! Our Lifetime shed building project is finished! A few weeks ago we added a wood "skirt" to the front of the wood platform to hide the gap underneath, to prevent critters from getting under our shed, and to make it more attractive. Since we have a wood fence around our yard, we bought two more fence boards and cut them into short pieces. We nailed them onto the platform and basically made a miniature fence along the bottom front of the shed. We then stained it to match the rest of our fencing. It turned out great! We used some of the rock that was left from building our house (and rock that we dug up in our yard when we built our shed) to build some landscaping beds around the shed. We planted a few pansies, and a bush, and - voila- we were done! We originally built our Lifetime shed to get rid of some of the c...
Lifetime Fold-Up Trailer Featured on Gizmag
Have you ever thought a product was designed sowell thatit deserved a little recognition?We at Lifetime want you to think that about all our products, which is why we strive forexcellence in theengineering and design everything we make. One such product is receiving some good recognition latley.Business Week regularly reportsthe winners of the IDEA prize-- The (International Design Excellence Awards) program is the premier international competition honoring design excellence in products, ecodesign, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts.1 Lifetimes Fold-Up Trailer was one of the winners of this prestigious award. The folks over at gizmag.com picked up on Business Weeks coverage of Lifetimes Fold-Up Trailer, and have written up a sweet review: Trailers are extremely useful items when you need them...
Favorite Room In My House
We moved to a new house two years ago and I love it! Out of the entire house, guess which room my favorite? Ok, trick question…it’s not even really a room. It’s the closet in our office! It’s a large walk-in closet with two doors and a window. I use one side for storage of big things like suitcases, our baby pack-n-play, etc. The other side is my own little niche….my craft closet. Most of the crafts I do are just small paper type crafts (handmade cards, invitations, etc.) so I don’t need a lot of room or fancy supplies. Most people laugh at me and ask why I don’t just use the entire office as my craft room. Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I love to be organized so it’s crucial to my sanity that I don’t leave projects-in-process just laying around where I can see all of the clutter. So, turning the closet into my craft close...