I found a dresser on the sidewalk in Brooklyn yesterday, the 30th. I rushed to take it, since it appeared to be of very high quality and, having recently moved, I needed one! Now, I'm paranoid I may have exposed myself to bedbugs - not because of any obvious empirical evidence, but because the risk in New York City is purportedly so high, and the piece could have been thrown out because of an infestation. (It could also have been the casualty of a move.) The only possible visual sign of any infestation is here, in the base of the dresser: http://imgur.com/ARBrX3K This white substance scattered and disappeared when I tried to scoop a bit of it up with some paper. I think it's probably wood shavings from the dresser itself; an extensive search turned up no obvious signs of droppings, shed skins, the things themselves. But this white, salt-like substance does not seem altogether inconsistent with eggs. Should I get this thing out of my apartment immediately?
Several years ago I found some instructions for building your own (banquette style, I think) seating out of plywood, foam, etc. What sticks out in my memory was the author introducing the need for new furniture. It was something like this: 'I loaned my apartment to some filmmakers for a shoot. After the fact, I discovered they made porn, and you can guess what they used my couch for. (They had sex on it.) Obviously I need new furniture.' Can you track down this page?
Hi all, I've fallen in love with this bamboo clothes rack from Argos but unfortunately they only ship within the UK. Do any of you happen to know a smiliar or same item from a different store, one that would ship to Berlin in Germany where I currently reside? Many thanks, hive!
After a sewage line back-up disaster in the house were renting, is there any way for me to sanitize the riser I built for our screening room? [more inside]
Sam's Club used to sell these umbrella bases in-store. I can't find them anymore. I'd love to know the manufacturer so that I could order ten or twenty (even direct from China). However, I'm not only unable to find these bases in-store, but I can't find anything like them anywhere else. Can a Google or manufacturing super-sleuth help me? [more inside]
I want a small file cabinet with a numeric keypad or fingerprint lock rather than a key. [more inside]
My husband has about eleventy-billion Magic cards in various binders and boxes. He plays at our dining room table, and the area on and around it are cluttered with them. He wants access to all cards at all times, and our old house doesn't have any downstairs closets (because it was build before MTG was invented, I assume). I would really, really like to declutter the room, as it's both the first room guests see in the house and a place I would like to eat dinner again. [more inside]
Where to find quirky home inspiration? [more inside]
I'm replacing the outdated and ugly ceiling lighting fixtures in my place -- almost a dozen of them at once. Decor is simple and modern, with white walls and wood floors. I also really like Tiffany lamps and chandeliers although I don't usually go for ornate stuff. I'm new to decorating. Can you recommend some fixtures for me (with links)? [more inside]
Help me cure my sofa. [more inside]
This chaise longue was found at terminal 2 of the Mumbai airport and turned out to be quite comfortable. Any ideas about the product/company/designer?
If you were selling this thing on Craigslist, how would you describe it (like--what is it? what is its purpose? what era/style? etc.) and how much would you ask for it?
I've recently moved and my great-grandmother's dresser now has some significant new chips and one thing I'd call a gouge. :( The claim form from the movers says you can request a repair--or put down an amount of compensation you want. [more inside]
Mrs. Demon and I both remember reading, in either a book or a periodical, in the early '80s, an article about an Englishman who found himself with a dog he didn't really want, which dog then had puppies. To keep the puppies in one place, he made a pen by stapling chicken wire to his living room furniture. Does anyone remember anything like this?
I'm looking for chairs like this -- round, compact, cozy. Is there a term for this style? Do you have one that you love? Is there a better small but comfortable and clean-lined option out there? [more inside]
I have a piece of furniture with a lock on it. I'd like to replace the lock, but I'm having a very difficult time figuring out how to remove it. Pictures inside. [more inside]
The huge pane of glass that was my desk's main surface broke, and I'd like to replace it. The return (also glass) is still in decent shape and I'd like the main desktop to match it as much as possible in hue and the shape of the edge. How much can I expect to pay for a suitable 7'×3' piece of glass, is there anything non-obvious I should ask about, and does anyone happen to know good glaziers in the Cambridge, MA area, or how to look for one besides flipping through Yelp? [more inside]
We are preparing for a homestudy ahead of being licensed for foster care! Hooray! We need a crib to pass the homestudy! Hooray! This is the most lovely and practical piece for our small space I could ever dream up! [more inside]
The seat for my 13-year-old (out of warranty) Aeron chair has cracked rather dramatically, with stabby bits pointing out. What's this thing made out of, and what's the best glue for it? [more inside]
I use an adjustable desk at work, and alternate between sitting and standing. After a coworker mentioned the Level, I really want to try using a balance board while standing, but maybe not a $400 one! So what should I look for instead? [more inside]
I live alone in West LA. I have a tiny car with no trunk to speak of. I would like to start shopping for some used furniture, but it won't fit into my not-trunk. Everywhere else I've lived, I've known friends or family who have access to pickups, SUVs, etc and coordinated with them when I needed furniture moved. Not here. How do people manage this single-handed? [more inside]
My boyfriend is looking for an office chair that will be comfortable for his height (6'3") and long torso (34" from hip bone to top of head). What options are available in the UK? [more inside]
I've been looking so long that I'm about to consider commissioning a custom-built unit — but before I do, is there a great Blu-ray-specific shelving unit that I've missed? [more inside]
I'm looking for a chair for my bedroom desk. Requirements: white, comfortable and supportive for a person with short legs, not too office-y looking, minimal assembly required, under $650 but cheaper is better. Any tried-and-true recommendations? [more inside]
Hi MeFites, I have a furniture puzzle for you to solve. Riddle me this… [more inside]
What is this piece of furniture with a clock, large sector to 150 and a smaller selector? [more inside]
This odd piece of furniture is in an upcoming auction in my area. It's called a "map cupboard" in the listing. Was it made to hold incredibly large rolled up maps? I've never seen one before.
I have a tv stand mounted to my wall that appears to be this thing. Can someone tell me what it was, and how to get a new drawer for it?
Anyone know where I can find a good knockoff/copy or used example of this leather armchair? [more inside]
I own a wood Singer sewing machine table handed down to me by grandmother that is in otherwise decent shape except for the top, which is damaged (as you can see here). Seeking recommendations for someone in New York City who can restore the top. Thank you.
I'd like to buy a Moroccan pouf for my new livingroom but I'd rather not order one from Etsy if I can get one in person. I live in Seattle and would love to know if there are any shops around here where I might find such a thing - especially if you have actually seen one there and aren't just speculating. [more inside]
I'm looking for an app or other software (hopefully available online) that will help me to plan how to put large numbers of chairs, desks and tables and sort/divide them into different rooms. Do you know of any?
We have hardwood floors and despite the use of carpets, there are now lots of scratches in areas of heavy use. We have felt pads on the legs of our stuff but the things seem to come off at every opportunity, especially on items that are moved often (dining chairs). I hate having to reapply them and I hate the stupid black felt circles that come off knocking around the floor all the time. Is there a better way? What is the absolute best pad I can buy? Most items have wooden legs but a couple are metal. Can't easily increase amount of rug converge.
I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
I'm looking for a piece of furniture (a sofa table, DVD rack, bookcase, etc) to cover the exposed back of a sectional couch. Difficulty: can only be 8" deep at most. [more inside]
Bookcases all seem to be 10-12 inches deep. I want one that's 7-9 inches deep. Can you help? [more inside]
I'm getting divorced. It appears that ex is keeping everything (which I am okay with, I'm getting compensated). But now I am faced with buying lots of stuff. I'm not rich but not poor. I want stuff that will last 10+ years. What are the 2015 best practices? I have all the major American furniture and homegoods stores nearby. I'm fond of online shopping. Consignment is fine but I can't spend weeks hunting. [more inside]
I am in the market for a new recliner. The internet has presented me with a dizzying array of choices, almost all of which I do not want or need. More inside in the --> [more inside]
I ordered furniture that was delivered to the sidewalk. I live in a three-story walk-up, and explicitly asked the company to send people to carry the furniture upstairs. It's damaged because I had to carry it inside myself. What can I do? [more inside]
I have a piece of furniture I fear is too complex for me to assemble. I live on Chicago's north side and am looking for a recommendation for someone to hire to put it together. (Note: I found Assembly Squad Chicago's minimum fee too expensive, and Chicago Assembly Services is too booked.) Any recommendations?
We've found a great pair of chairs, and I've found the makers mark at the bottom, but for the life of me can't make it out. I've tried googling for variants - buhn, buhk, bahn, bahk - but no luck. Does anyone recognize it? Mark Chair
I'd like a better working knowledge of practical furniture design for wood, along with general woodworking best practices—and I feel like there's probably a better way than my current system of building lots of frustrating projects and learning what not to do one thing at a time. Please point me to the resources—books, magazines, communities, etc.—that got you over the hump. [more inside]
I would like to relax, read, and watch movies in a nice chair, rather than my bed. I'm looking for a reclining armchair with lower-back support that's sized for somebody who's 6'1". [more inside]
Does this exist? I'm looking for the ability to sit/stand at my desk. However, because I have cabinets over/attached to the desk itself, and the desk cannot be moved from the corner it is in, I can't get an accessory to hold two monitors that needs to be clamped to something.
Our well-worn 12-year old Pottery Barn leather couch is on its last legs, and we are searching for a dog-friendly replacement that will stand up to claws, hair, and other associated dog-related dangers. [more inside]
Would you tip for this and how much? [more inside]
I have a couch (sofa) I love. It is, however, more than 10 years old and falling apart. Help me find a new one that shares its perfect qualities. [more inside]
What are the little decorating tricks, tips, techniques, and secrets that take a space from looking fine and functioning decently to being all-around awesome? [more inside]