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Comfortable floor seating for tall adult?

My husband is 6'0 and often finds himself playing a board game/building a Lego masterpiece/watching a video on the floor with the kids. Although he is quite slim and fit, he has a history of spinal fusion and it is very uncomfortable for him to sit on the floor for long periods. We have a few seat cushions that he can use, but these don't provide enough support. Hivemind, what kind of seating should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by little mouth on Dec 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Electricians of AskMe: Help, my desk keeps shocking me!

A few months ago I moved into a new apartment, and decided to get one of these industrial shelving units - something like this to use as a desk/bookshelf/musical gear shelf. Everything works great, except when I plug my macbook into its charger and start typing. If my hands are on the aluminum body of the macbook and my wrists brush up against the metal frame of the shelving unit, I get a sharp shock, nothing too bad, but painful and annoying. [more inside]
posted by taromsn on Nov 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Bouncy Mattress Good for Making the Whoopee?

The Mrs and I long for the give and bounce of the cheap mattress she had in college. But shopping around it seems like none of the new mattresses have that great springy coil bounce we enjoyed so much. What are we missing here? Is there something specific to ask for? Do I need to go super-cheap off-brand to get what we're looking for? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Nov 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Lead paint used in Dixie dressers?

Does anyone have knowledge of the type of paint used on the Dixie dresser seen here? Or with other Dixie dressers of the same period (seems like roughly 60's-70's)? I bought that same model dresser on Craigslist and decided to strip the paint on the drawers, not realizing how old the dresser was until some googling tonight. And now I have major fears. [more inside]
posted by otolith on Oct 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me safely disassemble a rocking chair

Furniture makers, DIYers, other knowledgeable hive mind folks: Is it possible to safely disassemble and then reassemble this rocking chair to make it easier to ship or pack? It's like this, only without the college degree. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Oct 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Furniture/Home Decor Shops in Sweden

My husband and I are traveling to Sweden soon. We both love Scandinavian design and would like to visit some furniture/home decor shops while in Sweden. What are some good, not too expensive furniture shops to visit in Stockholm and Sundsvall? We're interested in both local chains (Ikea not included) and boutique shops. Is it possible to buy furniture there and have the shop ship them to the US for you? Are the shipping costs generally reasonable? Thanks!
posted by wcmf on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Old furniture: cool crap or just crap?

My workplace features some 60s/70s-ish looking sofas and chairs in a foyer, which is finally being updated. As a result, said furniture will soon be put out on the sidewalk, and I can claim it if I want to. I'm not a huge fan of the furniture per se, but am trying to figure out whether this stuff is cool retro crap that can be re-sold, or just crap. Pix here. [more inside]
posted by googly on Aug 19, 2014 - 27 answers

Can you help me ID and replace this piece of my dresser drawer slide?

When moving this weekend, I broke my dresser (sad trombone). I tried to take the drawers out to make them easier to move, but they have these little brackets with ball bearings in them that are lubricated and make the drawer slide in the track. I tried poking around online but I can't figure out where to get new ones… or even what I'm looking for is called. [more inside]
posted by araisingirl on Aug 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Need a good couch for cheap

Does this exist in Austin? I'm looking for a family-owned furniture store that sells name-brand furniture for less than the name-brand store. There's a place in the Dallas suburbs that does this. They have very little inventory, but they have the catalogs for places like Ashley, La-Z-Boy, and Bassett. Customers typically look around at those stores and then go to the mom-and-pop shop to order from the catalog. If you've seen this in the Austin area (Round Rock to San Marcos), please tell me where!
posted by erloteiel on Aug 3, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I put a value on this (piece of furniture)?

I have a piece of furniture that I bought at a garage sale about 8 years ago for around $50. We need to get rid of it, but I don't know how much to sell it for. I think it's possible it's worth more than $50. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Jul 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Something like malm

I am looking for a dresser with drawers that don't stick and are nice and deep so they hold a lot of clothing. Ideally I'd like a 3-drawer Malm dresser from Ikea, but the closest one is 3 hours away and they don't deliver the Malm. Any other substitutes? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jun 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Winter, we're coming

My wife has accepted a post-doc position in the University of Wisconsin system with duration of around two years. Where exactly in Wisconsin is slightly up in the air, but no matter where we end up, we have a host of questions to ask about moving there and Wisconsin life in general. Once we know where we're actually going, we may have more questions about the area, but right now I think our biggest concern is winter. [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Apr 29, 2014 - 78 answers

DIY Furniture Question

I want to paint this. For various reasons, stripping it first is out. How to get the best paint job? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Mar 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Experiences with Amish Furniture?

We've never bought a dining room table and chairs before, and we're just not quite sure we're being thorough in our questions and inspection of the samples we've seen at the furniture store. Is there anything we need to know? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by metarkest on Feb 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Attractive and Reasonable Office Furniture

Hi, does anyone have recommendations for attractive, well-designed and relatively affordable office furniture? I am looking for something that is a step up from Stapes and Office Depot, especially for conference tables. This is for a true office, not a home office. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by beisny on Feb 20, 2014 - 10 answers

What is normal when shipping furniture by freight?

I think this situation is crazy, but maybe it's par for the course. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Dec 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Can I put a TV in my window so I can watch while I watch?

What are the downsides, or dangers to my TV, of putting my TV in a bay window? [more inside]
posted by Naib on Nov 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Reverse-geotagging: Where is this furniture store in LA?

A friend recently posted pictures from a fairly-fashionable (potentially used?) furniture store "somewhere in LA," but won't spill the beans about where it is! I'd like to find it and pick up some of this goodness. Hoping that one of you might know where it is. Thank you!! Pictures: 1 2 3 4 [more inside]
posted by raihan_ on Oct 31, 2013 - 7 answers

The naming of chairs is a difficult matter.

I have an old photo that has two chairs in it; I'd like to know what you call this kind of chair. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Oct 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Installing the drawer slides from hell

I'm at a total loss as to how to install these drawer slides...please help! [more inside]
posted by janerica on Oct 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Crypton Super Fabric - really truely super and duper?

Need to save sofas. Have big stinky dogs. Is Crypton the fabric or choice? Or is there something better? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew on Sep 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me identify this art/chair?

I bought an interesting small chair at a local thrift store. Here's a picture of the front. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Aug 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Should I pay a small king's ransom for this chair

After years of back problems, I am seeking a chair that I can actually sit in comfortably. I am looking at the Gravity Balans, but it costs a small fortune. However, I am desperate. Does anyone have any experience with this chair and is it worth it? Any suggestions for alternatives? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Jul 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Take my couch, please!

Looking to offload (donate/sell/giveaway) some furniture in Berkeley CA this week, but don't know what's the best route. We need help! [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jun 20, 2013 - 15 answers

I need some kind of couch or couchlike thing for my awkward apartment

It's hard to be comfortable in a dwelling with no couch. You try to watch TV with a friend and you're sitting on the floor and it's just lame. However, I live in an apartment where the front door opens onto a narrow stairway that goes up at a right angle. I had a couch when I moved in, and the moving guys tried every possible angle but they just couldn't get in into the apt. It's on the third floor -- can't get it into a window, wouldn't fit through anyway. [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Jun 14, 2013 - 35 answers

Resurfacing IKEA Furniture?

I've got a black IKEA Expedit bookcase that I've used as a surface the last two years or so, and it shows. For various reasons, I can't really move it from where it is right now (it's part of some custom built in furniture). How can I repaint or restain this thing to look a little better? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Patio furniture durability

We are considering the purchase of a set of patio furniture made of "all weather resin wicker" aka "PE Wicker". The stuff is pricey and I have concerns as to it's durability. Do you own outdoor furniture made from this product? How long have you had it? Has it held up well? Would you buy it again? Any tips as to upkeep/maintenance?
posted by Mr.Me on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

What is this chair?

What is this chair? My wife, a huge fan of design magazines, doesn't recognize it. She thinks it might be handmade, but it looks too industrial for that. No marks on the chair, either. What is it?
posted by musofire on May 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Is West Elm really better than Ikea?

Is West Elm worth the price premium over Ikea? [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on May 8, 2013 - 33 answers

Is it possible to attach a sliding part for my keyboard to my table?

I have a table that I bought from IKEA which is a bit like this: http://www.ikea.com/​ca/​en/​catalog/​products/​S29806818/ and the problem I have is that while the screen on the table is fine, the keyboard which is right in front of it seems to me to be too high for my arms. So I was wondering if it is possible to install that sliding part you find in computer tables like this one: http://img.weiku.com/​waterpicture/​2011/​10/​25/0/​office_​furniture_​computer_​table_​6345924906​78635461​_1.jpg and what that part is called anyway? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on May 5, 2013 - 9 answers

What are the best IKEA products for ages one to three?

We are making a rare trip to IKEA tomorrow in part to get a table and chairs for our one-year old. What are other IKEA items that we should look at for him? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me help my coffee table, Furniture Repainting Edition.

I found this coffee table on Craigslist for $15. While structurally it's pretty sound, the previous owners painted it; it looks like they may have just spray painted the poor thing without a drop of primer or sealant, because the top is chipping (see photos). Not ever one to leave passable alone, I decided that I had to repaint it. I've read as many furniture painting tutorials as I could get my hands on - the best seemed to be DIY on the Cheap, Young House Love, Centsational Girl, and Mouse House - and I still have a few questions for you guys. [more inside]
posted by Devika on Apr 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Murphy bed advice?

Any advice on buying a Murphy bed? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Mar 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Furniture blocking wifi signal?

Is it possible for furniture to block a wifi signal? Or at least make it drop regularly.. [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

I want to learn to reupholster furniture (chairs). Details inside.

I have an old armchair that I'd like to reupholster, but I have zero prior experience in the "furniture repair / restoration" field. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a very basic "step-by-step" guide to get me started. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Jan 21, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I go about finding a seamstress to re-cover cushions?

How can I find a seamstress to do some moderately difficult work, specifically re-covering foam cushions with provided fabric, and is this the best way to go about doing the job? [more inside]
posted by maxreax on Nov 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Is this a classic piece, or just something I dig?

I bought a timber couch to restore. Is it a designer piece, and if so, does anyone recognise the designer? [more inside]
posted by lottie on Nov 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Will my vintage couch bug me?

Is good-quality (not obtained from Freecycle or off the street) used furniture, from a reputable dealer, still a high (or high enough) risk for bedbugs? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Nov 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Does the foam padding in most vintage furniture contain flame retardants?

How long have furniture manufacturers been dousing foam padding with chemical flame retardants? My husband and I would like to start a family in the near future and we're trying to eliminate and replace our PBDE-saturated furniture in order to create a safer environment for baby. All the new organic/ natural latex padded furniture we've found is way out of our price range, so I'm wondering if vintage finds (sans lead paint) might be another safe alternative?
posted by lmpatte2 on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

What did I buy?

Special snowflake thrift store furniture question! Identify our new dresser! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Sep 24, 2012 - 21 answers

Upholstery Emergency!

Can I use broadcloth to make covers for dining room chairs? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Jun 12, 2012 - 16 answers

What is this thing?

What is this snuggly thing? [more inside]
posted by ATX Peanut on May 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Rock my chair

I saw this awesome rocking chair at yesterday's Free Comic Book day in Hoboken. The store says the owner is emotionally attached to it and not quite ready to sell it. So... does anybody know where to find a chair just like this? [more inside]
posted by monospace on May 6, 2012 - 3 answers

A taller-than-average desk

Where can I get an attractive desk at least 80cm high in the UK? [more inside]
posted by fightorflight on Apr 24, 2012 - 3 answers

This was easier in Skyrim.

I've lost a key to an old cabinet and I need to get it open, preferably without destroying anything. [more inside]
posted by metsauce on Apr 22, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm sofa-king clueless on furniture (hur hur hur)

Affordable furniture in Los Angeles? What should we even look for in terms of a (moderate) quality couch? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews on Mar 3, 2012 - 18 answers

where can I find fun chic comfortbable chair?

Help me furnish my living room with child-friendly, chic, stow-away-able chairs [more inside]
posted by akomom on Jan 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Oh, IKEA ...

I just bought the Karlstad chair from IKEA. It's slightly defective and I'm wondering how bad it would be if I overlooked this particular defect and went ahead with putting it together anyway. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

How to repair a leather couch damaged by kitty?

Wondering how to save a leather couch that my cat had a party on... [more inside]
posted by zinful on Jan 5, 2012 - 7 answers

I have to move this couch without bending space and time.

Help me get this couch back *out* my apartment! Arrrrrrrrrrggggghhhh. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Dec 17, 2011 - 33 answers

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