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I want the Camry of sofas, not a Yugo or a Porsche

Where do you go when you've graduated from IKEA and are ready for decent, but not necessarily heirloom quality furniture? We're just hoping to find some stuff to carry us through the next 8-10 years, or is that unrealistic? How much should we honestly expect to spend? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on May 13, 2013 - 27 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

durable upholstery

What is a durable fabric for a sofa? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on May 6, 2013 - 9 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

Seeking information about a very old piece of furniture

Are you an antique furniture expert? What can you tell me about this piece? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Murphy bed advice?

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

How much should I ask for in compensation for overdue furniture?

I ordered a 2-piece sectional sofa 15 weeks ago, and it was supposed to be delivered in 8-10 weeks. Half of it was delivered at 8 weeks, the other half is still missing. How much should I ask for in compensation as the delivery gets later and later, and what's the best way to handle asking for such compensation? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Mar 24, 2013 - 15 answers

How to furnish a long, narrow living room

We're moving soon! Yay! Our new house has a difficult room, though: a long, narrow sunken living room that is making it difficult to plan. How can we best make use of the space? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 23, 2013 - 14 answers

How to bed down for the night?

Dear adventurous loungers of Metafilter, please tell me about the cleverest space-conserving bed or couch replacements you've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Mar 20, 2013 - 32 answers

How can I treat and preserve stained wood to avoid further damage?

I just bought a farm table that the previous owner had in a NYC apt that got hot and cold with vicious radiator heat. It's got some warping and cracking, but it's still beautiful and I'd like to do everything I can to prevent it from getting further damaged over time. I thought I'd just give it a good coat of linseed oil, but the surface is very lightly stained, and I read elsewhere that linseed oil is meant for naked wood. Any suggestions on how to treat my new baby? Thank you!
posted by subpixel on Mar 14, 2013 - 9 answers

WOAH - We're going to Ikea!

We are moving into our first flat! Hooray! However, it is unfurnished, so we need to buy us some furniture - specifically, a good sofa and a good dining/gaming table. If we go Ikea, what's the sweet spot between price and durability? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Mar 8, 2013 - 39 answers

Entertainment center/media console buying help?

The husbot and I really wanted this media console from CB2 for our new TV and electronic whatnots. It was in stock and ready to ship the other day, but now it's listed as "Estimated in mid-March." Knowing how backorders go, it could be sooner or later than that, or just never materialize at all. Can you help us find something similar that is available now? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Mar 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Moral hazard thought experiment, furniture edition.

Can a hypothetical furniture buyer ethically keep this hypothetical dining table? Say someone you know ordered a dining room table and chairs from a major furniture retailer (think Pottery Barn). The table was delivered by a third-party furniture delivery company and the chairs were sent, a week later, via UPS. Once it's all together, the buyer decides that it's not what he wants and calls the retailer to arrange a return. "No problem," the customer service agent says. "Repackage the chairs and send them back via UPS. The third-party delivery company will contact you to arrange pickup of the table within five days." Chairs go back the next day. Seven days elapse and no call from the delivery company. The buyer calls the retailer and explains the situation, and the customer service agent refunds the entire order price to the buyer's credit card and says that the third-party delivery company should call one of these days to arrange to pick up the table. "What if they don't?" asks the buyer. "Well, you've received a full refund for the order," says the agent, "so you're not really responsible for the table anymore." [more inside]
posted by ndg on Feb 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Are there any George Nakashima documentaries online?

Are there any documentaries about George Nakashima available to view online? I would like to know more about his life and his work. I am particularly interested in the architecture of his studio.
posted by Infernarl on Feb 25, 2013 - 1 answer

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

Best floor seating?

I have an apartment where adding in more seating is needed but I don't want another couch, but do want couch-density seating. I want something that makes sitting yoga-style on my hardwood floors more comfortable. What should I buy, and where should I buy it?
posted by Exonym on Feb 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Carpentry 101: Help me upcycle my chairs

Looking for how-to guide to replace seat and back of metal framed chairs. [more inside]
posted by sconbie on Feb 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Lewis and Clark's Luggage

I'm looking for information on the various bits of furniture and storage boxes that Lewis and Clark took with them on their voyage of discovery but am not finding much. This isn't really my period of history, so I suspect I'm looking in all the wrong places using all the wrong search terms. Please point me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Feb 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Stand in the place where you work

Should I get a standing desk? Please share your pros and cons, and any tips! [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 30, 2013 - 27 answers

CD storage suggestions that have individual CD "slots"

One of my 17 year old Laserline CD towers broke. The one that broke held 400 CDs and my total collection is somewhere in the 800 range. I need one or more storage towers/racks to hold at least 400, and possibly all of them at some point. Besides being able to store a lot of CDs, the other feature it needs to have is "slots". Most current storage options for large quantities of CDs, are basically empty shelves for you to fill. My CDs are in a particular oder, so if one is out, I want to be able to see the missing CDs at a glance. Any suggestions?
posted by Mr.X on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

My couch got hit by a car. Now what?

I bought a new couch. It got delivered yesterday. The couch is damaged (though it's very minor). I'm going to call "the guy" today and "work something out." Please help me choose the best option. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 22, 2013 - 25 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

They make me feel like a hill giant!

Tiny coffee-shop style arm chairs? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Jan 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Alternative Glue for Soft Paws?

I have used Soft Paws to prevent my two cats from scratching our furniture in the past, and they worked really well. However, either they redesigned their glue dispenser, or I've developed serious glue-handling issues, because I went through three bottles of glue spilling all over the place before I gave up. Is it safe to use Krazy Glue, or some similar product instead of the glue they provide? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me spruce up a coffee table in a magical way.

Bought a cheap wooden coffee table. Want to decorate it in a weird way. Any suggestions? It's your typical rectangular shape, nothing special. Some scratches on top. Design style: eclectic. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jan 3, 2013 - 27 answers

How comfortable are the first generation of Steelcase Leap chairs?

How comfortable are the first generation of Steelcase Leap chairs? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Jan 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me furnish my "grown up" apartment in NYC.

Help me furnish my "grown up" apartment in NYC. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Dec 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Bring on the Drink Cart

I'm thinking of buying and repairing this vinyl sofa and chair set, but some of the tufted buttons are missing. Anyone know how possible it is to repair this? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Dec 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Tangle of tools

How do I organize my household tools in a very small apartment? [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Dec 13, 2012 - 12 answers

The Second Most Important Seat in the House

Tall Person Furniture Filter: Help me find a recliner! [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Dec 4, 2012 - 7 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

Entertainment center seeks new purpose.

What can I do with a massive entertainment cabinet after getting rid of the television? None of the local charities are interested (and I don't blame them). For reference, it's 6'10" tall x 8' wide x 2' deep, the doors need 18" clearance to open, the upper shelves are glass, and I hate needing to worry about the glass doors. All suggestions (kindling? cat gym? ding-dong ditch it somewhere?) on where to take it or how to repurpose it are welcome! [more inside]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt on Nov 16, 2012 - 17 answers

This is where Bond keeps all the business cards he gets!

What is this kind of hidden-spinning-tray table called? [more inside]
posted by greenland on Nov 10, 2012 - 6 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

Help me find a black metal footboard?

We have the Sanford metal headboard featured in this set. We would like to have the footboard (as featured in the product picture) too but an afternoon in the company of Mr Google turns up nothing. Any ideas where I can get this or a similar black metal footboard without buying a whole new headboard and footboard set? Thanks!
posted by merocet on Nov 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking to ship a couch across the Juan de Fuca strait without it costing an arm and a leg. How?

I've apparently been gifted with a couch and a chair from relatives in Victoria and I need to figure out the best way to get them to the Fraser Valley. Are there any movers that will move such a small number of items for a not-crazy price? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Help My Sell My Beautiful Desk in NYC

Asking for a friend- [Furniture lovers/buyers/sellers in NYC filter:] How can I sell and get a great price for my midcentury modern desk? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Oct 25, 2012 - 6 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

Where's my money, auction house?

What additional steps should I take to get money an auction house owes me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Fixing a water-damaged piece of antique furniture?

Strategies for fixing a water-damaged piece of antique furniture? [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Oct 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Help us furnish our indoor-outdoor space!

My partner and I are considering an apartment that has a private patio that's as large as a room. We'll be furnishing the new place mostly from scratch and would love to get living room furniture and dining set that work equally well on the patio or indoors so we can switch things up a lot. Can you help us find the perfect stuff? [more inside]
posted by palegirl on Oct 2, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I do to make my "aquarium stand" look nicer?

I'm in the process of setting up a planted aquarium and I'm trying to figure out what to do with the furniture it will be sitting on from an aesthetic standpoint. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me paint or stain this table.

I'm about to purchase a cheap dining room set at IKEA that is unstained solid pine that I am planning on either staining or painting. What colors might fit, and what kind of stain or paint should I use? I confess, I don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Oct 1, 2012 - 20 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

What's a good place to order a futon from in the SF Bay Area?

Is there a company in the SF Bay Area that can deliver a futon to me without making me miserable or driving me insane? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Sep 21, 2012 - 3 answers

I want to customize my house without the elbow grease and project disasters.

Are there stores/services that will DIY for me? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

US Furniture Manufacturing

Can anyone recommend resources, companies or strategies for finding suitable US furniture manufacturers for a line of new designs? [more inside]
posted by beisny on Sep 13, 2012 - 3 answers

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