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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

Warm (Cracked) Leatherette

How do I keep a leatherette sofa from cracking (and deteriorating)? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Aug 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Frequent moving - with Stuff

Sturdy furniture for the often-moving. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Aug 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Workshop in NYC

My friend just moved to New York and is looking for a wood workshop / foundry at which to build a furniture prototype. Does anyone have any recommendations for one in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn? He is willing to pay a membership fee if necessary. Thanks.
posted by beisny on Aug 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Mini futon?

Where can I find teeny tiny futons? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Jul 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Moving into the place next door

Strategies for moving ... to the building next door? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 24, 2012 - 25 answers

How can I buy or make a replacement bent wire shelf-hanger for my bookcase?

I bought a bookcase (with adjustable shelves) off Craigslist. All of the shelves were included, but not all of the little bent-wire bits (photos inside) that hold the shelves in place. Where can I find replacements? [more inside]
posted by enn on Jul 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Choosing between sectional couches

Please help me decide between two couches: a chaise sectional, and a two-piece sectional! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jul 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Please help me not kill anyone with my self-designed furniture

I want to make some (very simple) wooden furniture to fit some specific use cases, so I drew my own plans up. I don't have any furniture design peeps or woodworkers in real life that I can ask to look at them. Is there anywhere on the web I can post my plans and get feedback on if this table will work the way I want it to, and maybe get some construction order advice? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jul 12, 2012 - 14 answers

How on earth to sell this object?

How best to value and sell a beautiful, large, fragile antique desk in the suburban Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jul 12, 2012 - 1 answer

Help me figure out how to furnish my apartment in Boston/Cambridge.

Help me figure out how to furnish my apartment in Boston/Cambridge. [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 11, 2012 - 12 answers

I want to buy a really specific piece of vintage/restored furniture

There's a piece of furniture I want, and I'm having a difficult time searching for it online in Australia. Any advice to help me find it, search for it, name it, or discover an easy way to locate one would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues on Jun 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Sprucing up a junky old wood table

Ideas for refinishing an old dining table without stripping it? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jun 14, 2012 - 8 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

How to clean wood before restoration

What is the best way to clean wood furniture BEFORE applying the Tung Oil? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on May 23, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I strengthen my futon frame?

Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt on May 20, 2012 - 4 answers

What is this thing?

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

Tips for making a drap space stylish

How do you decorate a small apartment with white walls, beige carpets, and not much natural light? [more inside]
posted by lali on May 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Is it safe to bring my grandfather's stuff into our place?

Is it safe to bring my grandfather's stuff into our place? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 8, 2012 - 8 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

I'm looking to buy a smallish, modern gray couch for my new apartment. Catch: needs to be under $700. Help?

I'm looking to buy a smallish, modern gray couch for my new apartment. Catch: needs to be under $700. Help? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on May 2, 2012 - 16 answers

No couch, no problem?

Couch arriving much later than expected (over a month), having guests up before then, best options? [more inside]
posted by devonia on May 1, 2012 - 16 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

Give me [a] back [to] my couch!

We have a dream... to rearrange our media room so that the couch is not against the wall. The problem? It's this sofa, and the cushions do fall off after a few minutes of relaxed sitting, despite being weighted. We considered putting a heavy piece of furniture behind it, but that's not ideal as it takes up all the wonderful space we are trying to get back. Can you help us add a back to our couch? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 20, 2012 - 15 answers

Buying a furnished home

How do you negotiate buying furniture in a house - particularly generally unused furniture used in a model home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

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