I have decided that I want to start doing some basic woodworking, but I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing. Where to get started? [more inside]
I've recently obtained some lovely 70s teak G-Plan cabinets (like these), which were wired, back in the day, for lights. I want to make them work again, but I don't know how or whether to start from scratch or use what's already there. [more inside]
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]
Wondering how to save a leather couch that my cat had a party on... [more inside]
I'm in need of new furniture and I'm wondering if I can buy on-line cheaper than the local furniture store prices. I'm looking at manufacturers like Hickory Chair, Baker, Henredon. I know the advice of buying used, i.e. craigs list, estate sales etc. However, there are a few things I need right away and can't wait until the perfect used piece becomes available. Any suggestions would be helpful. I live in Santa Rosa, CA which is 60 miles north of San Francisco. [more inside]
I am going to be moving soon, and for the first time in several years, it will be on my own. I'd really like resources for checklists on what to have in my new domicile, and as well, ideas for furnishing and decorating. [more inside]
Why do furniture stores rely so heavily on the advertising gimmick of “going out of business” sales? [more inside]
We have a $1500 budget for a new couch. We also have two boisterous longhair cats. What type of couch will survive them better, leather or something with slipcovers? [more inside]
What is the easiest way to get rid of old furniture? [more inside]
Help me get this couch back *out* my apartment! Arrrrrrrrrrggggghhhh. [more inside]
Where can I find a shallow dresser? [more inside]
Something in our bedroom is affecting my boyfriend's breathing and allergy symptoms. How can we figure out the specific cause? [more inside]
How should I protect this new White Oak table? [more inside]
Where can I find a comfy armchair for my office that is Cal TB-133 compliant, is not butt ugly, and is not over $400? [more inside]
I inadvertently left an open vial of super glue on top of my antique desk, and then leaned on it with my elbow. Now it's stuck on with a rock-hard ring that looks like a satellite view of a mountain range, a centimeter wide at its base and peaks of a millimeter or so. I've tried applying nail polish remover with little success: the glue is just too thick. I hesitate to scrape at it with a knife because doing so will trash the finish and perhaps gouge the wood, but I'm thinking that may be my only option. Any advice?
How to go about buying furniture in Bali (Indonesia) and getting it to Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
How to secure my headboard in a more sturdy fashion. [more inside]
How can I create some privacy from noise in an open floor plan office (700 sq. feet) while keeping it a really cool, collaborative place? Weird ideas totally welcome! [more inside]
Recommend comfortable, modern dining room chairs, please. [more inside]
Uh oh, I think we used old shellac. Now what? [more inside]
How should I arrange and decorate my new teeny studio apartment to make it feel homey but not cramped, and not like I'm spending all my time in my bedroom? [more inside]
I need to furnish a house for myself, my wife and two small kids. We have zero furniture right now. We will only be in this house for a year until we eventually buy a house. Without knowing the space that we will eventually end up in, I am not sure if I should make big investments in couches, entertainment centers, etc. I need to do this as quickly as possible. Should I buy what I really want or should I just buy cheap stuff for now? Either way, what's the easiest way to do this without running around like a mad man? I am going to have to pull this off without any help. Should I just walk into Ikea with a shopping list? Can I have all of this stuff delivered? We are in Austin if it matters.
Help me identify the grey chairs that are being moved at 0:03 in this Home Depot commercial. I wants them.
Should I be satisfied with the way my moving company repaired this table? [more inside]
Where in London can one find a decent market with second-hand furniture? Hopefully in the N-something postcode areas (Golders Green and Finchley Rd would be perfect). Thank you!
Can anyone ID this chair? [more inside]
Can you suggest some inspiration pictures for artwork involving old maps? [more inside]
Are there any decorating/design blogs that are a little more "realistic" than Apartment Therapy and its ilk? Design resources for the unlucky renter on a tiny budget? [more inside]
Can I use an anti-odor spray such as Febreze on fiberglass chairs? [more inside]
Furniture Restoration: Please give me your suggestions for books and web resources for furniture restoration. [more inside]
We've decided its time to buy a grown up bedroom set and have some questions I'm hoping the folks here can answer. [more inside]
looking for well made inexpensive online furniture resource [more inside]
How do I get this shampoo smell out of a recently-cleaned chair? [more inside]
Show me a patio table that can work outside as a patio table mainly but double inside as kitchen table that only comes in when we have a (smallish) dinner party?
What is a good way to have a kitchen table sometimes, but not other times? We don't have space for a permanent kitchen table, but my fiance and I want to be able to have his parents and possibly 2 siblings over for dinner every couple of weeks. I'm having nightmares of plastic fold up card tables (yuck) or the dreaded TV trays (double yuck). One thing we've thought of is a patio table that can sometimes come inside. Any links to cute looking patio tables that are not too heavy to bring in and out sometimes? Teak? Or?
Lightweight yet comfortable furniture that can be moved out of the way easily? Asking for my mom who runs a rental cabin but also hosts yoga classes form time to time. [more inside]
My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
I'm looking for the perfect futon (sofa-bed) in the UK (preferably the South East) that will work equally well as a bed or sofa, long-lasting, and easy to convert. [more inside]
I have access to the best chairs in the world, but so far as I know there are only four of them. Can anyone help me find more of these fabulous springy outdoor chairs, probably from the mid-20th century? Details inside. [more inside]
Reclaimed wood in Indianapolis? (whole, raw, and amazing!) [more inside]
Did Knoll manufacture a variation of the Risom lounge chair with arms in the 1950s that had an upholstered fabric seat instead of one made of parachute strapping?
A friend of mine is hunting for a sofa similar to this one - which was available at World Market until they pulled it a few months ago. Does anyone know where I can buy either this exact sofa, or something similar (a nice, minimalist, wood-framed three-seater)? [more inside]
I am looking for an armoire/wardrobe/closet to hang my clothes. Any inexpensive ($250 or less) and non-cumbersome recommendations? Also, will it damage my clothes if it's in the bathroom, where I'll be showering daily? [more inside]
Where do I buy a sleeping mat? [more inside]
Where would I go to find out more information about a chair that we found at a thrift store. I want to know its style and if it is a collectible? [more inside]
I need to buy a desk. The room it will go in has a retro travel vibe. [more inside]
Studio apartment 2.0: What are some simple and affordable tweaks I can make to basic furnishings that let me shop at IKEA without looking like all I did was shop at IKEA? [more inside]
I need new cushions for my mid-century modern armchairs. Pics inside. [more inside]