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]
What should I do with 50 copies of the same book? [more inside]
Help me furnish a reading nook that's compact, cozy and cheap. [more inside]
Leather versus fabric furniture pros and cons. Is it worth the extra cost to get a couch in leather? This is regarding a Room and Board sofa, so if you have an opinion on R&B in general, feel free to join in. [more inside]
How would you go about moving or buying furniture when your new place has a single entrance that is, when opened, only 26 inches wide and has very steep stairs? I posted earlier and got great responses about my new place that I thought I'd bring another challenge to discussion and would love the feedback. [more inside]
What comfortable and stylish desk chair doesn't look like the typical office chair but can still recline? [more inside]
Until recently, I have been a healthy, active, young male. Since several months ago I have started losing my appetite, especially at breakfast. I can barely eat a banana for breakfast. I wake up to nausea almost every day. Sometimes I throw up even if I haven't eaten anything. Could I be allergic to my new furniture? Are my symptoms even possible allergic reactions? [more inside]
Anyone have experience moving an Ikea EXPEDIT bookcase? [more inside]
Got a $400 gift certificate to spend at Lie-Nielsen heirloom woodworks. I'm a beginner luthier (solid body electrics) and furniture maker. What are the essential basic hand tools for a hobbiest? [more inside]
What are great furniture stores, specifically for living room? And in terms of quality, what am I looking for? [more inside]
By chance do you or someone you know own an Armen (Art) Furniture sofa, and if so, how does it rate it in terms of quality and comfort? Are you satisfied with it? I'm particularly interested in the Armen 725 Centennial. [more inside]
This is my dream table: Simple, classy, sturdy and inexpensive. My problem: I want it in an unusual size (long and narrow, almost like a console table [5-6 feet long, 18 inches wide]). Any suggestions? [more inside]
Why are there so many "new" mattresses on Craigslist and on hand-written signs at intersections? Are they really new? [more inside]
I need creative bedside 'table' ideas for a day bed in a corner. [more inside]
What legal recourse do I have if I feel an item sold by an auction house is misrepresented? (Antiques, estates and drama, oh my!) [more inside]
Interior design for idiots: Looking for a media center but have multiple types/colors of wood going on. [more inside]
At the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, I saw this side table with some sort of basket underneath. What is the purpose of the basket? [more inside]
On a walk through the alley behind my apartment building, I discovered a beautiful vintage vinyl-upholstered bar next to the dumpster, abandoned by some craigslist-averse neighbor. Unfortunately, it appears to have absorbed several gallons of this morning's downpour. There are a few tears in the vinyl, and the foam beneath is saturated- ditto for the plywood shelves. Is it salvageable? Should I try to use a hairdryer, or will that only hasten the development of dry rot?
Where on the Internet, or in the Bay Area, can I find a small bench (@ 3' wide x 1' deep) for my front stoop? [more inside]
Where can I find furniture hardware like in this picture? [more inside]
I want to buy this awesome adjustable height table/nesting ottomans. They have it at Macy's here in NYC, but the catch is I'd really like to have it tomorrow and they can't deliver for another week. [more inside]
My beloved is leaving her apartment in Oakland, which means getting rid of her couch. She arranged with a local thrift store to pick it up, but upon inspection they were unwilling to do so, citing "sun damage". Now she has only about 48 hours to get the couch out of her apartment and get rid of it. Any suggestions? Goodwill no longer does pick-ups. [more inside]