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]
Is there a way I can get paid to hunt through estate sales for awesome furniture? [more inside]
Antique and furniture road trip through PA. Where should we go? [more inside]
So I have to restore this small chest which is no big deal, but I have no idea what it actually is. [more inside]
I want to buy a convertible couch so guests can sleep in the man cave. What style of couch do I need? [more inside]
I'm looking for good books and blogs on furniture building and other diy home improvement projects for apartment dwellers. I like building things, and am interested in making my own furniture, but I'd like to use a book that's geared toward small spaces and spaces where one can't actually make "built-ins" but can replicate the look.
What are some good ways to learn upholstery on my own? [more inside]
Attractive modular media shelving? [more inside]
Please help me decorate my home like a grown-up for the first time! Tons of details inside. [more inside]
Vancouver computer workstation shopping: We need a desk about six feet wide with one large flat desk area to hold 25.5" 16:9 LCD displays, a laptop, mouse, and two shelves above. Cannot afford Anthro, Steelcase, HON or other expensive office furniture. [more inside]
Bookshelves that don't suck. [more inside]
Need a recommendation for a simple shelf to put my LCD TV on (and large center speaker inside) [more inside]
Interesting uses for file cabinets? [more inside]
Top and bottom shelves in backwards in an Ikea bookcase, the particle board is showing through.. can't turn them around, because the back's nailed in. How can I make the most of the situation? Its light wood colored.
High ergonomics to cost ratio office furniture for people who sit at their desks 12 hours a day? [more inside]
Why does my bed squeak? And how do I make it stop? [more inside]
We are redoing a bathroom. We need a wooden vanity cabinet that is made with plywood, not particle board or furniture board. Ideally we need this within the next few weeks.We have a sink top, just need the cabinet. Everything at Home Depot was particle board. We are in Morris County NJ, north central Jersey. Any suggestions, ideas?
My husband came into our relationship with a very expensive Stickley (not antique) dining table. It doesn't match any of our furniture, it's too big for our space, and it also comes with some bad memories from his previous marriage. We'd love to sell it, but can't seem to find a buyer. We've had no bites on Craigslist (other than scammers), no luck with an estate sales company, and when I check completed listings on eBay, I see that similar tables don't sell, new or used. What are we missing? [more inside]
Just moved, got to my new apartment, only to find movers lost one piece of this end table (Target link) - namely one of the plastic feet. I have everything else. Any way to get/buy a single plastic foot for the table? Ideas? I couldn't even discern the manufacturer from the Target website.
My favorite tree went down in a huge storm here in Brooklyn and I recovered a log from it to turn it into a stool. It has been sitting on the ground for at least 3 weeks, but looks good, no rot. I did see some bugs and there is definitely dog pee on it. How should I clean it, make sure the bugs are out and then seal it up (polyurethane I assume). I'm a total novice at this and could use some advice!
How easy is it to buy used furniture off of Kijiji/Craig's list, clean it up, give it a new coat of paint, and then resell it for a profit? [more inside]
A sticky pad has bonded itself to my all-wood endtable. Can I use a product like Goof-Off to remove it, or will that damage the finish on the table? [more inside]
What style of dining room chair would look best with this dining room table? (Pics inside) [more inside]
Should the words “old-fashioned” and “homemade” ever appear in the same sentence as “furniture stripper”? Is there a chemist in the house? [more inside]
Looking for an upholstered armchair/slipper chair type chair that I can order online that will work as a desk chair. Must be under $300. [more inside]
How risky is buying a used office chair (an Aeron), with regard to bedbugs? [more inside]
Help me find a comfortable desk chair that fits my minimalist office aesthetic. [more inside]
Where can I get Asian furniture appraised in the Washington DC area? [more inside]
I need a small, new futon by Sunday. I live in the DC area (Alexandria). I don't have a car, don't know anyone with a car, and I don't have Zipcar membership. What are my options? [more inside]
I'm thinking about getting a platform bed for my new place. Any downsides I should know about? [more inside]
Antique furniture repair/cabinetmaking. in Chicago. The place I used in the past to repair antique furniture is closed (the man retired). There was a sign on the door which did not suggest alternative shops. Any recommendations for furniture repair in the Chicago area? [more inside]
How much will it cost to reupholster a modern lounge chair in Brooklyn? [more inside]
Where to get funky furniture in south of LA? [more inside]
Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components. Any and all options welcome. [more inside]
Where can I find free blueprints / instructions / patterns on how to build cardboard furniture? [more inside]
Cats shredded the vinyl upholstery on my fancy weight bench. What are my options to get it re-covered with something more durable? [more inside]
I now am the proud leaser of an apartment, and more pertinently, of an unfurnished bedroom. Before I go out and say "this looks nice, I'll buy it," what are some good resources, tips, threads, or hacks for furnishing and decorating a bedroom or living space or the like? [more inside]
Help me find a high table, solid high chairs, and assorted furnishings for my retro kitchen table / sidebar nook in San Francisco! [more inside]
For the first time in my life, I have real furniture! Can you help me keep it nice? [more inside]
The perfect dining table exists in my head. Does it in real life? [more inside]
Can someone help me identify the manufacturer of this coffee table? [more inside]
The second small bedroom was an editing suite/video room, but soon the baby will arrive. Are there good examples of dual use rooms that're half baby/half studio in small spaces? [more inside]
How can I keep my cat off the back of the couch? [more inside]
Anyone have any experience with Urban Barn furniture, good/bad/otherwise? I'm considering buying a used sofa and chair, but wondering if I should take the money and buy a lesser name new set elsewhere, instead. [more inside]
We have six Herman Miller Aeron chairs in varying states of disrepair in our office. Some need new parts and a couple don't tilt or raise properly, etc. Some were bought new and some were bought secondhand, and everything I've found online says to take them to a dealer, which I'd like to avoid (hassle, having no chairs for a while, etc). I'd like someone to come over and diagnose them and replace parts and/or fix them on-site (I'm in Manhattan). Anybody know a service that does this?