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Should You Tip Furniture Delivery?

Are you wondering if you should tip furniture delivery helpers and drivers? And if so, how much should you tip them? Find out more right here.


How to Build a Basic Outdoor Table With Two Tiers

Step-by-step guide to building a basic outdoor table with two tiers or levels.


Review of the Kunova Padded Double Duet Piano Bench

The Kunova padded double duet piano bench with storage compartment is durable, comfortable and inexpensive. I recommend it.


Eight Tips to Make Assembling IKEA Brand Furniture Easier

Want to avoid the headache typically associated with putting IKEA furniture together? Follow a few tips to make the experience less painful.


Solid vs. Engineered Wood: How to Tell Them Apart and Decide Which Is Better

All types of wood have unique properties, so furniture made from them will vary in quality along the aspects of hardness, decay, and density.


Building a Pair of Adirondack Chairs

This article will break down how I selected a design, drew plans, selected materials, then built two Adirondack chairs.


A Guide to Stress-Free Furniture Shopping

This article will provide tips on making your furniture shopping stress free and successful, such as measuring your space beforehand, taking home samples, and conferring with design consultants.


Renovating and Reupholstering Oak Dining Chairs

This article breaks down a straightforward renovation and reupholstering of four oak vintage Ercol dining chairs, including cleaning, re-staining, and polishing.


How We Turned an Old Piano Into a Drinks Cabinet

This article will show you how I converted and repurposed an old, disused piano into a brand-new, classy drinks cabinet.


How to Refurbish an Old Nightstand Quickly Using the Decoupage Technique

From making your mixture to adding a finish, this guide will show you how to breathe new life into your old, ugly furniture pieces with this wonderful decoupage technique that only requires a few standard things you probably have in your garage.


Five Genius Ways to Recycle Old Furniture With Paint

If your vintage wood furniture looks worn, you might want a new look. Try recycling the piece by painting it!


Four Ways to Repurpose Old Soda Crates

It is fun to recycle vintage soda crates. This is such a neat reminder of past times that is filled with simple fun and use for storage decor!


A Guide to Antique Chair Identification With Photos

There are many different types of antique chairs, and each has a unique appearance. Use this guide to learn how to identify the different styles.


How to Design and Build Furniture for Awkward Spaces

Do you have an awkward space in your home where standard furniture just won’t fit? We did. Our solution was to design and build our own furniture to fit the space.


Review: The 12-Inch Sweetnight Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Sweetnight released their 12-inch Gel Memory Foam mattress. With a host of features to keep sleepers cool and more gel memory foam than most mattresses, this is one bed that's sure to not leave you disappointed.


DIY: How to Make Cardboard Tube Screens and Room Dividers

Folks love living in lofts and working in open-plan offices. The barrier-free lifestyle has its advantages; however, sometimes a fella just needs a little privacy. These screens or room dividers made from cardboard tubes are a great DIY solution.


Renovating and Reupholstering a Set of Four Solid Oak Carved Back Chairs

A simple guide to the renovation of upholstered solid oak dining chairs with carved backs using unconventional materials for the seats' padding; sympathetic makeover to retain patina, including making replacement front stretcher, and repairing broken coiled spring.


Renovating a Writing Desk Bureau to Retain Patina

This is a guide to sympathetic repairs and modifications to an old writing desk bureau to retain its patina, including a couple of minor changes to the design to improve the fit of the pigeon-holes and make better use of storage space between the legs.


A Real Nectar Mattress Review

After years of tossing and turning on a hand-me-down queen, my husband and I opted for an upgrade to a king-size and began to research mattresses. The best we found was Nectar, and the 365-day free return was a real selling point. The Nectar has proven itself a comfortable and supportive mattress.


5 Types of Curtain Rods

Find the perfect curtain rod that will look best with your window openings, curtains and the room's decor.


Guerrilla Furniture Design: DIY Cube Lamp

This article will show you how to make your own DIY cube lamp using corrugated cardboard, a wire coat hanger, and a few electrical parts.


How to Turn a Shower Curtain Into Giant Wall Art

Steal this trick to create the perfect large-scale artwork for your home without breaking the bank.


Review: What Does the BedStory Mattress Really Feel Like?

The BedStory mattress is making big waves online in the mattress-in-a-box world. It's incredibly cheap and customers report almost universally positive experiences with the mattress, so my husband and I had to get one to find out! These are our opinions about this unique mattress.


Timeless Classic: How a Windsor Chair Is Made

A handmade Windsor chair is the most comfortable wooden chair there is. It’s a timeless classic built to last for generations. This article describes how a continuous arm Windsor chair is made while detailing the tools needed to accomplish the task.


How to Furnish Your First House

Are you getting ready to set up your first home? You might not know what you need, so check out our list of the top picks for newbie furniture buyers.


How to Choose an Area Rug Based on Fiber Content

Knowing what rugs are made of is an essential purchasing factor for your home. Check out this quick guide describing the most commonly used fibers for rugs and their pros and cons.


Is the Casper Mattress Really Worth It? An Honest Review

Is the Casper mattress hot, comfortable, or even worth the price at all? Here's my honest take on what I loved and what wasn't so great about this unique mattress.


Review: What Does the Sweetnight Mattress Really Feel Like?

This is my experience with the Sweetnight gel memory foam mattress. Here I'll help you make the decision if it's right for you. Frankly, it's an amazing mattress for the price, but there is at least one thing you should be aware of before ordering.


Types of Area Rugs

Construction is how a rug is made. Whether a rug is a machine-woven or hand-hooked, the construction relates to quality. Each method determines the look, texture and durability. Here are the most common rug constructions you'll see when you're choosing a rug.


How to Build Your Own Industrial Bookshelf

Are you in love with the industrial furniture look but don't want to shell out the cash to buy the perfect pieces for your home? I'll show you how you can build your own affordable, industrial wood-and-steel bookshelf!


How to Make an Easy Faux-Fur Slipcover for a Storage Cube Ottoman

Simple instructions for making a quick and easy faux-fur slipcover for an ottoman or storage cube. No sewing machine required!


Home Decor DIY: Two Ways to Refinish an End Table

In this article, I'll break down two different ways to refinish an end table. If you're looking for a quick, easy project that can be done in a small space for a small space, this is the project for you!


Purple Mattress Review: Is the Purple Powder Toxic?

A concerned mother's review on the Purple Mattress and the dreaded white powder. Is this powder a toxic addition to this popular mattress?


Purple Mattress Review: Ordering From Amazon vs. Purple

An honest review of the popular Purple brand mattress. Plus the difference between ordering the mattress from or


Which Bookcase Do You Need? Calculate the Capacity of a Book Shelf

You're staring at your giant pile of books, wondering which bookcase you should buy to shelve them all. Or maybe you're buying online or building something custom. Here's the simple math you'll need.


What You Need to Know Before Buying Furniture on Wayfair

Overall, is a great place to buy furniture at affordable prices. Here are some things first-time shoppers should consider beforehand.


DIY Chaise Lounge Pallet Swing for $150

From converting a pallet to a swing to making your own A-frames, this guide will break down step by step how to create your own backyard swing from a pallet for only roughly $150.


How to Choose the Right Bar Stool Height, Style, and Design

It's hard to pick the perfect bar stool, especially if you're shopping online. Here are a few tips for buying the right ones.


Recliner and Lounge Chair Options for Tall People

I'm 6'7" and trying to find the perfect recliner and lounge chair for a tall person can be difficult. I went to more than 10 stores to conduct a test. Here is my research.


How to Create a Beautiful Writing Space at Home

Learn tips and tricks for setting up an inspiring workspace at home for your writing projects and glimpse into the writing hideouts of famous authors for more inspiration.


How to Redecorate Items for Reuse as Children's Furniture

Make colorful, one-of-a-kind play furniture while saving money and helping the environment.


What to Look for When Buying an Adjustable Base for Your Mattress

All about my search to find a good quality, made-in-the-USA adjustable bed base that wasn’t overloaded with features or made using skimpy parts.


What to Look for When Buying a Latex Mattress

From natural latex to petroleum-based latex mattresses (including foundations), a mattress expert provides valuable guidance to assist you through your research.


How to Get a Hemnes Bed From IKEA to Stop Squeaking

IKEA's Hemnes bed is a great, low-cost bed frame—that is, until it starts to squeak. Try these solutions to help you get some sleep.


How to Put Together an IKEA "Helmer" Drawer Unit

Don't be intimidated by all the pieces—the "Helmer" drawer storage cabinet is easier to put together than you might think! Step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions with photos!


Top 10 Things Your Bedroom Needs

Although it is primarily the place where you are supposed to sleep, you spend quite a lot of time in your bedroom. Your bedroom should be the most comfortable room in your home and to achieve that, you need these ten things.


How to Find the Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers With Back Pain

About 72% of people sleep on their sides. The mattress industry takes this statistic into consideration when manufacturing products. This article will explore how to choose the best mattresses for side sleepers with back pain.


How to Use Chalk Paint to Renew Vintage Furniture

Easy tutorial with how-to instructions for painting vintage furniture using chalk paint for an old-world matte finish including tips for finding the perfect décor pieces, supplies, and steps.


5 Ways to Get a Mattress Upstairs If It Is Too Large

Moving a mattress upstairs is difficult, but what if it's too big to fit up the stairway? Here are some tips for how to get the bed size you want in the place you need it.


Leather Seam Repairs Made Easy

Leather chairs and furniture sometimes lose their luster, but that doesn't mean you need to throw them out and buy new furniture. Leather tear and seam repairs can be done easily at home!