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Living Rooms

Choose DIY projects and learn how to make the most of your home's living room.

Before & After: Inside a 1925 Craftsman Remodel 

A minimalist approach to renovating a 1925 house maximizes the available light, allowing original features, including Craftsman-style millwork, to shine.

The 5 Best Artificial Christmas Trees (2022 Review)

Artificial Christmas trees get you into the holiday spirit. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best artificial Christmas trees on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at local home centers and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Curtain Rods (2022 Review)

When shopping for curtain rods, it’s important to consider your style and budget as well as the product’s quality and durability. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best curtain rods on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Low-Cost Design Ideas for Any Home

Great design doesn’t have to bust the budget. The proof: these cash-conscious ideas from designers’ own homes.

Designer Q&A: Home Design Elements Worth Splurging On

Not sure where to put your money when it comes to your home’s finishes and furnishings? Design pro and Clare founder Nicole Gibbons has some answers.

Simple Home Staging Tips for Any Homeowner

Prepare your place to attract the most prospective buyers—and land the best purchase price. Read our guide for professional tips on how to DIY your home’s staging.

Carpet Selection: Durability, Weight, Style

When it comes to buying wall-to-wall carpeting, here’s how to choose and install a quality carpet.

How to Make an Ocean Epoxy Table

Want to bring the beach indoors? Here’s how to make an ocean table with concrete and epoxy resin step by step.

15 Simple Ways to Create an Open Floor Plan

Optimal furniture placement and the creative use of design elements can help create a more open concept. Read this guide for ideas on how to make your home feel more "open."

23 Creative Room Divider Ideas

Bring more flexibility and functionality home with these cool, creative ways to separate spaces.

How to Install Carpet

Want to know how to put carpet down? We take you through all the details — from how to install carpet padding to trimming the edges to seaming adjoining pieces.


How to Build a Bar

How best to finish a space for entertaining? Grab some stock lumber wood and specialty molding, and cozy on up to this DIY home bar project.

Home Decorating Tips For the DIYer in You

Here are 11 home decor ideas from the pros that don’t break the bank.


How to Build a Wall-Hung TV Cabinet

Build a wall-hung cabinet with bifold doors to hide the TV when it's not being used.

18 Ways to Turn Unused Space Into the Rooms You Need

Why add on when you can add under or over? Give your home bonus rooms without drastically changing its footprint.

Ideas for Creating a Cozy Reading Nook

Everybody loves a built-in nook for curling up with (or without) a good book. Here are 8 ideas that will inspire you to create your own cozy nook.

All About Living Rooms

The living room is likely one of the first spaces guests see when they walk through your front door, so it should make a great impression. Are you considering minor updates (a mantel refresh, adding crown molding), or a bigger project, such as installing new floors, adding French doors, or removing a wall to create a more open floor plan? Read on to learn more about creating a living room that you enjoy.

Create an English Country Sitting Room

Re-create the relaxed vibe of a British weekend house—and an ideal spot for sharing a cuppa—with delightfully mix-matched textiles


How to Turn a Wood Slab Into a Table

Rustic wood meets modern metal to create this striking—and timeless—piece of furniture. Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor show how to make a live-edge console table of your own


How to Wire for a New Ceiling Light

Ask This Old House electrician Scott Caron installs a new switch and ceiling fixture for a homeowner

From Bare-Bones Basement to Comfortable Family Hangout

Priority one in this reno plan: Transform a strictly utilitarian space into the family's favorite room

Graceful Rejuvenation for a Water-Damaged Living Room

An interior nearly untouched since 1944 is our top living area pick—and recipient of a $1,000 Delta prize—in our 2016 Reader Remodel Contest

No-Fail Colors for Living Spaces

Five great hues that can help turn bland and blah into warm and inviting

Built-In Book Storage for $197

A blank wall is transformed with secondhand bookshelves

All About Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

It's warm, cozy, and soft underfoot—and there's a type to suit most rooms in your home. Here's how to choose the right carpet.

Best Living Space Before and Afters 2013

You showed us your comfortable and chic living rooms, dining room, attics and basements. Now see which ones were finalists in our annual Reader Remodel Contest

How to Build a Three-Tiered Side Table

It holds much more than a reading lamp—and takes less time to make than shopping for a look-alike

Inspiring Home Spruce-Ups on a Shoestring Budget

Resourceful TOH readers show how they stretched their home-improvement dollars with sweat equity in these six standout projects

Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Colorful Living Rooms

Don't be shy about turning up the color volume in your home's common areas. Take inspiration from these well hued rooms

How to Trim Out a Plain Table

This bedside perch now boasts one-of-a-kind style, thanks to strips of decorative molding

How to Build a Hairpin-Leg Coffee Table

Blending rustic wood with industrial metal, this coffee table has a high-end look—but costs less than $70 to make.


How to Build a Display Coffee Table

From our Hammer It Out series: Show off your collectibles with an acrylic-topped case that does double duty as a living room table