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Living Rooms

Living Rooms

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

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 Custom Entertainment Center

Get your media center organized with a custom-built storage unit


How to Install Wall-To-Wall Carpeting

In this how-to video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor explains how to lay a carpet


S15 E2: Sheep-shearing Coffee Table

Made of recycled pine, this unusual coffee table is easy to make and comes with a good stor

How to Choose an Oriental Rug

Rug expert Steve Boodakian walks you through the world of Oriental carpets