10 Home Improvement Sources for Non-DIYers

10 Home Improvement Sources for Non-DIYers

Sarah Coffey
Feb 7, 2011

If you've got the skills, taking on a home remodeling project yourself is great. If you don't have the skills, it can be kind of humiliating. (I'm speaking from experience here.) For those of us who didn't get an A in shop class and shouldn't go near a table saw, here's a helpful source list of 10 good DDIY (don't do it yourself) companies.

  1. Kerf: Seattle-based Kerf creates modern plywood storage units and kitchens cabinets that they can custom build and (if you live nearby) install for you in your space. They also ship nationally. Shown: Storage System.
  2. Bemz: Don't have the sewing skills to make your own IKEA armchair slipcover? Bemz sells pre-made ones in patterned and colored fabrics. Shown: Lifestyles Collection.
  3. Lutron: DIY wiring is a bad idea for most people, even if you're not especially clumsy. For a fee, Lutron will install almost anything for you, from simple dimmers for table lamps to whole-home systems. Shown: Maestro and Spacer Systems.
  4. Resource Furniture: Need a space-saving wall of storage or a foldaway murphy bed? New York-based Resource is has some of the coolest (and priciest) premade systems for small apartments. Shown: Altea Relax 90/120.
  5. Anywhere Fireplaces: If you want a fireplace but don't want the hassle of having one installed while hand-crafting your own mosaic surround, try one of these ventless models. They can be hung on the wall, they don't need a hearth, and they burn bio-ethanol in a smokeless flame. Shown: Chelsea Fireplace, starting at $350.
  6. The Container Store: Their Elfa Shelving Systems can organize your closet, laundry room, or home office, and they'll help you find an installer to set it up for you.
  7. Gardener's Supply Company: Although the name implies it's for hard-core gardeners, this site is full of ultra-basic, self-watering planters and kits for beginners. Shown: Simple Garden, $40.
  8. Restoration Hardware: While it may have started out selling hardware, this chain store is as un-DIY as Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel. They do, however, carry several easy-to-install fixtures, like these Standard House Numbers, $8.50 - $10.
  9. 2Jane: This webshop specializes in quick and easy coverups for walls, windows, surfaces, and tiles. Shown: Mibo Tile Tattoos, $20 for 6.
  10. California Closets: They'll meet with you and install a semi-custom closet to your specifications. Shown: Bedroom Closet.

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