DIY Furniture for Small Spaces That’s Flexible & FunctionalProjects & Improvements
We love to write about clever, multitasking furniture designs for small spaces, but the downside to a lot of these pieces is that they come with hefty price tags. If, like a lot of people, you’re living in a small space and have a similarly small budget, the good news is that there are a lot of DIYs out there for hardworking, flexible furniture that you can make yourself. Here are 11 of our favorites. Above, a custom table created for this tiny beach house seen at VT Wonen.
This Easy Home Decor Hack Makes Tablecloths Super-AffordableProjects & Improvements
It's so easy, it'll make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that sooner?”
Feb 7, 2023
The 5 Home Projects Workers You Should Tip, and the 2 You Can SkipProjects & Improvements
Want to show your appreciation for a job well done? Here's your complete guide on who and how to tip.
Dec 20, 2022
Everyone’s Painting Their Own Abstract Art, And You Should TooProjects & Improvements
Don't let your artistic skill-level prevent you from creating your own masterpiece.
Nov 9, 2022
Removing Old, Bulky Shower Doors Is Much Easier Than You ThinkProjects & Improvements
We see a fun, fresh bathroom in your future.
Oct 20, 2022
Before & After: Anthropologie Inspired DresserProjects & Improvements
Anthropologie’s Ordinal Dresser is one popular piece of furniture — so much that this is the second dresser makeover we’ve seen based off of it. The first one was a low, six-drawer version, but this one will have you thinking twice about which dresser is the original, and which is the knock-off. It’s hard to believe, but the above dresser was made to look nearly identical to the Ordinal, all for only $30!
Oct 15, 2022
Great DIY Desks with IKEA Countertops and LegsProjects & Improvements
This is a pearl of wisdom that I received years ago and wanted to bring back right now. When in need of a really simple, nice, natural material desk, use IKEA butcherblock countertop (which is cuttable, sandable, stainable and paintable) and some cool legs (like the Vika Inge style seen here, which has been replaced with Vika Runtorp).
Oct 12, 2022
Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Your Air Conditioner Size RightProjects & Improvements
Save yourself money by buying the right one.
Sep 21, 2022
How To Paint Windowsills & Window TrimProjects & Improvements
Repainting my windowsill made it onto my to-do list during the January Cure, and I decided to tackle it this past weekend. After a couple of hours of scraping and painting, my windowsill looks good as new.
Sep 15, 2022
How to Hang an Unframed Poster in MinutesProjects & Improvements
Think outside the frame.
Sep 9, 2022
3 Dramatic DIY Transformations That Cost $50 or LessProjects & Improvements
With careful thought, preparation, and a good amount of creativity, you can make small but still really impactful changes to your space on a tighter budget.
Jul 20, 2022
The 8 Best Under-$1,000 One-Room Makeovers We've Ever SeenProjects & Improvements
These DIY makeovers made the most of tight budgets.
Jun 22, 2022
Before and After: I Made Over My Rental’s Entryway for Under $200Projects & Improvements
I devised a plan that would have a big impact without costing a ton of money. It was also simple enough that I could do most of it myself, on my own timeline. 
Apr 6, 2022
Setting a Budget for Your Home Repair Project? This Is the Google Sheet You Need
Starter Packs
Because budgeting for even a basic repair project can feel overwhelming.
Apr 4, 2022
6 Easy Renters Fixes for Ugly Ceiling LightsProjects & Improvements
For many renters, it isn’t the blank walls or the basic carpets, or even the neighbors that can disrupt that feeling of home sweet home. Instead, it’s the lighting. Whether your rental sports flourescent light bars that cast a jarring light, or those much-hated flush mount lights that seem dated and unoriginal, ceiling lights in rental units aren’t exactly envious. But there’s a rental hack for just about anything.
Apr 4, 2022
These TikToks Show You How to Create a Flower Wall for $10
Here's a unique way to display botanicals without worrying about having dried flowers on hand.
Nov 6, 2020
These IKEA Spice Rack Hacks Are DIY GoldProjects & Improvements
Leave the spices behind!
Sep 3, 2020
So You Want to Renovate an Airstream? 5 Money-Saving Tips from People Who Did ItProjects & Improvements
Whether you're using it as an occasional getaway or hoping to turn it into full-time living, here are five tips for saving money on the overhaul.
Aug 7, 2020
Before & After: Laminate Countertop Goes Concrete!Projects & Improvements
Updating old laminate countertops without having to completely replace them can be a big challenge. Faux finishes can often look, well… faux, and tackling a DIY project (like pouring your own concrete countertops) can be tricky and exhausting. That’s why I was so impressed with this project from interior designer Kara Paslay.Kara managed a realistic concrete look without the hassle and weight of fully-formed slabs.
Jul 17, 2020
Here’s the Secret to Not Spending Too Much on Expensive TileProjects & Improvements
It is a good time to love tile. Beautiful patterns and shapes abound. But unfortunately for those us on a budget, a lot of the most beautiful tiles are just way too expensive to use for a whole wall, a floor, or even a backsplash. So we’ve come up with some creative ways you can incorporate just a little bit of that amazing tile you love, so you can enjoy its loveliness without breaking the bank.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic TransformationsProjects & Improvements
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: A Trashed Curbside Dresser2. Before & After: An Unexpected Upholstery Project3. Before & After: Faux Snakeskin Table4. Before & After: Dresser Makeover5. Before & After: From Trash to Silk Screened Style BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Ottoman Transformation7. Before & After: Salvaging a DIY Dresser Gone Wrong8. Before & After: Trash to Treasure Table in Just an Hour9. Before & After: Restoring a Solid Wood Desk10.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Year of IKEA HacksProjects & Improvements
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Molly’s IKEA Rast Turned Campaign Chest2. Before & After: IKEA Changing Table into Home Office Desk3. Before & After: The DIY IKEA Office Organizer4. Before & After: Bet You Can’t Guess What This IKEA Malm was Converted Into5. Before & After: IKEA Malm Gets an Upholstered Ombre Makeover BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Anna’s Take on the IKEA Rast7. Lizzie’s Wallpapered IKEA Lack Table8. Before & After: IKEA Granas Table Gets a Rustic Makeover9.
Jul 17, 2020
The World’s Ugliest Condo: The BathroomProjects & Improvements
I had no idea that my little kitchen overhaul would yield such a response, ranging from “awful” to “amazeballs.” Thanks for all the great comments, both good and bad. By the way, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Dr. Kevorkian, and stem cell research combined have nothing on the “brass knobs with stainless appliances” debate. I’m not sure which issue will take longer to resolve. And that brings us to the bathroom.
Jul 17, 2020
Here’s Where You’re Wasting Money at HomeProjects & Improvements
You are probably losing money right now, without even realizing it. If you’re less than pleased with your recent home energy bill, don’t fret. There’s room for improvement and savings. Heating accounts for the largest portion (45 percent) of our energy bills, according to the U.S.
Jul 17, 2020
10 of the Best Things You Should Make Instead of BuyProjects & Improvements
Over the years, we’ve shared a lot of money-saving projects, large and small. If you can make something at home easily and cheaply, why wouldn’t you? Save some cash and flex those DIY muscles with these ten ideas for things to make rather than buy, from the Apartment Therapy and Kitchn archives. Your wallet and your home will thank you. Household cleaners. Ban chemicals from your home once and for all, and save pennies too with these recipes for eco-friendly cleaning products.
Jul 17, 2020
10 Problem-Solving Kitchen Essentials from AmazonProjects & Improvements
The biggest misconception about rental kitchens is that they’re unchangeable. Too many renters think that just because their appliances are mismatched, they have to stay mismatched. Or that there’s no getting around looking at the neighboring brick wall while you do dishes. There are lots of temporary rental solutions that won’t risk your security deposit.
Jul 16, 2020
Here Are Your Best Bets for Finding Cheap Kitchen CountertopsProjects & Improvements
So it’s time to stop telling yourself you’re okay with your old countertops, that they’re fiiiiiine, there’s nothing wrong with them, really. Because, truth be told, you just can’t stand to look at them one more minute. Maybe you tried an interim measure, a quick budget fix, but that reached its expiration point. The time has come and you couldn’t be more excited. But, before you get too giddy, there’s some bad news.
Jul 16, 2020
This is How Much People Are Willing to Spend on a RemodelProjects & Improvements
Many of us dream of upgrading at least some part of our homes, to make them: a) look better b) be more functional and c) feel more like us. Most people aren’t made of money, however, and look for the best ways to get bang for the buck. So, how much are you willing to spend on a remodel, and what would you do for that amount? Trulia recently conducted a poll of Americans and found that 76% of them plan to renovate or remodel their homes.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: A Year of IKEA HacksProjects & Improvements
We can’t resist a good IKEA hack. Of course these pieces are lovely on their own, but this year a few intrepid DIYers managed to take a few basics to the next level. Swedish ingenuity + your ingenuity = some really inspired pieces of furniture. Click the links to see the ‘afters’. (Hint: clicking the links with your mouse wheel will open each link in a new window.) TOP ROW: 1. The IKEA VITTSJÖ: 5 Colorful Hacks 2. Before & After: From IKEA Dining Table to Chic Desk 3.
Jul 16, 2020
7 Secrets You Should Learn From the Most Resourceful RentersProjects & Improvements
Living in a home where you can’t make any permanent changes can be frustrating, but clever apartment dwellers know that just means it’s time to get creative. Here are some of their go-to moves for turning even the most cramped, outdated, characterless spaces into a cozy, personality-filled home. Hint: It doesn’t involve buying all new furniture.
Jul 16, 2020
10 Impressive DIY Wall Art Projects from Our House ToursProjects & Improvements
“Decorative art isn’t necessarily created just by bona fide artists. Everyday folks can get in on the action too, and make custom work for their walls. We asked our house tour residents to tell us about their DIY art projects, and the results are endlessly impressive. 1. Above, a Southwestern rug-inspired painted canvas from Kathryn & Perry’s “Have Less Do More” Apartment: My proudest DIY has got to be our little dining nook/statement art wall!
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: IKEA Rast + Salad Bowl to Sleek Bathroom VanityProjects & Improvements
Some IKEA hacks go so far above and beyond the standard “coat of paint and new handles” that they somehow become whole new pieces of furniture. This one, for example, started out as the ubiquitous Rast dresser and a salad bowl, and was transformed into an elegant, modern bathroom vanity with plumbing and everything. I for one am impressed.
Jul 16, 2020
One Minute Tip: Build Your Own Snowblower CabProjects & Improvements
At Apartment Therapy, we believe the more personal you make your space, the happier you will be in it (and that goes for the time you spend caring for the roads leading up to your space, too!). In today’s video, Grandpa Carl shows us his hand-built custom snowblower cab, which he invented and built for less than it would cost to buy one commercially.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: New Uses for Old DoorsProjects & Improvements
After moving to Saratoga Springs, NY, which is famous for its horses and horse track, Lucianna Samu became obsessed with old horse stall doors. She began collecting and refurbishing the doors for projects around the house. Below are pictures of a liquor cabinet and a kitchen pantry that Lucianna created by hanging the doors on modern sliding rails.According to Lucianna, My advice is that the lighter the door, the easier and less expensive the installation.
Jul 15, 2020
How To Beat the Cold: Tips for Making Windows Warmer for WinterProjects & Improvements
Keeping warm in the winter time sometimes requires extra work and some ingenuity. Thankfully, our reader community is a generous one; people regularly share helpful tips and secrets in the comments. Today, I’ve gathered just some of their great ideas on how to seal up windows and deal with drafts — so you can live as toasty (and as cheaply) at home as possible this cold season. gudnis: If you have double hung windows, head to the hardwre store and find some FELT weatherstripping.
Jul 15, 2020
Furniture Fixes: A Roundup of DIY Repairs & Redos That Disguise All FlawsProjects & Improvements
When you’re dealing with tired and busted furniture, you have a couple of options. You can fix the easy water stains, dents, or cracks. But if fixing all the boo boos takes too much time, or you want a completely new look, you can cover up the old with a completely new material. When you’ve tried everything, and it still doesn’t look right, it might be time to start from scratch and take your furniture back to its beginnings.
Apr 14, 2020
Do It Yourself: 9 More Things You Can Make Instead of BuyProjects & Improvements
We rounded up ten great home items and tasty food things you should save money on by making (instead of buying) in the post: Do It Yourself: 10 Things to Make Instead of Buy. We’re back with nine more suggestions of things around the house you could save money on in the long-run by DIYing. 1. Curtains If you want incredibly heavy, huge and intricate curtains — well you might be better off finding a deal to buy if you’re not particularly DIY-inclined.
Apr 14, 2020
Laken’s Dorm Room Redo: Before & After RevealProjects & Improvements
Laken, the college freshman we introduced you to last week, is all moved in and set up, and ready to start classes this week. She took her college blah dorm and turned it into something personal and comfortable. Want to see what she did with her space? Let’s break it down, and see what Laken did to make it work: 1. Configured her furniture, i.e. raised the bed, to allow for more storage. As a result, the dresser, some storage bins and a hamper fit nicely underneath and stay out of sight.
Apr 14, 2020
Peel and Stick Products That Just Might Surprise YouProjects & Improvements
Even more reasons to use these rental-friendly finds.
Apr 1, 2020
30 DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Kid’s Room on a BudgetProjects & Improvements
Sometimes I come across an adorable kid’s room on Pinterest and get the urge to spruce up my girls’ rooms a bit. Unfortunately money is tight these days and spending money on a new lamp or cute print is just not in the budget. That’s when I usually start getting creative and try to come up with projects that I can complete on the cheap.
Mar 11, 2020
Kitchen Remodel Makeovers: 20 Great Before & After Transformations for Every BudgetProjects & Improvements
A "before & after" bonanza of reader-submitted projects, organized by budget.
Mar 11, 2020
The World’s Most Popular Bookcase: Best Uses of the IKEA ExpeditProjects & Improvements
If you love looking at pictures of interiors like we do, you’ll probably see a few of the same pieces crop up over and over, design classics like the Eames lounge or Harry Bertoia’s wire chairs. But one of the most ubiquitous pieces has a humbler pedigree (and a much lower price point). It’s the IKEA Expedit, and it’s taking the world of storage by storm.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Jenny’s Built-in IKEA Billy BookshelvesProjects & Improvements
Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook consistently executes beautiful DIY projects with precision and flair. Most recently, she and her family used Ikea’s Billy bookshelves in combination with lumber, mouldings, and spray paint to create a custom look at a non-custom cost.Jenny has slowly been revealing updates to her New York home, and these shelves give the living room a sophisticated feel that’s still young and fun. It looks so good!
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Melissa’s “Cloffice” on a BudgetProjects & Improvements
The challenge (and fun!) of small space living is finding the best use for every inch. Even though tiny apartments are usually short on closet space, a place to stash your suitcases is less useful if what you really need is an office. Melissa put her closet to work for her — for only $130!Melissa Massello is the Stealfinder in Chief of Shoestring Magazine, and with a title like that, you know she’s looking to save a buck.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: TV Tray Table Gets Decked OutProjects & Improvements
As part of my ongoing quest to add some color to my grey living room, I picked up one of these inexpensive tv tray tables at Target and decided to give it the before and after treatment. Yes, there is spray paint involved. And lamp finials. And rope. Intrigued? Click on through to see my nautically-inspired end result.The goal was to transform this $9 table from ‘college girl watching sitcom reruns and eating popcorn’ to something a little more yacht chic.
Mar 11, 2020
Before &amp After: A Mid-C Modern BathroomProjects & Improvements
Designer Gina De Pasquale renovated this Las Vegas residence that needed a little updating throughout. Her work is most impressive in the bathroom where she did a great a job of mixing high and low pieces, all while staying true to the mid-century aesthetic.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: A Target Lamp RedoProjects & Improvements
I’ve had this old quirky elephant lamp from Target for several years, and although I loved its silly charm, I felt like it was in need of an update. Using some fabric, and new shade, and some spray paint, I managed to change the look of my old friend.As for the shade, I used an old Urban Outfitters lampshade that I had from another lamp and covered it with sheets of brocade fabric. Read more about that process in this earlier post.
Mar 11, 2020
The Best Money-Saving Advice I Got From My Contractor FatherProjects & Improvements
Save yourself some time and money with this one tip.
Mar 4, 2020
9 Things You Should Upgrade in Your Rental (and Then Take With You)Projects & Improvements
Make yourself a little happier with your home, without throwing money down the drain when you move out.
Feb 24, 2020
The Best Under-$200 Tricks We Want to Steal From Before and Afters in 2020Projects & Improvements
These budget-friendly ideas deserve a place on your list this year.
Jan 13, 2020
8 of the Best (and Easiest) IKEA Hacks We Spotted This YearProjects & Improvements
These types of IKEA "hacks" are the perfect combo of affordable and fast to do.
Jan 7, 2020
These 8 Common Home Buys Are a Total Waste of MoneyProjects & Improvements
Stop spending your paycheck on this stuff.
Jan 3, 2020
Genius Ways To Stretch a Small Bathroom Budget & Still Love the ResultsProjects & Improvements
Spend less, and still absolutely love the result.
Dec 30, 2019
7 New Ways to Reuse Your Old Leather BeltsProjects & Improvements
There's life in them yet.
Dec 29, 2019
18 Ways to Use Table Salt, Your Lunchtime StandbyProjects & Improvements
Your salt shaker doesn’t have to stay strapped to the kitchen table. We’ve got 18 ways to put it to work all around your house.
Dec 29, 2019
13 Uses for Olive Oil, Your Go-To Cooking AidProjects & Improvements
Get this hero out of the pantry and into your tool kit.
Dec 22, 2019
The Best Under-$1000 Budget Renovations We Saw This YearProjects & Improvements
You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a big impact, and these 12 transformations prove it.
Dec 20, 2019
DIY Home Decor: How To Make a Sliding Door for Under $40Projects & Improvements
Do you know what kind of looks you get when you go to the hardware store and tell the clerk you want to DIY a sliding door? When they point in the direction of “Doors & Windows,” you know it’s time to take matters into your own hands. I needed a door for a lofted space above our living room, and wanted the sliding effect. However, since it was a temporary solution, its construction needed to be simple and easy to do.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Just Isn’t Me” $500 Kitchen MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Renovation by: Kristyn Location: Pittsburgh There was nothing WRONG with the kitchen when I purchased my first home except that it wasn’t me. It didn’t fit the 1920s Tudor Revival style of the house or my preferred bright, colorful, organic modern look. Although I don’t love bead board, there was no reason to replace the clean and sturdy cabinets. So I embraced it, adding more to the side and back of the island that separates kitchen from dining room.
Dec 19, 2019
The “See You Later, Princess” Kitchen MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Renovation by: Patti Location: Phoenix, AZ We moved into our fixer-upper exactly one year ago and finally finished the last room – the kitchen. I think the previous owner must have fantasied about being a princess because every single room was painted pink (including ceilings and doors!) and had wall to wall purple carpeting.
Dec 19, 2019
The Under $250 “Work With What We’ve Got” Bathroom MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Makeover by: Paige Location: Naperville, Illinois My husband and I just finished our latest project: updating our main bathroom for under $250. We went back and forth about doing a larger renovation in here, but in the end we decided to work with what we had first. If we could get it to look great with minimal labor for us, then why not try it? We replaced the counter top (which was veined with purple!
Dec 19, 2019