Stuck With Uncomfy Furniture? Here Are 5 Ways to Fix It.

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe op…

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe option for buying furniture. While it’s certainly convenient to pick out a new living room set from the comfort of your computer (and current living room set), there’s undeniably a risk involved when you can’t check it out in a storeroom first. Namely, you could end up with a whole room’s worth of furniture that isn’t as comfortable as you hoped, despite all the reviews you pored through first.

It bears mentioning that, obviously, you can always return the offending items if they’re not up to your standards. But, if you’re set on making do with what you have, here are a few tips to get started. And, if all else fails, there’s always the floor.

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Did You Know Your Cane Furniture Needs to be Moisturized?

Add a piece, or a set, of cane furniture to any room and the atmosphere instantly relaxes. Your proximity to the nearest beach dwindles, your vacation days increase (and inch closer), sunshine glimmers in the forecast. Barefooted-ness becomes a regular…

Add a piece, or a set, of cane furniture to any room and the atmosphere instantly relaxes. Your proximity to the nearest beach dwindles, your vacation days increase (and inch closer), sunshine glimmers in the forecast. Barefooted-ness becomes a regular consideration. Ice cream for dinner. I'm not kidding. Have you tried it?

The plants used to make woven, natural-fiber furniture take many shapes, but two of the most common materials used are rattan and cane. Often confused and used interchangeably, rattan and cane are different applications of a similar material. Rattan includes over 600 different species of solid timber vine (different from a material like bamboo, which is hollow), native to tropical forests. Cane, on the other hand, is actually a specific part of rattan, which is removed from the thorny outer skin of the plant. It’s naturally very light in color, somewhat shiny, and far less porous than other parts of rattan—making it exceptional at repelling liquid spills.

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The Dining Chair Trend We Just Can’t Get Enough Of

One of my weaknesses is being utterly incapable of passing up a good chair—be it on the side of the road, at a flea market, or listed on Facebook Marketplace. I’m overcome by a sense of compulsion to drag it home, or type, “Hi, is this still available?…

One of my weaknesses is being utterly incapable of passing up a good chair—be it on the side of the road, at a flea market, or listed on Facebook Marketplace. I’m overcome by a sense of compulsion to drag it home, or type, “Hi, is this still available?” to the seller. When walking through a yard sale, I turn my inner monologue on repeat:“You don’t need that, you don’t need that.”

If you’re anything like me, and have ended up with a whole lotta chairs, the idea of a dining table with mismatched chairs is likely the most practical conscious design choice you can make. An excuse to sidle a sleek mid-century piece right up next to a bentwood beauty and a chipped farmhouse bench? I’m in. A way to combine found furniture with the trendy new seat you couldn’t resist? This is it.

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Yes, You Can Get a Brand New Sofa for Under $500

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

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Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We're taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


Back when I was couch-less, I put off getting one, partly because, okay, I didn’t have much space, but mostly because I didn’t have the budget. At some retailers, even couches of questionable quality seemed to hover somewhere around $2,000, and high-end ones soared to four times that. Who can afford that kind of commitment? Not me. Getting a couch was an insurmountable financial hurdle, so I just made do without, offering guests a seat on one of my stackable plywood stools and working from my bed.

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15 Very Pretty Amazon Home Goods That Won’t Break the Bank

As a serial renter—I must be on my tenth apartment by now—I’m always itching for new pieces of furniture and decor to “complete” the space. And while I’m fully willing to invest in certain pieces I know I’ll keep for the long haul, when it comes to space-specific finishings (hi, pendant lights that won’t look right in my next place) or swanky-looking statement pieces to offset my more classic, timeless items, I’m all about turning to Amazon for affordable finds.

Yes, Amazon. There are lots of awesome home products on the site. No matter your style, you can find expensive-looking decorations for wallet-friendly prices—and they just might make it into your permanent collection. Here are a few of my favorites for every room of the house (psst: all are under $150!).

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As a serial renter—I must be on my tenth apartment by now—I’m always itching for new pieces of furniture and decor to “complete” the space. And while I’m fully willing to invest in certain pieces I know I’ll keep for the long haul, when it comes to space-specific finishings (hi, pendant lights that won’t look right in my next place) or swanky-looking statement pieces to offset my more classic, timeless items, I’m all about turning to Amazon for affordable finds.

Yes, Amazon. There are lots of awesome home products on the site. No matter your style, you can find expensive-looking decorations for wallet-friendly prices—and they just might make it into your permanent collection. Here are a few of my favorites for every room of the house (psst: all are under $150!).

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9 Pieces From Anthropologie’s New Fall Collection We’re Adding to Our Dream House

The arrival of autumn brings so many amazing things with it. Sweater weather, pumpkin desserts, football season … and new fall collections from all our favorite stores, including Anthropologie.

Anthropologie’s home section is full of so many unique it…

The arrival of autumn brings so many amazing things with it. Sweater weather, pumpkin desserts, football season … and new fall collections from all our favorite stores, including Anthropologie.

Anthropologie’s home section is full of so many unique items for every room of the house. The vibe is chic and eclectic with a touch of bohemian—it’s the perfect place to find that statement piece you’ve been searching for.

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9 Couches That Your Cat Won’t Immediately Destroy

I love my cat dearly, but why does he insist on decimating my furniture?

I’ve spent a small fortune on scratching posts over the years, but my cat finds it so much more satisfying to sink his claws into the corner of my couch or headboard. For several…

I love my cat dearly, but why does he insist on decimating my furniture?

I’ve spent a small fortune on scratching posts over the years, but my cat finds it so much more satisfying to sink his claws into the corner of my couch or headboard. For several years I had a sleeper sofa from IKEA that he absolutely destroyed with his near-constant clawing—no amount of yelling, pleading, or claw trimming yielded results.

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14 Dining Chairs to Fit Any Budget & Any Home

When I moved into my new apartment, I didn’t know what kind of couch I wanted or which rug to order. I had no lights or shades or layout in mind. But I knew, oddly enough, which dining chairs I had to have. I’d spotted them through a restaurant window …

When I moved into my new apartment, I didn’t know what kind of couch I wanted or which rug to order. I had no lights or shades or layout in mind. But I knew, oddly enough, which dining chairs I had to have. I’d spotted them through a restaurant window on a cold night in Stockholm: petite spindle-back designs, simple but jet-black and bold. I found them online and ordered them the day I signed the lease. (They were, of course, from Ikea.) Seven months later, I still love them: They’re the only black items in a room of pale and white tones, and the contrast alone makes the whole space more interesting. (Especially since I still haven’t hung anything on the walls.)

Dining chairs tend to be an afterthought: It’s tempting to choose one you can sit on and call it a day. But with a slew of designs, materials, colors, and silhouettes on the market, chairs can have the potential to change the whole look of the dining area. Here are 14 chairs that’ll make an impact no matter your style (or budget).

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