If you've been having HGTV-fueled fantasies about making over your problem kitchen, dull bedroom or disorganized man cave, then get excited.
This year, IKEA's Home Tour Squad will be coming to the rescue of homeowners daunted by the decorating process across four metro areas in the Northeast — and they'll be doing it for *free.* If you live in or near Philadelphia, Washington, Boston or New York City, you can apply online to avail yourself of this dream team's services.
Take note, you'll need to a submit a short video that demonstrates "how transforming your personal space can help you achieve your personal goals." So it probably wouldn't hurt to mention how turning your bedroom into space you can actually sleep in is essential if you're going to crush it at work, or how making the most of your home office could help you rake in the freelance dough. (Here are some tips from the team.)
If selected, be prepared to expose your "problem room" to the peanut gallery that is the internet: The makeovers are showcased on the IKEA Home Tour Series , a YouTube show with more than 300 episodes attracting 71 million views to date.
But it seems worth it for a chance to snag a gratis collection of color-coordinated furniture and accessories from America's favorite (OK, second favorite) home-goods store. And don't forget you'd also be saving yourself the trouble of assembly, which we've read has threatened a marriage or two.
if you can't decide which room — your disheveled she-shed or your outdated dining room — needs IKEA's TLC, try perusing their inventory for inspiration. A look at their most expensive items, like this $419 bed frame (mattress sold separately), could clue you in on which room will get you the most bang for your (unspent) buck.