How-To & Guides

If you’re ready to funnel your ideas and inspiration into your own project, Dwell is here to help with resources, guides, and how-tos. These articles give you practical advice and information about everything from the best types of tile for your kitchen renovation to interior design tricks for creating a polished, midcentury modern look.

Dwell On This: How to Actually Organize Your Closet
Dwell On This: How to Actually Organize Your Closet
Let’s just say, there’s room for improvement.
By Gregory Han - 8 days ago
6 Modular Houseboat and Floating Home Manufacturers Around the World
If you’re bored of solid ground and want to try out a life on water, then these international companies will give you the tools you need to create your own floating home someplace...
10 Best-Designed Places to Eat and Drink in Portland, Oregon
From vegan pizza to Korean dumplings, Portland has a diverse range of cafes, bars, and restaurants to explore.
Wood Guide Part II: How to Recognize 5 (More) Common Wood Species
If you’ve dreamed of being able to recognize birch versus cedar or ash versus Douglas fir like a pro, look no further than this guide.
- 3 years ago
Top 7 Resources for Standout Removable Wallpaper
Dress up your space in minutes with peel-and-stick removable wallpaper—no commitment required.
Chillhouse Founder Cyndi Ramirez Reveals How to Create Cool, Collected Bathroom Vibes
The design and cultural influencer shares her top tricks for creating a serene, modern oasis in even the smallest of spaces, and shares inspiration for her ultimate dream bathroom.
How Technology Can Improve the Lives of Older Adults
Joseph Coughlin, the founder and director of MIT’s AgeLab, shares his insights on aging in place.
How to Make a Dreamy Meditation Oasis at Home, According to the Queen of Chill
Don’t let a lack of space deter you from creating your own modern sanctuary.
We Need to Talk About Hygge—You’re Doing it Wrong
In Denmark, where it’s gray and rainy 179 days a year, hygge is knitted into the fabric of life. For the rest of us—well, we’ve all been trying a little too hard.
Dwell On This: Spring Clean Your Indoor Air Quality
Fling open those windows and get proactive about busting dust and allergens.
Top 5 Dos and Don’ts of a Home Renovation From a Real-Life Couple
Top 5 Dos and Don’ts of a Home Renovation From a Real-Life Couple
Londoners Nadine and Juls, who started revamping their first house just before the pandemic, share their tips on planning, budgeting, and DIY.
- 17 days ago
Dwell On This: Get Your Cords Under Control
That snarl of wires under your desk is calling for cable management.
5 Prefab Companies That Are Changing the Way We Think About Smart Homes
Check your aftermarket smart home gadgetry at the door—these five prefab companies are building smart from the start.
Designers Weigh In on Seriously Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bath
We talk to experts about how to beautify your bathroom, choose the right faucet, and kit out your tiny kitchen.
Dwell On This: Upgrade Your Entryway
Step into a comfortable, clutter-free zone as soon as you enter the front door.
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan Reviews 5 Sleeper Sofas
From sitting and sleeping to lolling and loitering, these new sleeper sofas are workaholics of relaxation—on either the day or the night shift.
Here’s What We Can Learn From Japanese Prefab Homes
Thanks to cutting-edge design, mass production, and customization, prefabricated housing is common practice in Japan.
Dwell On This: It’s Time to Mount Your Television
Hang your flat screen on the wall to instantly upgrade your home theater.
Modern Love
Single mod-loving gal seeks North Jersey split-level for a match made in Hoboken.
Lowering the Bar
A modernist facade can't keep some developments from suffering from that very American malady: sprawl.
An Introduction to Modern Real Estate
Though the market has rarely looked worse, our primer on the past, present, and future of modern real estate gives you the inside track on why modern homes are always a good...
That’s So 04
When it comes to creating a sense of community, cozying up to your neighbor proves that density rules.
The 3 Types of Range Hoods—and How to Pick the Best One for Your Kitchen
For those who love to cook, the perfect range hood can make all the difference.
Dwell On This: Wallpaper Isn’t Just for Walls
If the idea of committing to a full room of wallpaper seems daunting, try this on for size.
Interior Designer Keren Richter’s Tips for Scoring—and Styling—Vintage Furniture
The cofounder of White Arrow teaches us how to put together an inspired space that balances classic and contemporary.
Dwell On This: Make Your Bedroom a Device-Free Zone
Don’t be held captive by screens in your own sanctuary.
How to Design a Room That Grows Up With Your Kids
Creating a children’s space that won’t be instantly outgrown is all about finding the fun in functionality.
From Rooftops to Backyards, Now Is the Best Time to Design Your Dream Outdoor Space
Wintertime may be keeping you indoors, but there’s plenty to do before all the best designers and contractors book up. Get started with these tips.
Dwell On This: Start an Indoor Herb Garden
Instead of tossing those scraps in the compost bin, invest in your own countertop harvest.
Everything You Need to Know About Building an ADU in Portland, Oregon
Accessory dwelling units help the city meet its density goals and extend housing options—but only after striking a short-term/long-term balance.