Guides & How Tos

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.

How to Strike a Work/Life Balance in a Tiny Apartment, According to Design Experts
How to Strike a Work/Life Balance in a Tiny Apartment, According to Design Experts
Feeling cooped up and stressed out? Here are some essential tips from designers and builders of small spaces.
- a month ago
How Much Should You Spend on a Duvet?
Top interior designers weigh in on what to look for in a duvet cover or insert—and what it should ultimately cost.
We Asked 13 Designers to Share Their Work-From-Home Setups and Tips
Peek inside some of our favorite designers’ home offices, and get their tips for creating a successful WFH setup (or mindset) of your own.
6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Bathroom With Plant Power
6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Bathroom With Plant Power
At a time when stress levels are rising, adding a touch of greenery to the bathroom can elevate both your space and your mood.
- 2 months ago
7 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Instantly Happier, According to Top Designers
Yabu Pushelberg, Kelly Wearstler, and other experts share the small changes you can make right now to boost your mood.
How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus Pandemic
First, don't feel bad that you are not adequately prepared for this crisis—most of us aren't.
Fitness Experts on How to Create a Kick-Ass Home Gym—No Equipment Necessary
These expert-recommended tips, routines, and exercises will get you breaking a sweat at home.
Here’s What You Should Know About Rent Relief During the Pandemic
Aside from the stimulus bill, state and local governments are stepping up to provide rent relief during the new coronavirus outbreak.
7 Smart ADU and Additions That Cost as Little as $18K
From a shingled studio in Minneapolis to a two-bedroom guesthouse in L.A., these backyard projects are something to emulate.
An Introduction to Art Collecting
For millennia, kings and clerics alike have understood that little inspires awe and confers power better than a battalion of marble statues, an epic tapestry, or an exquisitely...
Here’s How to Survive Working From Home With a Partner or Roommates
Here’s How to Survive Working From Home With a Partner or Roommates
Keep these tips in mind if your WFH setup involves roommates, a partner, or kids.
- 2 months ago
Set in the Future
When Tron raced into theaters on neon treads in 1982, the futuristic backdrops were a visual revelation for cinema geeks.
The Rise and Resurgence of the Great American Row House
Throughout U.S. history, the row house has endured and adapted as an underappreciated model for accessible urban housing.
Trend Report: The Internet Settles Into Our Appliances
A more mature generation of smart-home devices goes beyond bells and whistles and enables connections that anticipate an owner’s needs.
How Much Should You Spend on a Living Room Sofa?
Top interior designers weigh in on what to look for in a living room sofa—and what it should ultimately cost.
Here Are 40 Things You Can Do if You’re “Social Distancing” at Home
2020 is canceled due to the new coronavirus—but here’s your opportunity to take advantage of time spent at home.
Need Help Catching Up on Your Z’s? Here’s How to Get the Best Sleep Ever
Monday, March 9 marks the beginning of Sleep Week—a whole week dedicated to rest and relaxation.
5 Sustainable Ways To Beat the Heat Without Air Conditioning
Now that summer has officially started, temperatures are rising and air conditioners are cranked up—but that doesn’t mean you have to do the same.
A Bibliophile Shares His Book Storage Secrets
A book lover gives us tips on storing prized tomes.
Percale vs. Sateen: What’s the Difference?
When we set out to create the perfect sleep experience, we knew it would depend on one core factor: fabric.
6 Ways to Declutter and Free Up Space in Your Bedroom
A well-designed bedroom should encourage you to unwind and unplug from the chores and activities of the day and enjoy a deep, restful sleep—but that’s not always the case.
10 Ways to Solve Storage Problems in Small Spaces
Downsizing your life in order to live small sometimes requires creative ninja moves to find adequate storage.
An Expert’s Guide to Choosing, Styling, and Cleaning a Moroccan Rug
Revival Rugs cofounder Ben Hyman shares his expertise on the different types of Moroccan rugs—and how to show them love once they’re in your home.
An Honest Guide to the Benefits and Drawbacks of Skylights
A skylight might seem like a universally bright idea, but though it can be a great design feature, it isn’t without flaws of its own.
The Eco-Friendly Guide to Upgrading an Existing Home
The greenest home is the one you already have.
Guide to 7 Main Types of Roofs and What You Need to Know About Them
Whether it’s flat, gabled, butterfly, shed, gambrel, mansard, or hipped, the shape of a roof can have serious design and performance implications on a building.
4 Decluttering Tips From Organizing Master Marie Kondo
Along with simply freeing up space, decluttering can help you feel less stressed, sleep better, and maybe even help you feel more focused and creative.
Guide to the 5 Main Window Types You Should Know
Despite its humble origin as a mere unglazed hole in a wall or ceiling, the window today has evolved to be one of the most complex pieces of a building.
11 Examples of How to Incorporate Traditional Building Materials Into Your Modern Home
Cement tiles, terrazzo, and exposed shiplap boards are just a few traditional building materials that are experiencing a resurgence.
How To Design With Patterned Rugs
Decorating with statement rugs is often challenging, so here are some tips and tricks to help guide the process.