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A Natural Side Table Sans Legs

…this beautiful slab of walnut that was gently upcycled into a legless nightstand with just a few drill holes, rope and a sturdy hook.

Cheater Trick for Getting Rid of Carpet Stairs

Make it deep enough to hold paperbacks and add a guardrail to hold them in place as the door swings.

Read This Before You Finish Your Attic

Expanding into your attic? An in-wall rope ladder installed beneath a window and hidden by a cabinet door, will give you extra peace of mind. From about $300, egressescapewindows.com. | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn | thisoldhouse.com