Easy Home Makeovers 

3 Life-Changing Room Makeovers

Moved by reader stories of cluttered spaces causing family fights, Real Simple extends the olive branch—tackling an overrun basement, an overstuffed closet, and a chaotic teen’s room. And proving once and for all that in the right surroundings, everyone really can get along. 

Kid friendly furniture and lamp
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The Palutis Family Basement: After

No Table Lamp, No Topples
Paper-shade pendants provide a pleasant glow and can be hiked higher as the kids grow.

Kid-Friendly Furniture
A rounded, sturdy end table can handle drumming and climbing. The sleeper sofa accommodates overnight guests; its curved edges not only elevate the look of the room but also reduce the risk of injury if things get rowdy.

To buy: Small Nelson Ball pendant, $300, roomandboard.com. Markham sleep sofa, $1,440, rowefurniture.com for stores. Pod table, $158, chiasso.com. DL Rhein Grass Blades pillows, $110 each, zincdoor.com.

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