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There was a time when my coffee table was my most prized piece of furniture. Before the days of "shelfies", it served as the focal place of my living room, a curated display of my 20-something aspirations. On top of the rectangular sheet of glass perched on legs made of industrial copper pipes sat a couple sleek books -- Design*Sponge at Home to showcase my modern aesthetic and Edible Selby because I loved the idea of going on culinary adventures around the world -- along with an assortment of issues of The New Yorker that I'd tell myself I would sit down and read very soon.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Some people love the challenge, the meditative peace of wordless instructions and 50 tiny bags of tiny screws. But some of us scream at the mere sight of a hex key. Depending on which group you fall into, this is either a challenge or a warning to stay far, far away.

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One of the appealing things about crafting a piece of furniture from wood is that it already has a pleasant colour and texture. You might not want to hide it under a coat of paint, and a good stain can really bring out the natural texture. Here's how to do it right.

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One of the most frustrating parts of moving into a new home or apartment is the furniture Tetris you have to play in order to squeeze all your big items around tight corners and stairways. Box springs can be particularly pesky, but they're so simply constructed that you can partially cut them in half.

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Dear Lifehacker, I just bought a new one-bedroom apartment and I want to put a gaming chair in the lounge room. The problem is that my girlfriend won't suffer anything that looks like your typical "XtrEme!" gaming chair and it needs to double as a single-seater for when we have visitors. Any tips on what I should look for in a trendy seat that won't look out of place in the lounge room?

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Hardcore board gamers know that a standard kitchen table usually isn't good enough for the more, uh, expansive titles such as Firefly or Arkham Horror. A solid, square table, say 1.5 x 1.5m, is a better choice, but if you have even a tiny crafting bone in your body, you might be tempted to make one yourself. But where do you start?