There’s nothing like that feeling of rolling a massive orange cart into Home Depot’s massive, wide aisles, ready to take on the world, or at least your home, ready to DIY (do-it-yourself), and with Home Depot’s recent opening in Manhattan, Manhattanites can have that feeling too. It’s easy to get in touch with your inner-designer (or construction worker) here.
My favorite things about Home Depot are the “knob” accessories section, where one can find furniture knobs in everything from antique ceramic to gold-toned geometric designs- an easy way to update and transform boring furniture and cabinets. Home Depot is also great for plants and gardening. I purchased a huge tropical plant there 7 years ago for $7- and it’s still alive! Staff will help you cut sheet-rock into appropriate sizes. They also offer a beautiful selection of carpeting, including the kind made of recycled soda bottles.
The lighting selection at Home Depot could put Ikea to shame, and has styles to suit every taste and need. I also go there yearly to stock up on compact fluorescent (CFL), energy-efficient light bulbs… they use less than half of the energy of a traditional bulb (which should cover the cost of their much heavier price tag), and last up to 10 times as long (perfect for high hanging lights, where replacing the bulb is difficult). Home Depot is the cheapest place to buy them, offering economy size packs and such. They also have bulbs (in both CFL and regular/edison) that imitate natural sunlight (“happy lights”), increasing vitamin D levels, and staving off Seasonal Affective Disorder/Depression (S.A.D.) good for “one more gray day and I’m gonna ______” New Yorkers stuck in light-deficient apartments and the dreary months of February-April.
Home Depot has an extensive pest control section, and we know how many critters occupy NYC apartment buildings (and no, that monthly exterminator who visits isn’t really solving the problem- he’s just covering the landlord’s (legal) tail!).
I’ve always stocked up on the cheap, basic, white, formica hanging shelves, and interesting shelf brackets (in small apartments, you can always use more, more, more storage!).