Trading Spaces

Trading Spaces

Trading Spaces is an hour-long U.S. television reality program that has aired since 2000 on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home. The format of the show was based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms.


In each episode, two sets of neighbors redecorated one room in each other's home. Each two-person team had two (later, three) days, a budget of US$1,000, (later $2,000) and the services of a designer.

The teams have no say over what happens in their own homes, but are able to give input into what happened in the home they are redecorating. The teams are not allowed to enter their own home for the duration of the show, and the transformed rooms are revealed only at the end of the second day.

The show was generally credited with sparking a nationwide interest in home decorating and improvement television shows in the United States. At the peak of its popularity, it inspired ancillary products such as two Trading Spaces books and a computer software program.


The original format, featured a host and a carpenter shared by the two teams. Beginning in March 2005, Trading Spaces moved to a "no host" format, with two carpenters. The change allowed the two homes to be farther apart, with the most extreme case featuring homes in New York and Oklahoma.

On November 13, 2007, it was announced that Paige Davis would be returning as the host of Trading Spaces beginning in January 2008. The first episode with Davis as host aired on January 26, 2008. The show also changed production companies, from Banyan Productions to A Smith Productions.


The show featured different participants each episode. The designers and carpenters alternate for each show.




  • Goil Amornvivat (2007-present; from Bravo's Top Design)
  • Frank Bielec (2000-present)
  • Laurie Hickson-Smith (2000-present)
  • Lauren Makk (2007-present)
  • Hildi Santo-Tomas (2000-present)
  • Edward Walker (2002-present)
  • Douglas Wilson (2000-present)




  • Amy Devers (2008-present)
  • Faber Dewar (2004-present)
  • Thad Mills (2007-present)
  • Brandon Russell (2007-present)



Trading Spaces: Family

The first spin-off, entitled Trading Spaces: Family, also aired on TLC (2003-2005). It allowed larger teams of three or four, including children considered too young to participate in the original Trading Spaces program. The same designers and carpenters (one per episode, shared by the two teams) worked with host Joe Farrell.

Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls

Another spin-off, Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls airs as a part of Discovery Kids (and also formerly aired on the network's Saturday morning block on NBC). Unlike the original, this version uses the same two designers and two carpenters for each episode. In addition, there is no budget limit, and the rooms are rebuilt into theme rooms, making the show look more like Monster House.


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