"Trading Spaces" was a one-hour reality show that aired from 2000 to 2008 on TLC and Discovery Home. In each episode, two pairs of neighbors would swap homes for two or three days. Each pair would redesign a room in the other pair's home with the help of a professional designer and a carpenter. The pairs revealed the redesigned rooms at the end of each episode.
"Trading Spaces" was modeled after the BBC show "Changing Rooms." The show went through a number of changes over its eight seasons. The original host, Alex McLeod, left after one season and was replaced by Paige Davis. The cast of designers and carpenters changed frequently too; some appeared for only one year, while others appeared on the show for multiple seasons. The budgets each team had to work with increased from $1,000 to $2,000 or $3,000 over the course of the series.
Because teams had limited budgets and opinionated designers to work with, it was not uncommon for "Trading Spaces" participants to be unhappy with their finished rooms. In one memorable episode, the designer instructed her team members to glue hay all over the walls of the room they were redecorating for their neighbors.