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Trading Spaces
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Presented byPaige Davis
Starringsee below
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes322 (as of June 2, 2018)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Ross Productions
Banyan Productions
A. Smith & Co. Productions
Original networkTLC and Discovery Home and Discovery Channel
Original releaseOriginal Series:
October 13, 2000 - December 13, 2008
Revived Series:
April 7, 2018 – present
External links

Trading Spaces is an hour-long American television reality program that originally aired from 2000 to 2008 on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home. The format of the show was based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms. The first iteration ran for eight seasons.


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. Although the producers generally allowed the teams to go over budget slightly, there was one instance when a designer went $150 over budget and the producers forced her to return a rug she bought for the project.

The teams have no say over what happens in their own homes, but they are able to give input into what happens 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 final day.

Ty Pennington, one of the show's original carpenters, later hosted Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.

Production and changes[edit]

The first season featured original host Alex McLeod and some designers who never returned to the show, such as Dez Ryan and Roderick Shade, and was produced by Knoxville, Tennessee–based Ross Productions. After the first 40 episodes, McLeod received an Emmy nomination for her work in the first season, but left to pursue other television opportunities.[1][2][3][better source needed][4] Beginning with the second season in 2001, Paige Davis took over as host, with the new production company Banyan Productions of Philadelphia. Early-season episodes were traditionally videotaped in and around the production company's home base.[citation needed]

Beginning in the show's fifth season, homeowners chose up to three rooms for their neighbors to re-decorate, and the rooms were selected randomly, with some rooms having increased budgets of $2000 or $3000. Midway through this season, Davis was dismissed, and the show went to a hostless format for several seasons and episodes often featured two carpenters.[5][better source needed][6] This change allowed the two homes to be farther apart, with the most extreme case featuring homes in New York and Oklahoma in the same episode.

On November 13, 2007, it was announced that Davis would be returning as the host of Trading Spaces beginning in January 2008.[7][8] The first episode with Davis as host aired on January 26, 2008. The show also changed production companies, from Banyan Productions to A. Smith & Co. Productions. On February 6, 2009, Davis announced that Trading Spaces was not picked up for a ninth season.[9]

On March 28, 2017, TLC announced that it had ordered a revival of Trading Spaces from Endemol Shine North America's Authentic Entertainment.[10] Host Paige Davis returned, joined by a number of cast members from the original era of the series, as well as new members Brett Tutor, Joanie Dodd, John Gidding, Kahi Lee, Sabrina Soto, as well as Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent as a one-off crossover for fellow TLC series Nate & Jeremiah by Design.[11] A reunion special hosted by Lisa Joyner was also planned to accompany the April 7, 2018 premiere, featuring appearances by other former cast members. The format remains relatively unchanged from the previous seasons, although the spending budget was increased to $2,000. There is also brand integration with the online retailers and Wayfair; one of the retailers provides a "pop-up store" with home décor products during each episode, where a homeowner may pick an item for incorporation into their respective room.[12][13][14]

The two-hour season premiere (which included the reunion special and the season premiere episode) was seen by 2.8 million viewers, making it TLC's highest-rated Saturday primetime program since 2010.[15]

On May 30, 2018, TLC announced that Trading Spaces was renewed for another season, which will be the second season of the revival and season 10 overall. Production is slated to begin in summer 2018. The series will return to TLC in early 2019 with more episodes than the eight this current run got, though the final number has yet to be determined.[16]


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

Original run (2000–2008)[edit]




2018 revival[edit]


Returning designers[edit]

New designers[edit]

Returning carpenters[edit]

New carpenters[edit]


Note: Roderick Shade appears in one episode and is not on the designer chart list.


Trading Spaces: Family[edit]


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.

Boys Vs. Girls

Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls[edit]

Another spin-off, Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls aired as a part of Discovery Kids (and also formerly aired on the network's Saturday morning block on NBC). Unlike the original, this version used 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. Reruns aired on The Hub until New Year's Eve 2010.

Trading Spaces: Home Free[edit]

A spun off series produced for TLC in 2004. In this spin-off the winning couple received their home mortgage-free.

Trading Spaces: 100 Grand[edit]

This was a special episode where the budget was increased to $50,000 per team (while keeping the standard time limit).

The Best Of Trading Spaces[edit]

In January 2011, TLC's sister channel OWN debuted The Best Of Trading Spaces, which revisits some of the traded spaces from the series. Paige Davis hosts the new segments, including interviews with the people who traded spaces in each episode and what has been changed in the spaces since the original episode aired.


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