I wish I knew a lot earlier in my life!!! Aluminum foil as fixture protector - the foil molds to the shape of whatever it's covering and stays firmly in place until the job is complete. > this is a great tip!
Even if you've got an abundance of side tables, it can be nice to have a place to hold your drink immediately at-hand. Francois et Moi's striped wooden drink perch fits neatly over the arm of your sofa, and is a great project for first-time woodworkers (there are detailed instructions on her site).