Trading Spaces

Is Trading Spaces coming back in 2021?

Trading Space; Yes! On Monday, TLC confirmed the show will return for another season, its 10th, on March 16 at 8pm ET/PT. (Watch the trailer above.) This time, host Paige Davis and the designers will take on some unconventional spaces including teachers’ lounges, attics, basements and the homes of twin sisters and ex-spouses.

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. Both teams in early seasons shared one carpenter, while later on, each team had a carpenter. 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.

Production and changes

Trading Spaces premiered on October 13, 2000. Its first season ran for eight episodes. The second season began airing on June 1, 2001, and featured ten episodes. For the third season, which began airing on May 3, 2002, TLC increased the number of episodes to fifteen. Season four premiered on April 5, 2003, with eighteen episodes. 


The fifth season, which began airing on March 6, 2004, was the first in which the show underwent a major change: it expanded from thirty minutes to an hour per episode. In addition, this was the first season in which each episode featured two complete makeovers (as opposed to one per episode in seasons one through four). 

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

In 2004, TLC aired a second spin-off, entitled Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls. It was very similar to the original program, except that the teams were all-male or all-female. This season was notable for a few incidents, including one in which a designer painted over a family’s heirloom table without asking first, and another in which two designers came to blows.

Trading Spaces: Home Free

A third spin-off, entitled Trading Spaces: Home Free, aired on TLC from 2005 to 2008. In this series, homeowners could win their home makeover instead of trading with a neighbor. The show was hosted by Ty Pennington.


On April 7, 2018, it was announced that Trading Spaces would be revived with original host Paige Davis for a limited run on TLC. The new season premiered on April 7, 2018, and featured eight episodes. On September 17, 2018, it was announced that the show would return for a full season in 2019. 

On January 10, 2019, TLC announced that the show would return on Saturday nights starting March 16. The network also released a trailer for the new season. On October 5, 2020, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a tenth season which will premiere in 2021.

The Best of Trading Spaces

In 2006, TLC aired a special entitled The Best Of Trading Spaces. The two-hour episode featured clips from past episodes, as well as interviews with designers, carpenters, and homeowners.

Trading Spaces: Design School

In 2009, TLC began airing Trading Spaces: Design School, a series that followed several students attending the New York School of Interior Design as they competed for a chance to intern on Trading Spaces. The series was hosted by interior designer Vern Yip and featured guest appearances by Paige Davis and Ty Pennington.

Trading Spaces: Secrets from the Set

In 2010, TLC aired a special entitled Trading Spaces: Secrets from the Set. The two-hour episode featured behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

Trading Spaces: Come on Over

In 2011, TLC aired a special entitled Trading Spaces: Come on Over. The two-hour episode featured clips from past episodes, as well as interviews with designers, carpenters, and homeowners.

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