Author: Rick Worst

Rick Worst acts as owner, author, and manager for our editorial team, and web designer for Worst Room and is the founder of the company. He authors most of our interior and exterior design content though branches out wherever he is needed.


  • Operates the home design consultation side of Worst Room, which, while a fledgling, has grown to tens of satisfied clients thus far.
  • A lifelong enthusiasm for interior design and home decor in general. He's consumed more books, magazines, articles, and television programs on the topic than should be humanly possible.
  • As a web designer, he's built dozens of custom "from scratch" websites for restaurants, governmental contractors, video game companies, magazines, and countless others.


As mentioned, Rick has been obsessed with interior design and all of the tangentially related disciplines such as real estate since high school thanks to TV channels, programs, and websites such as HGTV, This Old House, and all of the countless others we all know and love.

Besides founding Worst Room as a website, it has also spawned a new branch where Rick acts as a home design consultant in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding areas.

Rick refuses to hire out any task around the house (much to Jen's displeasure, as if we don't have enough going on) without trying it himself first and typically succeeding. Who needs outside help when you have friends like Omar and Chris to get advice and help from?

His earliest passion was electronics and hardware, which naturally led to software when his family purchased their first dial-up modem and internet subscription in 1996. His coding, web design, and user experience background naturally helped lead to the creation of this very website.

Most Memorable Home & Garden Moment

This may not be a particularly captivating story with some intense excitement going on. It's one of those "you had to be there" kind of memories. I once had the chance to help build a set of six outdoor urinals under a pavilion in the wilderness at a series of cabins.

From installing a frame, building the urinals and PVC drainage system, to laying a concrete patio around it all it all and standing up a pavilion anchored over it all, it was really an eye-opener into project management. This was all built by hand by myself and two other gentlemen, with one being the wise and older leader teaching us how it's done.

The real fun was using the heavy equipment to then dig a gigantic hole with a backhoe, run more PVC into it, and then fill it back in with gravel to allow it all to percolate down to the ground table. We then smoothed the soil back over and planted grass. Within a few months you'd never know we were there giant machinery. It was really quite something to be a part of as someone who focuses more on interior design.

Rick Worst's Articles

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Standard Fireplace Dimensions for Safety & Efficiency

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Are you considering adding a fireplace to your home? It's cozy, subtle light is relaxing and soothing on a cold winter's night when the snow is falling, and […]

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Standard Bedroom Sizes for Adults, Kids, & More

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Choosing the right size bedroom can be daunting. You need a comfortable, functional, and not overstaffed bedroom to ensure a good night's rest. You also need a bedroom […]

The Standard Closet Depth Per Location & Purpose

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The standard closet depth is an essential factor to consider when designing and building a new closet space. It determines what type of shelving and hangers you can […]

Can You Paint Bathroom Tile? Cheaply & Easily!

Updated: | Categories: Bathroom, Do-It-Yourself

Painting bathroom tile is an easy and cost-effective way to give your space a fresh look. With the proper preparation and products, you can get professional results without […]

Secure a Bookshelf to the Wall Without Screws

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Do you enjoy settling in for the evening with a good book? If you're an avid reader, you'll eventually need more space to store your novels. Leaving them […]

Dialing in the Standard Height for Fireplace Mantels

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Are you installing a fireplace in your home? Fitting a mantle above the fireplace is common in most homes. You'll need to know the optimal height for installing […]

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Choosing Blinds or Curtains for Living Room Designs

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Are you remodeling the living room? What are you doing about the window treatments? Are you going with blinds or curtains? Both have drawbacks and advantages, so which […]

Mudroom Bench Dimensions for Comfort & Style

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Do you have a mudroom at the entrance to your home? Do you use it? Adding a bench to the mudroom allows you to remove your shoes and […]

Securing Basement Windows With 10 Easy Methods

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Do you have a basement in your home? What are you doing to secure it? Securing basement windows is a problem you can't ignore. With the economy in […]

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How to Stop a Couch from Sliding Around (7 Ways)

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Did your couch slip out as you sat on it this evening? How annoying is that? We're about to show you how to stop a couch from sliding […]

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How to Get a Bird Out of Your Garage the Easy Way

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Do you live in an area with plenty of birds? It's satisfying to wake up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping at sunrise. But it's […]

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The Appeal of Patio Homes: Why People Love Them

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When I first heard about "patio homes," I thought the same thing you probably did: a home with a patio. When you try to imagine a patio home […]

Standard Towel Sizes for Every Room & Purpose

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When choosing towels, size is an important factor to consider. Not only do different sizes serve different purposes, but they also take up different amounts of space in […]

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Parking Space Dimensions for Lots & Driveways

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Unless you're in charge of designing parking lots or are about to lay a driveway, you probably haven't given much thought to parking space dimensions. While parking spaces […]

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4 Main Baseboard Styles: Choosing & Customizing

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Setting up a beautiful interior requires an eye for detail. As an essential part of the look and feel of a room, baseboard styles help create the perfect […]

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How to Unlock a Bathroom Door Without a Lock Key

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Unfortunately, locks tend to jam when we least expect it. You can go along about your morning or day and quickly find yourself locked out of your bathroom. […]

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Where to Hang the Flag on the Front of Your House

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Displaying the American flag symbolizes patriotism and pride in one's country. It is also a way to respect the nation's founders and service members, who risked their lives […]

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15 Modern Drywall Texture Types: Contemporary Finishes

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You can pretty much guarantee that somewhere in your home you'll have drywall as the main basis for your walls. Most homes are entirely covered in drywall on […]

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How to Prove Residency Without Bills in 9 Ways

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There are many situations where you may be asked to provide proof of your residency, such as when applying for a driver's license, registering to vote, or enrolling […]

Toilet Paper Roll Dimensions: Let's Measure & Calculate

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Have you ever been to the store and noticed there are different sizes of toilet paper rolls and that there's no standard toilet paper roll dimensions? While it […]

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Should You Install a Ceiling Fan in the Kitchen?

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Ceiling fans have long been a popular choice for cooling off the home, but are they suitable for the kitchen? Let's explore the benefits of installing a ceiling […]

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10 Types of Sliding Glass Door Locks to Add Security

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Who hasn’t been to a house where a piece of wood was the primary sliding glass door lock? We love sliding glass doors because it allows us to […]

Do You Tip Furniture Delivery Guys & How Much?

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Furniture delivery is a great way to get your new items home quickly and safely. But it can be hard to know the etiquette of tipping. Do you […]

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Should Curtains Touch the Floor? The Big Debate!

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While there are many curtain styles and materials to choose from, many of us wonder about the correct length. Should curtains touch the floor? Does that go for […]

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No-Drill Blinds: All the Benefit Without Drilling Holes

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No-drill blinds are a practical and easy-to-install window covering solution. The beauty of no-drills is that they fit into place without drilling tools or making holes in the […]

How to Stop My Neighbors Parking in Front of My House?

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Are your neighbors parking in front of your house? It's frustrating when a friend comes over to visit, and there's nowhere for them to park. Or maybe you […]

Should a Storm Door Match the Front Door Color?

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Are you selling your home? Or maybe you're a homeowner looking to give your place a facelift? Speak to any real estate agent, and they'll tell you the […]

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How to Hang a Heavy Mirror Without Nails

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Do you want to hang a mirror in your home but don't know what fasteners to use? If you're renting your apartment or house from a landlord or […]

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Can You Put a Mini Fridge on Carpet? Not Without...

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Do you feel like a tasty cold soda as you chill on the couch and watch Netflix? You feel so relaxed and comfortable that maybe it's not worth […]

How to Defend Yourself Against Noise Complaints

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Did you receive a noise complaint? Maybe your landlord or neighbors filed against you with the authorities. Whatever happened, now you're dealing with the fallout and a possible […]

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How High to Mount a TV in Your Bedroom (& 7 Tips)

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Are you shopping for a new TV? The thrill of buying that new 55" 4K model to replace your old 1080p TV is exciting. This is a chance […]

Can You Put a Box Spring on Slats? Yes, But...

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Are you looking at buying a new bed? You have plenty of choices for mattresses, from memory foam and latex models to innerspring and hybrids. While many people […]

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5 Screened-In Pergola Pros & 5 Screen Design Tips

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If you are someone who values the aesthetic of your house and the surrounding, then you've probably thought about adding a gazebo or a pergola. Especially a screened-in […]

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5 Dangers of Sleeping in a Chair to Consider Deeply

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Do you enjoy falling asleep in your chair, watching TV, or reading a book? It's a comfortable habit, but you should refrain from doing it often as there […]

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How to Adjust Pocket Doors Easily & Correctly

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Do you have pocket doors in your home? These doors have a pleasing aesthetic and are functional, but they often experience issues with opening and closing. One of […]

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How to Hang Curtains in a Rental Apartment in 14 Ways

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Are you moving into a new apartment? If you're renting from a landlord or property company, there are restrictions on what you can do with the decor in […]

Daylight vs. Soft White for Your Living Room

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You’ve probably noticed that not all light bulbs give off the same hue. Some seem more orange, while others are almost blue. So how do you know what […]

Why is My Room So Hot Compared to Other Rooms?

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You have your AC on, but it’s still too hot. Why is my room so hot compared to the rest of the house? A room in your house […]

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What Color To Paint a Basement Ceiling? 7 Tips

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You might wonder what color to paint a basement ceiling as you're renovating and decorating. It’s one step you don’t want to rush through. The paint you choose […]

The Opposite of Minimalist in Home Decor & Life

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The opposite of minimalist is maximalist. Although minimalism isn’t a new trend, it’s a lifestyle choice that more and more people embrace. Minimalism is a concept that also […]

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How to Use an Outdoor Rug on a Concrete Patio

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Adding a rug to your patio adds a nice touch of elegance to it and also provides great comfort. But you might be worried about your concrete patio […]

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The Best Color Patio Umbrella to Block the Sun

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Choosing the right color for your patio umbrella is essential to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Not doing so will not only keep […]

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Are Bats Attracted to Lights? No, With One Exception

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A common question that has bothered scientists for ages is "are bats attracted to lights?" Well, after thorough research and studies, they've finally discovered the answer! Just like […]

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Are Termites Attracted To Light? Yes, & Here's Why

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Termite invasion is quite common, especially during the summer and spring times. However, you must have noticed these termites can often be seen around lights, as close to […]

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How Big Should a Fire Pit Area Be? How to Decide

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A nice and well-kept fireplace can define the overall aesthetic of your place. It can give it a cozy feel. Alternatively, if your fire pit area isn't done […]

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Fire Pit Won't Stay Lit? Here's What You Need to Do

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A fire pit can surely elevate any space and it even provides an aesthetic and rustic presence to your area. However, a common complaint that bothers many is […]

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Why are Adirondack Chairs so Expensive? Here's Why

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Adirondack chairs are a nice piece of furniture to add to your outdoor space, and you want to get them. But you’re shocked when you learn about the […]

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Height of a Pergola: Your Options & How to Choose

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A pergola really can up the aesthetic of your patio or yard. It can make a focal point in the overall design, bringing the whole ambiance together nicely. […]

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Pergola Footing: Depth, Anchors, & Options

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A pergola is meant to be a focal point of any garden. It can elevate a space. But imagine if you do not set it well enough and […]

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Gazebo Attached to House: Design & Safety Factors

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When building a gazebo, homeowners usually have two choices. They can build it as a standalone structure or have the gazebo attached to the house. But there are […]