Parents' Guide to

Ellen's Design Challenge

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Not enough Ellen in mild furniture design competition.

TV HGTV Reality TV 2015
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From building refined craft cabinets to designing chairs with flair, the series highlights some of the thinking that goes into furniture that is both functional and aesthetically unique. The special materials and carpentry skills required to produce these pieces are also highlighted.

The focus on single items of furniture, rather than interior design, sets this apart from similar types of shows. But outside of that small tweak, the show follows the same basic competition formula as any other reality design series. Ellen's brief appearances feel more like a gimmick than a contribution. But you'll find it entertaining if you like these sorts of creative contests.

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