Design for a Difference’s free makeover revealed


MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – After months of planning and two weeks of renovations, volunteers and designers were able to unveil the finished makeover to school program staff at the Common Threads Family Resource Center. The school program is aimed at autistic or neurodivergent students.

Design for a Difference is a community movement, led by FLOOR360 with NBC15 as media sponsor, that chooses a Madison-area nonprofit to perform an interior makeover completely free of charge. The Common Threads transformation has resulted in $450,000 in donations from volunteer designers and countless corporations and donors. The space is a 5,500 square foot former warehouse, here are some of the rooms involved in the makeover.


This is one of the classrooms. Each room has lights that can be dimmed, allowing staff to help control the mood of the room to best suit their students.

Sensory room

It is one of the sensory spaces of the school program. It is filled with occupational therapy tools to help students regulate their emotions.


The kitchen is used by students and staff. Now there is room for everyone to eat together or to eat alone.


This alcove was empty before the Design for a Difference team arrived and gave it an outdoor wilderness theme.

This makeover relies 100% on donations from the Madison community. Countless generous companies and donors along with Floor360 and volunteer designers worked together to make this free makeover a reality.

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