Picture this: you’ve moved into a new home and want to elevate your living space with some brand-new furniture. You know exactly what pieces to fill the space with, only to realize that your decorating vision doesn’t match up to your bank account. Here’s where we come in!
Instead of purchasing a ton of new furniture, you can DIY some of it instead.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through 10 DIY furniture ideas for beginners, so you needn’t worry if you don’t have any experience with doing home projects by yourself.
Let’s dive right in.
10 DIY Furniture Ideas
An Outdoor Bench
DIYing an outdoor bench is a great project for a Saturday afternoon and an even better way to brighten up your porch with a few simple products. For this kind of project, you will need 16 cinderblocks, six 4x4s, and a few cans of outdoor spray paint in your favorite color. You’ll also need some wood sealant and an adhesive strong enough to hold the cinderblocks together. First, spray the cinderblocks in a well-ventilated area, then seal the wood. Let everything dry overnight. The next day, stack eight cinderblocks, making sure their faces face each, and attach them to each other using the adhesive. Arrange the 4x4s in the open cinderblock slots, and you’re all set. Accessorize your outdoor bench with waterproof and colorful cushions.
A DIY Table
If an outdoor bench isn’t for you, maybe a DIY table idea is! Building a table is simpler than you might think; all you have to do is purchase some wood, sanding paper, and nails, and you’re all set to get started. It would help to do some research and ask people for help on how to build a table, but once you know how to go about it, the project is ready to begin. One of the best things about DIYing a table is that you can customize it to suit the size of your living space.
A Wooden Bedframe
If you have bought a bedframe yet, and are still sleeping on your mattress, here’s your chance to build yourself a bed! All you need to do is a few pieces of wood, some nails, a drill, and a screwdriver. It would be best to measure your mattress so that you can purchase enough wood to support it. It’s also a good idea to be aware of how much weight your bedframe can support. The last thing you want is to construct a flimsy bedframe that collapses as soon as you use it!
Wooden Corner Shelves
If you’re an avid bookworm with little storage space for all your precious books, here’s an idea: build yourself a set of corner bookshelves. Some living spaces are too small to fit an entire bookcase, so building some shelves in a corner helps save space, and can also help you save money in the long run! Don’t forget to measure out your space accurately before buying your materials!
A Ladder Bookshelf
Another great way to save money and DIY some furniture is to build yourself a ladder bookshelf. If you have an old wooden ladder collecting dust at home, here’s your chance to turn it into something useful instead of donating it to a thrift store. You might have to do a little math based on the ladder’s height and width, but once you’ve got its measurements down, buy a few pieces of plywood and measure them to fit the ladder. Paint everything and you’re all set to display your new piece of furniture!
A Slab Side Table
If you’re into the shabby chic style of decorating, then maybe a slab side table is exactly what you need. It’s one of the easiest pieces of furniture to make because it only requires a slice of wood, three or four table legs, a drill and screws, and some sandpaper. Once you’ve sanded the slice of wood down, you need to attach the table legs to it by drilling and screwing them to the wood. If you’d like, you can paint the slice of wood as well, and you’re all set.
Wooden Crate Table
While wooden crates are excellent at storing things, they also make great pieces of furniture! If you’re looking to save some money, you can DIY a coffee or bedside table by attaching four wooden crates to each other. If you’re looking to create a table with storage, you could attach the wooden crates together in a manner that allows you to get storage on all four sides of the table.
A DIY Wooden Headboard
A great way to make furniture without having to use heavy-duty equipment is to make a DIY wooden headboard. It is one of the easiest projects to put together because it only takes a couple of days to do, and you only need a few slabs of wood to make it happen! Additionally, if you don’t want to spend time measuring and cutting wood, then you could purchase some Stikwood and arrange it in a pattern of your choice above your bed, and stick it to the wall. This type of wood is very easy to attach, and it’s also easy to remove, which means that you won’t have to worry about not getting your deposit back!
If you have old coffee table that you aren’t using, then you could revamp it by turning it into a new ottoman. All you need is some furniture stuffing, a big piece of the fabric of your choice, a wood stapler and some wood staples, and some fabric glue. Lay the fabric out and cut enough to cover the size of the coffee table, then fill it with the stuffing. Cover the coffee table with the stuffing and glue the and fabric together, then staple it into place. Just like that, you have a brand new piece of furniture!
DIY Dining Chairs
Our final DIY idea is to make yourself some dining chairs. The best part of this kind of project is that you can go wild with, because you can customize your dining chairs according to your preferences. You can measure the lumber to make the chairs as wide or tall as you want, and stain the wood to match your dining table.
In this guide, we walked you through a list of ten DIY furniture ideas. The best part about the ideas mentioned in the list above is that they are all perfect for beginners and don’t require any expensive materials or equipment. If you’ve wanted to elevate your home by making your own furniture, now is the time to get started!