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Don't Buy New Furniture, Build It Yourself! Here's How
24 Mar 2015

Don't Buy New Furniture, Build It Yourself! Here's How

If you’ve got a little flair for design and a DIY ethic, you can get really creative in your own home. Why spend a fortune on furniture when you could build it yourself? With a few handy tools and some good wood, you can make just about anything.

Today we’ll start with the simple, easy things. You could build everything on this list in less than a weekend. In some cases, you could have these up and ready in an hour or two. You’ll save a fortune and you’ll add that touch of individual character to your home. Ready to get your hands dirty and try something new?

Shelves

Shelves are a simple, easy starting point for your DIY efforts. All you need is a good, strong piece of wood. Speak to a company like Alsford Timber Merchants and get your hands on the best wood you can. Measure it out and cut it to size with a strong wood saw and a sander. These should be an essential part of your tool box if you don’t already have them. Then it’s just a case of drilling the brackets into the wall and attaching the main part of the shelf. Easy!

Picture frame

This is another super simple, easy trick. You can make a real rustic looking picture frame if you do this correctly. Try looking for some reclaimed wood. Driftwood works really well here, it has that weathered effect and is easy to manipulate. You can easily cut this to size and glue together. Even snapping it creates an interesting, rugged effect. Bring it all together with the old back parts of a picture frame.

Coffee table

This one is a little more complicated, but even more satisfying! There’s nothing better than a unique piece of furniture taking center stage in your home. It’s all the better when your hard work and passion has gone into it. Building a coffee table is no more intricate than a shelf. Apply the same process of measuring, cutting and sanding to create the top surface. Do the same with the legs and ensure they are wide and strong enough to bear the weight. Finish it with a glossy varnish to protect and finish it.

Mantelpiece

You may not have considered taking this on yourself but it’s entirely possible. Exposed wood and beams can be really powerful in making an impact. An exposed wooden beam above the fireplace is a great way to do this. The beauty of this all rests in the quality and look of the wood you use. Even reclaimed beams can look great if you chose the right one. As always, sand and finish it to a high standard. The beam can then either be hung or bolted in place above the fire.

These aren’t your only options of course. Anytime you need something new for the home, think about whether you could build it instead of buying. It could be a wine rack, a cabinet or just about anything else. Doing it yourself will add a touch of unique character you don’t get with new furniture. Give it a go and see what you can come up with!

Lan An

Lan An is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Lan An attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

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