Off-the-shelf furniture has its uses. You can walk into a shop today and have a new piece of furniture built within the hour. But they often have generic designs and they are not always as sturdy as you would like them to be. In fact, off-the-shelf furniture can be over-priced and not suit your needs at all. So, what is the alternative? Well, this is where DIY furniture comes in.
No matter what your budget is, there are some fantastic projects you can enjoy building by yourself. This can allow you to have unique furniture that can transform your home.
Without further ado, letâ€™s take a look at some of the most inspiring DIY furniture projects.
Wooden Hall Tree Bench
When you come in the front door after a long day, the first thing you want to do is take your coat and shoes off. Let us introduce the first DIY furniture project; the wooden hall tree bench!
This is going to offer you good storage space for all of your outdoor clothing, with coat racks, box drawers as well as having a bench to sit on for taking off your shoes. This is going to keep your home organized and make sure everything is there when you need to leave.
The Shanty 2 Chic blog is going to offer you guidance on how you can create a wooden hall tree bench. This includes purchasing plywood and staining it, as well as working on the construction of the hall tree bench. Of course, you can add any hooks and boxes you want for hanging your coats and for offering shoe storage.
Living Room DIY furniture – Upholstered Ottoman
Do you have an old coffee table lying around? Are you bored of the same style? Well, before you go out and buy a new one, know that you can enjoy your own DIY project. Namely, you can create a modern, upholstered ottoman. You can choose to use this as a table or even as a footstool in your home.
This one is easy and detailed by Not So Newlywed McGees. We like that you have a lot of freedom with this DIY project. In other words, you can choose what color to paint the legs and select the fabric you want to use on the top. This allows you to create a unique piece of furniture that is going to complement the style of your home.
Do not worry if you have never upholstered before. It is simple to learn and with the right tools, it does not have to be complicated. Just make sure that you take your time and create some DIY furniture you are proud of!
DIY Furniture – Pallet Wine Rack
Do you find that you do not have somewhere to store your wine? Are you limited when it comes to storage in your kitchen? We have the perfect solution. You need a wine rack! This is going to provide you with somewhere easy and convenient to store your wine, as well as keep glasses handy when you want to enjoy some with dinner. Whatâ€™s more, it is going to free up space in your kitchen.
You will find that a lot of wine racks are expensive. But for those that like to build their own furniture and want to save some money, we love the pallet wine rack project that Artisan Made shows viewers in a tutorial. It is simple yet effective, with a traditional and rustic style that is will look good in a kitchen or dining room.
Essentially, the main material you are going to need to get started is a wooden pallet. This is something you can get cheap or free from local stores. You may have one already from a delivery. With the right measurements, you will be able to fit six bottles of wine onto this pallet rack, as well as several slots to hang wine glasses.
DIY Outdoor Furniture – Wooden Garden Closet
Are you somebody that loves spending time outdoors? Are you an avid gardener with a lot of tools? Then you definitely need good outdoor storage for all of your gardening and lawn tools. Unfortunately, a lot of sheds and storage options are big, bulky, and quite frankly, an eyesore for your garden.
But that is why we love the wooden garden closet. This DIY project is compact, stylish and practical. You can stay organized and still have easy access to all of your gardening and lawn tools. It can easily stand at the side of your house and you can customize the storage inside with storage hooks and wall holders for all of your tools. This is a good way to utilize space and stay organized.
This is a project for those with a little DIY experience and most of the standing building tools, such as a drill, miter saw and brad nail gun. But Family Handyman offers a comprehensive tutorial to get you started. The main material you are going to need is wood, which is going to create the mainframe and doors.
Ladder Towel Rack
Leaning and ladder furniture is on-trend right now. This is particularly true when it comes to storage. But we find that a lot of off-the-shelf furniture options are made from cheap materials that will not last long. That is why we have added this awesome ladder towel rack to our DIY project list!
What we like about this DIY furniture project is that there is not a lot of hard work involved. But the result looks chic and stylish. All you are going to need is an old ladder and this is going to provide a leaning towel rack. There is no need to create the structure by yourself.
There will be some reconditioning involved, but you are able to paint the ladder any color you want to suit your bathroom. This is a relatively quick DIY furniture project without the need for a lot of tools. So, we would say this is a great one for beginners. Of course, depending on how high you make your rack, you can hang up several towels for all of the family.
Pet Bed Nightstand
Does your dog sleep in your bedroom with you? Not sure you can put their bed for a comfortable nightâ€™s sleep? Well, we might have the solution with this DIY pet bed nightstand. If you have an old dresser, you can up-cycle it for your furry friend. We love how it totally transforms this piece of furniture.
If you are interested in creating the pet bed nightstand, you can find a useful video to follow from Buzzfeed Nifty. Essentially, you will be removed a couple of the drawers to make space for your canineâ€™s bed. You can paint the dresser any color you want to complement your bedroom. Your dog can have their own cave to feel secure and they can sleep next to you.
Plus, there is room to personalize this pet bed nightstand too. You can attach a wooden crate to the side to keep all of your dogâ€™s toys in. You can even drill on fun dog hooks to hold their leashes and collars.
Hairpin Kitchen Table and Bench
If you have been furniture shopping recently, you will notice that the hairpin furniture trend is in. It combines a contemporary and retro design that can allow your home to look spacious and stylish at the same time.
If this is a design you like, you are going to love this latest DIY project. We are talking about the hairpin kitchen table and bench. Lindsay Brooke offers a tutorial on how you can get started. Essentially, you are going to need some wood for the surface of the table and to form the bench. The planks will be your decision and you can choose a design that you like for your home. Then it will be a case of finishing the wood and attaching the hairpin legs to the table and bench.
We what like about hairpin legs is that there are a lot to choose from. While you can choose black and silver metals, you can also select gold, rose gold and other modern colors. So, you can have fun and choose a design that complements your kitchen or dining room.
Off-the-shelf furniture can satisfy most of your needs. You can buy almost anything these days online and in stores. But they often lack a unique style and they can be costly. In fact, sometimes off-the-shelf furniture is poorly made with basic materials despite the high price tag. If you are a DIY enthusiast then you can save money and enjoy the accomplishment of building your own furniture.
DIY furniture gives you the opportunity to personalize items in your home and be anything from quirky to trendy. You decide the materials, structure and overall design. Not only can you have a fun time building the furniture, but you can also enjoy your creation for many years to come. Make sure that you also check out our post on the Top 10 Inspiring DIY Tech Gadgets!