Making your own furniture can be a very appealing idea. Finding good pieces that you actually like while shopping through stores or online catalogs can be exhausting and expensive, and it’s for this reason that a lot of people wind up musing about the idea of making their own. It’s not necessarily easy, but it can save some money and it lends you the ability to end up with exactly the kind of piece you want. There’s also a great sense of personal accomplishment that comes along with the process.
If this sounds interesting to you but you don’t necessarily have a background in carpentry, here are a few general tips for putting together your own furniture.
Start slow and simple
It’s a fairly straightforward tip, but one that anyone delving into DIY furniture creation ought to heed. You’re just trying to learn some basic carpentry skills during your first project. In other words, build something without any embellishments or complications, just to get the hang of what you’re doing. It might be a table, chair, or shelving unit you don’t even intend to use. What’s important is that you get the practice!
Learn to recycle and be resourceful
One misconception that a lot of people have is that home carpentry projects by nature have to start from nothing—that you have to build something from scratch. This is certainly an option, but some of the most creative and attractive pieces of homemade furniture tend to involve reclaimed wood and recycled bits and pieces of old structures. There are many inspirations you can find online that might give you a clearer idea of what this. It includes everything from an old door turned into a master bed headboard, to a set of old drawers converted into a footrest.
Learn to use a few unfamiliar tools
For the most part, homemade furniture requires the tools that you’d expect like hammers, screwdrivers, saws, and sanding equipment. But a few more sophisticated tools can take your carpentry to a higher, more professional level. These are tools that won’t necessarily jump out to the average home DIY’er, but can provide you with incredible new capabilities. For instance, with a wood lathe you can easily form curved shapes on pieces of wood for bed posts or the back of a chair.
Find inspiration for larger projects
Finally, once you get the basic hang of DIY home furniture and you figure out a few tricks with more advanced tools, you’ll want to start finding some inspiration for more interesting design ideas and involved projects. Through Pinterest, design blogs, woodworking websites, and all kinds of other sources, you can find endless ideas for projects to be done around the home. Of course, your own imagination can also do the job, but it never hurts to take advantage of other ideas.