Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of furniture only to go into sticker shock when you look at the price? This is a common occurrence when shopping for new furniture. Because furniture pieces are so big you always see the beauty in them and then have to hunt for the price tag on it. There is a solution for some items, especially if it has a simple modern design. You can build it!
That’s right; you can learn how to build your very own furniture! The first thing to do it to start with some easy woodworking projects to get the hang of it. If you have a friend who has built their own furniture before, ask them to come over and help you on your first attempt. It’s always a good idea to learn new things from a professional. Especially, if that professional can give you some good woodworking tips to help things go smoothly. Remember start with easy woodworking projects first and then dive into more challenging projects when you have some of the basics down. Here are a few good projects you can start with.
Is your bedroom looking a little bland? Have you been trying to figure out a way to redecorate? You can start by making a great rustic headboard for your bed. It will make a wonderful focal point for the room and can help inspire the rest of your redecoration. Not only will this headboard look great it will also be very affordable!
- Ask the store to cut the wood for you there is you do not own a saw.
- This headboard is made to fit a queen size bed. Adjust the size if your bed is smaller or larger.
- Because the wood comes in 10’ sections you can have the store cut your extra 1×6 in half for your braces.
- Stud finder
- Five 60” 1x6s
- One 30” 1×3
- Wood Screws
- Strong hanging wire
- Dark walnut stain or another color of your choice
- Lay all of your wood out on the floor and pick the side you want to be the front.
- Then flip all the boards over so the front side is facing down.
- Line them up horizontal one on top of another.
- Dry fit everything together. Lay out all the boards and even space the braces on the back.
- Drill five screws into each brace on the back. Make sure not to poke the screw through the front side of the wood. You want one screw going through each board. (Use pilot holes to start the screws and keep the wood from splitting.)
- The top screw on each brace should be left out ¼” and not screwed all the way in.
- Flip the headboard over and make sure everything feels secure and you have no loose boards.
- Then sand it with an 80 grit sanding block.
- Now it’s time to stain it. Use a sock or rag to buff the stain into the wood. Follow the directions on the can.
- Once it is dry flip it over. Now wrap the hanging wire around the screws on each side.
- Use the stud finder to locate the studs in your wall to hang your new headboard on.
Do you have a small living room and can’t find the right coffee table for your space? Instead of buying a giant coffee table that doesn’t fit in your small room, you can create a skinny sofa table to go behind the couch. It will allow you to place lamps, décor, or even drinks on it. Now you won’t have to try and squeeze a lamp into the corner you can place two on either end of your sofa table. It will look just as good as if you had room for two side tables.
Instead of trying to find a skinny sofa table that is just the size you need you can make your own that will be perfectly adjusted to fit the size and shape of your room. Easy woodworking projects like this sofa table are perfect for beginner and help you understand what you need to bring your own ideas to life. Here are the standard instructions to make the table. Remember you may want to measure your space to see if this table will fit. If it doesn’t then take a look at the plans and re adjust the size of the wood. You can build this at any size you need just be sure to measure twice and cut once!
- Three 10’ 1x8s
- One 10’ 1×4
- Tape measure
- L ruler
- L Brackets
- Have your wood cut at home depot or cut it yourself at home.
- You will need to measure the length of your Sofa for the top board. The one in these instructions if 5’.
- Measure the height of your sofa in order to tell how tall the table needs to be. Then cut your legs.
- Next decide what side will be the top on the 5’ piece of wood and place it face down.
- Measure 1 1/5” from the end and mark with a pencil. Do this on both sides. This will make the table top hang over the legs a bit.
- Use your L ruler to create a straight line across the width.
- Measure ¾” from the side of the table for the L brackets.
- Place L bracket down and use another piece of wood to line it up flush on the wood.
- Draw your holes on the top piece and then drill starting holes for your screws.
- Screw your L brackets on all sides.
- Then place your legs flush against the L brackets and mark the holes.
- Create starting holes again and then screw them to the L brackets.
- For the center leg. Divide the table top in half and mark a line. Then attach it like you did with the side legs.
- Cut your 10’ 1×4 piece in half.
- Measure up 8” on the legs and make a mark. Attach your brace by drilling holes into it and the legs. It should be on the back of your table. Then screw it into the legs.
- Now sand the top and sides with sandpaper or a sanding block.
- Time for staining! Follow the directions on the can and apply at least two coats. You could also choose to paint your table. Allow your creativity to run wild!
- Once it is dry place it between your couch and the wall. You only need to stain any outside edges that will be seen as most of the table is covered by the couch and wall.
- Add your lamps and decorations and you’re done!
If you are starting to feel like a pro, and that these easy woodworking projects were too easy, there are plenty of other ones to try. It’s time to build your toolbox knowledge as big as your Photoshop tools knowledge. Here are a few more of the great projects you can try. The more you build the easier it will be and the better crafter you will become.
- Side table
- Coffee table
- Cake stand
- Wood Lego table or train table for kids
- Toddler bed (This is great is your crib doesn’t convert into a toddler bed and your child isn’t ready for a large twin bed yet.)
Select the project that sounds the easiest to you, and you are most interested in making. The learning process is a lot more fun when you are excited about what you are doing. As you do more projects and your skills continue to grow from creating easy woodworking projects you will be able to try harder and harder project. You may even have friends who start complimenting you on all of the great DIY pieces in your house. If you really enjoy woodworking you can always think about selling some of your creations. Sometimes there is only so much space in your home for new projects. Learn about building your brand and getting exposed to more people if you decide to go into business.
Who knows, maybe these easy woodworking projects will be just what you needed to launch your own craft business. Make a business plan and continue to pursue your dream if you find it’s what you really love to do. You won’t know how much you like it or how good you are at it until you try. So go get those supplies and start those woodworking projects today!