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Your House, Your Furniture: Stylish DIY Furniture Ideas For Your Home

Diy furniture ideas for your home

You can’t be held responsible for what you say while DIY-ing! Explore these creative DIY furniture hacks and turn something boring into something amazing.

It’s crazy how expensive modern furniture can be. Ditch the overpriced furniture and self-design to give your home a more exclusive feel. Besides, imagine how great you’d feel when your friends and family ask where that furniture is from? DIY furniture is quite popular these days and the process even easier with endless youtube tutorials available for free online. Our idea behind this article is to give you some DIY furniture design ideas you can create if you ever decide to give DIY furniture a  shot! Let’s dive right into the wonderful world of Do-It-Yourself.

A Headboard With A Fun Side Table

Upholstered headboards are quite popular but a costly accessory for your bed. Our first DIY furniture suggestion is this headboard that’s simple to design and yet swanky to look at. Complimenting it is a matching side table. All you need is light coloured plywood and an old fruit crate. Drill or nail the plywood to the back of your bed that becomes a headboard while an old fruit crate placed next to your bed acts as a side table. And decorating this side table is a wooden disc to place scented candles or coffee mugs while the crate can be used for storage. This is an excellent idea for those of you who fancy rustic style interiors or want to add hints of this style to their otherwise dull bedroom.

DIY furniture plans, light-coloured plywood and an old fruit crate to make a side table for matching headboard.

Design Tip: Painting the plywood in a bold colour to add some fun. Also, place tiny indoor potted plants on the crate for a stroke of freshness. Sandpaper down the plywood and crate to buff it followed by a coat of varnish to get rid of splinters

A DIY Shelf To Store All Your Knick-Knacks

Your hardware restoration goals just got a whole lot more achievable. If you want a unique shelf to make a statement to your living or dining area, here is our DIY idea. All you need are grills (preferably from your old utensils rack), a couple of wooden planks, some adhesive, nails and a drilling machine to get this project started. Collect decor pieces you want to display because this shelf will be ready in no time. Attach the grills to the planks and add stoppers at the bottom to make your shelf stand firm. And voila! Your shelf is ready. The rack shown in this image is designed for a large space. However, if you are tight on space, but like the design, reduce the number and size of planks to make a compact shelf.

To make shelf DIY furniture, you need grills, a couple of wooden planks, some adhesive, nails and a drilling machine.

Design Tip: If wooden planks in their real colour might look dull and inexpensive, colour them in black as shown in this image or any colour that goes with the rest of your decor.

A Fun DIY Furniture Brunch Nook For Your Break-Out Space

A DIY brunch corner with a table for two! How cool is this idea? Here is what you need. Crates, a cable spool, some wooden discs and a plyboard. Place the crates on the floor one topping another. You can also stick them together to make it sturdier. Place a plyboard behind this structure as shown in this image. Drill a wine rack into the plyboard to hang your glasses. Now for the table. You need a cable spool (easily found at hardware stores or second-hand shops). If you are unable to find it, take two huge wooden discs, and wooden planks to make a spool yourself.

Crates, a cable spool, some wooden discs and plyboard to make DIY furniture brunch corner with a table for two.

Design Tip: Add barstools around the spool turned table, and place potted plants for a touch of greenery. Sandpaper down the plywood and crate to buff it followed by a coat of varnish to get rid of splinters. You can also paint or polish the crate and spool table to match the colour scheme of your room.

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A DIY Coffee Table And A Ladder Rack

A DIY take on the coffee table design backed by a smart ladder rack to store your snacks and munchies! To give this cool DIY coffee table shape, you need four crates, two pipes or bamboo sticks and small wooden planks for the ladder rack. Place, drill or paste the back of all the four crates in a way that leaves them accessible from each side as shown in this image. You can use the open sides to stack magazines, books, TV remotes, pots and fruit baskets. The top can be used to place hot coffee mugs or cute decor. Coming to the ladder rack, paste or drill the planks between two pipes or bamboo sticks forming a ladder, to keep your jars of snacks, cutlery and coffee mugs as shown in this image.

DIY furniture ideas to make a coffee table and ladder rack need four crates, two pipes and small wooden planks.

Design Tip: Paint both these DIY pieces in striking colours to bring a pop-shock. Add fairy lights and indoor plants to make your space more appealing.

A DIY Furniture Patio Setting

For the adventurous lot among you who have a knack for engineering, it’s time to get some work done! Design a unique yet comfortable settee for your patio or garden area. You need beer crates or oil barrels, an electric hand saw, paint and some comfortable cushions. Cut open the barrels or drums with the help of an electric hand saw, in a way that it forms a backrest as shown in this image. Separate the top of one barrel completely to use it as a table. Paint the carved barrels in your favourite colours and let it dry. Fix the cushions and there, you have a patio setting ready.

Design unique DIY furniture yet comfortable settee for your patio or garden area you need beer crates or oil barrels.

Design Tip: Paint the barrels before adding the cushions for a flawless finish. Get rid of old paint with the help of sandpaper. Use spray paint that contains primer to prevent your DIY furniture from rusting.

DIY Furniture Decor For The Creative Souls

With these DIY furniture pieces, you can also consider designing a few decor pieces to complete the look:

Flowering/Plant Pots: Paint your old buckets with some spray paint or acrylic colours. Now drill a hole in the centre with a screwdriver and it’s ready.

Serving Trays: Use old handles from old wardrobes or almirahs and drill them onto each side of a softwood plank. You have a serving tray ready!

DIY Night Lamps Or Lanterns: Take a balloon, yarn/jute/thick thread soaked in one part coloured water, and two-part glue. Wrap it around the balloon and leave it to dry. Prick the balloon, attach a bulb to the mould and you are ready with lanterns!

A Pastry Jar Garden: Use old glass jars and mugs to replant your favourite herbs and place them in your living area or kitchen.

Decorative Vases: Put those used beer and liquor bottles to some use. Paint them with spray paint and acrylic to use them as vases. You can also decoupage them for a vintage piece of decoration.

Consider doing DIY furniture craft pieces like plant pots, serving trays, night lamps, pastry jar, and decorative vases.

And that’s all for now. Let us know if you liked our ideas and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Happy Decorating!

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Devna Tiwari is a content writer at Design Cafe's home interiors blog.

Devna Tiwari

Devna Tiwari is a content writer at Design Cafe and comes with four years of experience. She walks undeterred, heads up against all odds and sits down to write about them. When she is not out there capturing every moment to permanence or trying out new restaurants, she is busy planning her next voyage. She is also the author of the book The Surrogate Girlfriend.

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