Do-it-yourself projects have taken over the imagination of millions of people. With the emergence of the internet as a medium that’s prominent among all ages and groups of people, DIY is something anyone with at least a tiny bit of confidence can do and enjoy.
It comes as no surprise that furniture DIY projects are something of a natural combination of two basic human needs. First, you have the need to create, build and make something with your own two hands, regardless of how it turns out in the end. It doesn’t come down to how “good” of a job you’ve done; the experience is often more worth it than any of the material goods you get from these kinds of projects. That’s why it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or just beginning to create something yourself – and, after all, even professionals need to start sometimes, right?
The other thing that is very important to mention here is the concept of furniture. Although we don’t think a lot about furniture as something that’s a big deal (or at least, not the biggest deal) in our lives, it’s still something that occupies every room we’ve ever lived in. If you think about it, a world without furniture is unimaginable.
We’ve always searched for a way to make our living space as inviting and comfortable as possible. This notion as translated into modern times as well. It’s not only the physical satisfaction we expect from our furniture that drives us into creating our own, no – it’s also the satisfaction we get by simply looking at it in the context of the space we’ve created for ourselves. Design and style may seem like something that’s at the bottom of our list when it comes to necessities, but even though we may not notice it, those two things govern the way we live on a subconscious level.
As mentioned earlier, the internet has given us many great things. We can stay in touch with the people we love, get information in an instance about any subject we can think of and, most of all, we can learn new things we’ve deemed impossible to master just a few decades ago.
However, sometimes it’s best to get an overview of different DIY furniture projects that can be realized by professionals and by beginners as well. This is why we bring you some of the basic furniture DIY projects you should consider mastering if you want to engage into this kind of activity.
Yes, a chair is for most people the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about furniture. This basic furniture piece seems rather easy to make, but don’t be fooled by its simplicity. The chair may be basic in terms of furniture models, but is one of the most difficult furniture models to master.
And we’re not talking here about some exquisite chair models that are complicated in design. Even the most basic chair model you can think of requires a great deal of hard work and planning. Some of the best furniture makers in the world see the chair as the biggest challenge in their given field of expertise. They often describe it as something that is easy to learn how to make but almost impossible to master. However, you shouldn’t be frightened by this. Even if the first chair you make doesn’t turn out to be the pinnacle of furniture making, you will get closer to better comprehension of what it means to create something universally useful and beautiful.
Talking about chairs naturally leads to talking about tables. This form of furniture is a bit easier to make, even if you’re not very skillful in this kind of craft. Tables are very simple, even when you think about them in the sense of utilization in your home. Basically, anything can be a table, as long as it’s flat and you can put something on it.
This is the reason why tables come in all shapes and sizes. It is something of an unwritten rule that tables need to be a certain height if they’re meant to be used as dining tables. Other table types include night stands, coffee tables, refectory tables, workbenches, drafting tables and many more. This variety of table forms opens many possibilities in terms of design, style and material used to conceptualize your idea, and thus makes tables ideal for your DIY furniture project.
Another form of furniture that doesn’t necessary require any great expertise is the shelf. This furniture piece is similar to the table in terms of variety, but has maybe even more potential practical usage in your living area. If you’re a bookworm, you’ve may already considered building yourself a bookshelf that will harbor all of your books. Shelves for DVD’s and CD’s are also something that doesn’t require a great deal of knowledge, but rather some creativity.
The main thing to consider with shelves is practicality. If your shelf is not practical in a sense of making your home tidier and/or more comfortable, you should reconsider building a shelf at all and concentrate at something you really need in your home.
Crafting a lamp may sound like something that requires some kind of electrical engineering skills, but don’t worry – it’s a lot easier than it sounds. Lamps are easy-to-build, low-tech devices with one simple feature: juicing up a light bulb. However, if you’re not comfortable with fiddling wires and outputs, there’s a simpler way to make a lamp to your own taste.
There are many ways on how to embellish an old lamp and make it shine in a new way. Old photo film or a certain kind of unusual material can make a great lampshade that will be unique as well as interesting.