Building Your Own Furniture

There are countless good reasons to build your own furniture. First and foremost this is a great skill and one that you can learn a lot from. If you are building your own furniture then you will be developing your carpentry and DIY abilities while at the same time creating something you can be proud of and that will no doubt impress guests.

At the same time if you build your own furniture you have the ability to make something completely unique that’s exactly the way you want it, exactly the measurements you need, and that you’ll never see anywhere else in the world. Finally, building your own furniture can save you a ton of money – and if you’re very good it can even earn you money by giving you the option to do it for other people for a price.

And the great news is that you don’t need to be Michelangelo to get started making your own furniture either. Here we will look at the basics of how to start making your own furniture.


First of all before you do anything you should draw out a plan of what you want and you should measure how large each piece needs to be. This is very important because it will dictate how much material you buy and what order you construct your item in. If you don’t draw up a diagram first then you are likely to either end up spending too much money on materials that you don’t use, or you will spend not enough money and not be able to build the entire thing.

You should also at this point choose the materials you want. Brazilian mahogany or gold leaf on the one hand are highly attractive options, but at the same time they come at a steep asking price. You may also want to consider fabrics.

Consider also the sturdiness of the structure in your schematics. Where possible ensure that all of the sides and shelves are supported with z-cuts in your wood and that weight is distributed well.

Set Up Your Tools and Workshop

Now you are also going to need some tools and a workshop. If you have a garage this is ideal, as building your furniture indoors is likely to cause lots of sawdust to collect in your carpet while making your furniture outdoors can result in your items getting wet or damaged. If you have a shed you can always work outside and store the items there when you’re not working.

In terms of tools this will vary somewhat depending on your designs and materials. What you will need in the majority of cases at least however is a saw, a sander, a hammer and a knife. You will also want a workbench with some clamps or at least some wooden blocks to enable you to balance your wood when sawing, and you will want a ruler, tape measure and pencil for making your markings. Safety equipment is also a good idea such as leather gloves and goggles.


Now it’s simply a matter of constructing your product. Be sure not to rush and make sure that you stick closely to your measurements and double check everything. If you take your time and use the right tools you should find that it is a fairly simple process particularly when just working with wood. Once you’ve cut all your pieces it’s simply a matter of constructing them in a logical manner and using a strong glue with your wood pegs and other fasteners.

Jamie Kirk is a home improvement blogger and loves to convert houses into homes. He is an expert in building cheap conservatories and has written a lot of articles about the topic.