Whether you are an amateur or experienced woodworker, Paul from Woodwork Boss is sharing 9 amazing reasons you should make your own furniture.
Woodworking certainly is a handy skill. From small trinkets to custom cabinets, the things you can create are truly endless.
But did you know that you can start building your own furniture? Creating your own furniture, especially with little to no related experience, can seem like a large undertaking.
The truth is, while it can be difficult, depending on your skills and what it is you are building, it also has many benefits over buying from the store.
1. Anyway You Like It
You’re sifting through catalogs of furniture, unable to find exactly what you want. If only you could combine this feature with that feature, you’d have your dream piece.
Rather than settle for something close to what you had in mind, build it yourself. Nothing will ever match the exact look or functionality you were hoping for.
Not only that, but nobody has a better idea of what you need than you. The advantage of custom furniture is that you can make it look, work, and feel exactly how you need it to.
2. Hands-on Experience
Do you know how to use a saw? Are you handy with a can of paint primer? You’re going to be.
Part of DIY furniture is the learning experience and gaining practical skills. Even if you aren’t Bob Vila, you can build beautiful, sturdy furniture as well as anyone. You’ll be so impressed with the experience you’ll gain, and you’ll soon be a pro.
If you ever run into a rough patch, you can look up tips and tricks online, just as easily as you’re reading this article.
3. Some Assembly Required
If you’ve ever bought pre-made furniture, then you likely know that it isn’t what you’d consider pre-made, most of the time.
Spending hours assembling a simple bookshelf, studying instructions that seem to be written in a difference language, only to find the screws are too short or the holes don’t match up.
If you find yourself thinking, “I could’ve built this myself by now,” you’re probably right.
If you ever make a mistake, or your furniture gets old, damaged, or worn-out, the advantage of DIY furniture is that you know how to replace a part or which color to re-finish it, because you’re the one who did it the first time.
You won’t have to guess what part number from which company was used, or whether or not they finished the wood with lacquer number 59 or 67.
Your homemade desk, chair, cabinet, or anything else, can be used and restored indefinitely.
If you’ve ever been to discount furniture stores, you probably have felt that much of their furniture, especially in the “reasonably priced” section, feels like you could crack it by leaning on it.
Those vinyl covered hunks of particle board are designed to be mass-produced and appear nice, but not for very long. Soon, the glue starts peeling, the thin cardboard paneling loosens, and the screws start pulling out under the weight of the furniture.
By building your own furniture, you decide what type of material to use.
In most cases, real lumber is the way to go, which will certainly be much more durable than anything a retail store can provide you with.
You did it – you finally found a perfect chair. It’s strong, sturdy, the perfect shade of walnut, and has smooth corners, exactly like you wanted.
But then you look at the price tag, and you remember why you considered building your own.
Depending on the type of piece you need, where it’s going to be placed, and what materials you prefer to use, building your own furniture could be free or expensive.
Yet with most furniture, you can buy the wood and materials you need in good condition for significantly less than you would if you bought a premade object. The additional costs would be the tools you need, assuming you don’t have them.
You can also upcycle materials and use scrap wood, which definitely creates savings.
Additionally, discount tool stores often have great deals on saws, hammers, drills, and any other tools you may need. Not to mention, these are one-time expenses, since you can continue using them on future projects.
7. Bragging Rights
Once you finally build your new chair, you can stick it right in the middle of your living room and show it off to friends and family. Let them know the work you put into it. Your friends will be oogling at your talent.
The bragging is even sweeter if it’s such a nice piece that they don’t believe you built it at first.
You don’t have to undertake this project alone. If you have children, this could be a great way to introduce them to learning about hard, careful work, as well as teaching safety.
Or, if you can get a friend who wants a fun weekend project, order some pizzas, play some good tunes, and spend a constructive day with your pals, instead of sitting in front of a TV all day.
9. Carry Over Skills
Aside from simply the experience of building furniture, a task like this allows you to retain knowledge that can be applied to over fields. You’ll have a better understanding of construction and building processes.
If your wall gets scuffed, you already know the process of repainting. If your doorframe gets chipped or cracked, you already have the knowledge of sanding, using wood putty, and re-finishing.
You friend’s car upholstery starts coming loose and you’re able to help, because you already did it once on your homemade chair. You’ll be handy with saws and power tools – that’s another set of skills that will come handy in your life.
These are skills that build upon each other, and you won’t gain them until you start building your own furniture.
From bragging rights to affordability to customized creations, there are definite perks of building your own furniture. Next time you’re stuck assembling something that doesn’t seem to go together or looking through catalogs for the perfect piece, definitely consider making it yourself.
Paul is an avid woodworker and the editor-in-chief of the website Woodworkboss.com. Via his site, he hopes to inspire fellow woodworking enthusiasts while sharing tips and ideas for woodworkers who are starting their crafting journey.