When you love all-things-renovation, it’s highly likely that you’ve also got an interest in DIY, and maybe even a few super easy projects under your belt, like the odd IKEA assembly or two. You might want to take your skills up a notch beyond that and actually venture into making your own furniture. For some, it might seem hard to make an actual piece of furniture that people are going to actually use in your home, but you can do it  especially if you get some help from trustee YouTube tutorials!

Now of course, this wouldn’t be like trying to build kitchen cabinets or a chair from scratch, you don’t have to jump to expert levels just yet. There are still a lot of beginner- friendly furniture building, installing and renovating projects that you can do to surprise the family or just as a fun project to do together. If you want to level up your skills, here are a few projects you do easily with a few tools.

Floating Shelves

Is there a wall in your home that feels bare but is not in an area where you can put a piece of furniture? Why not install some floating shelves there? It’s easier than ever to do a set of floating shelves that are beautiful, functional and strong enough to hold items like books. All you need is the shelves, the support poles that you drill into the wall, and nails.

Feed the poles into the back of the shelves and you can create one or many shelves that your wife would be pleased to add her favorite books, photos of the family, and an eye-catching piece of wall art to candles. Floating shelves can also be a great addition to the redecoration of a child’s bedroom because it provides the perfect place to keep things like toys, books and games. In less than an hour, you can add a valuable piece to your home, and flex your decor skills.

A Simple Table

If you want to challenge yourself a little bit more, why not try to make a table? I’m not talking about something complicated with a lot of pieces and drawers, but something simple that could perhaps function as a patio table or even a desk for working or studying from home. All you really need is a piece of plywood that you can get from your local timber supply store, and 30-inch hairpin table legs which you can get on Amazon.

Once you get the wood cut to your desired size, all you need to do is attach the legs to the four corners with a drill. This is a really simple but versatile project which you can use for different table sizes based on where you want to put it and what it’s going to be used for.

A Bench

If you want to try something a bit more challenging, you can make a slatted wood bench They might seem complicated, but they are actually very easy to make. What you’ll need are the wooden pieces that will create the slatted look, cut to your desired length, 3 connector planks that match the desired width of your bench, nails, and 16 inch bench legs from Amazon.

To make the seat of the bench you will lay the slats in the shape of the bench, drill pocket holes for where you want the nails to go and then drill in the nails to bring together the connector pieces with the slats. The connectors should go in the middle and the far left and right sides of the bench.

Once that’s done, all you need to do is add the legs and you have a stylish Scandi-inspired bench that you can put in your entryway, or your office. If you seal the wood and the metal of the legs correctly, you can even put the bench on your patio. This is one of those pieces that can work anywhere in your home, and even though it’s quite simple, the result is very impressive and professional looking.

Building a piece of furniture doesn’t have to be intimidating, even if you’re a beginner. What I’ve found with most projects is that having a roadmap of what you want to create is key.

The pieces need to be measured to the exact specifications of the item, you need to have the right tools, and you need to follow the directions. Even if you need to watch a few videos and have someone explain it, you will find that it’s actually quite easy to build something that will enhance your home.

We all have to start somewhere, and once you’ve built up your confidence with smaller builds, you can try bigger projects and improve your skills that way. Then maybe you’ll be ready to create a cabinet!

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