Beautify Your Home With Cheap DIY Furniture

Furniture represents a significant expense, whether you own a home or you’re just renting an apartment. It doesn’t have to be bank-breaking, however, with a little bit of creativity you’d be surprised at what someone with only moderate DIY skills can produce.

Here are some great ideas to help you liven things up, whether you decide to do them directly or come up with something on your own is entirely up to you.

Victoria, Homethods Author

DIY Furniture

1.) Using Pallets

If you’ve got access to pallets, you’ll find that they can do a bit more than just make a solid platform for cargo. They’re pretty easy to get your hands on in many parts of the world and working with them, so long as you keep their general shape, is generally as simple as recoloring them.

Grab some paint and a few pallets, and you can make some truly impressive furniture.

Using Pallets


This is a fantastic example of what can be done with some pallets. The area underneath the benches is just stacked pallets in an L-shape with some paint, the backing of the benches is constructed of pallets cut in half, and the table is a couple of them stacked on top of each other.

This kind of upcycling is environmentally responsible and attractive.

Using Pallets2


This shoe rack is another great way to get things done for cheap, but the important part here is how it shows off the way that staining them can make for a super attractive finish.

The sky is the limit when it comes to pallet furniture. You can generally make perfectly functional furniture from them for cheap, and you’ll also find that with a little bit of investment in finishes that furniture can be downright pretty.

2.) Wine Bottle Bookshelf

If you’ve got some spare wine bottles laying around and need bookshelves, you can kill two birds with one stone.

This shelf is quite simple to construct, you’ll just need to grab some wood and cut it to the size you want. Two pieces for each shelf, and you can use off cuts to make the divider. Next, size the tops of the wine bottles and drill four holes.

Finish the wood however you’d prefer, with stain, paint, or a gloss coating as pictured above, and drive a screw into the center dividers. Then, all you’ll need to do is assemble it and you’ll have a unique, sturdy shelving unit to do with as you wish.

3.) Cinder Block and Board Furniture

 No skills and no tools? Not a problem. You can make a surprising array of quite functional furniture by utilizing wood and cinder blocks.

Even better, it’s sturdy enough to be used for heavy-duty purposes like supporting aquaria or bookshelves. As long as you load it properly, the chances of anything breaking are pretty much nil.

Cinder blocks average about two dollars each, and you can usually find scrap wood for free if that’s your plan. An enterprising person could furnish an entire home for a couple hundred bucks using these methods.

While this kind of furniture is usually associated with broke college students, a little bit of dressing up can lead to some truly interesting minimalist pieces. Decorative cinder blocks can be found pretty easily, and the boards can be painted or stained to suit your tastes.

Cinder Block and Board Furniture


This low coffee table would be simple enough for anyone to construct, and the dark stain on the piece of wood which serves as the surface makes it “pop” in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Here’s a more strictly utilitarian usage of cinder blocks. By staggering the shelving, you can gain an incredible amount of storage space. This example is from a cellar, but you could use the same concept and a wall in your living room to build a minimalist library shelf to hold all of your books and some odds and ends.

With their simple construction and an amazing amount of versatility in their usage, you’ll find that cinder blocks and boards can do a lot more than would first be readily apparent.

4.) Repurposing Old Lumber

It’s all the rage to “upcycle” things anymore. While the term may not be everyone’s favorite, the truth is with a few tweaks you can make something completely new out of the majority of furniture.

If you’ve got access to old wood and a couple of tools, you can quickly and easily make some furniture that will leave you with a functional piece that does exactly what you want. You’ll feel good about keeping it out of the landfill as well.

Repurposing Old Lumber


Here you can see an example of what we’re talking about. An old, battered door with the hardware removed and a spray of polyurethane can make for a fantastic table with a couple of additions.

Salvage a couple of 4x4s, screw them on, and you can repurpose old lumber to make something new and beautiful.

Repurposing Old Lumber


Above you can see a beautiful table.

It’s made entirely of salvaged and reclaimed lumber. You aren’t just limited to obvious upcycles if you have the skill to properly assemble furniture when using reclaimed wood, after all.

By using reclaimed or salvaged wood, you can cut down on the costs of your building materials as well as recycle things that would otherwise be in the trash. The preparation and uses of the material are limited only by your imagination.


What you can make with simple materials and tools is really limited only by your creativity. Give it a shot and you’ll quickly find that getting MacGyver with your creations is one of the best ways to furnish your home and you can end up with great looking furniture without having to spend thousands of dollars.

At the end of the day, DIY furniture is as much about your creativity as it is about skills. Get an idea and get building, there’s no better way to invest in your living space than to actually create it.



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