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.
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.