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How To Start Making Furniture For Your HomeBy admin
Monday, 16 September 2019
In a world where IKEA seems to have cornered the market on cheap, and one where most of us can barely work out how to use the allen key supplied with our flatpacks, making your own furniture is going to seem like a tall order. But, in fact, DIY furniture making is not just possible - it is incredibly fun and fulfilling. Plus you get something entirely unique that looks great for years to come-and not to mention a top talking point too!
A recent study has shown that more than three quarters of millenials (18 to 24 year olds) can’t assemble flatpack furniture and would rather pay someone else to do it. One in eight admit to not even knowing enough DIY to paint a shed and 67% couldn’t put up a shelf.
However, almost all could set up a website! The fact is that most of us are lacking in the DIY skills department - but most of us can easily learn.
Knowing where to start is, well… the place to start. It is at this point that you need to think about two main things before you start on your first project. Equipment and skills.
Using the right tools is crucial to ensuring first-rate results. Complement this with high quality safety equipment and you really can't go far wrong!
The Right Tools: An Overview
So all great furniture making projects require a certain number of basic tools. You’ll need a mixture of hand tools and electric tools and you should choose those that work best for you. There are a number of tools that are aimed at women.
Don’t choose them just because they are pink… try to choose tools that work for your hand size, your strength and the main reasons you’ll be needing them. Get the right tool for the right job and you can’t go wrong.
● Electric drills/screwdrivers will save you so much time and effort and are great for when jobs go a little wrong and you need to undo a screw.
● A good well balanced hammer that is not too light. You will use less effort with a hammer that is good and heavy.
● A pack of various screws and nails. Lots of DIY stores sell these packs.
● An electric sander is also a quick way to smooth wood and remove old paint - you will also want sandpaper in various grades.
● A selection of paint brushes, rollers and trays to use for paint, varnish and glue.
● A set of hand screwdrivers for those jobs where you can’t get in with the electric one or where you need more control.
● A hand saw or (if you are brave) a table saw - although be aware that DIY stores will cut your wood to size for you.
● A jigsaw for cutting out patterns from wood using a template.
● Safety equipment such as eye goggles, hearing defenders, gloves and masks are essential.
If all else fails, try friends and family who are skilled and ask them to pass on some of their knowledge. Chances are they will be more than happy to do so!
The Right Skills: An Overview
Not all of us are blessed with the DIY gene and really it is understandable that many of us don’t know our way around a woodworking shed. But most of us have the capacity to learn and there are many ways you can do so.
You can go the self taught route and look at You Tube videos or read books or magazines or you can try places like your local DIY shop. They often run courses or one-off workshops that focus on how to use tools, painting techniques, making small items and woodworking. You may also find similar courses at the local college or secondary school.
You should make a detailed sketch of the item and detail all of the measurements you will need for all pieces. When starting out you should limit your furniture to no more than 6 pieces in total
Planning Your Project: What You Need To Know
All good furniture making projects will start with a set of plans. If you see something you like online or in a book, it might include step by step instructions that take you through the process. However, if you need something a little more bespoke, you might find that designing your own piece of furniture is what you’d prefer.
Designing is all about measurements and thinking through how your item will be used. You need to consider the type of material you will use (wood, plastic, metals, natural materials) and the size that you need.
You should make a detailed sketch of the item and detail all of the measurements you will need for all pieces. When starting out you should limit your furniture to no more than 6 pieces in total.
If you are following a plan, be sure to take note of the measurements and the order in which each piece is fitted to the others. Mark your pieces and follow the instructions carefully. Take your time and be thorough. This item of furniture should last a lifetime, if it is built carefully, so a few hours of your time to get it right is well worth it.
As you can see, creating furniture for your home doesn’t have the be the work of professionals. With the right preparation and time taken, almost any item of furniture in your home can be made by your own two hands
Projects That Are Perfect For Beginners!
● Boxes - A simple box is easy to make and allows you to practise your skills. It is also about the most versatile furniture item you can have inside or outside your home. A box can be stacked as a bookshelf, used for storage, used a planter, used as a floating shelf or as the basis of an entirely new kitchen. Try upholstering the top of a standard lidded box for use as a pouffe.
● Tables - Whether used as a coffee table or a kitchen table the basic design is easy to achieve. You can choose the basic four legged table or try something with a central pedestal. As you become more skilled you can try turned legs or a tiled or carved table top.
● Shelves - A simple shelf has to be one of the easiest furniture projects and once again is very useful. You can also make a shelved box (otherwise known as a bookcase). Special brackets are available to make your shelves floating or you can choose pieces of glass for more interest.
● Chairs - These are trickier, but certainly doable. A standard straight backed chair with simple legs can be the most beautiful item you could own in your home and will always look like a classic. You can upholster or paint the seat to allow it to fit into your decor.
● Beds - Once again, the basic shape of a bed is very simple. You can have a headboard with side rails and legs and then add a set of flexible slats that you can buy ready made. This is a great way to produce something that is both comfortable and beautiful.
● Flatpack Hacks - Finally, if you are a little too scared to start from scratch, taking a flatpack kit and adjusting it to meet your needs is a good place to start. You can find lots of tutorials about how to do this online - but it starts with a good imagination and a little bravery!
As you can see, creating furniture for your home doesn’t have the be the work of professionals. With the right preparation and time taken, almost any item of furniture in your home can be made by your own two hands. Once you get the furniture making bug there really will be no stopping you! Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get started today!Related Home Logic Living Articles
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