Furniture is a huge part of home décor. It is needed both for functional as well as aesthetic purpose. They have to be sturdy, long lasting and should also gel with the décor scheme of the space.
These days Do-It-Yourself furniture is gaining immense popularity. Reasons for this increasing trend are 1. Satisfaction of creating a décor piece with your own hands 2. This works out to be reasonable without digging a big hole in your pocket.
When you create your own piece you don’t have something that is too flashy but one that serves your basic purpose. This way, one is also contributing in a small way to repurpose and re use wood and thus to the bigger goal of protecting and sustaining the environment.
Apart from all the regular furniture that we need in our day to day lives, are those that we seek as décor accessories. Storage shelves, display shelves, centre tables and side tables are certain furniture pieces that we can even do without. But to induce an aesthetic appeal to our home, we do include them in the list of must haves.
These DIY furniture pieces are just simple designs that work in a variety of ways and complement a variety of styles, such that you can utilize them in different corners of your home. This concept is widely popular in western countries and is even catching up fast here in India. You need to have a basic idea of the stuff you are about to make, (may be a picture) basic carpentry skills and loads of patience apart from the raw material required for each project.
Let me take you on a DIY drive across certain furniture that are perhaps borne out of indigenous ideas and uses recycled wood. Try creating your own piece of furniture using some of these ideas.Here we are putting into use discarded pallets, crates and doors.
Furniture Idea With Crates
Have you ever imagined a crate to be used as a centre table? Well this is the easiest and simplest that I have come across in recent times. Four crates put to together and the topmost surface covered by a glass. You can even place your choicest Knick-knacks inside the crates. And your display cum centre table is ready.
According to Wikipedia, ‘A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load which allows handling and storage efficiency. Goods or shipping containers are often placed on a pallet secured with strapping, stretch wrap or shrink wrap and shipped’. This makes it cheaper and easily available too.
These pallets can be successfully employed to make utility furniture items like planters, day bed, swings etc.
It is nothing expensive and has the rustic charm attached to it. So are you getting the idea now? You only need to have the vision of what you are going to make in your head and the rest is simple assembly.
Pallet Planter: Pallet as a planter is seen commonly. Here try out this link to get a step wise instruction to try out the same. http://www.upcyclethat.com/vertical-pallet-planter/
Another one that is full on utility is this bathroom shelf from Upcycle That.
We can even look at DIY furniture for the outdoors since everyone might not want to invest heavily on that. One such idea for a coffee table is this one made with planks and wheels.
This coffee table is also large enough to accommodate for food and drinks for your guests!
Doors to Your Rescue
We often come across old doors that have been dismantled from their original location, may be a haveli or a palatial accommodation and discarded. You can source these from local flea markets and second hand shops too. They can be put to good use as tables.
Recently I came across an extremely useful Eco Friendly online store for DIY furniture enthusiast. It is Bangalore based but they cater anywhere in India. Here is the link. Just in case you would want to check it out. http://www.ubyld.com
Ubyld makes available all the materials needed for the DIY along with the tools so that you can have a hassle free experience of crafting your own piece.
So before you jump on to buying branded furniture, spare a thought on whether DIY is the way for you. Once you get started with this DIY furniture activity, there can be no stopping you. Keep improvising and have fun.