Furniture

Multifunctional furniture for small spaces

When you live in a very small space, multifunctional furniture is a must. But why not take it a step further and have your artwork pull double duty too? Here’s an ingenious example I found on lifehacker.com, a large DIY picture frame that transforms into a table. I love the concept, do you?

When you live in a very small space, multifunctional furniture is a must. But why not take it a step further and have your artwork pull double duty too? Here’s an ingenious example I found on lifehacker.com, a large DIY picture frame that transforms into a table. I love the concept, do you?

Easy outdoor DIY bench

Want to add some comfy lounge-type seating to your balcony or outdoor space like this?

Make a bench using plastic storage bins as the base. Add ½ inch water-sealed plywood on top of the bins and hide the sides with panels made from reed fencing or lattice, attached to the plywood. Finish the edges with corner molding, throw on a few cushions and you’ll be lounging in style in no time. This how-to video shows how easy it is to make – no power tools needed!

Want to add some comfy lounge-type seating to your balcony or outdoor space like this?

Make a bench using plastic storage bins as the base. Add ½ inch water-sealed plywood on top of the bins and hide the sides with panels made from reed fencing or lattice, attached to the plywood. Finish the edges with corner molding, throw on a few cushions and you’ll be lounging in style in no time. This how-to video shows how easy it is to make – no power tools needed!

“No money” makeover

Looking to freshen up your space this spring? Try moving your furniture around – you’ll be surprised at how different your space looks with your furniture, lamps and accessories in different spots. It’s a great way to give a whole new look to a room, without spending a dime! Using furniture sliders makes the whole process really easy, especially if you’re doing this solo (you can find them online, at hardware stores, or even dollar stores). Warning, once you start, you may become addicted to moving furniture around!

Looking to freshen up your space this spring? Try moving your furniture around – you’ll be surprised at how different your space looks with your furniture, lamps and accessories in different spots. It’s a great way to give a whole new look to a room, without spending a dime! Using furniture sliders makes the whole process really easy, especially if you’re doing this solo (you can find them online, at hardware stores, or even dollar stores). Warning, once you start, you may become addicted to moving furniture around!

DIY furniture on wheels

A great DIY inexpensive way to make any piece of furniture a breeze to move is to add wheels or casters. It makes it so much easier to vacuum and to change your furniture layout or make some room for a party. Casters with brakes will make sure your items to stay put until you’re ready to move them. If you’re dealing with something that is old and not too structurally sound like an old crate, screw the casters onto a piece of plywood first and secure the plywood onto the item – you’ll minimize the amount of screws you have to put into the original wood. And if you’re looking to add height to your piece of furniture, this will do the trick too!

 

A great DIY inexpensive way to make any piece of furniture a breeze to move is to add wheels or casters. It makes it so much easier to vacuum and to change your furniture layout or make some room for a party. Casters with brakes will make sure your items to stay put until you’re ready to move them. If you’re dealing with something that is old and not too structurally sound like an old crate, screw the casters onto a piece of plywood first and secure the plywood onto the item – you’ll minimize the amount of screws you have to put into the original wood. And if you’re looking to add height to your piece of furniture, this will do the trick too!

 

DIY upholstery with a canvas drop cloth

Give a tired chair a fresh new look by reupholstering it with canvas drop cloths – they have a great natural texture, are really easy to work with and at about $10 for 6ft x 9ft, it’s an inexpensive way to experiment. And if you have a cat that likes to use your chair as it’s personal scratching post,  it won’t cost you a ton of money to reupholster it!

Give a tired chair a fresh new look by reupholstering it with canvas drop cloths – they have a great natural texture, are really easy to work with and at about $10 for 6ft x 9ft, it’s an inexpensive way to experiment. And if you have a cat that likes to use your chair as it’s personal scratching post,  it won’t cost you a ton of money to reupholster it!

DIY upholstered wood filing cabinet

Instead of using paint to jazz up a plain wood filing cabinet, why not use upholstery techniques to cover it with fabric or even wallpaper. I upholstered a wood IKEA filing cabinet with faux animal skin wallpaper (feels more like fabric than wallpaper), using nothing more than Mod Podge, Weldbond glue, a staple gun and some cardboard. The piping/welt comes pre-made at the fabric store, so no sewing required. No doubt this is more challenging than simply painting but the end result is a very unique, chic upgrade – well worth it!

Instead of using paint to jazz up a plain wood filing cabinet, why not use upholstery techniques to cover it with fabric or even wallpaper. I upholstered a wood IKEA filing cabinet with faux animal skin wallpaper (feels more like fabric than wallpaper), using nothing more than Mod Podge, Weldbond glue, a staple gun and some cardboard. The piping/welt comes pre-made at the fabric store, so no sewing required. No doubt this is more challenging than simply painting but the end result is a very unique, chic upgrade – well worth it!

Moving into a small space? Make a plan!

If you’re downsizing to a small space, or just want to see if your furniture will fit in your new home, try out a few options virtually using Sweethome3D. It’s a free interior design software that makes it easy to draw a floor plan with furniture. You can also move around the space in 3D for a more realistic view of how things will look. I used it to visualize how my bookcase room divider would work in my studio apartment – not bad for free!

If you’re downsizing to a small space, or just want to see if your furniture will fit in your new home, try out a few options virtually using Sweethome3D. It’s a free interior design software that makes it easy to draw a floor plan with furniture. You can also move around the space in 3D for a more realistic view of how things will look. I used it to visualize how my bookcase room divider would work in my studio apartment – not bad for free!

DIY flat screen tv stand

Here’s an alternative to hanging a small flat screen TV on the wall or putting it on a piece of furniture: hang it on a coat rack. You can then easily adjust the angle of the TV by turning the coat rack, all without any holes in the wall or taking up floor space – perfect for renters and a small space! Just make sure you have a large base on the bottom of the coat rack for extra stability.

Here’s an alternative to hanging a small flat screen TV on the wall or putting it on a piece of furniture: hang it on a coat rack. You can then easily adjust the angle of the TV by turning the coat rack, all without any holes in the wall or taking up floor space – perfect for renters and a small space! Just make sure you have a large base on the bottom of the coat rack for extra stability.

Bookcase room divider

If you’re looking to create separate living spaces in a studio apartment, think about using bookcases. You can configure them to act like a wall and if the back is unfinished, pretty it up with wallpaper or grasscloth. It’s a perfect solution for renters since you can take your wall with you when you leave! I used Ikea Billy bookcases in my studio apartment to create an entryway giving me a place to hang my coat and much needed additional storage.

If you’re looking to create separate living spaces in a studio apartment, think about using bookcases. You can configure them to act like a wall and if the back is unfinished, pretty it up with wallpaper or grasscloth. It’s a perfect solution for renters since you can take your wall with you when you leave! I used Ikea Billy bookcases in my studio apartment to create an entryway giving me a place to hang my coat and much needed additional storage.