Thanks to Pinterest, YouTube and many other websites that show DIY inspiration and instructions, practically anyone can try out building their own furniture. It is very important to mention though that while the instructions and steps look pretty easy, DIY furniture making is not meant for everyone. It does look easy but that isn’t the case at all times. Furthermore, you need a set of tools and equipment to get the job done. Especially when the piece of furniture you’re trying to build is meant to be used frequently such as chairs, tables, cabinets and shelves, then you must ensure that you come up with something durable and sturdy. Its usability and your safety relies on how you built it and the materials you used.
Investing on DIY Tools and Equipment
While you can probably make use of old pieces of furniture that you can remake or you can visit thrift shops to purchase scraps for cheap in order for you to build new pieces, and it’s great fun. Or you can even use or buy wood or metal scraps, you still need to shell out quite a bit of money on tools and equipment. Other skilled builders can probably get away with using their old tools but if you’re just at the beginner level, it is best to use some of your savings so you can purchase functional tools.
While the main point of DIY’s is to save money, some would probably raise an eyebrow at the thought of having to spend money on some tools and materials. They will probably reuse something that’s about to be thrown in the trash and bring out some rusty tools their grandfather left in the shed years back. However, you will be able to earn back the money or at least save a huge amount later on if you have the right tools to begin with.
A miter saw, for instance, will cost you money. These weren’t available years back so if you don’t have one in your tool box yet, it is ideal to start investing on one now. A miter saw is as sharp as a table saw and easier to use for your miter saw projects than a manual handheld saw. It can also cut through many kinds of materials including wood and you can easily cut in angles with this tool. If you don’t have enough money to buy a full-sized table saw yet, you can use your miter saw for now.
Saving Money with DIY Furniture
Now that you have your tools and materials prepared, it is time to save money by building DIY furniture. Before you begin though, ask yourself whether the piece you plan to build is actually needed. You might be wasting time, effort and materials by building another coffee table when you already have three of those in your rather tiny home. However, if you build pieces of furniture that you actually need, then you can easily save hundred and even thousands of dollars. You no longer have to buy ready-made shoe racks, shelves, and so much more if you know how to DIY.
Earning Money with DIY Furniture
Thanks to social media, you can now show off your work to your friends and your friends’ friends and so on. If you no longer have anything to build for yourself, you can perhaps create some pieces that you can sell to your friends. If their friends see your work, then you might just get a referral. By word of mouth (and social media too), who knows? You might have a prosperous furniture building business soon!