You’ve heard of fast fashion, but have you heard of fast furniture? Just like with clothing, the home goods are typically low-quality, mass-produced, cheap, and disposable. As new trends come, people look to quickly replace the items they already have in their homes—even if they aren’t broken.
Because of this short life cycle, the barely-used furniture often goes to a landfill, accounting for more than 12 million tons of municipal waste in the United States. But what if we told you that instead of tossing those items out, you can upcycle them into brand-new items? It doesn’t take much to turn something that was bound for the trash into treasure.
The DIY furniture ideas below allow you to use what’s already available—whether that’s furniture you own or something you thrift—instead of buying new. Something as simple as giving a dresser a fresh coat of paint can help brighten up a room.
If you’re looking for a weekend project to give new life to old furniture, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at these creative DIY furniture ideas, then get to work.
9 DIY Furniture Ideas for a Sustainable Home
You can instantly upgrade a nightstand by replacing the drawers with a cane door. It adds a cozy, Earthy look to any space.
A fresh coat of paint can refresh any piece of furniture. This dresser looked brand-new again after getting a touch of pastel pink.
Wallpaper… on a table? It’s a great way to give an old table a brand-new look. Giving it a coat or two of crystal clear varnish after applying the wallpaper to seal everything in.
Not all DIY furniture projects involve paint. This one only requires a few different colors of washi tape and can be done in record time—no DIY skills required.
If you want to make your very own bar table that’s sure to be a conversation starter, assemble one using a vintage suitcase and a TV stand. Pro tip: Add these handblown wine glasses for a pop of color.
If you want to do something bold, consider adding a fun pattern to an old cabinet or wardrobe. This DIY furniture project went with a simple leopard print, but you can do whatever you want.
Why not get really creative and transform an old vintage TV into an adorable cat bed? This one got a splash of color by using patterned wallpaper inside.
If your sofa is past its prime but the leather is still in great condition, remove it and attach it to a frame for a cute hammock-like entryway seat.
Why buy a new headboard when you can make one using an old door? Sand it down for a natural look, or add a pop of color for something bolder. As you can see here, the more doors, the merrier!
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