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How to Build Custom Furniture

Neil Valentine D'Silva
If you learn how to build custom furniture for yourself, not only do you save tons of money, but you also give vent to your creative satisfaction. Building your own custom furniture is not as intimidating as it seems. Here are some ways to make a start on it.

Skill Requirements for Building Furniture

Every person is unique and has his/her own impression on the things. That is why more and more people are attempting to build their own furniture instead of settling for store displayed furniture.
If you had woodworking classes when you were a student, then building an entire piece of furniture from scratch, would have been an easy task for you.
Basic furniture building skills like taking precise measurements, working with saws and levelers, nailing boards, fixing laminates, etc. are a must-know, and it is a great help, if you know how to do some decorative work on your own.
Having said that, if you are designing utilitarian furniture for your home, then you need only some basic skills. You can learn how to make furniture, by honing your basic carpentry skills.

How to Build Wood Furniture Yourself

Woodworking is not as difficult as it sounds. There are short-term classes where people are taught vital techniques involved in carpentry and even given some hands-on experience.
Joining such classes could be a good start to making your own handmade furniture. Here you can learn how to build furniture, like stools, coffee-tables, center tables, cabinets, etc. Cabinetry is an entirely different art of its own, so you might get special tips on how to make cabinets.
It is not just wood that you can work with. A lot of homemade furniture today uses plastic, acrylic, and other such synthetic materials. Working with plastic is easy, but you will not get the same kind of finesse that you get with wood.
One advantage of learning how to build custom furniture with plastic is that there is no hammering and nailing involved. Most plastic attachments are done by gluing pieces to one another. So, it is very safe for beginners. Wrought iron furniture is also much in demand, but this furniture cannot be made at home as it requires immense metal molding.

Building Custom Furniture

People learning how to build custom furniture will have to start by making a sketch of the piece they want to make. This is one of the most important steps, because it will determine how your furniture will actually fit in your home.
This is where perspective comes into the picture, because you will have to take some detailed and careful measurements, where each centimeter is important. It is not a bad idea at all if you spend a whole day in just preparing a sketch and measuring for the piece of furniture you are going to build.
Once the sketch is made, you will need to go shopping and get all the things you need. You must invest in a good carpenter's toolbox that you are comfortable with.
Get all the boards, laminates, adhesives and other accessories like hinges, nuts and bolts, fasteners, knobs, etc. With the skills you know, get down to work. If you stick to the sketch you have made and make precision an important part of your work, you will get a good frame. You can always decorate your work later on.
Today, with the surfeit of modular furniture available in stores, learning how to build furnishings has become much simpler. These modular items are designed in separate units that you can mix and match in whatever way you want.
For instance, if you were to buy a modular wardrobe unit from a store, then you will be shipped an assortment of boards, shelves, doors and even small cabinet units, depending on the manufacturer. Most of them will also give you all the screws, hinges and other fittings that you require.
Now, you can lay out these units and play around with them. You can arrange the components in a hundred different ways and build the wardrobe that best suits your tastes and requirements.
Almost everything from single unit computer tables to entire storage sheds are being shipped in modular formats. They also come with manuals that suggest different ways in which these units can be assembled.
Building modular furniture is a very easy, and it even helps in getting the creative satisfaction of having built your furniture on your own.
As you can see, you too can make customized furniture on your own. However, it is also true that, making furniture at home is not every person's cup of tea.
If you have a hidden carpentry talent, then you can learn how to build custom furniture by joining a short-term carpentry class. Have patience, as you will take some time before you build furniture like a pro. Once you get enough experience, building furniture will be a piece of cake!