Furniture How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our furniture step-by-step tips & ideas.
How to Build a DIY Nightstand
This Old House DIY expert and House One editor Jenn Largesse shares how to put together a sturdy bedside table using a simplified joinery technique.
How to Build a DIY Deck Lounger
House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shows how to build a weatherproof lounge chair from composite deck boards.
How to Build a Corner Bench
Do you have an awkward space near your staircase or entryway that could use some storage? Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse builds a simple corner bench with storage near her stairs.
How to Paint Upholstery
Are you looking to paint fabric furniture? Transform a faded, stained, or simply outdated piece of padded furniture with the right products and the easy technique detailed here.
10 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas
Here are 10 ideas for deck and patio furniture you can make yourself—for both beginner and experienced woodworkers.
How to Build a Console Cabinet
Using pocket-hole joinery and plywood from the home center, This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares the steps she used to turn a complex build into an easy assembly.
Build It | Modern Platform Bench
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor use strips of hardwood decking to create a slatted bench inspired by an iconic mid-century furniture design. Get the full plans and instructions to build your own George Nelson-inspired modern slatted bench.
How to Clean Upholstery
Read this guide on how to clean upholstery in your home in the most effective way.
How to Build an Old Pine Coffee Table
Norm Abram and Jeff Sweenor build a coffee table for Westerly homewners Scott and Shayla using old pine from a nearby family sawmill.
How to Upholster a Round Tufted Storage Ottoman (Part 2)
In part two of this project, House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to upholster a round tufted storage ottoman, without the need to sew.
How to Make a No-Sew Round Tufted Storage Ottoman (Part 1)
House One’s Jenn Largesse demonstrates how to build a round tufted ottoman without having to sew. In part one of this project, Jenn builds the frame of the ottoman, secures the foam, and wraps all of the pieces in batting.
How to Spray Paint Wood Furniture
Do you have some worn wood furniture in need of a makeover? You can easily update pieces of furniture inexpensively with spray paint. Read this guide to learn how to spray paint wood the expert way.
How to Remove Mold From Wood
Mold commonly grows on wooden surfaces, as wood is very good at absorbing water. Add to this moisture warm temperatures and mold spores (which are always in the air), and it’s the perfect storm for a mold infestation. Read our guide to learn how to easily remove mold from wood.
How to Build a Shoe Dresser
Learn how to build a shoe dresser with This Old House DIY Expert & House One Editor, Jenn Largesse.
How to Build a DIY Midcentury-Style Desk
Build a Midcentury-style desk with This Old House DIY Expert & House One Editor, Jenn Largesse.
How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand
This freestanding bathroom cabinet features open shelving, allowing you to keep an eye on supplies and fulfill as needed, or display washroom decor. Read on to get the free plans, cut list and instructions for this project.
How to Makeover a Rattan Chair
Want to refurbish an old rattan char? Follow these instructions to learn how to update a rattan chair with spray paint.
How to Clean a Microfiber Sofa or Chair
Microfiber is becoming an increasingly more popular furniture option these days. The synthetic but soft fabric is made from thin fibers that can make a couch or chair look like suede or leather, but costs far less than those materials. How do you keep it looking new? Read on for our microfiber cleaning tips.
How to Repair Your Favorite Leather Chair
If the cost of replacing your leather furniture is more than you can bear, these steps will show you how to make the repairs yourself.
How to Build a Custom Bunk Bed
Follow these steps to plan and build a safe, wall-attached bunk bed for your growing kids.
How to Repair a Built-In with Hand Tools
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva repairs an old dining room built-in cabinet with hand tools and a bar of soap.
TLC for Wood Patio Furniture
Even though outdoor furniture is typically made of resilient hardwoods or naturally rot-resistant softwoods, it’s not immune to the elements. Here’s how to keep your deck or patio set in top form
DIY Headboard, Rustic Edition
Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a sheet of plywood and some rough-sawn boards into a unique headboard for the bedroom.
How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves
Mysha Bolen, whose blog Remington Avenue covers topics for the home ranging from DIY projects to recipes used three Billy bookcases from IKEA to form a dramatic built-in bookcase
Before and After: DIY Map-Drawer Dresser
Home-improvement fanatic Jenni Radosevich has been blogging about everything DIY on her website, I Spy DIY, for nearly a decade. Here's one of our favorite dresser upgrades on the Web
How to Build a Simple Mudroom Bench
In just a few hours, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a single sheet of MDF into a piece of furniture that provides both storage and seating.
How to Paint MDF Furniture
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique demonstrates the best way to paint furniture built out of MDF.
Build It | Entryway Wall Shelf
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a wall shelf for an entryway using stock poplar from a home center
How to Turn a Wood Slab Into a Table
Rustic wood meets modern metal to create this striking—and timeless—piece of furniture. Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor show how to make a live-edge console table of your own
How to Build a Coffee Table
Build this furniture piece in just a few hours with basic cuts and pocket-screwed joints
How to Build a Simple Stool with Ben Uyeda
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor makes a bucket stool with Ben Uyeda, a maker best known for his design-based online videos