Furniture How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our furniture step-by-step tips & ideas.
Here are 10 ideas for deck and patio furniture you can make yourself—for both beginner and experienced woodworkers.
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.
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.
Norm Abram and Jeff Sweenor build a coffee table for Westerly homewners Scott and Shayla using old pine from a nearby family sawmill.
Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a sheet of plywood and some rough-sawn boards into a unique headboard for the bedroom.
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
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
Norm constructs a bedside table inspired by one found at the Hancock Shaker Village. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects
Norm builds a blanket chest of pine and lines it with aromatic cedar panels. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects
Norm builds a workbench featuring an oak-edged hardwood top and a recessed tool storage area. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects
Norm constructs a corner cupboard with glass-paned doors and a base cabinet with raised panel doors. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects
Norm builds his version of mahogany and is challenged to form the French feet and the dovetailed bowfront drawers. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects.
If you're still saving up for your remodel, here are some affordable and refreshing paint ideas to consider in the meantime
Maker Jimmy DiResta and Kevin O’Connor built this side table on an episode of Ask This Old House
Layer beadboard and moldings onto a basic frame for a rock-solid surface that elevates the appliances—and the look of your space
From our #DIYDARE challenge, use common cedar to transform an inexpensive sink into a charming version of standing water
Dress(er) up a plain piece with metallic paint and stencils in our #DIYDARE challenge
Use oak stair treads and pine boards to create right-size shelves that keep books and toys within easy reach of small hands
Amy Hughes, author of Salvage Style, offers her hard-learned tips for telling the genuine article from an impostor
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a historic-looking Shaker table
The folks at Apartment Therapy share nifty, thrifty interior-design ideas in a new book
Don't leave it on the field! Check out these sporty ways to repurpose athletic equipment
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva transforms stock shelving into a custom built-in
A salvage expert shares eight simple spruce-ups for secondhand wood, metal, and painted pieces—no refinishing required