DIY design: Forget upcycling, we’ve found a handy kit that lets you construct your own furniture

Can't afford your dream kitchen table? Well, with a bit of elbow grease, now you can make your own

It can be frustrating trying to find the perfect item of furniture for a room.You know the feeling when you find a gorgeous table in exactly the right design only to measure up and discover it’s too high/low/wide/thin (delete as appropriate!). Or the hefty price tag which makes it an unaffordable luxury.

But now there is another option… why not just build your own?

Ok, ok, we’re not expert carpenters, but with a new kit called Simply Build It by Simpson Strong Tie now you can make your own table, desk or even sideboard (yep, the possibilities are endless).

With upcycling more popular than ever, we reckon this kit is perfect for the home junkie who wants to add a touch of personality to their space.

The kit contains metal timber connectors with screws which mean that rather than spending hours
measuring, cutting and planning timber or carving joints all you have to
do is screw on the brackets.

You’ll need to get the wood, but there are plenty of guides on the website,
including step-by-step instructions and a calculator that figures out
just how much wood you need for a specific project.

Just print out and
head on down to your local DIY store. Many places that sell timber will
cut your wood to size for you if you take the measurements you need.

Here at Housetohome, we love the industrial look of the large brackets
and chunky wood. But if you’ve got a penchant for upcycling, why paint
in a bold shade or even go for a distressed look?

And the furniture possibilities are endless – a potting table for the greenhouse, a sewing work station, even that rustic country kitchen table you’ve always wanted (without the hefty price tag). All you need is some timber and some time…

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