We’ve always wanted one of those fancy Eames lounge chairs, but the real ones are just too expensive. Wood Design shows us how it’s possible to build a similar piece of furniture yourself, with enough time, effort, and skill. We prefer the original’s swivel base, but this version looks more comfy, and is still an impressive build.
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If there’s one thing that’s consistent across the globe these days, it’s that kids are in need of things to do at home. To help with this mission, IKEA Russia has offered up a series of six fun DIY furniture forts which can be built using various IKEA furniture and accessories. We might just have to make that octopus chandelier.
At first glance, this cubic structure might just look like a tangled mess of wire. But its black cords have actually been strung in such a way to create a seat. We’re not sure it’s the most comfortable place to sit, but it’s definitely a conversation starter and a unique piece of functional art. Measures 30″ x 30″ x 29″ and weighs just 18 lb.
Furniture maker Brian Bauer builds these wall-mounted storage units that look like the tailgates of classic pickup trucks. They’re molded from lightweight fiberglass, and have interior wood shelving for bottles and glassware. They have working taillights and can be painted in your color of choice.
This omnipresent stackable chair is known as a “Monobloc,” and it can be found everywhere from suburban backyards to major tourist attractions. What is it about this mundane, yet functional piece of molded plastic that made it so wildly popular? Neo digs into this so-called “context-free object.”
Woodworker Lignum has made some pretty cool furniture over the years, and this build is among his most intriguing. He created this table by laminating together blocks of wood then scorching it with a torch to give it the look that a fire burnt its insides out. We imagine it smells like a campfire too.
If you’re addicted to PC games, you should at least be comfortable while you play. This highly-supportive gaming chair from Offex Gaming provides numerous adjustments so you can get your gaming space just right. It has a high back design, and comes with removable lumbar and headrest pillows. Save 40% in The Awesomer Shop.
This space-saving desk from Bitman Wood mounts onto your wall, taking up just 6″ of depth when not in use. When open, it offers a spacious work surface for your laptop, along with built in shelves for small objects, and optional LED lighting. Made from birch plywood with a high-pressure laminate finish. Choose from 16 colors.
These days, many people without a home office space are using their dining tables to get work done at home. Builder Laura Kampf shows us how she built a custom plywood dining table that has a large hidden storage compartment that transforms into an angled stand for tablets or smartphones.
Make It shows off a very impressive DIY build project – a substantial desk made from reclaimed pallet wood. It features a hidden compartment in its top for storing his laptop, keeping it out of sight when not in use. There’s also a space for hiding a power strip.
CleverMade’s folding wood chair offers a comfy spot for relaxing anywhere, and sits at a leisurely angle for chilling out or gazing at the stars. It’s made from sustainable acacia wood, and folds nearly flat, so you can easily store it under a bed or behind another piece of furniture. Holds up to 250 lbs.
Modustrial Maker shows off how he built a sweet coffee table from concrete, wood, epoxy resin, and LED strips. The design is inspired by the lighting patterns found inside of the Death Star. Unlike the pure white lights of the movies, these ones can be change colors synced to music.
Electronics geeks would love to have a table like the one that New Yorkshire Workshop made. Watch as the artist painstakingly applies gold leaf to produce jumbo metal circuit board traces on a dyed-blue maple veneer, then gives it a nice shiny clear coat. Watch how he made the twisted “wire” copper legs here.
We all know by now that standing while working is healthier than sitting. But if you don’t have the cash for a whole new desk, check out rldh’s walnut and birch stand, which gives you a perfect standing work platform for your laptop and external keyboard on a budget.
Most furniture is made primarily from wood or metal, but HomeMadeModern’s funky, angular chair is crafted from steel-reinforced concrete. He made the chair’s mold using strips of melamine, hot-glued, and sealed with silicone caulk. By filling the inner core with foam insulation, he was able to dramatically reduce its weight.
Studio Job designed this bold piece of furniture that doubles as a seat and a small side table, while adding a splash of Mexican culture to any space. Measures appx 17.7″ tall, and comes in black, green, terracotta, and ivory. Cast from polyethylene, so it weighs just 7.7 lb.
An elegant and substantive way to organize your vinyl record collection. Symbol Audio’s modular storage system features solid wood drawers with soft-close drawer slides, vegetable-tanned leather handles, and brass hardware. Each drawer holds up to 90 records. They can be configured with equipment shelves or open-top storage.
Designed by Marcus Ødegaard Voraa, this prototype dining table provides a unique way to expand its tabletop. Rather than requiring leaves to be added or removed, simply slide the end of its base and unroll more or less wood for its top. There’s no indication that it’s gone into production, but you can always contact its creator.
While flat screen TVs are all the rage these days, sometimes a projector is still a better solution – especially if you want a huge image. Builder Laura Kampf shows off a neat design for a coffee table that has a cubby for concealing a projector neatly beneath its lid.
The perfect side table for any home theater is made using vintage Goldberg Brothers 35mm film reels. Its center pedestal is made from poly plastic, painted to match the reels in silver, gold, or bronze, and the 20″ glass top provides a smooth surface. Stands 24″ tall, and requires some basic assembly.