The Best Way to Appreciate Why Furniture Costs a Lot – Make it Yourself
|I used to have the assumption that there were two options for furniture – either it was absurdly out of reach (i.e. Crate & Barrel) or that you made do with thrift store pieces until you could save up for the nice stuff. There wasn’t much in between, especially if you didn’t have much in the way of hand crafted skills.|
| When I got into woodworking and realized that there was so much you could do yourself it opened up so many possibilities for me. I started making furniture for myself like a table and shelves, and I could make them look as nice as what was in those expensive high end home stores!|
While DIY can certainly be a way to save a lot of money compared to buying from a store, it wasn’t always dirt cheap either. The cost of wood, finishes, and hardware is always something you have to account for when making something yourself. Having made my own projects, I have come to appreciate even more why furniture costs a lot, especially custom made work. The amount of time and effort that can go into it should not be under estimated! To me though, you can’t go wrong learning a new skill and making it yourself.