While there are some home projects that are more suitable for professionals (looking straight at you, wood floors, indoor fireplaces), some of them can actually be great household items. Without the need for an expert, you can make the project exactly what you want with a little time, patience and elbow grease.
We’ve looked at the professional cost of some home projects and decided that where there’s the will, there’s a DIY way. While you will likely need some tools on hand, such as a cordless drill or a wood-cutting saw, your handiwork will save you a lot of money and make the space exactly how you want it.
Here are four home projects that can improve your living space.
1. Headboard construction
Professional headboard upholstery hovers around $1,000 for a deep-buttoned queen headboard, so it’s no wonder so many people are looking for DIY tutorials. according to Living Cozy’s 2022 Do It Yourself IndexThere have been 350,600 Google searches for “DIY headboard” over the past 12 months, with results ranging from plywood sheets to old screens and recycled picture frames.
While a headboard is not always necessary, it can really tie your bedroom decor together and protect your walls. If you want to give your new mattress a nice bed companion, you can easily change up your sleeping space by building a new headboard.
Cover a piece of wood the size of your choice purchased at a home improvement store with fabric or paint it for a truly custom look. To make things casual, install a curtain rod on the wall, like this one 1 inch black curtain rodsa few feet above the bed and drape a nice complementary fabric (or use muslin for a more romantic vibe) over it.
2. Fire pit construction
A fire pit is great fun for the crowd, but it’s also a huge outside expense that can cost thousands.
Since they are the perfect addition to your garden decor that provide warmth, light and even an alternative to cooking, you may want to consider building a fire pit as one of your DIY projects. Most DIY kits are ready-to-assemble, like the best fire pit we tested, and Tiki Patio Fire PitAnd you just need a little arm strength and some sand down the setup. Or you can read how to build a brick fire pit in your own backyard.
Check with your town or city about regulations for where and how to create a safe fire pit.
3. Build shelves
Stylish shelves allow your items to become display pieces, rather than being stored in closed cabinets. But that comes at a price – having the shelves professionally installed in your home can cost you hundreds. Why not flirt with the idea of spending all that money and instead do it yourself?
simple shelves made of plywood sheets Easily created with a sanded/painted piece of wood (make sure to find pieces that are flat and don’t have knots or warping) and brackets shelf. Get a funky look by changing hardware, or place a piece of removable wallpaper on the bottom of your screen for an unexpected pop of color.
4. Hang wallpaper
Gone are the days of glue buckets for hanging wallpaper. If you still want to use the sticky versions, it is advisable to hire a professional, and this can cost you hundreds, even thousands, if you calculate the cost of the rolls.
Instead, there are now plentiful peel and stick wallpaper options. These allow you to wallpaper a room more easily than before, but the task still requires leveling, measuring, and matching patterns. And if you’re in an older home, chances are your walls aren’t quite straight. We recommend that you go ahead with this trick, because great wallpaper can really enhance the feel of a room, just prepare to roll up your sleeves for a few hours of work.
Most peel and stick wallpapers are removable, which is perfect for renters. We personally love the quality and patterns of Rifle Paper, such as garden party print.
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