Adding new furniture to your home can not only improve and enhance the way you use the space, it can dramatically change the look of a room. But buying furniture is a significant investment, and it can be difficult to find exactly what you're looking for -- the style, color and long-lasting quality you have in mind.

Don't let your budget prevent you from getting the furniture pieces you need. With a few tools and a little time, you can use the instructions in this article to create your own wooden furniture pieces by hand. Not only is building your own furniture much less expensive than buying from a store, it puts you in control. You can select just the wood and just the paint or stain you want, so you're sure to create exactly the piece you have in mind.

Whether you're looking for a bookcase, desk, telephone stand or plant stand, the easy-to-follow instructions on the following pages will get you on your way to the furniture you've been wanting.

Continue to the next page to begin your first furniture-building project: a simple, freestanding bookcase.

For more ideas related to creating your own furniture, see:

  • How to Repair Wooden Furniture: You don't have to start from scratch and make new furniture. Learn how to repair the wooden pieces you already have.
  • How to Stain Wooden Furniture: Staining wooden furniture adds protection as well as beautiful color, and when you do it yourself, you can get just the shade you want. Follow this link for instructions on staining pieces you've purchased or handmade.
  • A Guide to Decorating Wooden Furniture: Wooden furniture can be decorated to fit any design scheme or color palette. Use this guide to transform simple items into elegant, finished pieces that will accent your home.