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How Much Does It Cost To Build Your Own Furniture?

Most homeowners spend between $1,383 to $2,697 nationally.
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Furniture gives you a place to relax while controlling a room's acoustics and adding a decorative touch. Although most people head to stores to find furniture, sometimes the available options just don't work. That's when it's worth the time to check out custom-built furniture. This cost guide outlines what's involved in building your own furniture.

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$2,417

Average Cost

$75

Minimum Cost

$6,600

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National Average Cost $2,417
Minimum Cost $75
Maximum Cost $6,600
Average Range $1,383 to $2,697
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Table of Contents

  1. Furniture Building Cost
  2. Building Furniture Cost Factors
  3. Furniture Cost Comparison
  4. Furniture Building Options
  5. DIY Or Hire A Contractor?
  6. How To Build Your Own Furniture
  7. Find A Contractor

Furniture Building Cost

The cost to build furniture varies greatly from piece to piece. A simple bookcase may cost $60 to build, while an entertainment center with decorative details could run more than $80,000. There's also a significant range in the prices of different pieces within the same category. It's possible to find sofas that cost as little as $300 or more than $16,000.

Furniture Type

Hire A professional

Armoire

$100 – $36,000

Bed

$156 – $48,000

Bench

$50 – $36,000

Bookcase

$60 – $20,000

Chair

$50 – $6,500

Chest or Cabinet

$50 – $45,000

Coffee Table

$50 – $54,000

Desk

$100 – $80,000

Dining Chairs

$40 – $18,500

Dining Table

$100 – $90,000

Dresser

$40 – $54,000

Entertainment Center

$100 – $80,000

Hutch

$150 – $33,500

Nightstand

$48 – $18,000

Ottoman

$36 – $6,000

Side or Accent Table

$25 – $20,000

Sofa

$300 – $16,500

It's also possible to build furniture without a professional. Some people choose this option because it costs only the price of materials and a little sweat equity. For example, it's possible to build a basic square sofa for a little as $120 or a farmhouse-style table for under $100. Other projects, like entertainment centers, are best left to the pros. For these projects, homeowners typically pay between $1,200 and $4,000 for custom furniture, and the average cost is $2,500.

Building Furniture Cost Factors

Building Furniture Cost Factors

The cost of building furniture goes up and down depending on the cost of the materials and the amount of time professionals spend creating the piece. One of the most significant cost factors is the type of furniture; larger pieces like entertainment centers and sectionals require more materials than side tables or ottomans. Similarly, un-upholstered pieces like benches and tables have fewer components, which reduces both the amount of materials and labor required. Other factors include:

  • The type of wood or upholstery fabric
  • The type of finish on the furniture
  • The design of the furniture

Complex pieces of furniture with moving parts or decorative accents cost more to create than simpler items because they take longer to make. Choosing a more expensive wood like teak also increases the price compared to using an affordable wood like pine.

Furniture Cost Comparison

One way to understand the value of building new furniture is to compare it to the cost of buying a similar item in the store. In some cases, the cost of a custom piece is comparable to what customers spend in the store. Knowing this makes it easier to decide whether it's worth the investment to build the furniture or head out shopping.

Furniture Type

Hire A Professional

Buy In Store

Armoire

$100 – $36,000

$147 – $20,000

Bed

$156 – $48,000

$81 – $30,000

Bench

$50 – $36,000

$70 – $9,900

Bookcase

$60 – $20,000

$18 – $15,000

Chair

$50 – $6,500

$190 – $4,800

Chest or Cabinet

$50 – $45,000

$78 – $2,800

Coffee Table

$50 – $54,000

$28 – $6,000

Desk

$100 – $80,000

$30 – $14,000

Dining Chairs

$40 – $18,500

$30 – $3,600

Dining Table

$100 – $90,000

$63 – $20,000

Dresser

$40 – $54,000

$48 – $19,000

Entertainment Center

$100 – $80,000

$26 – $10,500

Hutch

$150 – $33,500

$115 – $6,300

Nightstand

$48 – $18,000

$36 – $7,700

Ottoman

$36 – $6,000

$18 – $3,300

Side or Accent Table

$25 – $20,000

$34 – $5,000

Sofa

$300 – $16,500

$128 – $13,700

Sometimes, it's more beneficial to refurbish or refinish an existing piece of furniture. This is especially true if the available options in the store don't match the decor in the room or if custom furniture doesn't fit the budget.

Furniture Cost Comparison

Furniture Building Options

Individuals with a basic knowledge of construction techniques and the necessary tools can make furniture using guides and blueprints from furniture makers and DIY experts. Some common types of furniture to DIY or build with a woodworker include:

  • Beds
  • Sofas
  • Dining tables
  • Accent tables
  • Ottomans
  • Benches
  • Cabinets
  • Bookcases

DIY Or Hire A Contractor?

Hiring a contractor to build and fix furniture is safer and simpler, but those who want to try making their own need some special tools and skills. It helps to have basic knowledge of construction techniques like creating joists, joining wood and working with screws. You also should feel comfortable using power tools and have enough strength to hold the equipment and maneuver the materials. As with other projects, proper safety gear, including goggles and masks, is essential.

How To Build Your Own Furniture

If you're up to the challenge of building furniture, start by checking out how-to articles and videos from others who make furniture. They guide viewers through each step of the process and offer tips for making the project go smoothly. These three types of furniture are good starting points for beginners:

Dining Table

A dining table is a relatively easy project due to its straight lines and basic design. It's possible to create a more decorative piece using pre-turned table legs, but square posts also work well.

  1. Cut the wood according to the measurements in the plans.
  2. There are several options for creating the tabletop. The simplest design is a piece of plywood left in its natural state, stained or topped with tile. Another option is to cut boards into small pieces and arrange them to create a planked look.
  3. Construct a frame to support the weight of the tabletop. Position a stabilizing beam between the legs on the narrow side of the table. Then connect those beams with a longer beam that spans the width of the table.
  4. Position the top on the frame and secure it with screws and glue.

How To Build Your Own Furniture

Farmhouse Bed

A farmhouse bed is a basic platform bed with a headboard and footboard. The simple design fits well with a variety of decorating styles, and it looks good stained so that the natural wood shows or painted to match the room.

  1. Cut all the wood to the specifications in the plans.
  2. Construct the headboard and footboard. To give the bed a planked look, place pieces of wood side by side until they reach the desired width and secure them together with a long piece of wood stretched across the plank backs. Join the cut pieces of wood together using screws and wood glue. Attach legs and a top to complete each section.
  3. Construct a frame by placing boards as joists between the side rails of the bed. Use screws and wood glue to hold the pieces of the frame in place. Then, attach the headboard and footboard to the frame.

Ottoman

An ottoman provides a way to prop up your legs and offers additional storage space. Most people can make an upholstered storage ottoman in a few steps.

  1. Construct the ottoman base by joining together planks of wood to form a rectangle. Attach the rectangle frame to a piece of cut plywood and add cleats to the inside to reinforce the frame. Cover the outside of the base with batting and cover the batting with fabric. Staple everything in place.
  2. Cut a piece of plywood to match the dimensions of the base. Cover it in batting and top the batting with fabric stapled to the wood. Attach hinges to the top and base, making sure it closes.
  3. Attach legs to the bottom of the base.

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Last updated on May 17, 2017

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