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DIY Chairs – Bookshelf Chair, Cinder Block Benches, Opulent Faux-Fur Covered Stools, and More!

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Those chairs you have probably seen all over the web sure look amazing. They are comfortable, fun, and very stylish. But when you go to stores, whether online or brick and mortar, the price hits you like a brick.

Yes, they are expensive.

But if you are crafty enough and if you have the right information, you can make them all on your own. It’s not that complicated and it can really bring new light to your home.

So, if you are interested in making some great chairs, here are some ideas and instructions.

How To Repurpose Old Chairs

Parting with old furniture is very hard. While sometimes it may be necessary, most of the time, there are ways to repurpose that furniture and enjoy them some more.

Here are some things you can do:

Create a Bench

If you have several chairs sitting around without a purpose, you can use them to make a bench. A comfortable bench for two can be made from three chairs when you secure them together. You can also send them, stain them and paint them to make your new bench even more fabulous.

And of course, a custom cushion to match the style, as well as some pillows are necessary.

A Storage Box

Jewelry, toys or whatever you need can all fit within one repurposed chair. How? Well, all you need to do is use the legs and the seat of the chair and make a cushion top. This is very simple, done in a couple of days and it’s a great thing to have in your home. You can add as little or as many extra pockets or sections as you want.

Dog Feeders

Chairs would make the perfect feeders for bigger dogs, Just repaint and fix up your old chairs and cut out a section in the size of your bawls. Then add the bowls to the holes and you will get a great place for your dogs to eat from. Plus, it looks really stylish and fabulous.

Hall Equipment

Take your chair apart and then use the upper part by attaching hooks where you can hang keys, leashers, jackets, and so on. Then use the bottom part as a seating area for when you take off or put on your shoes. Of course, you can spruce up your chair and make it extra decorative for the hall.

Coat Rack

Use the back of the chair and add hooks, just like in the previous example. Stain and paint the chair and have fun using your new coat rack.

Bathroom Shelf and Hanger

Use your entire chair for one room project. Cut the seat down and create two shelves. Use the spindles for hanging areas. This would be a good idea for your kid’s room too. Add some hangers for all of the knickknacks, towels and jackets. Remove the legs and hang it on the wall for the perfect style.

Drink Stand

Your old chair could be the perfect party aid if you stain it or paint it and cut out a section in the shape of a drink bucket.

Outdoor Swing

Any old chair with a sturdy seat could be turned into a fabulous swing for you or your children. Attach some ropes and hang it somewhere sturdy and safe.

Picture Frames

Use old chair backs to create great frames that will make your walls even better. This is a little bit more complicated DIY project that will require a bit more work but it will be worth it. You will have beautiful, wooden, vintage frames that will make your home that much more stylish. It’s a great gift too so make sure you practice making these before Christmas.


Just like you made a drink holder or doggie feeder, you can make a birdbath in the same way. All you need to do is cut a hole in the chair and place a slightly deeper tray where birds can enjoy.

DIY Bookshelf Chair

Bookshelf chairs are a dream come true for any book lover. They are cozy, fun, and sometimes incredibly expensive. But they don’t have to be if you make them on your own.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 ¾ Sheets of plywood boards 4 X 8
  • 6 x 8ft of 2X1 inch pine strips
  • 4 X 8ft  of 2 X 2 inch pine
  • 2 boxes of 1 ¼ inch pocket screws
  • 1 bottle of wood glue
  • Miter Saw
  • Drills
  • Jig saw
  • Compressor and nail gun
  • Jig K4 Master System
  • Clamps
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Measuring triangle

Here’s how to make this amazing chair:

  1. Create a base from the sheet of plywood and the sides from the pine
  2. Use the glue to secure it together and pocket screws too
  3. Create support with pine for the first story of plywood and secure it
  4. Add the seating area and glue it down
  5. Add smaller pieces of pine as bookshelf spaces and secure them with glue and screws
  6. Add shelves on all levels for books
  7. Paint it with your favorite color
  8. Add some cushions and books when the chair is done

Cinder Blocks DIY Bench

Cinder blocks are a great material for your DIY projects because they can be reused in many different ways. One of those ways is to make your cinder blocks into a fun outdoor bench.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cinder blocks
  • Garden posts made of wood
  • Facade paint
  • Wood paint
  • Cushions and pillows
  • Cinder block glue
  • Brushes
  • Roller of paint

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Place two blocks next to each other and glue them together. The opening should be faced in the same way.
  2. Place two blocks on top of those blocks in the same way and glue them together too.
  3. Repeat this process again
  4. Separate the two parts you created and place the wooden posts through the holes of the blocks
  5. Glue one block vertically on one side and one on the other side.
  6. Pull your wooden posts through them too.
  7. Paint if you want to and wait for elements to dry
  8. You can then decorate with cushions and pillows as well as with other decorations that you like

DIY Faux Fur Stool

The famous faux fur stool is officially all over the web. It’s soft, it’s fabulous and it adds luxury to any room. However, this stool is also very expensive when you want to purchase it.

And yet, you can make it on your own for a fraction of that cost and enjoy this stool.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Round wood board in the size you like
  • Gold paint – this is optional, but it will look great on the legs
  • Legs for the stool – preferably midcentury
  • Angled leg plates
  • Some faux furry material in the color you like
  • Staple gun and staples

Here are the steps to make this great stool:

  1. Drill attach the angled leg plates to the bottom or the round plate
  2. Spray on color if you want on the legs
  3. Screw the dried legs on the leg plates
  4. Place the furry material under the round plate of your stool and cut around the circle – there should be about 3-4 inches of free material that you will use to attach it to the round plate
  5. You can also fill the space between the furry material and the round plate with cotton or any other soft filling
  6. When you finish that, staple the material to the bottom of the stool at four points between the legs and fold in all excess material, stapling it as well

This is all you need to do – now flip that stool and enjoy!

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