BEFORE you jump into a 'Do It Yourself' furniture project, make sure you have enough time and the right materials. Also understand that you might need plenty of patience. Things don't always go according to plan, so there might be hidden costs involved. It might be a good idea to start small if you are a beginner. Construct simple, uncomplicated pieces if you are unsure of your skills. If you like a challenge, here are some pros and cons to help you decide on a DIY project.
■ DIY projects often give you a chance to design your own furniture or other home decor items. It is a great way to develop creativity.
■ You get to choose colors, materials and sizes, giving you a greater sense of control
■ You get a sense of satisfaction from making something yourself.
■ DIY projects also give you the chance to recycle or upcycle products to create something of your own. It is one way to use up material that may go to waste otherwise. You can also get very interesting results and create truly one of a kind objects this way.
■ Simply painting or refinishing old furniture can give it a new look and a new lease on life
■ It can be easy to underestimate the complexity of a project and to fail to understand the skills required to finish it. The project can end up looking less than satisfactory, to put it kindly. It can also end up being unsafe to use. For instance, building a bunk bed or a loft bed.
■ There is always the chance of failure, arising from ignoring the complexity mentioned above, and wastage of money, materials, and time. But there is always the chance that you might learn something new.
■ Failure can take many forms. The most common one is unfinished DIY projects due to lack of time, expertise, or access to the right materials.
■ You can injure yourself seriously by ignoring safety concerns. Work conditions have to be safe.
■ If you don't take all the expenses into account, your DIY project can end up costing much more than you had planned to spend.