Buying outdoor furniture is well and good, but building your own can be more satisfying. Being able to use the patio furniture you created is more than just cutting back on costs. It also reinforces your belief in yourself, making for a very nice ego boost!
Of course, it takes preparation, especially if you’re just a beginner. Besides the obvious requirements like tools and wood, here are other things you need to consider before you begin building things:
1. 1. Time–Building things require a lot of time. You need to be able to reserve enough time in making just one piece of furniture. This doesn’t take just one weekend, as you’ll be gathering materials, taking down measurements and actually hammering things together. Accounting for human error is also part of it, especially if this is your maiden project.
2. Space – Working in the outdoors, while exposed to the elements, doesn’t just make work physically taxing. It can also literally ruin your project. You’ll be using wood for the most part, and it is vulnerable to a lot of water.
Make sure you have enough space to store your tools and materials, organizing them in a way that‘s easy to find. You need to keep good visibility in your workspace to avoid any mistake, which could lead to injuries.
3. 3. Design – Just like buying furniture, you also have to consider how you want your patio to look. Because you’re “doing it yourself,” you probably won’t be coming up with any intricate designs. But just knowing what your furniture will look like as an end product means you already know what materials to use and what tools you’ll need to assemble them.
You also need to know your limits skill-wise, so keep it simple. Such designs are usually pleasing to the eyes anyway.
4. 4. Material – There are different kinds of wood as there are different kinds of nails.
Knowing what kind of wood to use for benches and tables will decide how comfortable and how long those kinds of furniture will last. Slats of wood are better for seating furniture, while plywood is better for tabletops.
Using galvanized nails and screws also adds to durability,since they don’t rust or corrode as easily as your ordinary nail and screw.
Starting out as a DIY patio furniture builder can be a very exciting experience. But diving right into it without proper preparation can lead to a lot of frustration and possible injury. It’s also a good tip to get some help from someone who’s already had experience building their own patio furniture. With a little practice and supervision, you’ll be well on your way to outfitting your entire patio with your creations.
Vincent Sevillais a Marketing Consultant for Open Brook. An Excellent source of information and reviews about Outdoor and Pation Furniture