Moving into an apartment I am in need of furniture again. All of the furniture in the tiny house I had was built in and not able to relocate with me. When I think of the environmental impact and the cost of furniture purchases, I cringe. For example, in 2005 an estimated 8.8 million tons of furniture ended up in U.S. landfills and 3 million tons of furniture are discarded each year. Since I am not sure how long I will reside in this apartment before heading off on another adventure, I do not want to participate in these statistics. Now that I know I will not purchase new furnishing for my flat, I am left with a dilemma. How do I come across decent furniture?
After looking at used furniture for sale and calculating the cost and time to reupholster or refinish in addition to purchasing, I am not impressed. One day while cleaning up the land that I lived on I noticed I had quite a bit of unused building materials left over. I had an abundance of 2×6’s, 2×4’s, osb, wood screws, and nails! After measuring out my wood pieces I began to cut and put together my living room furniture. When finished I painted with glossy acrylic paint, let dry, spray painted stencils, let dry, and topped with a few coats of polyurethane for protection. A table and two benches were all I needed to fill this space. All-in-all I only spent $35 on the entire living room furnishings which included the wall art I made! Even if I had to purchase wood to make my furniture I would have come out way cheaper than buying it already made and the quality is unmatched. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time finding good quality furniture made from all wood that isn’t extremely expensive.
The information age that we live in, anyone can search how to make furniture. You do not have to be a master carpenter or have fancy tools to do so. I used a basic, battery powered drill, wood, wood screws, a hand saw, and paint. I took me a whole afternoon to make all three and paint them. It took me about a half hour to find out how to make them by doing an online search. Through articles with pictures and YouTube tutorials I learned how to build my living room furnishings. So, not only did I save myself a significant amount of money but I reduced my carbon footprint, and the impact on the planet.
©2016 Jennifer E Thompson