How To Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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DIY mid-century modern furniture seems like a lofty idea, but crafting your own pieces is easier than you think.

DIY mid-century modern furniture seems like a lofty idea, but crafting your own pieces is easier than you think. Remember, this style is known for its simple and timeless design. With basic woodworking skills and a true do-it-yourself spirit, you’ll be able to add mid-century flair to your existing furniture and any new pieces you build.

Here are some of our favorite DIY mid-century modern furniture projects.

Mid-Century Desk (Plans via Remodelaholic)

Building your own mid-century inspired desk can be as easy or hard as you want. Need a desk in a hurry? Just use the single panel plan. But if you want more storage, there’s an option for that as well. The simple shape of this desk combined with the tapered legs gives it the mid-century charm at a fraction of the price.

DIY Mid-Century Modern Desk. Image via Remodelaholic.


Round Mid-Century Side Table (Plans via A Beautiful Mess)

Compared to the DIY desk, this round mid-century side table project ups the ante a little bit. (Those two circular cuts? Definitely follow the ‘measure twice, cut once’ philosophy here!) Again, the simplicity of the cuts of wood and the angled legs brings the mid-century style to this project. We’re loving the stained look, but if you want to add a pop of color to your home, consider a vibrant coat of paint instead.

Get crafty with this DIY mid-century round side table (with storage!). Image via A Beautiful Mess.


Not as advanced? No worries. Here are a couple easy ways to enhance your current furniture with mid-century flair.

Add Legs to Your Furniture

Whether they’re tapered or hairpin-style, adding or replacing furniture legs to your existing pieces is an easy way to cut back on costs. You can find them online at retailers like Amazon or Replacing your current table or chair legs is a breeze. If you’re doing a fresh install, you’ll need to buy special brackets and extra support to make sure the legs can handle the weight.

Consider adding tapered or hairpin legs to sofas, cube storage systems, and bookshelves.

Add hairpin legs to cube storage for a lifted mid-century modern look.

Make a Bench with an Area Rug (Plans via eHow)

A home can never have too many benches. Whether you place them in your entryway, bedroom or living room, benches make extra seating no more than an arm’s length away.

Use an area rug to create a colorful mid-century inspired bench. Image via eHow.


You don’t need much to recreate this look: some particle board, a cushion, hairpin legs and an area rug is pretty much it. With your trusty staple gun in hand, attach the rug to the underside of the board. Attach the legs and have a seat – you deserve it!

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Because mid-century modern décor has been so on-trend the past couple of years, you could end up paying top dollar for new furniture. Whether you build your own or refresh your current pieces with mid-century updates, getting this stylish look in your home is easier than ever.


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