How to Make Industrial Style Furniture You’ll Love

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Industrial Decor is one of a few interior design styles that’s trending at the moment. With industrial decor, you are looking at factory-inspired pieces, so you’ll be thinking exposed brick, air ducts, and pipes. Check out my earlier post about this concept and some general tips to get started.

I love the look of industrial style decor, but I often find ready-made products to be quite pricey. This week, I am going to show you seven relatively easy furniture projects that you can make yourself. All of these projects are reasonably beginner-friendly and you can generally finish a piece in the space of one afternoon.

Industrial style furniture can be quite pricey, but with a little knowledge, you can DIY your own options!
Large industrial style furniture can be quite pricey, but with a little know-how, you can DIY your own options!

With all of these projects, I recommend drawing yourself a sketch of what you want as it will help you visualize your look! You’ll find this useful for the projects that involve piping as it’ll help you figure out what connectors you’ll need to get the look you want.

So are we ready to look at some DIY industrial style furniture? Let’s get started!

Pipe & Wood Bar Cart

I love this gorgeous design from Life Designed! One of the key elements of Industrial decor that I love is the pipe and wood look. A bar cart is a highly versatile piece of furniture as well, so I wanted to include this. 

This cart is made with galvanized steel pipes and some lovely stained wood shelves. If you can’t find the black piping, you can spray paint the steel to get the desired effect.

If drinking isn’t your thing, this cart can just be an extra counter surface for you! Or you can store your tea and coffee on it!

Factory Cart Style Coffee Table

This fantastic design from Hometalk is seriously cool. The work is a bit more advanced, but if you’re comfortable with metalworking or know someone who is, this coffee table can be yours!

I love the look of this table, and I think if I were to do something similar in my home, I would make it the focal point of the room by pairing it with simpler pieces of furniture as it’s quite a hefty piece on its own.

Coffee tables with a wood and metal look like this one are right in the industrial decor style!
Coffee tables like this one are quite similar to most coffee tables you’ll find in the industrial style – wood and metal!

Spool Bookcase/Table

If the factory style coffee table is just a little too advanced or too “factory” for your liking, perhaps this spool coffee table design from Thistlewood Farms is more up your alley. I love the natural look of this bookcase, and the top can form a beautiful table surface for you as well for a multi-purpose piece in your room.

If I were in the market for a new bookcase, I might take a further step and paint the steel bars or stain the wood a bit darker, but otherwise, I love this idea!

Industrial Storage Cubbies

If you’re looking for a seriously sweet storage option, I love this storage cubby design from Pneumatic Addict. You don’t necessarily have to build the frame from scratch, though if you follow the link, Elisha provides some helpful tips there.

If you have an existing storage cube frame that works, you can build the drawers based upon the dimensions of the drawer “holes.” I would look for cube storage pieces at your favorite home store. You may need to invest in a coat of paint or two to get a more “industrial” look, depending on what you’re able to find as well.

Copper Pipe Pot Rack

This super industrial look is easy to pull off, provided that you take the time to map out how each piece connects to the other and how it will mount onto your wall. You can check out the full scoop at This Old House, and if you’re willing to invest a bit of time and energy, you can have a beautiful pot rack in your home in about one afternoon.

There is nothing more “industrial” than pipes, and if you aren’t a fan of the copper color, you can pick a different color for your pipes or even spray paint them (Just pick a spray paint that is specifically for metal).

An exposed ceiling like this one is exactly what industrial style is all about!
An “exposed” ceiling is a prefect homage to industrial style!

Spool Clock

Industrial spools are versatile because I have another cool project involving one. You can often find these for free at your local hardware store as they have them to store cables they sell. You may need to wait until they have one that’s almost empty. Also, you may want to try a commercial electrician if there’s one near you.

Find the full details of this gorgeous clock from Maison de Pax. I love many of her fresh design ideas, so be sure to check her other projects out too. Ultimately you are taking the top of a spool and attaching some clock working to it and then mounting it onto your wall. It’s seriously cool, though!

Mason Jar Storage

If you require a super cool storage wall unit, I love this beautiful design from Skinny Meg, using just a wooden pallet piece from Ikea, some mason jars, and some hardware.

Painting it a rich brown also adds a gorgeous touch to this and it’s a great way to get all your makeup brushes and other beauty implements off the countertop!

Final Thoughts

Creating your very own industrial style furniture does not have to be an arduous task, and in the space of an afternoon, you can have one of these super cool pieces sitting in your house! The best part about these projects is you may even be able to source free materials (check out your local hardware store or sometimes you can get lucky on your local sell and swap page). What’s your favorite project? Even if I didn’t share it, I’d love to hear from you, drop me a comment down below, or follow me on Pinterest or another social media platform!

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Next week I’m going to share with you a jewelry making tutorial, we’ll make some cool dangly earrings together. Until then, stay crafty my friends!

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