DIY Kids Furniture

Having furniture that’s just the right size helps make kids feel special. Sturdy children’s furniture can be resold or regifted to relatives when the kids are grown. Here are some tips on how to make furniture for kids from Minnesota NBC affiliate KARE 11.

Use Bright Colors and Quotes

Children tend to like bright colors on their things.


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Be sure the paint used is labeled non-toxic. Place aspirational quotes on furniture like chairs, cribs, or mirror frames to give the piece a more distinctive flavor.

Start Small

Beginners should start with making furniture for the child’s toys in order to get practice with the basics of woodworking before embarking on more ambitious projects. Make little chairs, cribs or trains for toys. Always make sure the edges are sanded smoothly so kids do not get hurt by splinters.

Follow the Directions

It’s best for beginners to use instruction books or how-to guides for specific projects in order to save time, money, and frustration. Check out the local library to find books for free. Some online e-book services have a large collection of free e-books. Also, check out the Goodreads website for reader reviews on books on every topic under the sun, including how to make kids’ furniture.

Tool Rental

Many DIY instruction books for children’s furniture will list out the tools you need to do the project. If a tool isn’t handy, don’t despair. Many chain hardware stores offer tool rentals.