When it comes to making design changes in your home, you don't want to spend more money than you need to – especially on the accent pieces. The cost of details add up fast if you aren't being mindful of the price tag. However, affordable furniture and home decor is out there – if you know where to look. We've rounded up 100 of our favorite affordable furniture and home decor items, each coming in under $100 each. Continue Reading
At $4.99 US, IKEA’s Marius stool must be one of the least expensive pieces of furniture that the retailer sells. With that in mind check out this project that elevates the lowly stool to new heights, thanks to a chunk of tree stump. The tutorial couldn’t be easier. Take the Marius apart and reassemble/attach the legs to the chunk of stump. Okay, it’s a little more involved than that, but I’ll let Burkatron explain that. Continue Reading
Have you seen the mini stepstools that you can buy at the store? No offense, but they’re not that glamorous. Even the ones from IKEA are a bit cheap-looking. This simple DIY stool is small enough to tuck away, but lovely enough to keep out all the time!
And it makes a perfect little potty-training accessory! Check out the full tutorial over on Kimber Brown!
DIY Mini Stool by Kimber Brown
If you’re thinking “Hey, that kinda looks like one of those IKEA stools!”, you would be correct. It’s the ubiquitous Frosta Stool, one of the most hackable of IKEA products, but this playful felt cushion takes it up a notch–or ten, really, because it’s that awesome!
Hetty from the blog Light Blue Grey recently created this custom Frosta Stool for a friend. After painting the stool, she cut three layers of wool felt to-size, leaving decorative circles in the middle. Continue Reading
I’ve never crocheted before in my life, but after seeing this charming stool I’ve got a serious desire to learn how!
Kristin from Sweden shared this stool makeover on IKEA Hackers, but I’m wondering what else you could spruce up with a little crochet action… Any ideas?
While you’re thinking about what else you could cover in yarn, let’s see what we’ll need to create this whimsical stool.
Kristin explains she first crocheted long tubes to cover the stool legs and then created the freeform birds. Continue Reading
Spool tables have been catching my eye lately. Because most are multi-functional–they can be used as stools too–they’re great additions to smaller spaces. The first spool table I was introduced to was probably the same one you were: the Eames Walnut Stool by Herman Miller. The 13″ round, 16″ high beauty is a cool $829 bucks. Expensive, yes, but this one also functions as a work of art. (Available at Room & Board.)
One huge trend as of late has been nature-inspired furniture and decor, especially log stools and side tables: they’re Scandinavian, rustic, and modern all at once, which may explain some of the allure. I’ve seen them all over the Internet and from just about every online retailer. The problem is, most of these bad boys cost a ridiculously pretty penny and I’m willing to bet you could DIY them for a whole lot less.
Most of these log stools and tables are plain stumps, sanded down and gussied up (like this one from West Elm that goes to the tune of $200 – one of the cheaper variations out there). Continue Reading
Karim Rashid, the mind behind Method packaging, has teamed up with XO to give us a new furniture grouping that looks very much like their names imply. Bite Me and Baby Bite have roots for legs. The Baby Bite’s shape enables you to fit it into another, like puzzle pieces, turning them into stools or side tables. They might not appeal to your tastes, but can’t you just picture them in a doctor’s waiting room that specializes in pediatric dentistry? Continue Reading
It should come as no suprise that this blogger loves to design ottomans. Shapes, designs, colors, legs, frames, etc., they can really snazz up a room. Every room needs a splash of upholstered art, and ottomans can do that on so many levels. You’ve got fabric, pattern, color, texture, leg shape, stain or paint and the basic ottoman design. That’s a clean homerun in the design department.
This is one of my favorite designs, the legs are a little too heavy, but the dressmaker details in the green silk shantung upholstery are wunderbar! Continue Reading