How to Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern Furniture

How to Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Modern Furniture | Diary of a DIYer

DIY mid-century modern furniture seems like a lofty idea, but in reality, making your own can be easier than you think. Remember, this style is known for its simple and timeless design – so nothing horribly difficult as long as you have some basic woodworking skills and a true do-it-yourself spirit.   

Since mid-century modern décor is so on-trend, you could be paying top dollar for new pieces – sofas, coffee tables, chairs, you name it. Don’t rush out to buy a whole room’s worth of new furniture quite yet – it’s not always worth the cost.

If you want to try your hand at making your own DIY mid-century modern furniture, there are two ways to go about it: building it yourself or simply adding on to what you already have.

Already into woodworking? Build your own furniture!

If you’re up for the task, try building your own DIY mid-century modern furniture.

Mid-Century Desk

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 and angled legs gives it the mid-century charm at a fraction of the price you’d pay at a furniture store.

Round Mid-Century Side Table

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. And instead of staining, I can totally see this being painted to add a pop of color to your room.

I love the storage in this side table too. It’s perfect for keeping everyday items at an arm’s length but still out of sight.

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

You can add legs to:

  • Sofas
  • Cube storage systems (IKEA’s Kallax collection is my favorite)
  • Bookshelves

If you’re replacing legs, you can typically just screw the new ones in. 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.

Make a Bench with an Area Rug

I’m a firm believer that a home can never have too many benches. You can place them in your entryway, bedroom or living room and pull them out whenever you need extra seating.

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! Get the in-depth instructions here.

And there you have it! Are you convinced that making your own DIY mid-century modern furniture doesn’t have to be hard? I know it’s easier said than done, but if you want to get this style on the cheap, think about DIYing a few projects here and here.

What do you think about the mid-century inspired look? I personally love it, but I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

And don’t forget to follow my Mid-Century Modern Style board on Pinterest for even more inspiration!

Header photo courtesy of Madison Modern Home.