DIY-minded folks, take note. The following websites are chock full of free plans to build tables, storage, beds — you name it. They'll give you the precise information and guidance you need to create furniture that's exactly what you want, for a lot less than what you'll find in stores. Bookmark these and return to them again and again as resources.
Ana White is a doyenne of DIY, and her furniture projects come with plans that are detailed and do-able. Above, an open storage cabinet for a house entryway.
Recession Design: This group created a handful of beautiful and interesting projects in 2009 and 2010, which you can download as PDFs. The plans are in Italian, and have graphic instructions, but might not be for a DIY rookie. Above, a modern wooden trellis for gardening.
Design Confidential combines know-how with style and posts well-designed furniture projects that are reminiscent of pieces you’d actually see in stores. The Builder’s Showcase features reader-submitted projects using their plans. Above, the West Elm inspired Dumont buffet.
Woodworkers Workshop aggregates free project plans from around the web and are organized by category. Their lists are extensive and vary by style. Above, an outdoor bar table or plant stand.
Makezine is geared towards a younger crowd and delves into projects that go beyond furniture — namely 3D printing and CNC routing. Above a finished sliding wooden door, made from recycled pallets.
Like Makezine, the projects on Instructables are varied, and sometimes a little kooky, but furniture basics do pop up, like this elevated bed made from three sheets of plywood. Many are reader submissions.
How to Specialist describes itself as a team of builders who are passionate about home construction and improvement. The plans are well diagrammed, but there are no images of the completed projects. Above, one of many platform bed plans available.
Are there any other websites you'd like to add to this list?
(Image credits: Ana White; Recession Design; Design Confidential; Woodworkers' Workshop; Makezine; Instructables; How To Specialist)