Very Versatile: 5 Double-Duty Furniture DIY Projects

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Looking to make a furniture project that will give you the most bang for your buck and the biggest return on your investment of time and energy? These five furniture projects are great for folks who have small spaces and not a lot of room to house bulky DIY projects, but also for folks who don't know how long they'll be in their current home. These are the sort of furniture pieces that serve more than one purpose — so they'll work in this home and in the next.

Pictured above: This DIY Industrial Record Cabinet found on A Beautiful Mess is a handy little piece of furniture. A small open-shelf cabinet on wheels, it could house your record player if you have one, but could also be for books, extra blankets, toys — anything that might fit. Rolling, it can be moved from room to room as need be. And petite and low enough that it could be used as a small side table. It could even double as extra seating.

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This minimal wall-mounted shelf was featured on Design*Sponge and is the perfect solution for any number of storage and desk needs in a small space. Some renters might not be able to drill into their walls (though this doesn't actually seem that wall-destructive), but we like how you could use this as a desk, as a display shelf, as a landing strip in an entryway, as a stand-up desk or thin eating bar in a kitchen and more.

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A simple side table DIY, like this one spotted (again) on Design*Sponge, is a great DIY project to invest time in, because it's incredibly versatile. Use it as a side table in a living room, build a few to cluster as coffee tables, use it as a nightstand. And because its top material is paint-able, you'll be able to change the look as your tastes change from home to home.

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This DIY desk spotted on For Me, For You makes for a great and versatile project to take on because it's so simple. Functionally, use it as a desk, craft table, dining table or more, but know that it'll also work with plenty of styles of decor, too. A simple wooden top means you can change the finish as many times as you want, and because hairpin legs are available in plenty of sizes, you could always purchase new ones at different sizes if you needed to adjust the height to transform it into say, a coffee table.

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This desk DIY spotted on Manhattan Nest will require you start with some sort of storage piece, but we think it's worth mentioning in this list of versatile and double-duty DIYs because it'd be a great way to convert a small dresser into a desk if you have a space where you need both storage and a space to work at.

What are the DIY furniture pieces that you've built that you've used for years and in lots of different homes? Share your ideas for versatile and double-duty DIY furniture projects to inspire others!

(Image credits: A Beautiful Mess; Design*Sponge; Design*Sponge; For Me, For You; Manhattan Nest )