ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (WiredPRNews.com) Ana White, homemaker and one of the custom furniture builders in Alaska, wants to let people in on a secret: hand making custom furniture easily saves an average of 70 percent off retail prices, more if using reclaimed wood.
“Buying home goods can quickly eat up a budget when furnishing or renovating a home,” she says. “Making furniture yourself is much less expensive and anyone can do it because there are thousands of easy furniture plans out there.”
White built a farmhouse table from reclaimed wood, spending just $10 for hardware: cheap furniture that looked anything but discounted. At a major furniture retailer, a reclaimed wood table in the same style made with the same species of wood would retail for $3,000.
The reason for the price discrepancy is that when building furniture, the costs are in materials alone. Furniture from a big chain store has been marked up over and over again to help pay for marketing, advertising, catalogs, shipping, retail stores and other business expenses. The percentage of the retail price of furniture that is actual raw materials is very low.
“Building your own furniture is the ultimate way to save money on home goods, but it’s more than just that,” White says, who provides step-by-step free furniture plans on her website.
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With DIY wood furniture projects, the builder can customize the details to fit their needs and design style – from paint color and size specifications to the type and quality of materials. She says if they place a high priority on green or formaldehyde free furniture, building it definitely gives them more options in a much more affordable price range.
“Doing it yourself gives this sense of gratification, knowing you accomplished the challenge of building a functional, beautiful, inexpensive piece,” White says, who saved $400,000 by building her own home with her husband.
She knows not everyone has the means, ability or time to make furniture, but recommends that moms or dads at home give wood working a try. They can improve their home on a limited budget, do something healthy and break a sweat.
“Quit thinking about whether or not you can pull off that DIY outdoor furniture project and start doing it,” White says.
For more information about Ana White and her free furniture plans, visit ana-white.com. Call John Tomko at (310) 481-9800 for professional or advertising inquiries.
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