Spruce up your home with DIY live-edge furniture

Spruce up your home with DIY live-edge furniture

In recent years, live-edge furniture has gained popularity due to a unique look that instantly transforms a room. But it also tends to be a bit pricy, and as DIY projects are also becoming more popular, people are looking for simple ways to make their own unique live-edge furniture.

Additionally, if you look at some pre-finished live-edge furniture examples, you’ll see how expensive it is. At those prices, it makes it a no-brainer to make your own furniture instead!

What is Live-Edge Wood Furniture?

Live-edge wood furniture gets its name from the style of wood that is used to make the product. This wood is “fresh” from the tree and at least one edge of the furniture is left in its natural form — typically still with the bark on it. Hence the term “live-edge,” that edge is still more or less alive just like it would be in the wild.

What You’ll Need to Make Your Own Live-Edge Furniture

Before you can spruce up your home with your very own live-edge furniture, you’ll need to pick up a few tools. 

Live-Edge Wood

Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Plank with Bark, $10.64

Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Plank Small with Bark for Woodburning, Home Décor, and Rustic Weddings

Walnut Hollow



Your options are nearly endless when it comes to the actual live-edge wood that you can choose from. Decide on which type of wood you want and if you want a pre-cut piece (like this 11-inch piece of walnut) or a longer plank that you can cut down. The type of wood you choose makes all the difference in the final appearance of your furniture.

Legs or Stands

Genius Iron 28” Hairpin Legs with Industrial Heavy Duty Steel — Set of 4, $38.99

Genius Iron 28″ Hairpin Table Legs 1/2” Rods

Genius Iron



You can go with custom, straight, x-bracing, or any other leg style of your choice. But the most popular choice in recent years has been hairpin legs

Drill and Bits

Black+Decker 20V Max Cordless Drill with 30-Piece Accessories, $53.86

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Cordless Drill / Driver with 30-Piece Accessories (LD120VA)




You’ll need to make sure you have a drill before you start trying to assemble your DIY furniture. Consider this affordable kit from Black+Decker that comes with the drill and all the accessories that you need.

Various Screws

DreamColor 150PCS M6 x 30mm/40mm/50mm/60mm/80mm Screws, $20.99

DreamColor 150PCS M6 x 30mm/40mm/50mm/60mm/80mm




Having a variety of screws will allow you to make sure you have the perfect screw every time, no matter what you’re working on. Use this 150-piece kit so you know you’re covered. 

Wood Stain

Varathane 262029 Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain — Half Pint, $11.90

Varathane 262029 Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain, Half Pint, Kona




The wood stain that you choose will depend on what color and finish you’re looking for. Decide on the perfect shade for whatever furniture you’re making. 

Clear Polyurethane Finish

Minwax 23334444 Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finish, $9.98

Minwax 233334444 Minwaxc Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finishes, 1/2 Pint, Satin




A polyurethane finish will help make your furniture shine and also offer it a layer of protection while making it easier to clean. Consider one of the options from Minwax to make sure you’re covered.

Foam Brushes

Bates Foam Paint Brushes — Assorted Sizes (20 Pcs), $7.99

Bates- Foam Paint Brushes, Assorted Sizes, 20 Pcs

Bates Choice



These little guys are invaluable when making live-edge furniture since they’re what you’ll use to apply the stain and polyurethane. Get a kit of assorted brushes so you have everything you need. 

How to Make Your Own DIY Live-Edge Furniture

Now that you have everything you need, don’t overthink how hard it might sound to make your own live-edge furniture. Here’s everything you need to know about building your own furniture!

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