4 DIY Home Projects to Make Using 2x4s

Spice up your space by building your own decor and furnishings using only 2x4s.

Accomplishment is measured in a thousand different ways, but there is something instinctively satisfying about finishing a project you made with your own two hands. When it comes to home decor projects, it may seem intimidating at first, but there are plenty of fun and easy projects to do, using a very affordable and versatile material you can find at just about any home improvement store: 2x4s. Channel your inner woodworker and check out these awesome DIY projects you can make by just using 2x4s.

Wine Rack

ESTATENVY spoke with Landon Tutt, an experienced owner, broker and investor of Inland State Realty, about his favorite projects with 2x4s and he told us about making a wine rack using 2x4s and pieces of wood in other sizes.


“With 2x4s and 1”x6” 8” or 10” you can create infinite pieces of furniture or art for your home,” Tutt said. Plus, a wine rack is a piece that combines form with function to make a useful piece that is pleasing to the eye.

Decorative Shelves

The benefits of using 2x4s in decor projects is that you can stain them to match any color scheme, they add a rustic charm and they can be used as a storage space. Tutt has created multiple decorative elements to use as shelves in homes he has remodeled and in his own and noted that shelves are a great starter project for those looking to start small, as long as the right tools are used.

“For working on DIY projects I recommend having the proper tools,” said Tutt. “You can get by with hand tools, but having a miter saw, table saw, finish nail gun, electric sander and a speed square you will not only save time but the end product will be that much better.”

A Basic Chair

Once you’ve mastered shelves, it’s time to take your DIY projects to the next level by trying to make a basic chair. The nice part about building outdoor furniture with wood is that it won't need much other than sanding because it will be able to withstand the elements. It also gives you a chance to be creative with the shape, size and color.

“As anyone will tell you, preparation is key, so measure twice and cut once. Working with a softer wood such as pine is forgiving and great for the DIYer,” said Tutt. “Don’t be afraid to lather your pieces in wood glue. As it dries you will be amazed at its strength.”

Dining Room Table

After conquering the chair, you’re now an experienced DIYer and you feel like you could make almost anything with some 2x4s. If that's the case, making a dining room table could be the next project for you. Keep in mind, it requires attention to detail, sanding, staining, painting, gluing and lots of patience!

With any DIY project, it’s important to do your research, ask for advice from experts and plan ahead. No one becomes an expert overnight and practice is key. Start small to get comfortable and work your way up!