If you had woodworking classes when you were a student, then building an entire piece of furniture from scratch, would have been an easy task for you.
Basic furniture building skills like taking precise measurements, working with saws and levelers, nailing boards, fixing laminates, etc. are a must-know, and it is a great help, if you know how to do some decorative work on your own.
Having said that, if you are designing utilitarian furniture for your home, then you need only some basic skills. You can learn how to make furniture, by honing your basic carpentry skills.
Joining such classes could be a good start to making your own handmade furniture. Here you can learn how to build furniture, like stools, coffee-tables, center tables, cabinets, etc. Cabinetry is an entirely different art of its own, so you might get special tips on how to make cabinets.
One advantage of learning how to build custom furniture with plastic is that there is no hammering and nailing involved. Most plastic attachments are done by gluing pieces to one another. So, it is very safe for beginners. Wrought iron furniture is also much in demand, but this furniture cannot be made at home as it requires immense metal molding.
Building Custom Furniture
This is where perspective comes into the picture, because you will have to take some detailed and careful measurements, where each centimeter is important. It is not a bad idea at all if you spend a whole day in just preparing a sketch and measuring for the piece of furniture you are going to build.
Get all the boards, laminates, adhesives and other accessories like hinges, nuts and bolts, fasteners, knobs, etc. With the skills you know, get down to work. If you stick to the sketch you have made and make precision an important part of your work, you will get a good frame. You can always decorate your work later on.
Now, you can lay out these units and play around with them. You can arrange the components in a hundred different ways and build the wardrobe that best suits your tastes and requirements.
Building modular furniture is a very easy, and it even helps in getting the creative satisfaction of having built your furniture on your own.
As you can see, you too can make customized furniture on your own. However, it is also true that, making furniture at home is not every person's cup of tea.