Cabin Furniture Ideas

22 March 2011 In The Cottage

Good cottage furniture is durable, stylish and easy to clean. Whether you are planning to buy everything new or simply wish to upgrade the existing cabin furniture, we have a few budget-friendly suggestions.

New Furniture Ideas for the Cottage and Cabin

If you have decided to splurge a bit and want to add some new furniture to the cabin or cottage, here are a few ideas that won’t break the bank.

Saddle Seat Stool
The advantage of a stool is that it provides a new look but doesn’t take up a lot of space. If the kitchen is large enough it can be a nice addition as a spot for guests to sit and chat when you are getting a meal ready.

A futon is a practical and comfortable piece of furniture for the cabin. When you need an extra bed because someone brought an unexpected guest, the futon solves the problem.

Adirondack Chair and Log Cabin Lounge Chair
These cottage classics come in many styles. Whether for the deck or dock, they are more than just required cottage items, they are also practical, durable, and won’t blow over every time there is a gust of wind.

Rocking Chair and Porch Swing
Every cabin should have a rocking chair. It is the best way to relax and read a good book or sit and watch the cottage wildlife.

Outdoor Chairs and Bistro Table
A set of outdoor chairs and an all-weather table are great on the cottage deck, dock or in the gazebo.

Deck and Dock Storage Box
Consider adding a storage box on the deck or dock. A comfortable and stylish bench can also serve as valuable storage space which is always in short supply at the lake.

A few well placed planters can really spruce up the look of the cabin. Use plants that require a minimum amount of care so they can be left alone for extended periods of time.

Made By You

If you have the tools, skills and patience, making your own cottage furniture can be both rewarding and budget friendly.  Good projects to begin with are lawn benches, picnic tables, and adirondack chairs.

Be Practical

It is easy to make bad furniture decisions when it comes to the cottage. Don’t allow nostalgia for an old piece of furniture at the house to get in the way of good logic. 

If you are upgrading your furniture in the city consider donating the old chair, sofa, or table to charity instead of automatically dragging it all the way out to the cottage. If the item has been in the family for generations and is really important, then by all means, take it to the lake. If not, it is best that you and the old sofa part ways. Your back will definitely thank you for it.

Evaluate The Furniture Inventory
At the end of each cottage season, take a hard look at all the indoor and outdoor furniture that is clogging up the cottage, gazebo, and storage shed. Anything that didn’t get used in the last two years should go. Unused furniture takes up valuable space and provides year round lodging for mice and spiders.

Old Cottage Furniture

Quality indoor and outdoor cottage furniture that gets a lot of use doesn’t have to be replaced when the cottage gets a new look. If the current furniture is in good condition, it may just need a bit of work, which is generally much cheaper than replacing it.

Slip Cover
Slip-cover your existing furniture. It is an inexpensive way to give a fresh look to the old couch. The structure of the cottage furniture is often fine, so this is a cost effective way to essentially get new furniture without the expense and headache of buying something new.

A new coat of paint may be just the thing to match an old wooden chair with the new curtains. Be sure to take your time and sand down the chair properly before applying the new paint. Pick a comfortable day in the fall when the bugs are gone and the temperature is agreeable.

Re-upholstering can give new life to your favourite cottage reading chair. It takes a bit of effort to get the chair to the shop and quality work isn’t cheap, but it is well worth the cost for a piece of furniture that you refuse to part with.

You may want to give it a go by yourself, but before embarking on any ambitious DIY refinishing project, be realistic about the time and energy it will take to do it right.

Need more cabin and cottage furniture ideas?
Go to the Cabin and Cottage Decorating page.