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20 DIY Leather Furniture Projects

Looking to add a little luxurious leather to your home decor, but don't want to spend a fortune? These DIY leather project ideas are just what you need!

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Leather makes any home look high end, but leather furniture costs a fortune! Unless you make it yourself, of course. I've created small DIY leather projects, like this arrow wall decor, as well as larger furniture pieces like our leather upholstered headboard, for a fraction of the price at the store. Both of these projects came from the same hide, making it even more cost effective!

I've searched all over the internet for the best leather projects, from simple ottomans and cushions to more complex chairs and even a couch! You're sure to be inspired by something in this list.

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Where to Buy Leather and Faux Leather

Leather and faux leather comes in hundreds of colors and textures. You can go for the natural look or go wild with metallics and bright colors!

My go-to spot for real leather hides is Leather Hide Store, because I'm super picky about getting exactly the color and size I want. They'll send samples of any color you're interested in, so you can find the perfect match. They also photograph each hide individually, so you can pick the right size and shape for your project.

You can also find upholstery leather on Amazon! I don't know why this surprised me, since they have everything under the sun. 🙂 There's everything from huge hides to small scrap grab bags. I'm seriously drooling over that metallic blue one below!

Not a fan of real leather? Any of these projects can be made with faux leather instead! No more of that sticky pleather stuff either. Technology today has created faux leather that's just as luxurious as the real thing! Plus, since it's on a roll instead of an irregularly shaped hide, you can get more pieces out of a single yard. You can find a great selection of faux leather on Amazon and

Now that you know where to find it, let's make something with it!

20 DIY Leather Furniture Projects

DIY Leather Ottomans

Ottomans are versatile furniture pieces that are so much fun to make over! They can switch from footstools to coffee tables to end tables easily, and leather is durable enough to take plenty of abuse. Here are a few of my favorite DIY leather ottoman projects, including one of my own!

DIY Leather Chairs

What could be more luxurious than reclining in a leather chair? These DIY leather chair ideas will give you the fancy furniture you want without the budget breaking price tag!

DIY Leather Benches

Put your furniture to work with one of these DIY leather benches. They're so handy next to the front door or in a mudroom, and easy to clean too. I plan to make one for our house soon!

Other Leather Project Ideas

Add a touch of leather with drawer pulls, or a whole lot with an upholstered headboard! I know I'll be scouring the thrift shops for old suitcase racks after seeing a few of these projects.


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Wednesday 21st of March 2018

So many great ideas! I love the leather drawer pulls. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty


Monday 26th of February 2018

Such a great round-up! Thanks again for including my cushion.

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