It's time for the 2013 Furniture Contest! Most people have a good idea of what constitutes a piece of furniture, but just to be clear - any photo, video, or step by step Instructable that features a built item that keeps something off the floor is eligible. A few examples of types of furniture include tables, chairs, stools, benches, shelves, ottomans, couches, beds and shelving units.

But wait - there’s more! Instructables showcasing furnishings are also eligible in this years contest. That means lamps and lighting, throw pillows, plants and planters, wall art and the other physical objects that furnish a home and make up your decor should also be submitted. Don't think it's quite right that a dinosaur couch cushion should go head to head in contest battle with a bent plywood bookshelf? Neither do we and that's why we've included a special Judges’ Prize specifically for furnishings!

Submit your best furniture and furnishings and be eligible to win a Carveright Desktop Woodworking CNC Machine, a Makita Lithium Ion Drill and Driver Kit, a Leatherman Multitool, or Heavy Duty Janome Sewing Machine - all of which will help you keep making awesome things.

Need some inspiration? Check out last year's entries!

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia,  Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, and Denmark. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, March 4, 2013.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

The Furniture Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

10 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive a Carvewright Version C CW005 Woodworking System, a Komelon 4912IM The Professional 12-Foot Inch/Metric Scale Power Tape and an Instructables prize pack.

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive a Makita LCT200W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit, a Komelon 4912IM The Professional 12-Foot Inch/Metric Scale Power Tape and an Instructables prize pack.

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive a Leatherman Wingman Multitool, a Komelon 4912IM The Professional 12-Foot Inch/Metric Scale Power Tape and an Instructables prize pack.

Furnishings Special Judges' Prize (1)

One Furnishings Special Judges’ Prize will receive a Janome HD1000 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine with 14 Built-In Stitches and an Instructables prize pack.
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jan 21, 2013 and Mar 4, 2013 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Furniture Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.