Recycling, repurposing, reclaiming, even upcycling. These terms are everywhere and, while they each have their own specific meaning, they ultimately come down to the same thing – the reusing of materials, furniture, or other items to create something new. If you’re trying to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly life, then reclaimed, repurposed and recycled furniture is a great way to start.
A resourceful way to repurpose old shutters. Simply attach to a bookcase, and the result is a lovely rustic-style wardrobe.
Alternatively, add some shelves to a wardrobe and remove the doors for some quick and attractive shelving.
Practically anything, any material or item, can go on to serve another purpose in the home – much like this coffee table made simply from a few oak beams.
Believe it or not, this gorgeous garden bench started life as a bed. Before throwing out an old piece of furniture, ask yourself if something new and wonderful could be made from it.
Looking for a shelving idea that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Then why not make some shelves from an old ladder you have lying around?
With a bit of imagination, wooden pallets can be used to create all kinds of furniture, both inside and outside your home.
Case in point – this wood pallet coffee table certainly offers something a little different to the usual furniture you see in living areas.
Repurposing doesn’t get much cleverer than this vintage suitcase, ingeniously given a new role in the home as a side table.
A bathroom vanity unit and mirror made entirely from reclaimed wood – it’s an unusual and cost-effective alternative to standard bathroom cabinets and storage.
How about an entire sofa made from reclaimed wood? Nice idea, although it could use some cushions for the sake of comfort.
Give your home a shabby-chic feel by turning that old door you planned to throw in the skip into a quirky shelving unit instead.
Take a slab of wood, varnish it, hang it from the ceiling, and hey presto, you have a unique and innovative side table solution.
This example shows just how simple, and effective, recycled furniture can be. It would have taken very little effort to turn this shutter into the charming bench that it is.
Now this is thinking outside the box. Stack small tables on top of one another to construct your very own bespoke shelving unit.