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 read on for our recycled furniture ideas.
One very resourceful way to recycle your old shutters. Simply repurpose them by attaching to a bookcase, and it will create a piece of upcycled furniture that has an antique, rustic feel.
Alternatively, you can add some shelves to a wardrobe and recycle the doors, creating a piece of quick and attractive, vintage-look shelving furniture.
Practically anything, any material or item, can go on to be repurposed in your home – just 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. Recycled wood furniture can transform your home with a touch of antiquated beauty.
Looking for a shelving idea that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Then why not make 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 upcycled wood pallet coffee table certainly offers something a little different to the usual furniture you see in living areas.
Recycled furniture doesn’t get much more practical, or beautiful than this vintage suitcase. Its repurposed role in this home is as a side table – you’ll rarely see this in your friends’ homes!
A bathroom vanity unit and mirror made entirely from repurposed wood – it’s an unusual and cost-effective alternative to standard bathroom cabinets and storage.
How about an entire sofa made from repurposed wood? It definitely has vintage character, although we’d suggest topping up with plenty of cushions to ensure you’re comfortable.
Give your home a shabby-chic feel by recycling 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 an upcycled, unique and innovative bedside 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 now is.
Now this is thinking outside the box. Stack small tables on top of one another to construct your very own bespoke shelving unit.