Then and Now: Repurposed Furniture at its Best

Repurposed furniture is like the world: never what is used to be. What was a bicycle then is a vanity now. What started as a ladder is now a bookshelf.

Before you throw anything out, give it new life as a piece of repurposed furniture. Here you will find remarkable transformations to inspire your repurposing projects.

Repurposed Furniture as Home Accessories

Windows as room dividers

Windows as Room Dividers

Who says windows have to go on an outside wall? They work equally well as room dividers, especially paired with bookshelves.


Repurposed ladder

From Ladder to Bookshelf

Old paint-splattered ladders may not be safe to stand on anymore, but turn them on their sides with the rungs vertical and hang them on the wall for bookshelves with character.


Repurposed chairs

The Art of Repurposed Furniture

Hang folding wooden chairs on the wall and see what happens. You might have a wall hanging, a coat rack, shelves, seats. Like art, it’s a matter of perception.


Repurposed Breadbox

Smaller than a Breadbox

What’s smaller than a breadbox?  A cellular phone. That’s why you can turn an old breadbox into a charging station for four or five small electronic devices.


Repurposed Piano

From Piano to Shelf Unit

Make a grand statement with a dismantled piano purposed as a unique set of shelves. Save the ivories for decoration.


Repurposed Furniture from Unusual Sources

Repurposed car

Cars Repurposed as Beds

Tremendous creative effort goes into the design of cars. Once their operating days are over take advantage of their beautiful lines and solid framework to make unique beds even adults will appreciate.


Repurposed Oak Desk

From Oak Desk to Bathroom Vanity

It’s easy to turn an old oak desk into a bathroom vanity. Just cut a hole for the sink and you have repurposed furniture.


Repurposed bike

Bicycle Built for the Bathroom

Combine a bicycle, a board, and a bathroom sink into a vanity your guests will never forget. The basket holds the guest towels.


Repurposed Suitcase and Tufted Headboard

Tufted Headboard

Inexpensive burlap fabric transforms a plain wooden board into a custom tufted headboard.


Repurposed furniture from pallets

Repurposed Furniture from Pallets

Any toddler would love this rustic and cosy bed made from (free) pallets. Leave the wood natural or paint it the child’s favourite colour.


Repurposed church pew

Church Pew Turned Headboard

Take one church pew and cut away the seat, leaving a foot on each side. Slide in the bed into a headboard with built-in night tables.


Repurposed Suitcase

Suitcase Chair

Old suitcases have stories to tell. Instead of throwing them out, give them new life as chairs with sturdy legs and plush cushions.


Repurposed Grocery Cart

Furniture Repurposed from Grocery Carts

Image metal and plastic grocery carts as high-style repurposed furniture! And in red, no less.


Repurposed Bathtub

From Bathtub to Sofa

The elegance of a vintage claw-foot tub cannot be denied.  You can make a sofa from the tub without losing the fluid lines and magnificent feet.


Repurposed magazines

Coffee Table from Magazines

Instead of recycling your old magazines and newspapers put them to go use.  Just pile them up to whatever height you want and strap them together.


Repurposed telephone booth

From Telephone Booth to Lounger

You’ll have history on your side when you upend a traditional red telephone booth and make a lounger out of it.


DIY Computer Table

DIY Computer Table

It’s a shame to let an old wire spool go to waste. Take advantage of the sturdy wood and natural curves to make a custom computer table.


Repurposed Tyre

From Tyre to Table

You’ll never “tire” of this fanciful coffee table made from an old tractor tyre. Probably want to clean it up first!


Repurposed Furniture for Outdoor Living

Repurposed bench and chairs

Bench Seating

Outdoor seating from a broken bench and broken chairs is the essence of repurposed furniture.


Repurposed chair

Chair Turned Swing

Many a lovely chair has been cast aside with a broken leg. Swings don’t need legs, so just take the rest off, add some rope, and hang it from an old oak tree.


Repurposed belts

Western Webbing

Have you noticed that the webbing on folding lawn chairs wears out long before the metal frame? Instead of buying new plastic webbing, weave western leather belts for a strong seat with lots of character.


There’s no limit to the possibilities of repurposed furniture.  Subscribe to the newsletter for more inspiring ideas about furniture!


Pictures Credits:
Image 1: Houzz
Image 2: Fancy
Image 3: YiCongLu
Image 4: Better Homes & Gardens
Image 5: Home Jelly
Image 6: V8 Hotel
Image 7: Lucid Interior Design – Photo by Geoff Lackner
Image 8: Benjamin Bullins
Image 9: Apartment therapy
Image 10: Lori Danelle
Image 11: Design Sponge
Image 12: See Kate Sew
Image 13: Dornob
Image 14: Apartment therapy
Image 15: NJU Studio
Image 16: Benjamin Shine
Image 17: Tivesy
Image 18: Recyclart
Image 19: Gypsy Barn
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Image 21: Kiki the spunky munky



  1. reclaimed wood furniture -

    Amazing ideas, I was not expecting that they have different purpose to take in and how amazingly they are re-purpose.

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