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Recycled Wine Barrel Furniture

Updated on July 24, 2017

Recycled Wine Barrel Furniture: Reclaimed Oak Wine Barrels Get a Second Life

Some people drink a lot of wine, some people collect furniture.

Other people have managed to perfectly merge these two passions in a clever way.

Recycled wine barrel furniture is an eco-friendly and attractive way to make use of all those used oak wine barrels left behind by the thousands of wineries worldwide. These pieces are simple, sturdy, attractive and real attention grabbers, so they're a worthwhile project to get behind.

This article is all about the recycled wine barrel furniture creations out there. We will showcase a few examples of well done used wine barrel furniture, and talk about what it takes to find, buy and transform these things into useful elements in your home. We'll also mention a few of the potential drawbacks.

Let's begin!

Why Wine Barrels? Used Wine Barrel Furniture

There are a few great reasons why you might want to choose to build furniture out of recycled wine barrels instead of out of other, newer materials. First, there is the cool factor that can't be denied. Wine culture is huge, and most people, if not obsessed, have at least a passing appreciation for the sophistication and elegance of a fine wine. Recycled wine barrel furniture will serve as a reminder of that culture, boosting your cool points in a major way.

Secondly, it's a darned practical thing to do! Wine barrels are typically made of oak, a strong and expensive wood in its own right. Rather that toss them, it makes sense to make a second use of them, especially since structurally speaking there's usually nothing wrong with them even after the wine has aged.

Third, the shape and materials of used wine barrels makes them ideal for cool, unique and even eccentric projects for your home. There is almost no end to the cool uses for these items. From the kitchen to the cellar to the garden, from storage to showroom, these things have a plethora of uses. (Note the extremely cool used wine barrel bathroom sink concept above)

Take Advantage: Used Wine Barrel Furniture

There are a number of things you can take advantage with when crafting your used wine barrel furniture creation. First, note the shape of the barrels. The curvature of the wooden slats in there should inspire a few different furniture concepts: chair legs pops to mind. You can cut the things in halves or quarters and use them as storage units or garden planters. You can even keep them whole, opting for use as a side table.

Next, you should be aware of the potential of used wine barrel furniture as modular, component pieces. The barrels can be stripped apart, and the pieces used in other projects. The metal banding and the wooden planks could be used in any sort of upcycling project you come up with. The wood has that nice rustic charm to it, so be creative.

Think outside the box and try to imagine a use for the used wine barrels or a section of the barrels. The more outrageous the usage, the more it will make a positive impression, believe me.

Potential Downsides / Issues: Used Wine Barrel Furniture

You might have a few difficulties, so I had better mention the possible complications involved in creating used wine barrel furniture. First, while the barrels have that cool rough, unfinished charm to them, they also have a rough, jagged, potentially splinter-ridden negativity to them. They are not finished at the outset (at least by furniture standards) so expect to have to do some sanding and fitting to get them just right.

Secondly, used wine barrels are pretty large, so they aren't the easiest things to tote around and work with. You'd better have a plan for storage and transport if you plan to purchase a few of these babies. (They are heavy too!)

Lastly, used wine barrel furniture suffers from the original usage of the barrels themselves: they are stained on the inside and they will smell heavily of alcohol at first. You can let them air out and try sanding the inside if you want to be rid of this, but you can also embrace it.

Good luck!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      postcoffeeco-thank you for the kind words and for sharing this hub! I love reading your hubs as well :)

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      Julie 4 years ago

      ktrapp- thank you for the post!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      LongTimeMother-Thank you for the suggestion! I will definitely look out for barrels from Indian restaurants, they sound very nice!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      GailMeyers2-thank you for the comment, I am glad you found the hub helpful!

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Hey, hey don't get rid of the smell. For me it would be one reason for using a wooden cask. I love Whisky and could think of no better smell to have hanging in the air. Weird maybe, but soooo nice.

      Julie, you have the gift and write on so many wonderful subjects. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you around the Hubs.

      Sharing this as well as voting up / awesome and interesting.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      This is an interesting hub, diymommy. If you are looking for a slightly smaller alternative with the same rustic appeal, keep an eye out for barrels from Indian restaurants. I went through a stage of collecting them and using them to store things, turned a couple upside down to use as small tables, and had one beside the front door to hold umbrellas.

      I'm sorry that I gave them away. They'd be great in my current house. Your hub sparked the memory. I'll be keeping an eye out for Vindaloo barrels again now.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I've seen a lot of wine barrel planters over the years. As a kid we even had a full wine barrel in our family room that a t.v. sat on top of. It's fine how "in" wine barrels are now, as that hasn't always been the case. I like the sink pictured above. I think they're even nice with just a simple circle top (glass or wood or whatever) to make into a pub table.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      I do not recall ever seeing or hearing about creating furniture out of old wine barrels. It seems like a clever idea, at least once the wine smell airs out. Welcome to HubPages! I enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up and interesting.