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Upcycled Furniture Ideas

Updated on January 25, 2018

Upcycled Furniture: Statement Piece

This is an excellent example of a totally unique piece of upcycled furniture. Notice how it's a bold statement, but very utilitarian at the same time!
This is an excellent example of a totally unique piece of upcycled furniture. Notice how it's a bold statement, but very utilitarian at the same time! | Source

Upcycled Furniture: Ideas and Inspiration

Upcycled furniture is a unique take on interior decorating and furniture choices. The basic premise is that rather than going with the conventional route of furnishing your home, (going to a furniture store, picking out pieces and buying them), you use unconventional pieces that you would ordinarily envision as part of interior d├ęcor... other furniture, shabby chic pieces, and industrial hardware are some ideas.

Upcycled furniture is not only a really cool way to spruce up your interior and create a real design statement, it is eco friendly and a fantastic way to save a lot of money. And remember, your upcycled furniture can even double as an art piece!

Learn a bit more about common choices for upcycled furniture here!

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Upcycled Furniture: Shelves

These upcycled tables have become shelves! A very cool upcycled furniture idea!
These upcycled tables have become shelves! A very cool upcycled furniture idea! | Source

Upcycled Furniture: Assembled Usage

One way you can upcycle furniture in a tasteful and funky sort of way is to assemble smaller pieces of furniture to create a 'monster' piece. This functional and beautiful installation is as much art as it is furniture. The great thing about these pieces of upcycled furniture is, they are very useful! Full of drawers, nooks and crannies, book shelves and other useful areas, they are an amazing storage solution.

These upcycled furniture beauties can be made really bold by adding a bright color. Look at the included photo, as well as the previous one. You can either assemble these pieces on their own, or you can attach them together.

The idea of upcycled furniture is to create a new usage. Consider attaching something that would ordinarily sit on the floor (a lamp or a small table) to the wall. It will really catch the eye!

Upcycled Furniture: Reclaimed Wood Furniture

This is reclaimed wood furniture, an excellent idea for any upcycled furniture projects. Doesn't it look great?
This is reclaimed wood furniture, an excellent idea for any upcycled furniture projects. Doesn't it look great?

Upcycled Furniture Ideas: Reclaimed Wood

Another way to upcycle furniture is to use wood that's been previously used. Reclaimed wood is extremely fashionable right now, and for good reason. First off, solid wood is stronger, more durable and more fashionable than any particle board furniture out there. Secondly, wood, if cared for properly, doesn't go bad! Reclaimed wood furniture will actually last longer than anything that comes in a box with assembly instructions!

You can search for older pieces of wood furniture and repurpose them, or you can upcycle plain wooden boards, planks and shingles. Check out garage sales and local farms, or check out an old sawmill. My inlaws found reclaimed wooden beams at a shipyard that was being torn down, and turned them into a mantle and ceiling feature pieces. Upcycled furniture is all about vision and imagination!

Upcycled Furniture: Pallet Furniture

Pallet furniture is a great option for upcycled furniture!
Pallet furniture is a great option for upcycled furniture! | Source

Upcycled Furniture: Pallet Furniture

Pallet furniture is another upcycled furniture option available to you. The concept is similar to reclaimed wood. You just find wooden pallets (easily obtained from most retailers or pallet recyclers), and you repurpose them to your needs. Upcycled pallet furniture is attractive and easy to build, if you do it right.

Finishing your upcycled pallet furniture is important. You'll likely find a lot of rough wood, splinters and nails, so you'll have to go over it very carefully, sand and coat it with something.

Upcycled Furniture: No Blueprint

It's pretty much impossible to mess this up. Upcycled furniture pieces are only limited by your imagination. I do recommend doing some searches for specific ideas, chances are someone has done something similar. Come up with a concept, jot down some notes, and see if it can be done! Keep your eyes open at yard sales, and never give up an opportunity for something cool!

Good Luck!

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      LKMore01 5 years ago

      Thank you for an introduction to upcycled furniture, DIYmommy. This is such a creative idea.

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