Furniture hacks: 8 ways to repurpose furniture

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture

One of my favourite habits I’ve developed since getting into decorating is looking at things as what they could be, not just as what they are.

Seeing a gorgeous cabinet in an opp shop and seeing its potential as a kitchen island. A cheaper and much more beautiful alternative to a Ikea out of the box solution.

This has resulted in some great bargains and character pieces sprinkled throughout my apartment.

Here are 8 great examples of simple ways to repurpose furniture and expand the possibilities of how you can source items for your home.

Sideboard/cabinet as bench seating

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Cheap Ikea TV unit – the cushion is a piece of foam on MDF, then cover with fabric}
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Easy tutorial to create the bench cushion}

Turn the side of a cabinet into a chalkboard

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Chalkboard paint comes in different colours, so splurge on something unexpected}
Really you could turn any surface into a chalkboard…
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture

Use a room divider/screen as a headboard for a bed

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture

Create a space saving desk using Ikea floating shelves

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Ikea has lots of shelving units – floating & on brackets – including different depths to suit how much space you need}
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Ikea Alex shelf with drawers}

Cabinet as a kitchen island

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Great DIY project by Little Green Notebook}

Coffee table as an upholstered ottoman

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
 {Great tutorial by Fancy Goods on how to create this tufted ottoman}
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture

Use a bookshelf as a cocktail bar

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture

Picture frame as a decorative tray

furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Paint the back of the glass or slip in a coloured paper/fabric}
furniture hacks - how to repurpose furniture
{Nail/screw in handles to complete the look}

Pamela