So, you’re thinking about downsizing. Have you thought about what you’re going to do with all your existing furniture? Before you start preparing your Kijiji ads or scheduling your springtime yard sale, take a look at our list of seven creative ways to repurpose your existing furniture. Just because you’re downsizing doesn’t mean it’s time to clear out. Transform some of your old favourites to find a place for them in your new home and your heart!
1. Filing Cabinet to Garage Storage Unit
Moving from the old family home into a new condominium often means reducing the non-essentials. Chances are there’s an old filing cabinet in some corner of your home that hasn’t been sorted in years. If you’re looking for a great way to re-purpose your old filing cabinet, flip it on its side with the drawers facing upward and remove all of the cabinet drawers. With the empty cabinets facing upward, you’ve just made yourself a new, compact storage organizer for your garage.
2. Bedroom Dresser to Entrance Piece
We’re not quite done with removing drawers just yet. If you’ve got a spare bedroom dresser, hold onto it just a bit longer. Depending on its size, a dresser can be converted into many things - including the perfect entranceway or laundry room storage piece. Simply remove the drawers from the bottom two-thirds of the dresser. From there you can either saw out the supports from the middle or leave them in place, depending on what you’d like to store. It may need a little repainting, but once you’ve got it looking like new you have a furniture piece ready for baskets of hats, mitts or even laundry.
3. Headboard to Coat Hanger
If you have an old bedframe on hand, you can create a unique headboard coat rack. Using either the headboard or the footboard, purchase a handful of old fashioned hooks and some paint. Give your piece of wood a clean, fresh coat and secure your hooks across the main plank of the footboard or headboard and voila, you’ve made yourself a creative new coat hanger!
4. Bookshelf to Storage Locker
Remember those old Ikea bookshelves? Yes, the ones that look like boxes stacked on top of each other. They’re affordable and very convenient, but can also take up a fair amount of space. There are several ways to repurpose bookshelves, especially for storage. Perfect for entranceways, powder or laundry rooms, or even larger bathrooms, the square units can be used to store almost anything. Most importantly, they can save you from having to make another purchase.
5. Ladder to Towel Hanger
The great thing about the condo lifestyle is the freedom from home maintenance. While it’s good to hang on to some basic tool sets and fix-it-up supplies, larger items like rakes, hedge trimmers, and ladders typically aren’t needed. If you have an old, small to medium sized ladder on hand, consider integrating it into your bathroom décor as a creative towel hanger. A quick coat of paint to the edges will give it a nice clean look, and depending on the style of your bathroom, you may be inclined to leave the rungs of the ladder bare. It’s a neat creative twist to an everyday item, and it just happens to be perfect for multiple towels at a time!
6. Old TV to New Hutch
You know those old box TVs built into the TV cabinet? We’re talking really old. If, by chance, there’s still one hanging around your home, consider converting it into a hutch! In the space where the TV once sat, consider cutting a few pieces of plywood to size to partition off the hole in the cabinet. Once in place, you’ve got yourself a nice little hutch for storing everything from magazines to movies and more. As is the case with a lot of repurposing, a little bit of paint is a great way to spruce up your cabinet and have it looking like a totally new piece of furniture!
7. Dining Room Chairs to Multi-Purpose Bench
Another common casualty of downsizing is the dining room table. Often, moving from the family home into a condominium means moving on from a big dining room table to a smaller, more versatile one. If this happens to be your situation, there’s still reason to hold onto your chairs. With a little bit of effort, you can re-purpose your chairs into an entranceway bench or window side seat.
With the chairs either facing one another or situated side by side, remove the top cushions from each chair and fasten them together with hardware. Now it’s a matter of finding, or making a new cushion to fit over top of the row of chairs or making wooden planks to fasten down. It may take a bit of effort, but once you’re through the hard part you’ve made yourself a brand new bench. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Get Creative and Save
You may have noticed a common theme throughout this post. When it comes to repurposing, a lot of success is found in a simple paint job. While there are all kinds of creative ways to repurpose furniture, it’s important not to feel overwhelmed by the task in front of you. Look around, identify a few items you’d prefer not to part with, and get creative. There may be more than one use that’s just a short bit of repurposing away.