5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Chair


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5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Chair

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We’re all about recycling and reusing but sometimes you’ll find things around the house that feel like they’ve met their final days. That’s where repurposing comes in! Have a chair that’s just full of junk taking up space? Well instead of trashing the whole thing, why not turn it into something new? Start repurposing with one of these fun projects!

Picture Frames

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There is always a photo to be hung but your typical square frame can get a little bit boring. If you’ve got an old chair with a unique back, they can easily be turned into picture frames. Just saw off the back and remove the center and you’ve got a new frame. You can give it any sort of feel you want with a little bit of paint and any other materials you’d like to add.

Kids Swing

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Here’s a great DIY project for kids to help with and enjoy. Turning a wooden rocking chair into a tree swing is another easy way to repurpose. You’ll want to remove the legs and use this excess wood as extensions underneath—you’ll attach the rope to these. Your child can pick their favorite color so you can paint the chair together! Hang it to a sturdy tree branch and enjoys hours of fun with your little one.

Bird Bath

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If you have a garden or any sort of outdoor area, you can attract some feathered friends with this salvaged chair bird bath. An iron chair is a great piece for a project like this! All you really need to do is remove the seat then place a terra cotta saucer or properly sized durable bowl where the seat use to be. All the birds on the block will be hanging out at your home.

Coat Hangers

Krrb — 5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Chair

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This isn’t so much of a DIY tutorial as it is a website in Swedish I can’t understand—these were just too cool to pass on though! They’re coat hangers made from the backs of chairs. Perfect for those bulkier pieces of clothing that won’t quite stay on a normal hanger. It shouldn’t be too hard with a saw and screwdriver—you’ll figure it out!

French Style Bench

Krrb — 5 Great Ways to Repurpose a Chair

Photo: Anoregoncottage.com

Finally, for the veteran builders we bring you the repurposed french style bench. That’s right, we’re repurposing two chairs into what is essentially one long chair! Step-by-step instructions can be found here. It seems pretty straight forward but definitely takes a little bit of building experience.

Do you have any ideas of ways to repurpose a chair? What else do you want to see repurposed? Let us know in the comments.

  • Agreed! The whole reduce, reuse and recycle option is really a win-win all around. Are there any recent upcycling projects that you have been working on?

  • Now this is something great! Those old chairs lying in your garden are of no use and are just a waste. Using them with any of the above mentioned ideas will save you from buying new furniture and gives you an opportunity to create something different. Trying it on a weekend will surely be fruitful!