Don’t Get Bogged Down In How Furniture Ought to Be Used!

It’s so easy to get stuck when it comes to furniture. As in, ‘I don’t need a sideboard because I don’t have a dining room’ or ‘What could we possible use a bench for in our house?’ It’s especially easy when you have a chance to acquire a free piece of quality furniture.

But wait! Maybe you don’t need another dresser, but you’ve been looking for an amazing and different bathroom vanity. Or what you really want is a bookshelf by you keep finding bench after bench. Kitchen tables abound, but no desks… chairs, but no side tables… coffee tables but no desk and hutch combos. That sort of thing. My question is: Why get so focused on what a piece of furniture is? Why not focus instead on what is might be?

I know that repurposing furniture isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but who says you have to do it yourself? Maybe you have a friend who loves that sort of thing and will hook you up with your new shelves, vanity, or whatever for the price of materials plus a little extra. Or maybe there’s a pro in your area looking for some extra work. I mean, come on, check out this sweet repurposed furniture!

Inspired by Holly Golightly's bachelorette pad?

Two different shelving options, two different seats!


A sideboard vanity from Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room

More benches!

For more ideas, how about a ladder as a bedside table? Or filing cabinets as a bed? Or even an Eames chair as a high chair!

And speaking of, you should def. check out this Flickr set from Maya of maya*made. She and her mom repurposed a barn and then repurposed a whole bunch of other stuff to go in it, too!

One Response to “Don’t Get Bogged Down In How Furniture Ought to Be Used!”

  1. The Jananator April 15, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Awesome!