3 of the Best Upcycled Furniture Ideas

Are you endlessly window shopping instead of buying the furniture you really want?

High furniture prices can make your dream home feel even further out of reach. Instead, change your entire approach to design.

Unwanted furniture is tossed out and sold every day, including high-quality brands and vintage pieces. Garage sales, estate sales, and thrift stores are filled to the brim with used furniture. You’ll even find quality pieces on the side of the road if you’re lucky.

Next, the real fun part begins.

Here are three upcycled furniture ideas to bring your dream interior to life.


3 of the Best Upcycled Furniture Ideas


1. Mimic Designer Pieces

Upcycling lets you recreate your favorite designer furniture pieces for less.

Create a mood board for your interior design, including photos of furniture pieces you want to mimic. Next, buy fabrics that match the original upholstery as much as possible. You can also find low-cost furniture upholstery scraps at fabric stores and warehouses.

Check out Elle Decor’s top furniture designers of the year for inspiration:

  • Juliana Lima Vasconcellos
  • Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran
  • James Huniford
  • Jeffrey A. Marks
  • Kelly Behun
  • Celerie Kemble
  • Richard Mishaan
  • Suzanne Kasler

Would you rather go back in time?

Try upcycling old furniture ideas inspired by such masterpieces as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” or Monet’s “Water Lilies.”

2. Upcycled Furniture Ideas for Your At-Home Spa or Lounge

Do you have a space in your home dedicated to just you?

Dream up an at-home sanctuary, complete with calming colors, comforting fabrics, mood lighting, essential oils, and decor.

This project calls for the following:

  • Color wheel
  • Interior house paint (with supplies)
  • Vinyl furniture wrap
  • Wall decor
  • Large floor pillows
  • Throw blankets
  • Soft and fluffy sofas
  • Beanbag chairs
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Spa lounge decor
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Cozy recliners

These DIY upcycled furniture ideas follow a more whimsical theme. You could also design a lounge with more sleek and modern elements.

First, use your color wheel to discover a relaxing color palette, like lavender, charcoal, and dark green. Next, match your upholstery fabric, furniture paint, and finishes to your color scheme. Don’t be afraid to use creative accents like glow-in-the-dark paint, dreamy wallpaper, and glitter paint.

Consider creating recessed shelves and cubbies for your upcycled lighting to enhance the coziness of the space. You could also install a used re-dyed hammock filled with dreamy pillows above your refurbished furniture.



3. Shabby Chic Upcycled Furniture Ideas

Rustic shabby chic projects and upcycled furniture are two peas in a pod. Even better, upcycled shabby chic furniture is easy to make. The theme is defined by its charming flaws, creating an authentic used feel.

Some pieces don’t even require new paint. For example, a rustic wine barrel table only needs a custom tabletop with wood staining. Shabby chic cabinets need only a quick sanding, decoupage, and a glossy finish.

Shabby chic makeovers are the perfect opportunity to dust off that sewing machine too. You could crochet throw blankets, sew pillowcases, or upholster loveseat sofas with vintage scraps.

Reimagine Your Interiors

Is your old recliner condemned to the basement?

Breathe new life into old decor with these upcycled furniture ideas.

Plus, designer-inspired, relaxing interiors, and shabby chic ideas are just the start. Brainstorm what inspires you and how to reflect it in your interior design.

Discover even more creative inspiration in the blog!

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