The Different Ways to Upcycle Furniture

Last updated on August 27, 2021

In almost all areas of modern society, there is an increased focus on the issue of climate change and what we as the human race can do to address the problem. And there’s no doubt that major steps are being taken in that regard. 

The UK Government, for example, has pledged to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Meanwhile, the automotive industry looks set to do its bit, with the sales of new diesel and petrol cars set to be outlawed by 2030. But what changes can we make on a smaller scale?

You may think that the actions of one individual are unlikely to make any difference, but when that effort is multiplied across all of us, the effect can be significant. And this societal focus on a greener future has crept into various aspects of our lives – even home interior trends.

In an era where sustainability is encouraged, more and more people are choosing to upcycle their furniture, rather than throw it away and buy new pieces. But what are the different ways you can do that?

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What to Consider Before You Start Upcycling

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First of all, it’s important to know exactly what you’re doing. If your project goes wrong, you may find you’ve simply wasted your time and will have to shell out for a manufactured piece to achieve the desired result anyway.

Take the time to look into various finishes, research the techniques needed to bring those to life, and make sure you know exactly what tools and equipment you require to get the job done properly. Once you’ve done all that, you’re ready to get stuck into one – or all – of these three upcycling methods.

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Fix a Piece That’s Broken

Just because a piece of furniture is broken doesn’t have to mean it’s reached the end of it shelf life. Ripped upholstery can always be sewn back together or patched up, a broken chair leg can always be replaced and new drawer runners can always be installed to swap out the ones that no longer make for a smooth opening.

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Change the Aesthetic

If a certain piece is looking tired, you’ll be amazed at what a little care and attention can do to transform its look. A thorough sand and varnish can turn a neglected coffee table into the focal point of the room, while fresh upholstery can convert that musty armchair into your favourite spot for rest and relaxation.

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Add Functionality

You can also look beyond the piece’s original purpose. For example, if you’re an avid reader you can take the doors off an old wardrobe and turn it into a freestanding bookshelf. Even just a little imagination can take you a long way and will mean there’s less furniture heading to landfill.

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