You may have heard of the term “repurposing” and you may have seen a few shows that focus on this on television once or twice. Some of the shows that center on the reuse and repurposing of furniture often describe the end-product as “shabby-chic.” This is because the old furniture that was repurposed for the show ends up looking chic and stylish, even though it used to be old, and dated.
Why is the repurposing of old furniture considered a good idea? Why is creating shabby chic items something you should consider? What exactly is repurposing?
When you have old furniture or parts of old furniture that you no longer see as useful, the first thing you consider doing is to throw these items away. Old drawers, cabinets without doors, and chairs with one or two legs missing are often candidates for the dumpster. What you might not realize is that these items may still have some use to them.
All you need to do in order to create useful things from items that are supposedly heading for the trash heap is to harness your imagination. What can be done with a drawer that no longer has a desk to fit in? How can you repurpose a chair that has only two legs?
Finding Ideas and Repurposing Old Stuff
To be able to repurpose and reuse items that are still durable, you need to do some research. If you go online, you will find that a lot of people have created unique and useful items from the things that most people usually throw away. If you are blessed with a vivid imagination, you might not even need to go online to find ideas. You can just look at an item and reimagine it as something else.
Simply look at what you have and think about its shape, size, and what you can do with it. Some people have come up with amazingly creative ideas for old items that most everyone would throw away. For example, an old piano with broken strings and missing keys can be repurposed into a bookshelf.
Reasons for Repurposing Old Furniture
Aside from saving money, there are a few other reasons why people find the creation of shabby chic repurposed furniture worthwhile. Here are some of those reasons:
Selling Old Items For Profit
Yes, you can actually make money by repurposing furniture that you no longer use and have no space for in your home. A lot of people are on the lookout for unique looking items that are not too expensive but are stylish for their homes. Old windows turned into coffee tables, old trunks turned into bedside tables, and antique ladders turned into bookcases are just a few examples of what you can make and sell.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
It is no secret that humans are creating trash at an alarming rate, creating a problem that has no solution as of yet. You can help reduce the amount of garbage that you contribute to the mountain of trash that is steadily growing daily by finding some other use for the things that you normally toss away. Old CDs can be chopped up and used to decorate the edges of an old door or to create a great frame for a full-length mirror. Old wooden chairs can be reassembled to create a unique child’s study table.
Why buy items that everybody else has when you can create items for your home that only you have? Repurposing old furniture to make them into useful household items will give you interesting pieces that only you will have. This means you will not only have saved money by not buying new furniture. You will also have thought-provoking furniture that can become a topic of conversation when you have guests.
These are just a few of the reasons why repurposing old furniture should always be considered before throwing anything away. When you do have items that are deemed useless, don’t just dump them in the nearest garbage heap. Be responsible enough to contact a junk hauling company that will dispose of them the right way.
In Denver, the company to contact for proper disposal of your junk is Altitude Hauling. We are a company that believes in recycling, reusing, and donating before anything heads for a landfill. We do what we can to help save the planet. At the same time helping you get rid of junk you no longer need.