Green Tip: Recycle & Redesign Furniture

Creating a home environment that is eco-friendly can greatly affect the impact we have on the planet and our health. Of course, there are many ways we can go about this—from buying energy-efficient appliances to using sustainable materials in our home decor—but one simple thing you can do to live a greener lifestyle is recycle your old furniture instead of throwing it away.

Think of ways to give an old piece new life! For instance, this beautiful seat bench was created out of a full-size headboard that the homeowner was going to toss, which would have added to more land waste. Instead, we recycled the headboard and gave it a whole new purpose in her daughter’s room.

The best part is you don’t have to be an expert carpenter to construct it either. The base of the bench was made out of MDF board (medium density fiber) that I had cut at a home improvement store. Remember, they can cut wood there, too, so all you have to do is assemble the pieces when you get home without needing any special tools.

Use the measurements of the storage bins as a reference to know how wide and deep to make the bench. The idea is to create a rectangular box with dividers and a backing that can be attached with finish nails and glue. Once assembled, paint the bench white along with the headboard and attach the two pieces together using long screws or brackets from behind to give it a unified look. Finally, place a seat cushion and some toss pillows and you now have a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that can work in your kids’ rooms, foyer or breakfast nook.   

Remember that with some creativity, trash can be turned into treasure! Go ahead and shop at thrift stores and garage sales and think of different ways you can repurpose furniture. You’ll be doing something good for the environment that is budget-friendly, too.