We all have items in our home that are old and showing the signs of it. You may be thinking that the best thing you can do with old items of clothing and furniture, and old electronic devices, is to recycle them. Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing this, but you may have other options.
Most of us have a set budget when it comes to buying items of household decor or new clothes. Of course, you can save money, be spending time researching discount codes online, for stores such as Debenhams and Miss Selfridge. Doing this can help you save a significant amount of money, but have you ever thought of upcycling your old items to help you make even bigger savings. The purpose of this article is to give you some inspiration when it comes to using those old items you may have laying around.
1. Making The Most Of Old Clothing
There are plenty of uses for your old items of clothing, that you may not have thought of before. Here are a few suggestions.
Turning A T-Shirt Into A Bag
Now that you have to pay if you want a carrier bag for your shopping it’s useful to have a shopping bag that you can use over and over again. If you have an old t-shirt that you no longer wear you can get the scissors out, and the sewing machine, and refashion the item into a unique bag you will be happy to take to the shops with you.
Turning A Jumper Into A Cushion Cover
Instead of throwing away that favourite jumper you love why not just cut off the sleeves and stitch it up to create a cushion cover which is bound to be a topic of conversation when people visit your home. If you have a few old jumpers, you could create a jumper cover theme for one or more rooms in your home.
Creating A Rag Rug
If you have a few old t-shirts hanging around you may want to think about turning them into an innovatively designed rug. All you have to do is cut the shirts into several pieces, then thread all the pieces together to make a rug that is easy on the eye and the feet.
2. Making The Most Of Old Furniture
If you have paid out for an item of furniture you want to make sure that you get the best value for your money. Upcycling old items of furniture help you to do this.
Coffee Table Turned Open Sided Ottoman
If you have just invested in a new coffee table this does not mean that you have to throw the old one away. You could give it a whole new lease of life with some time and effort, together with a splash of paint and some cushioning for the top. When you have finished, you have an open sided ottoman which is an attractive item of furniture and is perfect for storage.
Wallpapering A Table
You may have used a table when wallpapering your walls before now, but have you ever actually wallpapered a table? This is a surprisingly effective way to give a whole new lease of life to a table that has seen better days. After all, it’s unlikely that anyone else will have a table that has the same design as yours.
Adding Colour To A Dresser
You may be a little tired of seeing that old dresser in the corner of the room with its uniform drawers and less than exciting appearance. The good news is that you can give a whole new splash of colour to the dresser. Take out the drawers that are present and replace them with a draw curtain across the front. This gives you the chance to be as creative as you like with the style and colour you choose for material the curtain is made of.
3. Making The Most Of Old Electronics
Finally, we are going to take a look at how you can repurpose old electronic devices. It’s amazing how creative you can be in this area.
Turning A Mac Into An Aquarium
You may have seen this one before; there are a few examples around of people turning an old mac into a home for their fish. One thing it’s worth noting if you decide to so this is that you should be really careful when you are dismantling the mac. You need to research proper instructions.
Creating A Unique Piece Of Art For You Home
Technology is not always something that you associate with the art, but you may be surprised at what you can create using old hard drives or mobile phones. Why not get creative and make a tech sculpture to be proud of.
Using An Old Computer In A Home Theatre System
Just because your old computer is not up to the task of computing any more does not mean it cannot still be useful. You might want to consider putting it to use as a video hub for your home entertainment system.
You can still hunt for vouchers and discount codes online, but you hopefully you will also find our tips useful when it comes to saving money around the home.