New small company owners are increasingly interested in upcycled furniture projects. Artists and crafters will have more opportunities to develop and sell their products as the demand for sustainable, reused décor grows.
Upcycled drawers from old furniture such as dressers, desks, tables, an old chest, and other abandoned objects are just a few examples of what may be recycled. All you need to begin selling your creations are repurposed drawers, ideas, and a few basic tools.
What Can Old Drawers Be Used For?
What may old drawers be used for? What can’t you do with old drawers? Is a more reasonable question. You’re only limited by your creativity and ingenuity when upcycling drawers. Old drawers may be transformed into other elegant storage solutions or repurposed to serve another purpose. You may construct a huge inventory full of unique ideas for old drawers or specialise in a single kind of repurposed drawer for a profitable small company.
Make and Sell 15 Upcycled Drawer Projects
Are you ready to start selling upcycled drawers? To get started, you’ll need some repurposed drawer ideas. Consider making repurposed drawers that look like this:
1. Storage Solutions for Under the Bed
By converting upcycled drawers into under-bed storage solutions, you may free up room. Devita demonstrates how to connect wheels to the bottoms of a series of drawers to simply glide in and out from under the bed in the image above.
2. Shelves That Float
Floating shelves are a fantastic present idea that can simply be made from upcycled drawers. Simply turn the drawer over, design the interior to fit any décor, and hang the repurposed drawer on the wall as an attractive floating shelf filled with souvenirs and trinkets.
3. Bookshelf with Drawers
A collection of antique wooden drawers may be transformed into lovely furniture for any house or business. Recreated Designs demonstrates how to upcycle old drawers with minimal tools and a new coat of paint in the video above. No one would ever realize that this one-of-a-kind masterpiece began as a set of drawers.
4. Bar Cart
Upcycling drawers offer a plethora of creative possibilities. Would you have considered upcycling old drawers into a stunning bar cart? Anika’s DIY Life has instructions for making the repurposed bar cart seen above out of recycled drawers. The project results in a beautiful piece of furniture, but it also provides more storage space.
An old drawer may be turned into a handy chalkboard with some simple craft supplies, suitable for hanging on the wall of an office, kitchen, or playroom. Simply empty the old drawer, paint the inside with blackboard paint, and hang your finished product for added elegance and functionality.
6. Cubby Organizer
How much more storage can you get out of ancient wooden drawers? An old drawer may be transformed into a cubby-filled storage box with some tiny boards, new paint, and simple tools, as seen in the image above from My Repurposed Life.
7. Plant Stand
Planters are a popular technique to repurpose old dresser drawers. A new coat of paint and some simple materials may work wonders in reusing old drawers into plant stands, whether they’re planned for outdoor or inside usage. Happy Together by Jess, for example, shows how to upcycle a drawer into a fashionable but functional wood reused planter.
Station 8: Sandwiches
Are you looking for more unique ideas to recycle old drawers? Why not turn a dresser drawer into a hanging sandwich station, as seen in the Curbly example above? You’ll need some basic materials and equipment, but your one-of-a-kind product will ensure that your new small company succeeds.
9. Canine Bed
Depending on its size, an old drawer can be ideal for making a practical dog bed. You’ll need a new coat of paint and then a dog mattress or bedding to fill the drawer. DIY Showoff teaches how to turn a dresser drawer into a high-end dog bed while having fun in the process in the video above.
10. Jewellery Organizer
Turning an old drawer on its side can be transformed into easy and beautiful jewellery storage. The converted drawer, which can be hung on a bedroom or bathroom wall, will get a new lease of life with some fresh paint. Gather some simple items to make pegs and storage compartments, as seen in the A Time for Everything example above.
11. Ottoman Empire
You’re only limited by your imagination when repurposing old dresser drawers. The artist converted an old drawer into an ottoman in this example from Diary of a Crafty Lady, ideal for leisure, style, and storage. For a better notion of recycling your old drawers into practical furniture, follow these easy steps.
12. Paint Storage for Crafts
Artists and crafters are always looking for novel methods to keep their materials. Upcycling an old dresser drawer into usable and easy storage for paints and other creative items. Simply add some little wood strips for shelves and a new coat of paint. See how to make it from Sadie’s Season Goods in the video above.
13. End Table
Old drawers may be recycled into several furniture styles and can be used for various purposes. The designer in the above example from My Ideal Home shows how to recycle an old drawer into a movable end table with storage options.
14. Garden of the Fairies
Fairy Gardens are popular among outdoor lovers, gardeners, and hobbyists, and recycling old drawers in this way is a unique way to start a small company. Check out The Homespun Hydrangea’s tutorial on upcycle dresser drawers into fairy gardens like the one depicted above.
15. Christmas Decorations
Upcycled drawers morph into stunning, one-of-a-kind decorations, and many artists and crafters have created successful small companies specializing in Christmas décor. Upcycled dresser drawers, chest drawers, and even cabinet drawers may be decorated with festive holiday decorations, as seen in the example above from Doodlebugs.
How to Begin Repurposing Drawers
Old drawers may be found in several places. Old dressers, desks, and tables are often discarded at yard sales, thrift shops, and even on the curb, and the drawers are frequently in good condition compared to the rest of the structures. Individual drawers from old damaged furniture are often sold for a dollar or two at a secondhand store.
Of course, a large inventory isn’t required to start a small firm. Begin with a simple investment of a couple of drawers and the upcycling items you’ll need. Then, when your invention sells, reinvest the earnings to increase your inventory. You’ll be generating a large profit from your recycled drawer ideas before you realise it. You could even have a good time doing it.
Where Can I Sell Repurposed Drawers?
It’s time to sell your recycled drawer masterpieces after you’ve built up a stock of them. Where will you put your upcycled drawers on the market? You may look for local places to sell handmade things or discover how to establish a small company on Etsy or sell on Amazon Handmade.
Of course, you can always build your shop with a whole showroom full of recycled furniture and reused drawers, but most new small company owners will start with something more modest, such as:
- Etsy, a renowned e-commerce site where individuals purchase
- sell crafts and handcrafted things, is an example of an online marketplace.
- Artists and crafters sell their one-of-a-kind products on Amazon Handmade,
- A community inside the e-commerce giant’s platform.
- Flea markets, old furniture stores, consignment shops, and crafts fairs and festivals are all good places to look.
- eBay and Facebook Marketplace are examples of other online markets.