Making It Work: Finding Ways to Use the Furniture You've Got

Making It Work: Finding Ways to Use the Furniture You've Got

Tess Wilson
Feb 13, 2015
(Image credit: Nicole Crowder)

There's no need to drive yourself crazy looking for the perfect bedside tables, headboards, and desk chairs when perhaps the stools, screens, and patio furniture you already own would do just fine (or even better!). Here are 8 examples of people getting creative and making it work, with style...

Outdoor Chair as Desk Chair, above: Julie's Artful Home in D.C.
Bright, poppy paint reinvigorates a classic rattan chair and makes it right at home indoors- and it can be dragged outdoors when the day's work is done!

(Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente)

Stools as Coffee Table: Chad and Dave's Modern Dream Home
Is it wrong that I like the idea of snuggling up together on a huge sofa, yet having a coffee table all to myself? Bonus: additional seating for guests.

(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)

Kitchen Island as Work Table: Carlos’ Custom DIY Loft
I can't imagine carrying this incredible piece of marble up three flights of stairs but if I found a gorgeous, abandoned kitchen island just lying on the street, I'd probably take it apart and do the same.

Stools as Bedside Tables: Bedroom Makeover, Oh Happy Day
These gorgeous velvet-topped stools may have a bit of bounce but they're plenty stable to hold heavy framed art and a stack of books.

Picnic Table as Dining Table: Artist's House Tour, Poppytalk
The dark paint and spare style remove any country-fried associations from the humble picnic table and allow it to shine inside.

(Image credit: Leah Moss)

Chair as Bedside Table: Leah & Rich's Evolving Patina
I live in fear of not having enough seating for guests, so any way to incorporate extra chairs into the decor is fine by me.

Room Divider as Headboard: Sacha & Johan's High Risk / High Reward Home Folding screens can be lifesavers when you're dealing with an open floor plan (or trying to split a living room into bedrooms), but a gorgeous specimen like this can be put to good use even if your rooms are already as divided as they need to be.

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

Swing Chair as Indoor Chair: Mulu's Creative + Vintage Collective Den I can't imagine hanging the weight of a chair plus my own from the ceiling of our little old farmhouse, but envy those with more structural confidence. There's also a cool swing chair in the Oh Happy Day bedroom listed above.

Do you have any pieces of furniture that rock in roles other than their intended use?

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