Upcycling Furniture

There are numerous benefits to upcycling your furniture as opposed to banishing the pieces to a landfill at the first sign of wear. We’ve all heard the saying “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” but what about the saying “don’t toss it if it can be fixed”? Society as a whole is quite wasteful but it doesn’t have to be that way and individual choices make a big difference. One person making environmentally conscious decisions can spark a domino effect of change.

Around 45,000 tonnes of discarded furniture ends up in landfills every year in Australia. A lot of that wasted furniture could have been upcycled to give the piece a revamped look and feel. There are countless ways and reasons to upcycle your old furniture that are both environmentally and fiscally beneficial. Upcycling is usually cheaper than buying new furniture and it also allows you to have a say in the creative process of the vibe you want your furniture to convey. Revamping your already loved furniture is a much more personal experience than shopping for new furniture online at Ikea.

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Upcycling comes in many different forms, styles, and sizes. It is truly a form of art to take an item that seems to be at the end of its life and rejuvenate it with a fresh coat of paint, new upholstery, or even fixing a piece that has broken. You can upcycle large pieces of furniture like sofas and arm chairs by getting them reupholstered. This is a great option as you can choose the pattern, fabric texture, and color that speaks to you and give an old piece of furniture a complete makeover. You can also make your old sofas and armchairs more comfortable by having more cushion added during the reupholstering process. Items like desks, coffee tables, and bookshelves can be upcycled with something as simple as a fresh coat of paint or varnish. You can even get funky with the paint job and make it completely unique to you, a one of a kind piece.

Upcycling larger pieces of furniture is a great way to reduce your own environmental footprint.  One sofa may not seem like a lot to end up in a landfill but when everyone is buying new furniture as opposed to salvaging what they already have it adds up. You can help inspire others to get more creative and less wasteful. If you reupholster your sofa and suddenly your dingy old furniture is hip and comfortable, you may very well motivate your friends to upcycle their items instead of throwing them away without a second thought.

Revamping old furniture is not limited to larger pieces. You can do a lot with small pieces or random household objects. An old wooden ladder can easily and quickly become a boho chic plant shelf or serve as a hip blanket holder next to your reupholstered sofa.  You can even paint an old watering can and use it as decoration.  Almost any piece of furniture or household item can be upcycled in some way, shape, or form.  Even if you don’t want to upcycle it consider donating the items before tossing them in the trash and piling up your local landfill.

Even if you’re not keen on saving the environment, upcycling can save you loads of money.  Upcycling lets you get the best of both worlds as the choice is environmentally conscious and financially sensible.  Not only that, upcycling allows you to really make each piece of furniture your own unique piece of art.  Think twice before tossing perfectly good items in landfills when you could save money and the environment by saving the items and giving them new life.

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