7 Architectural Elements to Reuse as Furniture
Recycled furniture can be beautiful and save some of the older architectural pieces of the home. Photo Credit: OK-59
We have a lot of years’ worth of architectural history
behind us now, even in America. Of course the next logical statement should
mention all that we can learn from a distinguished history of urban planning
and architecture. But today we are entering a new phase of ‘Green’ architecture
and design that quite often prefers the question: What can we reuse from
a long architectural history?
It turns out that a change of mindset, from studying
architecture from a distance to getting your hands dirty with it, reveals a
wealth of design opportunities. One opportunity that still lives on the fringe
of the reuse, stay-green mentality is to revise architectural elements into
creative, often antique furniture.
Below is a list of seven ideas and examples from around the
web that illustrate both the creativity of a generation of reclaimers and
revisers and the awesome potential that exists in any old find at the antique
shop, salvage yard, garage sale, or even the old family cottage.
- Gothic coffee table? Here is an inspiring idea that transformed an old stone column cap into a classic coffee table.
- From door to table? Antique doors run rampant through salvage yards and antique dealers; can you re-imagine one as your new dining room table? We think you can.
- At the Head of the Bed is a Balcony Rail. Many old, ornate balcony rails survive from classic architecture. Should the right section be found; what an incredibly unique and fascinating headboard.
- Shutters in the pantry? Some antique shutters are simply amazing yet complex architectural elements. Visions of elegant built-in pantry doors or even a magnificent housing for wall art—just a few seductive sights for the salvaging schemer.
- Carved architectural stones, as taken from ornamental building facades and structures of old, can be beautiful and intricate in their design (check these out). They have a myriad of potential uses around even modern homes. Think stands for potted plants, ornamental vases, etc.
- Cinder block shelving? This can be more structural than architectural (depending on the type of block) but it’s a great little DIY treat nonetheless. All you need are some leftover blocks (ornamental if possible) from a masonry wall or foundation, some paint, and some shelving…stack as you see fit. Stack the cinder blocks on their ends for hand cubbyholes!
- A beam for a bench. Salvaged architectural beams can be refinished and fairly easily reinvented to become benches for use in the patio, kitchen nook, or entryway.
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