Some furniture pieces just don’t fit in your home anymore or are beyond repair. But you don’t have to toss the whole piece. Old drawers from other furniture pieces work for a variety of storage and decorative purposes. Check out these ideas for drawer inspiration.
Under Bed Storage
If you have short drawers, you can use them as storage for under the bed. Add casters to the bottoms of the drawers so you can easily roll them in and out from under the bed. You can paint the drawers to match the room decor. If the drawers don’t have handles, add them to make it easier to pull them from under the bed. Use the drawers to store out-of-season clothes or other items that you don’t need frequently.
Turn the drawer upright so the bottom goes against the wall for a simple shelf. You can use the drawer as-is for a small shelf. You can also add a few pieces of wood inside the drawer to make extra shelves if you want more storage or if the drawer is large. If the knobs are still on the drawer, use them as hangers on the side of the shelf.
You can also use the drawers the way they normally go as shelves. Place shelf brackets on the bottom side of the drawer to mount them to the wall. The drawer provides a lip around the shelf so items won’t slide or roll off.
A small drawer works well as a tabletop storage option. Add some decorative wooden or metal legs to the bottom of the drawer. Use it to hold napkins, utensils, craft supplies or other items depending on where you place it. You can also use it to hold decorative pieces, such as flowers or candles.
Another way to use an old drawer is as a planter. Instead of planting directly in the drawer, put the flowers in flower pots. Then arrange the pots inside the drawer.
Need a place to keep books? Use an old drawer. You can place the books inside the drawer with the spines facing upward. The sides of the drawer keep the books upright. Use the drawer book holder to keep a few books in the living room or family room for your child.