Ten Fun Ways To Repurpose Drawers

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Have you ever been the recipient of a chest of drawers that you were determined to make over but the job was proving to be just too labor intensive.  Maybe two or three of the drawers were cracked, completely broken or even missing.  Don’t worry – not all is lost!

You don’t have to totally give up on the entire project when you can still salvage the useable drawers for other purposes.  Who knows, you may end up gaining more unique functionality, for your home, by using the drawers creatively, than by simply having the use of a dresser.  I will cover how to repurpose the empty chest, once the drawers are all removed, in a later post.

For now, here are several ways that you can repurpose drawers to use in your home decor.

self watering planter

Self watering planter by Instructables

Here is a very unique idea for a self watering planter.  I really like the different stain colors on the drawers for an interesting look.

old drawer underbed storage

Old drawer underbed storage by Martha Stewart

I love the idea of underbed storage and definitely dislike the idea of plastic bins….if it is going to show at all.  That is when an old drawer is a perfect solution for underbed storage that shows.  Just add four casters to each drawer for easy rolling and you are all set.

Here is another photo that shows the castors a little better:

old drawer underbed storage

Old drawer underbed storage by Picklee

Another fun idea is to use old drawers as wall shelves.

old drawer shelves

Old drawer shelves by HGTV

This arrangement was used in a bathroom for holding jewelry but it would look great anywhere for displaying vintage finds.  The vintage photo backdrops gives them a special appeal.

shelves made from drawers

shelves made from drawers by Earth911

You could also mount small drawers to the wall, at the back, for handy storage in your craft room.

drawer side table

Drawer side table by Beyond The Picket Fence

This side table is one of my favorites!  I love the hinged top that was made for the drawer which allows for hidden storage underneath.  The colorful paint on this is just so fun and unique.

drawer table

Drawer table by Woman's Day

A similar but more simple idea is to make a drawer side table with an open top.  This is handy for storage items that you don’t mind being visible.

diy drawer pet bed

DIY drawer pet bed by DIY Showoff

Okay…this is just waaaay too cute!  What pet wouldn’t love their own fancy bed like this one?

dresser headboard

Dresser headboard by BHG

Coming up with unique headboards are always a fun challenge.  This idea takes a bit of careful planning with the layout to get a design that looks as seamless as this one but it would definitely be worth the effort.

drawer ottoman

Drawer ottoman

How often could you use another ottoman to rest your feet on?  A large drawer can be easily converted into a stylish ottoman with the addition of feet and a nice comfy cushion.

I hope you have been inspired!

Happy Repurposing!