Upcycling Inspiration for your leftover flooring

You’ve just laid your brand new timber or laminate floors and have a whole bunch of offcuts or even a few surplus lengths that you don’t need? Don’t throw them away. Upcycle!

Upcycling is the next step, taking leftover or discarded materials, or objects, and reusing them in such a way that turns them into on trend, must have, objects of desire.

Whether you’re an experienced wood worker or a crafty hobbyist, using offcuts from laminate or timber flooring, or recycling your old floorboards, we’re sure you’ll find inspiration in these images and ideas.

Wood Coasters

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These drinks coasters made from timber laminate offcuts make a great gift idea. Just cut to size, sand the edges and glue some cork sheet to the back for a firm scratch free base.

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Why not try your hand at making these quick, easy and practical frames using laminate offcuts. Use them to frame photos or you could even let your inner artist flow by repurposing and framing some other quirky found objects, or precious keep sakes that may have found their way to the bottom of a drawer.

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We love the random simplicity of these suspended shelves made from leftover lengths of timber flooring and offcuts. It may take a little patience to drill and thread all of the pieces but we think the result is totally worth it.

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Following on with the rope theme, this simple but effective use of recycled or surplus lengths of timber flooring is a fantastic way to break up a living room/dining space. The best part about this versatile divider is you can simply screw down the poles and move it, or remove it, to change up how you use the space. This example even has a blackboard panel so those important messages can’t be missed.

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Recycled timber offcuts make beautifully effective outdoor lighting fixtures when combined with some screw in hooks and recycled mason jars. If you are using candles as your light source, don’t forget to punch some breather holes in the lids.

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If you’re a more experienced wood worker, this floor to ceiling bed head is a striking way to disguise built in wardrobes using excess lengths of timber laminate.

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If you’re not quite ready to tackle the refined finishes of the previous floor to ceiling inspiration perhaps this rustic recycled version is more suited to your current skillset and cosy aesthetic. These table tops are two perfect examples of how, with a little effort and a coat of paint, you can utilise excess timber flooring to give other items in the house a new lease on life.

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Vintage drinks crates are aren’t just a great look but are incredibly practical for storage, or combined with a cushion they make a great place to sit if you have extra guests or an impromptu party. The only problem is finding them, and if you do, be prepared to pay handsomely for them. The other alternative is to make your own and add any decal or stencil you like.

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