10 Furniture Made from Recycled Materials

It’s nice to be nice.  More specifically, it’s nice to be nice to the earth, and today’s roundup of traditional furniture made from recycled materials is a testament to the fact that there’s always a new way to be thoughtful when you apply a little creativity to a problem that needs solving.  This collection is beyond resourceful; it’s inspiring.  Although a few of today’s entries are things we could never make ourselves — does anyone have access to whiskey barrel staves and enough metalworking skill to pull off the chair below, for instance? — others are actually rather accessible.  To wit, the glass decanter pendant lights could also translate into a do-it-yourself project with wine bottles and an LED light kit from the local hardware store.  With starting points like these, the options are truly endless, just like the far-reaching effects we can have on the environment when we apply a little extra thoughtfulness.

paper lamps

Lampshade Made of Bookpages by Zipper8 Lighting



unusual desk ideas

Desk Made of Briefcases by Maarten De Ceulaer



motorcycle lamp

Lamp Made from Motorcycle Parts by Betsy Ryland



traditional porch swing

Porch Swing Made from Milk Cartons by Loll Furniture



t-shirt rug

Rug Made from T-Shirts by Xoelle



reclaimed wood stairs

Stairs Made from Reclaimed Wood by Jan Korbes



nontraditional bookshelves

Bookshelf Made of Books by Not Tom



chair made from barrel

Chair Made from Bourbon Barrel Staves by Uhuru Design



glass decanter chandelier

Crystal Decanter Pendant Lights at the Conquine Bar in London



DIY terrarium

Vase-Turned-Terrarium by Velocity Art & Design


Book pages lampshade found at Zipper8 Lighting.