I adore furniture and home furnishings, my budget is limited. If you are looking for inexpensive furniture and decor options, why not considered recycled, repurposed pieces? Here are dozens of ways to reconfigure furniture to create drawer and dresser space.
The conventional five-drawer high-boy and chest dressers are bulky. A chest of drawers often either expensive or cheaply made, or both. For many years, I made due with second hand dressers, but the problems were endless. Knobs falling off and get lost. If you want matching knobs, it usually requires purchasing a whole new set. Drawers coming come apart. The wood splits. Drawer warp in the summer humidity, causing them to stick. Here are unconventional dresser options.
Repurposed dresser solution one – Wooden changing table: Repurpose wooden changing tables as dressers when babies outgrow them. Many wooden changing tables are very attractive. I found a mission-style changing table for $20 at a flea market. To protect shelves, cover with lace valences from curtain sets. Cut and hem rectangles from an recycled lace tablecloth. Pretty pillowcases with lace edges or pillow shams make nice shelf covers. Since they are visible on the open shelves of the changing table, they match your bedspread/ comforter ensemble, too
For drawers, use baskets lined with fabric. Purchase as sets from any home furnishings store, or make your own liners from hemmed fabric pieces, pillowcases, etc.). Arrange the liner in the basket, pull the extra over the edges and secure with ribbon tied at the front.
Decorated cardboard hat box containers, round or rectangular work well as drawers. Family Dollar, Walmart, Target and T.J.Maxx sell several sizes and varieties, ranging in price from $3-$5 each. These need no liners. Use baskets and cardboard hat boxes to hold slacks, shorts, folded shirts, knit skirts, socks, underwear, bras, belts, scarves and accessories.
Leave the tops underneath the boxes and the boxes open. It looks tidy and keeps clothing fresher. I can see what I want and I don’t have to rummage for the right pants. Open baskets are easier to access than cumbersome, closed drawers. Putting clothes away is a snap. Children are much better about keeping their clothing tidy when they don’t have to fight with stubborn dresser drawers.
Keep clothes smelling fresh with packets of drawer fragrance crystals. Recycle bits of leftover soap by putting them in old socks. Tie the sock closed and throw in drawers and baskets. Make sachets by placing a scoop of of potpourri on a piece of fabric , gathering edges and securing with a ribbon. My only problem is that the cats find these boxes a cozy nest area.
The changing table surface makes an excellent vanity, also. Cover with a lace runner or pillow case. Hang necklaces and head bands on an upright ringed towel holder. Clamp hair clips and bracelets on as well. A garage sale mirror hung behind the table finishes it off!
Repurposed dresser solution two: Bakers rack- Bakers racks aren’t just for the kitchen. They are attractive and relatively inexpensive. I found a decent one for $40. Bakers racks feature multiple shelves, work surface, drawers and sometimes even round cubbies for wine. Besides providing ample storage, bakers racks make good bedside stands. Place a lamp, clock radio, Kleenex, books and magazines all convenient to reach. You might add a portable TV and DVD player, too. Bakers racks make excellent book shelves, too.
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