Here at Upcycle That we are constantly blown away by the incredible upcycling inspiration and ideas from upcyclers around the world. Australian Kristen Montgomery of Sneaky Boarding Design is one such upcycler. Kristen makes furniture and homeware from reclaimed materials such as pallets, skateboards and reclaimed wood. We’ve asked Kristen some questions about her process and where she gets her upcycling inspiration from. Read on to find out what she shared.
These upcycled chairs are the cutting-edge seats of Project99. They are built from used seat frames and upholstered with upcycled materials such as boat sails, street posters, inner tube tyres and industrial felt. Created by Dutch designer Stefan Louwerse, these are chairs with a story.
These gorgeous upcycled tables are created by Herso, a Dutch furniture making team. Herso create mixed wood tables by gluing small pieces of discarded wood together. Their mission is to create beautiful, high-quality wooden furniture from waste wood. The resulting seamless upcycled tables speak for themselves.
One of the best things about upcycling is that it can preserve items rich with history. These railroad upcycles from Rail Yard Studios are a great example of that. Made from rails worn from use and retired from service, this custom line recalls an age gone by.
The story behind Rail Yard Studios
The team behind Rail Yard Studios are father-son duo Jim and Robert Hendrick. Jim has had a lifelong passion for carpentry and instilled the same love in his son Robert. Robert studied industrial design and developed an appreciation for the efficiency of rail during years spent in Europe. Upon returning home to Tennessee, Robert decided to purchase a railroad contracting company involved with railroad construction and maintenance. It was almost inevitable that the pair would get involved with railroad upcycles.
Rail must be taken out of service when it is too worn down to be relayed. Robert started seeing century old rails with names like Carnegie, Bethlehem, Illinois and Tennessee being sold for scrap. Some of the rails were emblazoned with dates as early as 1899.
With a desire to preserve history and some slow days on the line, Jim and Robert began experimenting with furniture design. The resulting railroad upcycles are more than just functional, they effectively serve as uniquely crafted works of art.
Most of the railroad upcycles made by Rail Yard Studios are custom built. The historical, century-old railroad steel comes mainly from track renovations in the southeastern U.S. The hardwood timbers are sourced from suppliers as rejects. While the bark seams and knots might be undesirable to suppliers, for Jim and Robert they are viewed as incredible natural design features.
Rail Yard Studios are always looking to add new products to their range. Although they started with large upcycled furniture pieces like desks and tables, their most popular pieces now include smaller items such as the Rail Yard wine racks.
We think that these railroad upcycles are awesome. The history of the rails and industrial chic style of design are majorly appealing to us. We’d love to have one of these pieces in our home, would you want to have one in yours?
Source: Rail Yard Studios
Maverick can step aside because when it comes to aviation there’s a new top gun in town. These aviator stools are hands down the coolest repurpose of helicopters and airplanes we’ve ever seen.
It’s always handy to have some occasional seating/side table options. Imagine the scenario, you’re hanging around on your hammock and need a place to rest your book or feet. This upcycled ottoman pouffe would be perfect for that. It can be made from any rug and can be stuffed with old pillows and cushions. Read on to find out how to make your own upcycled ottoman pouffe.
Being the weekend and all, we figure it’s the best time to feature this steamer trunk bar. We love the look of this upcycled steamer trunk bar and think it makes a great aesthetic and functional addition to a living space.
It seems like most people could do with some extra storage. That’s why we were so excited to find not just 1, but 2 ways to pull off a functional filing cabinet upcycle. Whether you’re after more counter space for your kitchen, or increased storage for your bedroom, an old filing cabinet can do just the trick. You’re just a few steps away from extra storage space. Presenting to you filing cabinet upcycle – 2 ways!
It’s no surprise how much we love pallets around here. That’s why we were so excited to find this folding desk made from a pallet! This is such a brilliant idea for a small space requiring a desk. It offers great storage and once closed only takes up the width of the pallet on the wall. Better yet, you don’t need to dissemble the pallet to make it. This is upcycled furniture at it’s finest!
There is something so satisfying about upcycled furniture. Between saving a bundle and creating something truly awesome, the process is great. Add to that a legitimately easy to make barstool desk and you’ve got a winning DIY project.