What Are The Benefits of Upcycling Furniture?

Upcycling furniture, or bringing old pieces back up to their full potential, has become incredibly popular these days. Which is great, because there are actually lots of amazing benefits of reusing old furniture rather than buying new. Here are some of the reasons you should hop on the bandwagon and get upcycling!

When you buy a piece of furniture from a shop, you know that you're bringing home the exact same thing as what many thousands of people own too. Upcycling will give you a finished product that's much more unique. You can be safe in the knowledge that once you're finished, you're probably going to be the only person with a piece just like it. If you want to bring in something a little different into your home, this is a good way to go. You don't even have to start with a piece of furniture. For example, an old wooden palette can easily be transformed into a chic coffee table!

New furniture is expensive, there's no doubt about that. However when it comes to old pieces, you can find them cheaply in junk shops and on Craigslist. People often sell them cheaply or give them away because they looks worn and shabby. But with a bit of patience and TLC, you can totally transform how it looks so this is a great way to save yourself some cash. Tap into this market early and score the best pieces, while people are still viewing them as junk. Perfect for anyone decorating on a budget.

Factories that make furniture burn fossil fuels which is of course harmful to the environment. In some cases it can't be helped, and there are certain pieces of furniture that it's always advisable to buy new such as mattresses and sofas. However when it comes to other things, especially those made from wood, there's plenty you can do to bring them back up to scratch. Unlike a lot of todays furniture that uses cheap chipboard and veneer, older pieces tend to be made out of solid wood. Providing it doesn't get exposed to moisture and rot, this stuff is built to last.  Upcycling also helps the environment as it means that old pieces that are still perfectly good aren't going to landfill.

As well as having a fabulous finished piece at the end of it, you also get to enjoy the creative process. You could let your imagination run wild on each item, or just keep it simple and paint them white. Either way you'll learn new skills and it's a fun and rewarding hobby. You could upcycle pieces for family and friends or even turn it into a little business venture.

Do you upcycle?