If you are a travel bug, chances are you have loads of old or broken suitcases and luggage pieces lying around in your house. There are so many memories attached to these little things that it is often difficult to throw them away, so many of us end up hoarding them indefinitely. Rather than have your old cases take up space in your storage area, here are a list of cool projects you can do with them instead!
6 Amazing And Ultimate Ideas To Reuse Old Suitcases
1. Bedside Table
This idea is a good one for those of us who have more than one suitcase that we do not need anymore, and works best for trunk-style pieces. Simply stack up all your suitcases and use it as a bedside table. For a different and more vintage look, you can even have a carpenter attach legs to the bottom of an old bag and use that as a table instead. This can also work as a chest of drawers, depending on the size and type of your suitcases.
2. Jewellery Display Case
This one is super easy, and works very well for those of us that have a lot of jewellery, especially earrings, lying all around. It works both as an organizational tool, and a home décor item. Simply place the open suitcase on a stool or table, and attach or place some chicken wire or a wire rack on the side that is standing up. The last step is simply hooking on all your jewellery items onto the grids in the wire.
3. A Bed For Your Pet
Pet beds can be quite costly these days, so making one out of an old suitcase is an excellent way to save money, and upcycle an old item. This is also especially great for puppies or growing dogs, who will grow out of their old beds quickly. All you need to do is clean the suitcase well and put in a nice fabric or a small piece of rug or pillow as bedding. You can even put in their favourite toys and some snacks to make it feel more home-y.
4. Dining Or Coffee Table
If you live in a small apartment or are on a budget, old suitcases work as the perfect sized dining and coffee tables. You can use them as they are, or even cover with a tablecloth depending on the condition. The best part is that it can still be used for storage, or just to hide away knick-knacks around the house.
5. Storage Cupboards
Having a carpenter install some shelves in an old suitcase will allow you to use it as a mini shelving unit. You can have this in virtually any room in your house, and it will suit all types of needs. To customize it further, paint or a different fabric can be stitched on to the inside to make it look nicer. You can even put in different bins or something like a drawer organizer to help avoid clutter inside the case.
This last project is one of the more difficult ones, but the end result is totally worth it. You can make a boombox out of an old hard-shell suitcase by installing some good quality speakers and bass to the front. Hide all the wiring inside the suitcase and run it through the back to plug into an outlet, and voila!So, now that you have all these ideas of how to upcycle your old suitcase, we hope that you will try some, and make your old suitcases chic and functional too!