Instead Of Throwing Your Broken Drawers Away, Why Not Use Them In A Brand New Way?

In most bedrooms, you can find at least one dresser, but, what happens when said dresser has outlived its usefulness?  It could be out of style, maybe the drawers don’t close anymore, whatever the reason, it’s time for it to go. How about upcycling it? Just using the drawers, you can extract a whole other lifetime of use with these 13 clever and creative DIY ideas.

1. Keep kitchen essentials handy.

ways to use old dresser drawers

No more fussing with boxes of plastic wrap and Ziploc baggies. Instead, hang a dresser drawer on the wall, add some dowel rods and you’ve got everything you need for packing lunches right where you can see it.

2. Boring medicine cabinet?  Hello cute shelving!

ways to use old dresser drawers

Storage and style go hand-in-hand with this repurposed dresser drawer. A dowel rod can hold towels or even extra rolls of toilet paper, while the inside of the drawer is the perfect spot to store the extra bottles of soap and other cleansers.

3. Replace a bulky bookshelf.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Free up some floor space with these dresser-drawers-turned-bookshelves. They look great on the wall and they create great storage.


4. Add some unique flair to bare walls.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Display all your favorite pictures and knickknacks! Paint the drawers, add some contact paper to the bottom of them, and change out the knobs to fit in with any decor.

5. Make something for man’s best friend.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Any dog bed from the store might be comfy, but a custom-made bed like this one is perfect for your favorite canine companion.

6. Make the perfect toy: a miniature model of your house.

ways to use old dresser drawers

While every kid might dream of their own Barbie house, this customized dollhouse is something truly special.

7. Make your own mudroom.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Using door knobs and just the fronts of your old dresser drawers, you can make storage where there wasn’t any before. Hang up jackets, hats, and scarves during cold weather months, and keep keys where you can always find them all year round.

8. Keep jewelry tangle-free and easy to find.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Add a few more knobs to the drawers and hang up your favorite pieces of jewelry. Inside the drawer, store bracelets, rings, and earrings. A few small bowls placed inside will add even more organizational space.

9. Display your cutest dishes.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Keep the beat-up plastic plates inside the cabinets, but don’t let the cute stuff sit in the dark! It never hurts to keep dishes in easy reach.

10. Make doing laundry a cinch.

ways to use old dresser drawers

No one wants their laundry cluttered, but putting away something you use as often as detergent doesn’t make a ton of sense, either. This repurposed drawer keeps things relatively tidy, but still conveniently stored.

11. Add a little greenery to your space.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Keeping plants inside has been linked to lower stress levels, so it never hurts to add houseplants here and there.  A drawer on the wall keeps plants out of the way and displayed in a beautiful way.

12. Store books instead of clothes.

ways to use old dresser drawers

Stack a few drawers on top of each other to create a slim bookshelf. Don’t just stick to a straight line, either; why not try out a pyramid?

13. Keep your entryway organized.

ways to use old dresser drawers

The last thing you want to see right when you walk in is a mess, it’s more convenient to keep everything where you can see it. Stack shoes, keys, and anything else inside these drawers and keep them off the floor!


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