One of the best things about kids is their shamelessly weird and whimsical tastes. A chair that looks like a bunny rabbit? Yes please! Perhaps this is why creative furniture upcycling is so perfect for kids bedrooms – they’re guaranteed to love the quirky stuff. From upcycled vintage to DIY hacks, you’ll find these chairs more than a little bit interesting. Picture above via Brut Cake.
1. VINTAGE PEACOCK CHAIR
This elegant little girl’s bedroom was created by Belinda from Petite Interior Co. She specialises in interior design for kids bedrooms and created this one for her daughter Holly. It features a 30-year-old vintage peacock chair which Belinda picked up on eBay for $50. A lick of paint in a terrific shade of hot pink and it’s the perfect chair for a reading corner. The bedside table was also found on Gumtree for $15 and spray painted yellow.
2. SUITCASE CHAIR
South African designer Katie Thompson is a prolific upcyclist and you can see more favourites from her portfolio here. Under the brand REcreate, her upcycled products range from typewriter lamps to bottle top baskets and she also does made to order designs. These two monochrome chairs are called Farmyard Pair and are upholstered in a fun farm yard themed fabric by Design Team Fabrics. If you feel like trying your hand at making one of these, here are a couple of suitcase chair DIY tutorials from See Kate Sew and Snapguide.
3. MIXED MEDIA CHAIR
A favourite from my book ‘Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors’, children’s illustrator Sophie Crichton applied her unmatched creative flair to this second hand chair, upcycling it with objects from around the house. Paint, decoupage, buttons, stickers, bottle tops, wine corks and thread all feature on this colourful personalised chair which she made for a friend.
4. TYRE OTTOMAN
Once a car tyre, now an ottoman stool. In this Make a Rope Stool DIY tutorial by DaWanda, you’re instructed to make an MDF base and lid for the top and bottom of the tyre, then simply wrap Manila rope around a nail that’s positioned in the centre of the top. Paint the base in a bright colour and voila – a stylish and durable low level seat.
5. PLUSHIE CHAIR
It was the Banquete Chairs by Brazilian designers Campana Brothers who brought a whole new meaning to ‘faux fur’ furnishings with their stuffed toy couture. Now even Martha Stewart can be seen making her own Beanie Baby version. The above chair was found on the French blog Jesus Sauvage by mum of 3 Sandra, and features a step by step tutorial on how to upcycle plushies using a Bertoia Diamond style chair and plastic cable ties. Not everyone will have the heart to turn their childhood friends into furniture, but you have to admit… it does look comfortable. And while we’re on the subject, take a look at the work of artist Augustina Woodgate who upcycles stuffed toys to make animal skin rugs.
6. OLIVE TIN STOOL
German design duo Petra Schultz and Karin Yilmaz-Egger founded their company Rafinesse & Tristesse in 2005. They make a whole host of home accessories from recycled olive oil tins, including these Tin Tuffet stools which are reinforced from the inside with wood. Upholstered in different fabrics, each seat is one-of-a-kind and costs €79.
7. FUN UPHOLSTERY
Shanghai-based designer Nicole Teng is the founder of Brut Cake. She designs beautiful one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories using antique furniture, found objects and vintage fabrics. Many of her pieces are brought to life with funny faces and animal characters which she designs alongside skilled craftsmen who use traditional techniques. I love Nicole’s mix of quality craftsmanship and naive design, inspired by the Art Brut movement.
8. UPCYCLED JEANS
When something needs to be robust and hardwearing, there’s nothing quite like denim. Jeanbag is an Australian brand set up by KT Doyle after she entered a local recycling competition. Old jeans are sourced from charities such as the RSPCA and The Endeavour Foundation. Using a Singer sewing machine that’s been in the family since 1952, KT creates unique cushions and beanbags. Jeanbag Junior would be perfect for kids of all ages, and it comes in adult size too!
9. DECOUPAGE MOTIF
This very cute upcycled vintage school chair is by Etsy seller Epimade. The steel legs have been painted in muted clay and the seat features a decoupaged vintage illustration of a hare on a pale pink polka dot background, available to buy now for £112.
10. IKEA HACK
Swedish mother and daughter Karin and Freya, transformed IKEA’s Kritter table and chairs using adhesive vinyl foil and a circle punch. The colourful bits of vinyl are a perfect for a quick and easy update, adding fun to an otherwise bland looking furniture set. Find the full DIY tutorial over on their awesome blog Pyssel Bolaget.
Have you come across any good upcycled chairs for kids bedrooms? Let us know!