5 Pieces Utilized More Creatively

Who doesn’t want more out of their furnishings? To add personality and flexibility to your space, shop for furniture and accessories that have a side hustle, which in the world of design translates to a use other than what’s intended by the maker or manufacturer.  As long as there are no safety issues, I say hack and repurpose away. Look for these five pieces that are constantly reinventing themselves in interiors across the globe.

1. The Moroccan Pouf
Officially, these circular cushions, typically made out of leather or vinyl, are considered a type of extra seating, but they make a mean footrest for an armchair. Or better yet, let a trio of poufs (or even one oversize style like the above one from Emily Henderson) stand in for a classic coffee table. Soft, rounded profiles and lack of sharp corners makes the pouf-as-a-table a great solution for families with young kids or even easily excited pets.
2. The Dining Chair
The dining chair is a perfect idea for a guest room or small space, where you don’t want to spend a fortune on furnishings or frankly even have the square footage for a full bedside table with drawers (another trick is painting it the same color as your wall like this shot from Passion Shake, which lessons the visual clutter in a tiny space). You could also use a lone dining chair in an entryway or near a door as a handy spot for putting on shoes or dropping a bag.
3. A Woven Bin
Tall bins are total chameleons. From being used for keeping throws and extra pillows for guests, to toy baskets for your children. They can also be a great way to organize umbrellas, wrapping paper or even sports equipment. Line one with a plastic bag, and you’ve got one stylish trash can. Seen above, Shelterness used one as a decorative planter for a large tree which is also a unique idea.
4. The Bar Cart
Wheels, multiple shelves and a handle means that a bar cart can take a spin in really any room of a house and find it works. I love one in a kitchen as a coffee station. Craft supplies are another kid-friendly substitute. A bar cart can easily be used as a side table as seen here from HGTV, and it’s possible to use one as a nightstand, as well.
5. A Wool Blanket
Wool blankets are ideal as a throw across the foot of your bed or on the back of a chair or sofa. But how about draped over a generic or cheap headboard to give it a fresh new look? Or as a pop of color underfoot, layered over a jute rug? Tire of it as a blanket or rug, and you turn one into pillows or even upholstery for a set of stool cushions or chairs a la actress Brooklyn Decker’s dining room via My Domaine.

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