Looking for some cool wacky DIY furniture made of old tires, magazines and other recycled materials? Well, there are a lot of repurposed furniture ideas for those on a small budget, that you can easily assemble at home, in a jiffy. Make a list of things lying around plus a list of things that you will need to fix these things together like Super glues, adhesives – Fevi Bond or Fevi Quick or a glue gun, left over ropes etc. Then get going. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
DIY furniture ideas
Magazines – We all have dozens of them lying around. Why not put them to good use – Make affordable, cheap chairs and center tables for your studio apartments or home offices or even PG accommodations.
For the chairs – Collect a lot of magazines of approximately the same length.The number of pages can vary. Roll each magazine tightly and bind it using strong transparent adhesive tape. Arrange all the rolls vertically to form a seat. Bind it together tightly with rope.
Now for the back rest, cut waste PVC pipes. The length of these pipes must be measured from the base of the magazine seat till the desired height. Roll them in newspapers. Close the open ends with round cardboard pieces. Tie these PVC pipes together using rope. Next, bind the magazine seat with this PVC pipe backrest. And you have a strong chair made of recycled magazines and PVC pipes.
Place a few fluffy round seat cushions on the chair seats to make them comfortable.
The center table also has magazine rolls bound together with rope. You can get any old glass sheet cut from a local glass shop or by using a glass cutter yourself. Use heavy duty velcro straps for binding the glass sheet to the magazine base. Stick one side of of the velcro straps with super strong glue to the magazine base and one under the glass sheet. And then just press them together.
Now for DIY furniture from tube tires – we do not have tires at home. But just go over to the nearest car mechanic or dealers of tires or scrap dealers. They would not mind giving away a few tires for free or even for a small fee. Get three of these tube tires. Make sure they are in fairly good shape with proper air pressure. Get some old pieces of fabric. Cut 10cm wide long strips. Stitch these strips together to form a really long strip of fabric. Now wrap each tube tire with such long strips. This will form the first layer of fabric covering. For the next layer, you can buy some cheap, soft, colorful terry towel fabric. Cut long strips and stitch them as mentioned earlier. Then wrap these strips around the tires.
Place two tube tires one over the other. Bind them together with a small strip of terry towel, from the proposed back side of the seat. Fill in lots of old pieces of foam and fabric. Stuff in nice round seat cushions at the top.
Now for the backrest – Bind the remaining terry towel wrapped tube tire to the base using nylon rope, to form the back rest. Stuff in an over sized round cushion into the back rest, for added comfort.
This DIY furniture made of recycled tires need wall support. The magazine chairs are free standing, though. All in all, a neat idea for repurposed furniture.
Note: These DIY furniture pieces from recycled materials were made by the students of Interior Design at INIFD, Vashi.