There are so many ways that you can turn trash into treasure. I recently came across an old bed frame at a flea market and thought that it would make a wonderful DIY project. The only problem was that I didn’t quite know what DIY project I wanted to do. So, I started looking for creative ways to upcycle old bed frames. I found 15 of the most adorable things that you can make from wood and metal bed frames, and all of these are really simple DIY repurpose projects.
Repurposing is in my blood. I love nothing more than taking something that seems like trash and turning it into home décor or furniture. I haven’t quite determined which of these bed frame repurposing ideas I plan to do, but I wanted to share all of them with you. You can honestly turn just about anything into something new. Just check out these 20 carpet repurposing ideas. Instead of throwing out those otherwise useless items, simply make them into new and exciting home decor. You can do the same with your old bed frames.
Repurposing furniture is a great idea. Not only do you get new things but you save yourself a bit of money over throwing that old furniture out. These 30 bookcase repurposing ideas are testament to that. And if you don’t have any old furniture to use, you can always visit flea markets or your local thrift stores and find them pretty cheap. These bed frame ideas can be done with really inexpensive old bed frames, that you can probably pick up at a thrift store for $20 or less. Imagine getting a beautiful new garden bench or an organizational shelf for under $20. You just can’t beat repurposing for adding cheap yet invaluable items to your home.
1. Repurposed Bed Frame Garden Bench
In about eight hours you can turn that old metal or wooden bed frame into a gorgeous bench for your garden. I love this idea! Not only do you get to repurpose that bed frame, you get a lovely bench that will add the perfect focal point to your flower garden or patio. This makes a wonderful sitting bench or you can turn it into a lovely bench for holding your potted plants.
2. DIY Pull Behind Cargo Trailer
Believe it or not, you can even turn that old bed frame into a pull behind cargo trailer for hauling just about anything you want to haul. This is a great little trailer for hauling rocks and other debris around the yard and it is super easy to make. You use an old bed frame as the basic frame and then add other repurposed materials like wheels from an old bike and other scrap metal pieces.
3. Gorgeous Repurposed Bed Frame Console Table
I love a good repurposed furniture project and this DIY console table made from an old bed frame is one of my favorites. You can put this table behind the couch or in the entryway or just about anywhere that you need it. It’s a lovely wooden table, or you could repurpose a metal bed frame and get one just as nice. You just add the top which is made from a wood plank and then put it all together.
4. Upcycled Bed Frame Into Pet Bed
We love making DIY dog beds and such, right? This particular dog bed can be made from a repurposed bed frame and you can use wood or metal, whatever you have on hand. I love this idea! Not only do you get a nice little bed for your pet, the upcycled bed frame gives it a really nice decorative touch and your little pooch is going to love you for thinking of him.
5. Unique DIY Photo Hanger
Technically, this photo hanger is an old metal pipe, but you could do the same thing with the side rails from an old metal bed frame. This is such a unique way to display your favorite pictures and it adds such a nice rustic look to your décor. You just clean and paint those bed frames and then turn them into the perfect picture hangers. Since you’ll have two side rails, you can make two of these with each bed frame that you want to repurpose.
6. Repurposed Bed Frame Garden Bridge
How about turning that old bed frame into a gorgeous new garden bridge? This is a beautiful way to repurpose a bed. It will definitely be a focal point in your garden and you don’t even have to have a creek to place it over. Just put it anywhere that you want to add a bit of décor. It’s a really simple idea and one that will definitely improve your garden.
7. DIY Raised Garden Bed
Turn that old metal or wood bed frame into a nice raised garden bed. Whether you want to plant flowers or climbing veggies, an old bed frame gives you exactly what you need to allow those plants to grow, and this project is so simple to put together. It only takes about four hours and less than $25 to make, even if you don’t have an old bed frame to use.
8. Upcycled Bed Frame Coffee Table
You don’t have to be a really skilled woodworker or have a lot of tools at your disposal to turn that old bed frame into a coffee table. This one in particular is a bit extravagant, but you can use the same concept to turn your plain old wooden or metal bed frame into a gorgeous coffee table that is sure to spark conversation. You can also use wood for the top instead of glass if you prefer.
9. Repurposed Bunk Bed Planter/Bench
That old bunk bed frame can also be put to good use in your garden or on your patio. This repurposed bunk bed frame bench/planter is gorgeous and so easy to do. You don’t even have to do that much. Just remove the bottom bunk bed and use the top to build your planter boxes. Then add a bench, which you can make from the bottom bunk frame, and you’re all set
10. Repurposed Bed Frame Fencing
An old metal bed frame makes the perfect garden fencing. You can use the headboard and footboard and/or the sides of the frame to create lovely fencing that will showcase your garden. If you don’t have enough of a bed frame to use, check out your local thrift stores or online yard sales in your area. You can use different styles of beds and paint them all the same color to get the same result.
11. DIY Flower Bed
This DIY flower bed is actually a bed! You can turn an old wrought iron bed into a beautiful garden display by simply putting it in the yard and planting your flowers inside the frame. I’ve seen this done so many times and it is absolutely stunning. The bed frame helps to organize your flower garden and keep it maintained and it really does create a lovely focal point for your flower garden.
12. Repurposed Bunk Bed Workbench
Turn an old wooden bunk bed into the most functional workbench that you will ever use. This makes having a workbench so much cheaper than buying one and it’s a great way to reuse an old bunk bed that you no longer need. It’s a relatively easy project and just imagine the DIY projects and crafts that you will be able to get done when you have an amazing new workbench.
13. Upcycled Bed Frame Porch Swing
This porch swing is the most genius thing that I have ever seen. You make it with an old metal bed frame and it has a wonderful rustic farmhouse quality to it. This would go great with your other DIY farmhouse furniture and décor and it looks really easy to build. You’ll need the sides of the frame to create the base for the swing and then just add wooden boards to create the seat. Imagine relaxing on your DIY bed frame porch swing this summer!
14. Rustic Bed Frame Shelf
This shelf not only has a great rustic look to it, it gives you loads of storage and organizational space. You make this with the sides of an old metal bed frame and some wooden boxes that you can totally build yourself. How great would this look in your farmhouse kitchen? Or, you could use it in the garage to help keep things put away and organized.
15. Upcycled Bed Frame Wall Décor
If you can’t find anything else to do with that old bed frame, why not turn it into rustic art? This is a gorgeous idea that I found over on Etsy. You can buy this one for under $100,or make it yourself if you want. You just paint or stain your wooden or metal bed frame and then hang it up to give any room a nice rustic look. There are hundreds of ways that you can add rustic décor to your walls using those old bed frames!