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You might not have giant wooden spools hanging around the house, but I found so many ingenious ways to upcycle them into furniture that I had to share. If you’re inspired by these projects, ask your local home improvement store if they’d be willing to give you a used spool for free. Still coming up empty-handed? Big spools are often used to hold heavy-duty wiring, so check out your local electric and cable companies. (I think nearly-free furniture is worth a little legwork, don’t you?)

5 Furniture Ideas for Wooden Spools

Design: Randy Weinstein

Believe it or not, this wooden spool was salvaged from a junkyard. If you’re going for an industrial modern vibe, copy designer Randy Weinstein and top a spool with stainless steel for a DIY table. Eames chairs complete the look.

5 Furniture Ideas for Wooden Spools

Design: Brian Patrick Flynn

Or, you can keep your spool simple. This unadorned example from Brian Patrick Flynn doubles as a rustic cocktail table and provides a welcome surface for candles, beverages and snacks at a “stock the bar” wedding shower.

5 Furniture Ideas for Wooden Spools

Design: RMS user knkrosen

If you think a spool’s only good for indoor spaces, this project from Rate My Space user knkrosen will make you think again. Covered with granite tile and topped with an umbrella, the average spool table becomes a dreamy “by-the-pool” table.

5 Furniture Ideas for Wooden Spools

Design: Junk Gypsies

Spools can also come in handy for storage. This rescued spool is a charming way to stash books and craft supplies.

5 Furniture Ideas for Wooden Spools

Design: Joanne Palmisano | Photo: Susan Teare

After all that DIY furniture-making, you might want to put your feet up and relax. The spool’s got you covered there, too! Joanne Palmisano covered a wooden spool with a soft blanket and some foam cushioning for the ultimate fluffy footspool footstool.

Which spool furniture idea do you find most electrifying? And do you know of any other clever uses for spools? Share them in the comments below!

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