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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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25 Responses

  1. maggie says:

    We sanded ours and put a natural honey stain and semi gloss finish on it. Went in the woods and found a downed birch tree,plopped it in the center hole. Wah la! We can put white lites on it for everyday use or xmas lites for that holiday. I put a few cute bird nests on branches and a few of our hand carved birds.

  2. Darline Horner says:

    I had a couple of heavy duty plastic spools that had been used for wire or cable . They were quite a bit smaller than these wooden ones . I used them for outdoor seating , they were just right !

  3. Dennis Reynolds says:

    I took mine and cut around one end to make the "bottom" smaller than the top. I sanded the whole thing the best I could, and then cut a "mouse hole" into the middle part. I put a small pet bed in it and that's where my Chihuahua Peco sleeps ! I set my TV on the top of it. I've had soooo many comments on it!!!

  4. Ethelmae says:

    Where do you get them? Nice ideas, but you have to find one first.

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