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Putting recycling materials to use for furniture and stools

Stools are an important constituent of furniture for every home, as they are not just easy to use but also add versatility to the sitting area. Even though there is a wide range of stools available in the market, we can make them at home using some basic material.

There are plenty of materials lying around the house, just waiting to be sent off to junkyard or landfill sites, which one can use intelligently to make some amazing, custom stools. Here let us have a look at a few of the ideas you could experiment with to create your own stools.

Skateboard stools

 Skateboard stools

Skateboarding is a popular sport in urban areas, which leaves a number of broken skateboards around. However, you can turn them into something more advantageous with little innovation and DIY skills. You just need a broken skateboard and a piece of plywood or other flat surface to create a space for sitting.

Simply cut the broken skateboard into two equal parts. Now hold them parallel to each other with the help of some piece of wood to nail them together. Now place the seat on the top and fix it properly. Your skateboard stool will be ready to serve you.

Wine Cork Stopper Stools

 Wine Cork Stopper Stools

To create the cork stool, you need a large number of wood corks, together with a bucket. Line the inner walls of the bucket with polythene. Fill the cork stoppers inside it in a way that they fill in properly without leaving any space in between. Intersperse each layer of the corks with strong glue. When filled to the rim, apply heavy pressure, so that corks set in properly with each other. When fully dried, pull out the solidified mass from the bucket and remove polythene sheets. Your cork stopper stools will be ready to sit on.

Magazine stools

 Magazine stools

This is possibly the craziest idea to make a stool. To assemble the magazine stool, you will need a set of old magazines, some old buckle up belts and a cushion. Layer the magazines on top of each other until it reaches the desired height. Now place a right sized cushion on top of it. Secure the whole mass with buckle up belts on the two sides and your magazine stool is ready. The production of the magazine stool is just so simple that even kids can assemble it with ease.

Concrete stools

 Concrete stools

These hardy stools top our list. The process of creating concrete stools is very simple and even kids can take part in it to develop or brush up their DIY skills. All you need is steel structural steel bars used in reinforced concrete buildings. Take three of them and bend them in the shape of tongs, while ensuring that all the steel bars have equal length.

They will form the three legs of the stool. Now place them all along the inner rim of a discarded plastic bucket or some large round box. With the steel bars securely in place, pour in concrete, cement-sand mixture, inside the bucket. Let the mixture settle down. Pull the solidified mass out of the bucket after a few days and you will have your concrete stools ready.

Old car wheels

 Old car wheels

We have yet another reason to retain those old discarded rubber wheels. Just take two old car wheels and place them one above the other. You can fill them with old clothes to create the sitting space. You can then cover them up with a wide cushion.

Wooden pallets

 Wooden pallets

We can also turn wooden pallets that we get with packed items into interesting pieces of furniture, including stools. Just use your imagination and size out these pieces of packaging wood to create stools for yourself.

We can create innovative furniture using DIY methods and old stuff lying around house that will not just look unique but also help in sustaining the environment.

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Dr Prem Jagyasi

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