I am always looking for new and exciting ways to use furniture. Often, I fall in love with a particular piece, but don’t have the space or the need for it. Pinterest is a wonderful place to get inspiration (and first-timers beware…it is highly addictive!), and I stumbled upon the fabulous idea of converting beds, chairs, sideboards and dressers into benches.

These ideas are so incredible, and something I certainly never would have thought to do. Depending on your level of competency with power tools, you may need to enlist outside help for some of these ideas. Still, these are easy projects that are sure to transform your space and add a point of interest to your décor.

This is the first one that caught my eye. This person took the headboard and footboard of an antique bed, and cut the footboard in half to make a bench:

To check out this blogger’s step-by-step instructions visit: http://www.addicted2decorating.com/d-i-y-project-turning-a-headboard-and-footboard-into-a-bench.html.

This conversion will create a substantial-sized bench. Imagine it as additional seating in a breakfast nook. Paint it an eye-catching color, add a cushion and some bold throw pillows and place it in your entryway. Or wouldn’t it be the perfect seating for a mudroom? Place and label a storage bin for each member of your family underneath to conceal snow boots in the winter and sandals in the summer. Why not also try using weather-proof paint or top-coat and putting in your backyard or on your porch.

Another fun idea is taking the frame of antique chairs and converting it into a bench.

As you can see, this is a smaller scale final product and would look great as a piece of accent furniture in any room of your house. I love the idea of putting a bench at the foot of the bed, like this:

This is another twist on the same idea. You could paint every chair the same color to keep some uniformity, but don’t be afraid to mix and match!

I saved the project with the least amount of labor for last! This is a great way to gain both seating and storage in one piece of furniture:

This is a converted sideboard, but it would also work with a small dresser. The only updates you would need to make would be removing the legs, painting it your desired color or restoring the wood, and adding a cushion and pillows. Adding more decorative hardware would certainly brighten up the piece even more.

You can find the beds, chairs, sideboards, or dressers to create any of the above pieces at our monthly estate auctions. We always offer beautiful antiques and they often sell for reasonable prices. Last Saturday we held an on-site auction at the beautiful Devereaux Estate in Nahant, Massachusetts. The 700 lot sale was full of items such as this, just waiting to be updated and given a creative touch.

These would have been the perfect items to create benches, and they were all included in our last sale:

Lot #8201: Pair of early American maple twin rope beds

Lot #8202: 18th/19th century American maple rope bed

Lot #8342: 19th Century mahogany side chairs

Lot #8455: Three miscellaneous mahogany chairs.

Lot #8509: Pair of 20th Century chinoiserie decorated chairs

Lot #8549: Early 20th Century Hepplewhite-style mahogany sideboard