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30 Ways to Utilize Old and Unused Doors Effectively

We always strive to make our home decor featuring original and creative ideas, so that it looks way better than other homes in the vicinity. Take a hammer and some paint, and utilize some of the old doors lying in your home. You will be surprised how each of these doors can be reinvented to transform the interior of your home for the better, within your budget!

You can create an adorable arched entry for a small cottage or just a panel door for the dressing room. Detached doors were specifically built to last. Sometimes beautiful doors do not perform their function and need to be reused in some other ways. These vintage doors are then sold to dealers, who then get handsome prices from collectors and creative artists. The selling amount of these doors is far too low. It is better to get these doors to perform some other function creatively.

Here is a list of 30 creative ideas to make use of unused and old doors

1.Use Them as a Trendy Coffee Table All caffeine addicts will love to get a chic and affordable coffee table out of their unused doors especially chipped interior doors that can be reclaimed and converted into one of the most exquisite coffee tables.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠTrendy Coffee Table

2.Use them as Potting Benches One can restyle old doors into a potting bench that is practical and functional at the same time. It looks aesthetically appealing since it gives a fresh vintage touch to your home that will appeal to many.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠPotting Benches

3.A Vintage Sofa Might do the Trick Instead of letting guests sleep on inflatable mattresses, you can get the unused doors to become a stylish sofa that can be the brand new place to rest and sleep on.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠVintage Sofa

4.Make a Door Headboard One can also use an old, classic although useless door as a useful headboard. This new door headboard will just add the comfort of a bedroom.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠDoor Headboard

5.Multipurpose Photo Frame Using wonderful classic photos for a photo frame is not a new idea but to use unused doors for frames is certainly one. All you need is a saw that will help you create squares inside the door after which, you can insert photos in it.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠKitchen Cabinet

6.Create a Kitchen Cabinet Kitchen cabinets are practical and useful since they can store cutlery and cookware perfectly, without having to spend thousands of dollars for buying vintage cabinets for storage.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠKitchen Cabinet

7.Multicolor Door Paints for Home Decor Sometimes, some unused doors can be used as they are. You do not have to go to extreme lengths to make it usable or functional or sometimes even paint them in some other color. They can make for good faux doors in the living room and even feature multiple colors to match any of the room decors. The visual effect is striking in this regard.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠMulticolor Door Paint

8.A stand-in kitchen door As a kitchen door, you can get the rustic ambiance of the unused or vintage doors in your kitchen. You can even get your kitchen gear hanging on screws so that the usability of the door increases too!


9.An effective Vanity and Letter Desk Unused doors can be used as vanity and letter desks, so that you can stack the items as well as important letters, arranging each of them perfectly. It would be easier to work on it too as the desk will able to handle lots of items kept on it.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:Vanity and Letter Desk

10.An Airy Ladder Bookcase An upholstered backboard for extra shelving will always help with a bookcase that makes use of less space and yet perfect for stacking it up.


If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠAiry Ladder Bookcase 

11.Stable Door Display Shelf Display shelfs are always more the merrier. Unused or old doors can be fabricated to work as stable door displays and shelfs that can be used to keep important items in different ways.


If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠStable Door Shelf Display

12.Framed Full-Length Mirror Unused doors can handle full-length mirrors too. You can get mirrors carved and chiseled within the framework so that they look outstanding near your makeup room or bedroom.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠFramed Full Lenght Mirror

13.A Relaxing Garden Bench The garden bench can be made from one of the best-unused doors and can be installed on the porch outside a home. It can even be a standalone decorative bench within the house for numerous purposes.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠGarden Bench

14.Scroll Windowed Office Door The scrolled windows are pricey to start with if you buy them from the market. Instead get your unused doors to function as a scroll windowed office door by just having a section, perfectly sawed out, with a scrolling window installed in that space.


If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠScroll Windowed Office Door

15.Entrance Door Frame If you have extra doors that can function as a doorframe, you should use them soon. The frames give an additional aesthetic quality to the entrance doors.


If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠEntrance DoorᅠFrame

16.Office with Hanging French Door Panels French Door Panels are marvelous to look at and need to be installed in every home. The unused doors can very well be fabricated into French Door Panels, that look beautiful, to say the least, in office.

17.Repurposed Planter Rack The Planter Rack is a fantastic way to have plants stacked in a design. The unused doors or old ones can function very well for the same.

If you want to do it yourself, refer to this tutorial:ᅠPlanter Rack

18.Classroom Door Message Center Classrooms usually need a message board for students and teachers to post messages. The Classroom Door Message Center can be made by using a spare door for affixing message notes that will help convey to other students in the class.


19.Bi-Fold Door Corner Shelf Seldom the door corners get left out and one can use that space for corner shelf. A bi-fold door corner shelf can help the door being opened easily, and also for things to be stacked neatly.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠDoor Corner Shelf

20.Door Tempered Glass Dining Table A dining table made of tempered wood from unused doors is a great idea. With a glass top over the block of wood, will add a sense of grace and stability to the purpose.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠGlass Dining Table

21.Jewelry Stand The door jewelry stand is an awesome idea for women who can use unused doors as stands to mount their different jewelry beautifully just as a tree can on its branches.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠJewelry Stand

22.Essentials Organizer on the Entrance The doors can be repurposed on the entrance wherein your essentials can be neatly organized and arranged.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠEssentials Organizer

23.Arched Cabinet with Wall Art One can create an arched cabinet on one of the home arches and decorate it with wall art and paintings so that they reflect the Renaissance period well enough. Murals can be mounted with the arched cabinets too.

24.Study Desk A study desk built with unused doors will be sturdy and handy too. With the breadth of the doors, one can create custom drawers and even some grooves for handling pens and stationery on it.Image Source:ᅠNourish And Nestle

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠStudy Desk

25.Bathroom Cabinets Bathroom cabinets made of unused doors can work well because one can design them with knobs and clips, especially to store sanitary equipment.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠBathroom

26.Master Bed Master Beds can be created with one or more unused doors, as the planks would help for making such huge beds, while one can place any sort of mattresses over them.

27.Garden Trellis If you have a garden, you can use your old door to make a trellis for the creepers to climb up. They also add to the beauty of the garden as the trellis will add a great deal of creativity to the greens.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠGarden Trellis

28.Entryway Bench The entry bench is just like a common bench and one can use any spare door for making the same.

If you want to do it yourself, refer this tutorial:ᅠGarden Trellis

29.Decoupaged Statement Decoupage is a great idea for converting the doors into art. With this technique, you can get the tired d'cor a new life, especially if set in contrast to the wallpaper used in your home.

30.ᅠGarden Refreshment Stands Refreshment stands to be erected in gardens can be made from unused doors as they look quite trendy and attractive, giving a new dimension to the greens.


Unused and spare doors and even doors that need repair can be repurposed to develop several innovative stands, shelves, and the like. Do not give up on these doors and instead use the above ideas to use the same for making something that adds to your home in a different manner.


Shabana Kauser is the dynamic owner of Emerald Doors, the famous door-selling company in the UK with immense knowledge and experience in working with architecture, interior design, and home decor. She continues to share tips and technical know-how of balancing interior elements, door fittings, room aesthetics, and the like. Personally, she loves coffee, always dabbling with several blends.

Author: Shabana kauser

Shabana Kauser, the Director of Emerald Doors, brings over 20 years of invaluable expertise in the door industry. Her visionary leadership has steered the company to new heights, offering an extensive range of internal and external doors while prioritizing quality and customer satisfaction. The website's glowing reviews stand as a testament to her commitment to excellence. To learn more about Emerald Doors, connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.