40 Creative Ways Of Re-Using Old Suitcases

Suitcases are usually only used a few times a year. This is both good and bad. It means that they will serve you for many years to come as they deteriorate very slowly, but it also means that you’ll probably have to change them sooner than you would want to because they will no longer be up to date. This seems like an inconvenient but it can be easily turned into something positive if, for example, you were to reuse them in creative ways.


Given their dimensions and shape, old suitcases can make wonderful tables. They are practical, very original and, depending on your preferences, you can either create a low coffee table by simply attaching casters to the suitcase, or a tall coffee table, in which case you need to attach legs to a frame.

Chairs and ottomans.

Another great thing you can make out of an old suitcase is a chair or ottoman. . All you need to do is attach four small legs or casters to the suitcase and some soft upholstery. You’ll get a very cozy footstool or an extra seat whenever you need it. You can also skip the feet and place it directly on the ground. Either leave the suitcase as such or open it up to create a backrest.

Pet beds.

You might not have use for your suitcase anymore but your pets would definitely be grateful if you would make them a nice and cozy bed out of it. An old suitcase would make a lovely bed for a cat or a small dog.  You would have to find a small mattress for the interior and a removable cover for it. You can also add scratching poles for the cats or toys for the dog.

Special trunks.

An old suitcase could also be used as a storage trunk. You could transform it into a fully-equipped picnic case.  The exterior of the suitcase can also be personalized for this occasion with collages and prints. You could repaint the suitcase or cover it with fabric. It’s a great way to keep everything organized and ready for the occasion.

Displays for cosmetics and jewelry.

Old suitcases can also be transformed into original displays for your cosmetics and jewelry. Of course, they would have to be relatively small. You can transform the suitcase and redecorate it in any way you want. You can use different types of fabric, maybe add some lights inside, even a couple of drawers if there’s enough space.


You can use a vintage suitcase to make an original cupboard. You can add shelves, hooks and anything else you want. You can use the cupboard to store books, cleaning supplies, maybe even glasses and wine bottles. These mini-cupboards can be placed anywhere you need them and they are easy to include in any type of décor. If not, you can always redecorate them.

Old suitcase miscellaneous.

As you can see, there are many different things that can be made out of old suitcases.  For example, you can use old suitcases as storage cabinets in the kitchen or as suspended shelves. You can also transform them into original planters that can be used both indoors and outdoors. It’s all up to you to come up with ideas that work for you and your home.

Published by in DIY Projects, on June 12th, 2012


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