Alice, What Should I Do With This Old Wooden Rack?

Alice, What Should I Do With This Old Wooden Rack?

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Apr 13, 2017
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My question: I have this nifty little magazine/book rack, probably from the 1940s:

It's roughly three feet wide and four feet tall. There are four narrow racks on the top part, a couple inches deep, and that open shelf on the bottom. I don't really need it for books (I have bookcases), and I don't have magazines or books to "display" at the top. Does anyone have any ideas about ways to repurpose this elsewhere? I think it's a hoot and I'd like to find a way to use it. Thanks.

Oh, I love this! My first thought is "linen display rack" (or another type of textile) — or a combination knitting closet and display rack. Or maybe you have an unusual (and appropriately sized) collection that could be displayed here (dolls? plates? candles?).

I also thought "bar cart," although it looks like those racks are probably too shallow for bottles.

It might be a good place for displaying smallish framed (or unframed) pictures, or part of a record collection. And you could probably put a pretty wild hamster maze in there.

Readers, what do you think?

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