Shop Your Home: 10 Ways to Borrow from Other Rooms

Shop Your Home: 10 Ways to Borrow from Other Rooms

Taryn Williford
Sep 14, 2015
(Image credit: Virginia MacDonald)

What if I told you you could give your whole home a makeover right now for exactly zero dollars? Really! Swapping out furniture and accessories – the ones you already own – between rooms offers an instant refresh to both spaces. Here are 10 versatile pieces to swap in and out of every room in the house.

A Sofa

From: the living room
Move it To: the dining room
Why: If it's the right height, you'll get a little more seating and a lot more comfort out of your dining room.
Inspiration: Style at Home editor Erin McLaughlin's Toronto row house (above)

(Image credit: Nanette Wong)

A Chair

From: the living room or dining room
Move it To: the bathroom
Why: Somehow a single chair turns a bathroom into more of a sanctuary.
Inspiration: Josh and Lauren Podoll's San Francisco Home on Houzz

(Image credit: Adrienne Breaux)

A Chandelier

From: the dining room
Move it To: the bathroom
Why: It'll make the bathtub your favorite place in the house.
Inspiration: Shannon's Soothing Mix of Styles House Tour

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

A Hammock

From: the patio
Move it To: the living room
Why: When it's too cold to enjoy the outdoor areas of your space, bring the hammock inside for instant laid-back living room style.
Inspiration: Rubyellen Bratcher's Southern California home on A Beautiful Mess

(Image credit: The Everygirl)

A Bar Cart

From: the living room or dining room
Move it To: the office (or anywhere else)
Why: In case you haven't heard, bar carts are crazy versatile.
Inspiration: This post-grad office styled by The Everygirl


From: the garage
Move it To: the kitchen
Why: If it works to organize power tools, it'll work to organize kitchen tools, too.
Inspiration: A Refinery29 staffer's Brooklyn kitchen

(Image credit: Lisbet Spörndly)

A Dresser

From: the bedroom
Move it To: the hallway
Why: A "console" by any other name is just a dresser.
Inspiration: The MALM dresser in this Swedish family home on Houzz

(Image credit: Pottery Barn)

A Coat Rack

From: the entryway
Move it To: the closet
Why: To organize purses or accessories or, you know, just coats.
Inspiration: A product shot from Pottery Barn of the New York Closet Coat Rack ($183)

(Image credit: Sweeten)

A Bookcase

From: the office or living room
Move it To: the kitchen
Why: If cupboard space is at a premium in the kitchen, bring in a bookshelf and use it like you would a hutch with open cabinets.
Inspiration: This Brooklyn apartment renovation from Sweeten

(Image credit: Bo Bedre)

A Chair (again)

From: the living room or dining room
Move it To: the bedroom (as a nightstand)
Why: It's just the right bit of bohemian.
Inspiration: This new bohemian bedroom on SF Girl by Bay

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