Top 10 ways to recycle a barrel
Wine barrels have many uses beyond their undoubtedly most important role in winemaking.
From stylish home furnishings to practical planters – a wine barrel’s life is far from over once it has left the winery.
If you can get hold of an old barrel or two there is no end to your creative potential with all manner of creations possible with a little imagination and elbow grease.
But if DIY is not your forte there are many suppliers willing to do the crafty work for you, at a cost. There is no end to the barrel-based products on offer from bistro tables and garden furniture to animal houses.
Scroll through to see some of our favourite uses for a disused wine barrel…
A cosy spot for mans’ best friend
A stylish living room centrepiece
Furnish your home with this fantastic wine barrel coffee table made from reclaimed French oak barrels. Perfect for entertaining guests over a favourite bottle of wine. You can purchase a similar table made from whisky barrels for the princely sum of US$795 here.
An imaginative plant pot
A canny bathroom wall storage system
Take some DIY inspiration from these simple wine barrel storage units. A buzzsaw, a few nails and some varnish later and you could be storing your loo rolls and bathroom knick-knacks in style.
A classy coop for your chickens
Made from a reclaimed oak wine barrel, this “chicken château” is fox proof and suitable for ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets and could be yours for £199.99, available from notonthehighstreet.com.
A rustic barrel of a time piece
A sophisticated wash station
This freestanding vanity sink, made from a Napa Valley wine barrel, has a copper sink cabinet, is crafted by artisans Colorado-based Alpine Wine Design. It can be yours for US$1,350.
A classy swing chair
This ingenious chair is available from New Zealand firm Nelson Cooperage, who specialise in the reusing of wine barrels, at a cost of NZ$320.
An appropriately crafted wine rack
An effective drinks cooler
Keep your drinks super-cool in this equally super-cool white oak wine barrel cooler, available from lonestarwesterndecor.com for $899.95.