How To Turn Your Vintage Suitcases Into Chairs?

November 6, 2013 - 4 minutes read

Revolution Flame Vintage Suitcase into Chair

I loved the idea of up cycling things like vintage suitcase into chair. Ordinarily most people would simply throw out old suitcases and replace them will brand new ones, these up cycled luggage designs are here to showcase that there are a plethora of fun and crafty ways that you can reuse these distinct travelling bags. So now, you don’t need to throw your old suitcases into garbage or in your store room, you can utilize these suitcases by using creative techniques of how to transform these suitcases into branded new items. This idea is perfect for those who hate the thought of throwing useful things away. This up cycled luggage design will definitely provide some crafty techniques on how to reuse valuable vintage suitcase.

Things You Need

  1. A vintage suitcase
  2. Four (4) legs
  3. Four (4) screw-on leg attachments
  4. One (1) piece of thin plywood
  5. Foam or pillows (to fit inside the suitcase)
  6. Fabric

Let’s Turn Vintage Suitcase into a Chair

Step 1

Spray Paint Legs and make them pretty (^_^)

Step 2

Cover the pillows/foam with your fabric and tuft them. To tuft a pillow uses a needle and thick thread. Tie it in a knot and sew through the pillow and back until you have a nice “tuft.”

Just push the whole needle through your pillow and tie a knot. It’s a little tricky to get the needle through the pillow, but it is easier if you hold the pillow down with one hand (or a knee) while you sew. Or if you have a handy helper around, have them hold the plushness of the pillow down to make it easier.

Make sure you don’t poke yourself though! You may consider using a thimble. I used a pattern of 3 tufts, 2 tufts, 3 tufts, in a brick pattern. Then pull the fabric around the back of the pillow and baste it on with a needle and thread. When you’ve sewn it on, squirt a little hot glue in the back of each of the tufts to keep the thread tight.

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The Tuft 😛

Step 3

Put the piece of plywood in the bottom of the suitcase and turn both upside down onto a shoe box or bucket as a stand. Now, place your screw on leg holders in the corners of the suitcase. Screw it on. The screws will go through to the plywood, making your chair extra sturdy. Once your holders are all set, screw in your (dried) legs.

Step 4

Put a layer of foam in the bottom of the suitcase to raise the cushion just a little. I glued them all in place. Since the bottom of my suitcase, which will be the bottom of my chair, is a little deeper than the top, I wanted the pillow to stand up more. The foam just raises it up a little.

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The Foamy Layer for our Vintage Suitcase Chair

Step 5

Put a layer of good glue in the top of your suitcase and push your top cushion down. Push it down firmly with your hands and let it dry for an hour or so with weights on top.

Then put it in the corner of your bedroom. A perfect little nook for reading tales of adventure or love stories!


Written By : Marina Yaseen Qureshi 


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