Gallery: 8 Recycled Denim Designs for the Home!

 
Just a few days ago Ecouterre announced 45 spectacular finalists in the Recycled Denim Challenge, which asked readers to submit creative designs that turned old denim into injeanius new designs. We were blown away by the breadth and skill showcased in the submissions, and a number of entrants went all-out and designed practical solutions for the home. From an intricate area rug woven from 120 pairs of jeans, to a handy recycled denim charpai cot, to a remarkable recycled denim insulating wall system, check out these incredible finalists and many more as we highlight 8 recycled denim designs for the home. And of course, don’t forget to vote for your favorite design!

Recycled Denim Coasters and Table Setting Mat

Heidi Clark believes there are no creative limitations when it comes to recycling old denim. Channeling a cool country-western aesthetic, Heidi created a set of coasters from the seams of her old jeans, turning the rest of her trousers into a clever mat perfect for any table setting.

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Woven Recycled Denim Charpai Cot

Commonly used India, the charpai cot traditionally uses nylon strings, but in this modern iteration Siddharth Hirwani uses recycled strips of denim as the primary material. Three-inch strips have been cut and stitched together to make a roll of thicker material, which is used to weave the central bed on which a quilt or thin mattress can be spread out.

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Handwoven Recycled Denim Area Rug

Over the course of six months, Alison King converted more than 120 pairs of jeans (sourced from friends and friends of friends) into an 8.5 × 10.5-foot area rug. Alison cut the all the unwanted denim she collected into long strips, sewed them together using rug braiding techniques, and crocheted herself a 100-plus-pound rug full of everyone’s memories.

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Recycled Denim Insulating Wall System

Shannon Wright and her partner Ryan Sisourath wanted to demonstrate how recycled denim could be used to create an insulating wall system. Over 100 pairs of jeans were used for the insulation, and the wood framing was made from recycled and refinished wooden skid pallets.

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Recycled Denim Beanbag Chair

Carla Morai from Portugal turned 10 pairs of cast-off jeans went into this beanbag pouf. Her son loved the finished design, and the beanbag sits happily in his room!

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Recycled Denim Seat Cushions

For a witty visual effect, Barbie Shukster transformed her old jeans into a seat cushion. “The back looks like a large, comfortable butt,” she says.

VOTE FOR BARBIE’S DESIGN>

Comfy Recycled Denim Mattress

A DIY denim-filled mattress! Designed by Open Your Eyes, this set of new covers can be stuffed at home with recycled clothing — including your favorite retired denim jeans — to build a new mattress!

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Beautiful Woven Recycled Denim Rug

Terry Dewal created this rag rug by cutting old jeans into strips, then weaving them on a floor loom. A few splashes of Clorox gives the rug a blotchy, stonewashed appearance.

VOTE FOR TERRY’S DESIGN>

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