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.
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.
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.
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.