A Skateboard's Turn as Furniture
Here are a few ways to put your goofy-foot forward and incorporate salvaged skateboards into your furniture and housewares. And don't forget to ramp-up your wardrobe, since there are upcycled skateboard options there, too.
Check out the recycled decks (left) that form this headboard by J. Ryde Visuals. This designer makes an array of different types of furniture - benches, side tables, and shelving. If you have any decks laying around, he's happy to receive!
Deckstools - made by skaters, for skaters - have found eco-conscious collectors from Barcelona to Playboy. The stools use of five discarded skateboards for each piece. The upcycled furniture feature the scuffs, scrapes, and artwork that make each board, and therefore every stool, unique. The narrow width and profile are perfect for small apartments.
Don't assume you're stuck with one chair design that uses recycled skateboards. Here are two of many styles available. The first is an Adirondack-style chair that uses recycled plastic for the legs and decks for the back. It's available at SkiChair.com.
Another option is a lounge chair. Called the "Jet Set Lounge Chair", the decks are covered with neoprene - yes, the same stuff wetsuits are made of - for cushy relaxation.
Yes, you even have the option to really "live and breathe" the skateboard culture from floor to ceiling. Just check out the selection of furniture and other home items, such as clocks made from the wheels, available at SkateStudyHouse.com.
Seven Ply is a Southern California company offering another way to upcycle those busted boards - into jewelry and belt buckles. Their name comes from the seven layers of plyboard in a skateboard. They offer rings, earrings, and other items in their Etsy store.
We figure it's only a matter of time before Tony Hawk drops his video game empire and wallies his way into the home goods arena.