Nowhere is the material, rope, more suited than for designing repurposed outdoor furniture. Rope is sturdy, intended for use outdoors and in all types of weather. It can be tightened if it becomes slack from years of use and it adds a rustic feel to any piece of custom furniture. But it need not be relegated to the backyard! Rope furniture looks great and works well indoors too.
Think beyond the traditional hammock and rope swing in your backyard, rope can become just about anything wood can be in a piece of custom outdoor furniture. Rope can take virtually any shape because of its flexibility. Because rope can be shaped and molded into and around pieces of wood or even a plastic bottle to create a sconce for a unique lighting accent. It can add a shabby-chic look to any room or patio.
As the supply of the Earth’s natural resources remains ever-dwindling – furniture designers are always searching for alternatives to the traditional wood frames and make up of their pieces. Perhaps that is why they are turning to rope more and more. Rope is an eco-friendly material as well since it can be made from sustainable fibers such as hemp, palms, and other fibers or even from up-cycled car tire threads. The flexible, yet sturdy material can take on many shapes and forms and can work within nearly any design proving its eco-friendly and functional nature.Pieces made with braided or embroidered rope can serve as eye-catching signature items in a room or even just as accents. The rope can be painted or stained to match any décor or left its natural color to lend a rustic air. Mixed with chrome or other types of metal, the rope furniture can be even further transformed.
Home décor instantly takes on a nautical feel when rope is incorporated into the design. But there’s no need to go overboard. Repurposed outdoor furniture with rope added as an accent or even as the foundation for a chair or loveseat will call to mind a day of boating – or not, depending on how the rest of the space is arranged and decorated. The wonderful thing about rope is its ability to blend in to many styles. We’re not suggesting that a Victorian style room will welcome the rough and tumble feel of a rope chair, but if properly stained and used, perhaps it could work. In fact, you’ll see many furniture designers using rope in unexpected places to give the space a very eclectic feeling.
You can update an existing piece of furniture to repurpose it simply by adding rope. Wind it around the legs or wrap it over the armrests of a chair and the item looks entirely different. A simple ball of twine can help you get started on rope accenting the items in your home. A furniture repair shop with professionals experienced in remaking and repurposing furniture can offer you some suggestions and guidelines to make your next piece of rope furniture a conversation starter and focal point of any room, whether it is indoors or out.