Gone are the days when only struggling college students used cinderblocks to create rough versions of furniture they couldn't afford. Concrete building blocks are seeing a resurgence as of late in beautifully modern adult homes. From attractive planters to stylish shoe racks, creative cinderblock DIY projects are popping up everywhere, adding a stripped down industrial panache to many dwellings. Here we explore 15 uber-cool ways you can integrate cinderblocks into your well-thought out, grown-up design scheme.
1. Build a cinderblock succulent garden.
We just love the fun and colorful way Kara from A Kailo Chic Life used cinderblocks to create a beautiful garden. The holes in the center of each block just happen to be the perfect size to plant small succulents. And the great thing about these plants is that they require little water to maintain, so they are very drought-friendly.
2. Or, go one step further and make a garden wall.
When Caroline and Jayden of Woodnote Photography got the news that their landlord was removing the grass in their backyard, they immediately started brainstorming ideas to work with their new landscaping reality. Luckily, Jayden designed this unique and dynamic cinderblock garden wall to bring a little leafy goodness to their revamped patio.
3. Turn a wood pallet into a rustic outdoor table.
For those with limited space in the backyard, an adjustable outdoor table, made by setting a palette over cinderblocks, is a great option. Whether you're setting the table for an intimate dinner or need something bigger for a huge party, an adjustable (and collapsable) DIY table like this rustic gem may be the perfect solution.
4. Use cinderblocks as a minimalist bed frame.
5. Feel free to elongate your desk space.
There's nothing worse than a workspace that's uncomfortably small. Take a cue from Caitlin at The Merrythought, and give yourself a little extra flexibility by creating this DIY cinderblock desk. You can adjust the height and length to fit your individual needs — and you can even make a standing desk.
6. Use cinderblocks to make a nightstand.
7. Make a forever home for your books.
8. Cinderblocks make an ideal shoe rack.
9. Give yourself a little extra seating.
Pull up a chair, or more specifically, a cinderblock stool. These cute little numbers are a great way to add some extra casual seating and a fun pop of color to your monthly book club get-togethers. Check out how Brit + Co. made these vibrant stools in a snap.
10. Every living room needs a coffee table.
11. Or try this option, just to test the cinderblock waters.
12. Modify the blocks to make a low-height console unit.
Think outside the cinderblock box. Don't be afraid to cut your cinderblocks in half to create a unique piece that's all your own like this low-height console unit. Austin and Mel Holmes wanted an open and airy unit to display greenery and assorted tchotchkes, and this modern DIY project fit the bill.
13. Build a curved, low-height bench.
14. Construct a media storage console unit.
Media console units are an important element in any living room. Unfortunately, the price tag on these items can be quite high. Save your hard-earned cash and build your own instead. The perfect size to neatly store all of her electronic equipment, graphic designer and DIY lover Maiko Nagao's industrial furniture project blends in seamlessly with her modern loft.