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How to make stackable suitcases from a chest of drawers

by LaurettaCWright

I love this idea from a reader of Your Home magazine (October 2014 issue) who bought a chest of drawers from IKEA and turned them into stacked suitcases!

It was a great idea; simply by using tester paint pots (muted colours work well), a few stickers, plus handles and clasps purchased from eBay, she was able to turn a plain chest of drawers into something quite unique.

Taking a closer look at the project…

What works?

It's fairly cheap to copy, a unique idea (great talking point for guests!), offers storage and is a one-off piece!

What doesn't?

If you're lacking room space or don't need the extra storage then, as a bulky item, it's hard to justify the spend for a chest of drawers.

Make it yourself

Use different colours for the different drawers of the suitcase – small tester pots will ensure that you don't spend too much. Also, to add to the project's authenticity you could buy stickers to decorate the project or, if you've got a steady hand, paint them on yourself.

You could always make it to sell on if you're up for a challenge!

What DIY projects have you taken part in recently?

21 comments

Fritha Quinn 27th July 2018 - 7:50 pm

love this idea, so clever and unusual! I love how people do such ingenious things with IKEA furniture! x

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:28 pm

You can get some great ideas from other people’s projects can’t you? Pinterest is particularly good for this!

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Creepers and Cupcakes 25th July 2018 - 11:31 am

This is such a fun and creative idea I love it!! I know someone who will definitely do this in their room!

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:49 pm

Let’s hope they like it!

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Yeah Lifestyle 25th July 2018 - 11:00 am

This is such a fab idea ad so creative as well. Our kids love anything with a pirate theme hence this chest would seem like a treasure chest for them. Thanks for the share.

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:28 pm

I suppose you can tweak the project to adapt it to any theme can’t you?

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Sally Akins 24th July 2018 - 12:46 pm

What a clever idea! It’d be perfect for any keen traveller and doesn’t look too difficult to do

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:30 pm

I think you’re right Sally – it looks pretty straightforward. If I get some free time I might end up giving it a go myself!

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Becca Talbot 24th July 2018 - 10:30 am

As a traveller, I absolutely love this idea – how creative! I wonder if I could make something like this to go into my living room? x

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:31 pm

Why not?! I think it would certainly make a talking point if you introduced it to your living area.

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Rhian westbury 24th July 2018 - 5:26 am

I think this is a really good idea, I love the old stacked brown suitcase drawers x

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:32 pm

They’re quite popular I think Rhian – it’s such a good idea and I do see this kind of thing a lot in interior stores (as well as stacked crates!)

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Nichola - Globalmouse 23rd July 2018 - 10:14 pm

What a clever idea. Nice way to give new life to an old set of drawers!

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Hannah Wood 23rd July 2018 - 9:27 pm

I love this so much I would never of thought of doing this, my kids would go crazy for it in the bedroom.

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:33 pm

It might be a good project to get them involved in (apart from the detail work maybe)

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Charli 23rd July 2018 - 4:59 pm

I love this idea! I wonder if I could use this technique to make an apothecary style drawer unit? I have wanted one for ages but can’t really justify the expense!
C x

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:35 pm

That’s a great idea Charli – you should maybe look on Pinterest for some inspiration – or definitely plan it out before you begin your masterpiece.

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Sarah Bailey 23rd July 2018 - 3:13 pm

This is such a cute idea! I love that they are usable and look fab. I’m not sure I would be able to paint them quite so nicely though!

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LaurettaCWright 29th July 2018 - 3:33 pm

Ha ha! You’d definitely need a steady hand that’s for sure!

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Tracy Nixon 1st June 2018 - 8:51 am

What a great idea! I have an old set of drawers and might do the same!

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LaurettaCWright 5th June 2018 - 8:22 am

Ooh I’d love to see the finished result if you do. It’s a quirky idea isn’t it?

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