35+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

35+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

One of the more recent home decor trends that I never get tired of is Industrial Decor. Not only do I love the rustic, almost masculine feel to the elements (reclaimed wood, metal, worn leather), but if you think about it, industrial home decor is a product of upcycling. But upcycling on a grander scale.

Once developers started repurposing old factories and mills into loft-style apartments, artisan workshops, and commercial space, people were drawn to that industrial look.

Industrial decor from the thrift store

So, I suppose it’s really no surprise that an upcycling blogger like myself feels extra connected to a decor style that is based on repurposing. And let’s not forget the vintage and antique aspect, as well; because those factories (and the relics salvaged from within) are often many-decades old.

Tabletop version of a vintage library card catalog

And while I don’t have a LOT of industrial pieces in our home, I’m no stranger to projects in that aesthetic. Take this “metal” card catalog I made from thrift store staples…

industrial side table from vhs storage

Or my take on a hardware organizer that I made from yet another thrift store find.

Hardware organizer from a Tupperware veggie tray

The great thing about industrial decor is that you can slip it in seamlessly alongside farmhouse decor or your vintage decor, as well. Maybe less so in a shabby chic or Boho homes, but small touches here and there work wonderfully.

Such as this wooden tool caddy that I gave an industrial-inspired makeover to.

Industrial style decor with a wooden tool caddy

It also goes hand in hand with upcycling ideas, thrift store makeovers, and DIY projects. To further prove my point, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite industrial style upcycling ideas and repurposed projects from my fellow bloggers.

pocket watch wall clock from a picture frame

If you’re looking for some industrial inspiration, I bet these can help out!

Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

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Do you feel inspired to create some industrial home decor yet? Perhaps a trip to the thrift store, flea market, or yard sale is in order.

telephone sign

A couple of other pointers to keep in mind for the industrial look:

  • By nature, it’s a minimalist decor style. But darker colors and textured walls (like brick) make the room seem fuller than it actually is;
  • Raw materials (wood, metal, stone) are ideal for industrial style decorating; and
  • Imperfect materials are even better – scarred wood, worn leather, and scuffed brick give an authentic feel.

Vintage vignette of industrial decor with factory molds and old brushes

I hope you found some inspiration to add industrial style touches to your home here. It’s one of my favorite styles of home decor, at least for right now!

upcycling a bamboo tray with blueprint paper

And if you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for industrial decor, then you may also be interested in this windmill decor that I made with ceiling fan blades!

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Wowser Sadie! I just looked at the makeover of the VHS storage cabinets, what a totally great job! Attractive, functional and modern industrial! Good Grief, hope I can find some!

  2. I am not much of an industrial decor fan for myself but I sure admire the results everyone has created–especially upcycling something to look totally different! Thanx for researching this great collection!

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