Pack Up Your Coffee Table

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By CHT Media Created: October 2, 2012 Last Updated: October 4, 2012
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Transform old luggage into a mini coffee table. (CHT Media)

Transform old luggage into a mini coffee table. (CHT Media)

Dear Marc:
I bought new luggage after 25 years of owning the same set. The new set has wheels and you have no idea how much I don’t miss carrying that old set around the airport. Although I must admit I loved that royal blue luggage! I have heard of people who display old luggage in their house. I’d like to try this. Any ideas?

Dear Elizabeth:
I hear you! Luggage sporting wheels are a person’s best friend on a long voyage.

But there are uses for old luggage. These vintage keepsakes are ultra trendy as furniture—they make great coffee tables. What better way to remember 25 years of travelling than having your old luggage proudly displayed in your living room as a unique piece of furniture.

• Luggage with a flat hardtop
• Furniture legs with built-in bolts
• Nuts
• Drill with appropriate bit

Step 1: Open the luggage and remove the lining.

Step 2: Flip the luggage upside down and drill one hole for each corresponding leg. Install each leg and secure it with a large washer and nut.

Step 3: Flip your new table so that the luggage rests on its legs and there you have it, a vintage-inspired coffee table!

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