How To’sday ~ Vintage Suitcase Table

June 30, 2009

Well, I’m kind of cheating by re-posting an old one, but I couldn’t think of a good DIY project for this week and have been really busy. So, once again, I give you the vintage suitcase table project:
When I first moved into my apartment, I didn’t have a stick of furniture and wanted a cute place without dropping a ton of money. I stumbled across a pile of old suitcases at one of the thrift stores I frequent, and I had to have them (only a buck a pop!!!). I got home with four crayola-hued hard-plastic suitcases and decided to turn them into a table.
I had no idea the best way to approach this, so I just wandered Lowe’s for awhile. I ended up with a three-foot long, half-inch-thick bolt. I don’t have a drill so I basically chiselled holes into the top and bottom of the middle two suitcases, the top of the bottom one, and the bottom of the top one. I opened the bottom one, threaded the bolt through, and secured it with a large nut. I just threaded the next two on and then repeated the bottom part with the top suitcase. Voila – table!
The table could be made a bit more stable by using a couple strategically-placed bolts, but I just used the one so that I can turn them and give a slightly more haphazard look. You could do different heights with this (mine is about four feet) or mix and match colors. You can store odds and ends in the top suitcase, and if you’re lucky, you can find a well-traveled suitcase with lots of ‘character’ to showcase on top!

– Lindsay


  1. Great idea!! I recycled my grandfather’s old suitcase. I have a ton of hats, but never know what to do with them!! I opened up the top of the suitcase and drilled that into the wall and now I have a suitcase hat shelf! None of my hats get smushed and I can just toss them into the suitcase!

  2. Wow, you got a great deal! I wish I had more vintage stores in my area… *sigh*

    Cute table though, I’m way jealous!

  3. What a great idea. I love the colorful suitcases, too. I will have to try this sometimes soon~

  4. I LOVE it! A truly fabulous idea carried out with creativity. I love those suitcases and I love even more that they’re now a table. I’d probably still be stuck on how to put the holes in for the bolts (and I own a drill). LOL

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