Using Second-Hand Office Shelving To Enhance Your Home: Our Top Tips


Buying second-hand can have a range of benefits. Lower costs, eco-friendly buying and the range of options available are just a few of the ways that your home could benefit.  

There has been a considerable rise in the popularity of upcycling, and second-hand office furniture is perfect for any DIY project. They are typically a perfect blank canvas to put your creative stamp on, making them ideal for many areas of the home.

Whether you want a DIY project that will involve a total overhaul of the second-hand furniture or just something that will need a lick of paint to fit seamlessly into your home, you’re sure to find the perfect units here at RBF.

Here are a few of our top tips for using second-hand office shelving around your home.

Why Use Second-Hand Office Shelving

One of the most attractive things about second-hand office supplies is the affordability. By its nature, second-hand furniture is much lower in cost than brand new, and with office furniture, it is often well cared for or barely used.

Office furniture usually comes in neutral tones, making them perfect for anyone who wants to customise and make the shelving their own. Office furniture comes in various materials, but almost all are simple wood effect or metal, making them the ideal blank canvas for anyone creatively minded.

Buying second-hand is also a crucial way that we can help to combat the throwaway culture and keep perfectly functional items from going to landfill. If you are looking for ways to be more eco-conscious in your daily life, then you can’t go wrong with buying second-hand.

Create A Unique Bookshelf

If you need a bookshelf for your home and want something that isn’t merely run of the mill, then you should consider buying a tambour cupboard with in-built shelving. You could consider removing the doors to show your books to their best advantage or keeping them in place to protect valuable books in a busy family home.

A metal tambour cupboard could be perfect for any home that has metallic highlights. You could also consider sanding or burnishing a metal container to create a rustic, lived-in look that will complement any home décor.

Innovative Bathroom Storage

The great thing about office storage is that it comes in all shapes and sizes, making it ideal for finding the right size shelving to suit your bathroom. Most bathrooms have limited space for storage, so taking advantage of upwards space can be essential.

You could consider tall and slim locker storage to add more shelving space to even the smallest of bathrooms. As they are generally metallic, you may need to treat the shelves to ensure no corrosion from steam.

An Unusual Wine Rack

There are many different office shelving units that you could convert to be a quirky wine rack. Depending on your wine collection size, you could consider using wooden cupboards to display your collection.

All you will need to do is purchase some wine racking to install to keep your bottles from becoming damaged. You could also consider customising your wine rack by adding metal details, such as shelves from a metal cupboard.

If you are even more creatively-minded, you could consider decorating your wine rack with paint or adding some stencils to create a beautiful design.

Plant Shelf

Office shelving could be the perfect solution for anyone lacking in garden space. You could consider investing in a metal unit that you could place in your home, garden or flat balcony that you can then fill with potted plants.

Office cabinets are typically large and sturdy, making them perfect for anyone wanting to use them to expand on their garden space. You could consider starting small with low maintenance plants if you have never tried out your green thumb before, then move on to more advanced gardening.

DIY Floating Shelves

You can find many materials in second-hand office supplies that are perfect for creating the shelving you want. If floating shelves are the ideal fit for you, then you could consider purchasing a small coffee table that you can then cut to size, sand and affix to the wall. It is worth noting that you will need the skills and expertise to treat the wood or metal and properly install the floating shelf fixtures. That being said, this could be a great DIY project for anyone who is a dab hand with woodwork.

Credenza Media Unit

Finding the right media unit to shelve your video games consoles, DVD player, family games, and TV can be tricky – and expensive. A great alternative that anyone should consider is a second-hand credenza unit. These are shaped like traditional media units and come at the perfect height for a TV to stand on. They also have different compartments, perfect for storing various electronics when not in use.

You could put your stamp on an office credenza by painting it in a vibrant colour or choosing a dark colour you would usually see on TV stands and media units. For some added character, you could also consider adding some patterns or stickers, particularly if this is a piece of furniture used frequently by the kids.

Garage Storage Trolley

It can often be tricky to find the storage units that you need in a garage. One unique and unusual storage method and transporting things from house to garage could be with a post trolley. With removable baskets for storage, this could be the perfect tool to help you out around the garage and garden, particularly if you are doing any major DIY work.

A post trolley could also be perfect for anyone who does any mechanical work or bicycle maintenance, allowing you to keep tools at easy reaching distance when not in use.


There are many ways that modern second-hand office shelving can benefit a private home. Here at RBF, we have a vast range of office furniture to suit any taste, so you are sure to find the affordable, high-quality shelving that you need for your home. If you’d like to know more, contact us today to find out about the wide range of products in our catalogue.

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updated: 1 year ago