Eco-DIY: recycle a washing machine drum into a cool ottoman

Washing machine drums are interesting looking pieces of equipment, but what are they good for once your washing machine has spun its last cycle? Well, quite a number of things. I’ve seen them used as planters, made into gorgeous glowing tables,and now esprit cabane has made one into a very stylish ottoman on wheels, with full instructions.


Can you think of anything else you can make with an old washing machine drum? Suggestions in comments please.

drum ottoman [esprit cabane]

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  1. The obvious one would be a bin.
    Maybe the base for a big lava lamp?
    A totally recycled coat rack base?
    I’m not very creative. T_T
    I may use the drum once ours has died.
    Thanks. 😀

  2. use it for one of those rolling composters, if you positioned it just right inside of an outside sheath, the small holes would be nearly perfect for the finer compost to fall thru as it breaks down.


    a wet tumbler for rocks, jewelry, etc. again- would have to be inside a larger, solid core.

  3. i could see that as a modern shelf, or a few of them could make the base of a table. a storage bin is a good idea especially if you have children with lots of toys. if you get a nice metal screen at the bottom it could be a ceiling light fixture (if it has holes in the base, which i assume it does). if you line it with… i forget which fabric it is… but you can line it an use it as a pot holder. if you have a few, you can put bords on them and make them a shelf, assuming there sturdy.
    i dont know much about them because i’ve never looked at one carefully. an end table if you find a nice piece of wood or rock to fit ontop. maybe if its not to heavy, a dirty clothes bin if you make a bottom.
    actually the options are endless if you add a few more things to it.

  4. How about very cute toy bins under the foot stool top? Divide into quarters with two pieces of wood and hang on the wall for cute shelves. Stack them and cut an opening on side, and they can hold winter hats, mittens, backpacks and purses — one for each child/person in the family — littlest kid on the bottom! (be sure and make them safe with wood or something around the cut edge) Keep swim toys for the pool neat and cleaned up. A fountain for the pool when not in use.

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  6. I have exactly the same drum as the one pictured above. When my machine broke, i turned my drum into a barbeque and have used it now for a couple of years and it’s still going. All i did was cut the top lip off and bought a round grill from riversway leisure which fits perfectly on top. As a stand i just turned the bit on which the belt runs upside down and screwed it in. Would love to show you a picture, it’s absolutely brilliant, the best stainless steel bbq i ever had.

  7. You could easily use that ottoman for storage too. Since the drum is hollow, with some minor adjustments, you could use it for storing children’s toys or even something like towels.

  8. I would appreciate very much if you could show how to recicle and make ecological devices for poor people like peasants. For example a stove, or a mill to transport water from a water source to the fields, a compost device, a solar stove, etc. Things that help people live ecologically and also cheap

  9. we had one as a lapidary machine for a while with a hand crank when i was growing up but you would have to ask my dad for details as i was too wee! i like the ottoman idea – green ideas without compromising style is the way forward – makes being green lose its hairshirt approach.

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  11. hi, we use one at all the festivals as a fire pit. it is great, we put a grill on the top and do all our cooking on it. u can also stick bread for toasting to the outside of it!

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  14. We too use the drums for BBQ firepits ! they really are the best Firepit you’ll ever own !
    They have removable legs on the bottom so they are off the ground !
    We sell them now, with a grill and a Protective bag, so you can use it at home or take it with you on your travels !

  15. I think these are a great idea and I’m sure there are many other things out there which can be used for alternative purposes once they are no longer needed for their original use, such as oil drums turned into bbq’s, vehicle parts turned into sculptures, baths turned into huge plant pots for conservation areas etc

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  17. A fire pit…The design of the drum (metalic w/holes) will oxygenate fire wood exceptionally well and provide radiant heat for 360 degrees…Such a portable pit would be great for camping, backyard use, etc.

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