How can I reuse or recycle a CD rack?

cd rackWe’ve had an email from Lucy:

I’ve just moved house and now got shelves for my CD collection. What can I do with the racks I used to use? They’re metal with a wooden base.

We moved to shelves from CD towers a few years ago when the place John used to work decided to skip three wooden CD shelving units (even though they looked brand new) – they’re in a loving home now, housing CDs, random small items and in the case of one unit, my spare balls of wool. We took our old towers to our local furniture-focused charity shop and hopefully they went to a good home too.

But as for reuses instead of just passing them on – any suggestions?

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12 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle a CD rack?”


  1. Nicole says:

    Could be a plastic bag holder (stuff in the top, pull out the sides), or a mail sorter, or a picture holder (just use paperclips to hold in place).

  2. Feli says:

    I am planning to use my old one in the garden so that the Snow peas can grow on them

  3. Candy says:

    I was going to suggest using it in the garden but that’s been suggested–turn it upside down, use as a plant stand with a trailing plant.

  4. Morgana says:

    By turning them on their side, they make great kitchen storage.

    In a pantry, you can arrange smaller packets and mixes and keep them organized.

    Under a cabinet, they can be used to sort baking pans.

    I’ve even seen someone place them onto the side of their kitchen workspace to use as a holder for parchment paper and other longer kitchen items.

  5. Leah says:

    weird uses:

    saw it down and you could have a toast rack
    use to cover outdoor lights to stop them getting broken

  6. Katie says:

    Ours has two knobs on top, so we use it for a hat rack.

  7. Tara says:

    My favorite was a dangling earring holder.

    Have also seen them to hold thin scarves…

    remove the base & lay on it’s side to hold Christmas cards or sort mail…

    I have one I’m going to space tiles in & use as a shelf in the bathroom :)

  8. Olia says:

    Small pets can like it as a tunnel: rats, mice, etc.



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