How can I reuse or recycle louvre doors?

We’ve had an email from Stuart:

Dismantled some fitted cupboards, six tall louvre doors leftover. Ideas?

I really like the idea of louvre/louver doors as indoor window shutters, an alternative to blinds. I’m not 100% sure what they’re called but you can get hinges to fix them together so they fold at the joins, rather than needing a pocket recess/recess space.

Similarly, you can use them to make a concertina room divider and there is a lovely Instructable which explains all. The same principle could be used to make a sun-screen/privacy shade for the garden.

They can also easily be transformed to get rid of the dust-attracting louvre slats – a flat piece of wood over the top of the slats modernises them quickly or, if the outside frame is pretty sturdy, knock out the slats and replace with cute gathered fabric for a country-cottage feel.

Any other suggestions?

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24 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle louvre doors?”

  1. Michelle says:

    I have used these louvred doors for a patio decoration/privacy screen. Hinge them for stability to stand on their own and you can join them for height. Also you can use material remnants stapled to the back (leave pocket fold space) letters, mail, or even CD’s can be then stored through the slots, the material doesn’t show and the discs “magically” sit. Just make sure you make the folds even so it looks nice. Just hang the shutter on the wall and you have functioning art!

  2. caroline says:

    this immediately sprang to mind and I knew someone else would have thought of it to:

    I am guessing it would work well for storing belts, ties, scarves etc too. But that only uses up one.

  3. Tim says:

    If all else fails and you can’t think of a way to reuse them yourself, we’ll come and pick them up for you along with any other unwanted items you’ve got lying around! Check us out at We collect junk, but we make sure that over 70% is recycled or reused! Good luck with your louvre doors!

  4. Alan says:

    Look at and go to “Solstice Cottage” to see louvre doors used as shutters in the picture of the bathroom. It’s a superb holiday cottage.

  5. Elrod says:

    Use them for the vents, instead of metal ones.

  6. James says:

    Most areas have social furniture recyclers who would be glad to take take them free of charge if they are of decent quality. They will refurbish them and sell them cheaply to those with a low income.

  7. Michael ford says:

    How do you go around making louvre doors in to window shutters to open and fold in the middle without showing that they wear doors to beginning with as the hinges will show in the middle if your not very good with tools but want to save money at this time of year as money is quiet scarce with it being Christmas and need money for 3 to go to live in Edinburgh for 2 weeks so what sort of tools would I need as I don’t Owen a drill will a Philips or ordinary screw driver just do the job as good as a drill just need to make sure the louvre doors are fired securely enough so they won’t come of the wall. Will I need special brackets to put the hinges on so that they are away from the wall so they can open ok as I don’t no as I am not a handy man it’s my younger brother who is the handy man I am not good with tools but I will try my hardest so I can say I done something myself for a change and built it bye my Owen hands and if I do good enough a job I can do my sisters house windows to save money on getting fitted blinds out the shops at few hundred pounds a set the ones that my sister and me want but they look like louvre doors two put together with hinges so all together their is 2 on watch side and watch 2 are fastens with hinges in the middle and they look like the ones that cost £275 for the ones that me and my big sister want but I didn’t no that louvre doors could do the same job I have seen a set made in to blinds and like them indeed and the money saving you can do is magical all I will need to do is get a screw driver and it will buy a four hinges out the dry salters for a few pounds so if I do get it together how I have it in my head it should look like I have had them made if I have to buy a set of screw drivers in all kinds and sizes for future rimes incase I get another home improvements ideers from the network of my iPhone 6 as its like having your Owen handy man showing you how to do house jobs and building things for to make your home complete and making other folk or family members things for their houses to improve its looking more beutfuil with my Owen hands but 1 St I will have to get a packet of 26 screw drivers of carouse shapes and sizes and also Alan keys as a lot of things I have seen being built are using Alan keys set you back a few pounds as for a good set of screw drivers of all sizes and shapes will probably cost me around £15 pounds especially for Phillips screw drivers and I think I will invest in a brand new power drill for the home with all sizes of screw sizes for all sizes of holes and for helping me put screws in the more harder material like brick or concrete I should be Abel to pick up a Philips drill for at least between £25 to £37 pounds for a standard drill for doing odd jobs around the house save me getting my brother from Scotland down to England so for future reference I will just google it wat ever odd job I am going to do for finances home as I want to surprise her buy putting skirting up and border around the door with her stupid ex taking down and fuck of and left her home without any so the house looks like somebody has let loose an child with a crowbar to let them pull all the skirting down he even taking the door of its hinges as he said it was rotten never come back and finisher the job though just got up and left the house a Skelton so it’s going to be somebody like me who has to buy all the tools and new doors and skirting and paneling screws nails gamer screwdrivers incase I need different sizes for other jobs her son who will stay nameless try’s his hardest and the other one just isn’t got any handy ness about him as he is a sport and and he would if he was on a building site manger paper man wear the other one would be building site gaffer hands on getting them dirty like me

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