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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31 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.

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