Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wash Tub Stand as a Luggage Rack (and other ideas...)

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On a recent whim (see Victoria, I am whimsical!) involving moving furniture and decor around the house, my vintage wash tub stand was assigned a new task. It is now a luggage rack in the guest room. 

Our guest room is not the fanciest, but I do my best to make sure it is functional. And having a place to set your luggage is one of those important things for a guest. If your guests are older or have mobility issues, it's even more important to have luggage at a height that is easily accessible to them. 

In our case, the wash tub stand was placed at the foot of the bed as is in its found condition...minus the cobwebs. I think I scored it for all of $5 at my favorite (and secret) junking source 4-5 years ago. If I wanted to take it a step further, I could also seal it with something or refinish it in some way. My usual approach is to leave things in their original condition unless a change is necessary or I'm feeling inspired.


With any piece, there are always multiple possibilities for giving it new life. Here are some other things that someone could do with a vintage wash tub stand...
  1. Topped with a piece of glass, it would be a perfect coffee table.
  2. Topped with a cushion, it would make for a great bench in any room. 
  3. If the legs were removed and the top were hung horizontally on the wall, it would be great as art or for displaying small collectibles.
  4. {your anwer here}
Other solutions or uses for a vintage wash tub stand? Please leave a comment below...


  1. Well I am at a blank for another idea, but yours are great! I love the use of it as a luggage rack!

  2. I don't know...it'd be tough to beat the luggage stand idea. I can just picture it with vintage luggage stacked on it!
    P.S. Please don't make me think...just let me steal, I mean borrow your ideas...'kay?

  3. Your guest room is great Amy! All your ideas are great too. I could also see it without the legs and hanging from the ceiling with some lovely votives hanging from it too.

  4. Or a pot rack?? A plant stand on a all season porch!!??
    What a lovely stand it is too!!
    And I love every opportunity to see the greyhound!!

  5. Well, I can't think of one ... just wanted to say that these are all fabulous ideas !! *Becca*

  6. love, love, love it! it would look great no matter what you do with it!!

  7. I've never seen a washtub stand like that before. I like it as a luggage rack and it would be great as a coffee table. As a bench it would need a cushion and it would be a shame to cover all that loveliness up. Great find and great idea.

  8. This is just perfect! Definitely seems like one of those items you can't just go out and find, catching this antique is more like destiny! Hahah!
    In my home, it'd work the best as a coffee table, and it would look so airy and rustic in a living room! Great ideas!

  9. Love it. Simply perfect. It's really nice having something, e.g. luggage rack, hope chest, whatever when visiting with a suitcase.

    I hate using a chair because in order to protect the chair from scratches I pull the suitcase to the end so in no time flat - *wham!* the suitcase has toppled onto the floor.

  10. I LOVE this idea! It looks so good just left weathered. I wonder if you could stack these and bolt them together to make shelves?

  11. I just picked up a wash tub stand at an auction, I paid 17.50 and figured I did good. My plan is to place it at the bottom of my bed as you did in your guest room. But I think it would look fantastic sitting in a garden with some real washtubs on it filled with flowers...I think I am now on the look out for another wash tub stand:o)
    Have a wonderful day!

  12. i would love to see it leaning against an outer wall with climbing roses! that would be lovely! of course i will take roses right now no matter how they grow. :)

  13. I love your amazing finds and how you utilize each one in an amazing way. This is great. Your guest room looks so cozy. Can I come and visit? LOL



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