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Bringing Cars Inside Through Upcycled Auto Part Furniture

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As seen in Apollo 13, a 1963 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Photo: Sicnag via Flickr

Andrew Hudgins writes about the trending idea of bringing cars inside the home, in “The Cadillac in the Attic”:

“There’s a Cadillac in the attic,”

and there was. An old one, sure, and one
with sloppy paint, bald tires,
and orange rust chewing at the rocker panels,
but still and all, a Cadillac in the attic.

He’d battled transmission, chassis, engine block,
even the huge bench seats,
up the folding stairs, heaved them through the trapdoor,
and rebuilt a Cadillac in the attic. (4-12)

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Although most people probably wouldn’t try to drag a whole Cadillac into their house, there is definitely a growing movement of people turning used car parts into furniture. Suspension pieces can morph into lamps, truck springs can become bar stools, truck beds can be shaped into bookshelves. The possibilities are endless.

Some hotels are even starting to incorporate car part furniture. The V8 Hotel in Böblingen, Germany has car themed rooms like The Mercedes Suite, Car Wash, and Route 66. The Autokino room features an iconic red bed made from a Cadillac Coupé DeVille. I mean who wouldn’t want a Cadillac in their bedroom?

Where do you find these used car parts? Ebay has already gotten on board and is a prime platform for selling used auto parts online. Other sites like Car-Part.com and Get Used Parts are two other great resources for locating used car parts to turn into furniture. DIYers can also check out local Auto Part shops and junkyards. Independent Motors has compiled a list of 25 resources for creating your own car art.

If DIY isn’t your thing, consider checking out designers who do the part finding and upcycling work for you. Car Furniture and Weld House are two companies to start with. You can also find many independent designers via Etsy, like Matt Johnson Designs and FrostAutoDecor.

As Johan de Nysschen stated, “People who are tech innovators, people who are from the fashion world, the creative spirits that make our cosmopolitan society so interesting all will find something of interest here.” He was referring to relocating Cadillac’s headquarters to NYC’s Soho and engaging its residents with the Cadillac brand. However, I think this same quote can apply to any car junkie who wants to decorate their house with upcycled Cadillac (or another car brand) “junk.”

So, to quote Nyscchen, here’s to the creative spirits that make our cosmopolitan society so interesting—the new wave of DIYers bringing cars inside people’s houses one part at a time.

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Sources: V8 Hotel, Independent Motors, CNBC