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Creative upcycling ideas using Perspex

Published on: 29/11/2022

Are you looking for inspiration to kick start some new upcycling projects at home? Do you scour antique shops and boot fairs for second hand/vintage furniture to upcycle and sell on? If so, we have some ideas for you on how to use Perspex creatively in your upcycling projects. Giving new life to old, cherished or vintage items in a creative way can be very satisfying.

Perspex is an incredibly versatile material, with many different uses. It’s lightweight, strong and easy to cut into bespoke shapes and sizes. All of which makes it a fantastic material to work with. There are so many ways it can be used in home upcycling projects to breathe new life into old, unloved or vintage items and make them usable once again.

And don’t forget that here at Simply Plastics we offer a custom cutting service to help you achieve your upcycling dreams.

Dining tables

Have you ever found yourself gazing wistfully at a beautiful vintage door at an antiques market, idly wondering what you could do with it? Well, an idea we really like is repurposing vintage doors and turning them into dining-tables (or coffee tables) simply by adding legs and a Perspex top.

Here’s an example where a sheet of orange Perspex and two sets of wooden legs have turned an old door into a practical, wipeable dining table which would look good in any home.

Perspex upcycled dining table using a door

Coffee tables

By adding a Perspex top and legs you can easily upcycle an old door and give it new life as a coffee table or a low table as well.

Upcycled Perspex Coffee Table

Perspex top and legs covering old panelled wooden door. Image courtesy of LotsRoad.

If you add a pair of hairpin legs and an openable Perspex top, you can easily upcycle old wine crates and give them new life as coffee tables or side tables.

Wine crate upcycled with Perspex

An old wine crate transformed into an interesting coffee table - image courtesy of Pinterest.

Photo Tables

Another lovely idea for an upcycling project is to create a photo table or console – a montage of cherished old photos covered with a Perspex top. But you don’t have to limit yourself to photos – try making a table top made up of album covers, post cards, beer mats, postage stamps or even Lego.

Upcycled Perspex Photo Table

A postcard coffee table - image courtesy of

Other Furniture

Old furniture offers so many possibilities. The fabulous upcycled piece below was made by furniture artist and designer Chloe Kempster using day glo neon Perspex. For extra visual impact, it also includes LED lighting!

Upcycled Perspex Furniture with LED lighting

Upcycled mid-century furniture with day glo neon Perspex. Image courtesy of


Perspex is a great material to use in upcycled lighting projects too. Shown below is a Perspex-fronted wine box. The front has been stamped with a bee design using embossing gold glitter and there are battery-powered twinkle lights inside. This would be a warm and inviting piece to place in the corner of a room or perhaps in a hallway.

Upcycled wine box used as a light with Perspex

An upcycled wine box with a Perspex front makes for great creative lighting. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

Wall Hanging Projects

If, perhaps, you have a painting, a screen print, an antique wall hanging or a tapestry you’d like to display, Perspex is a brilliant material to use, because it has high levels of UV resistance. You can display these objects attractively and at the same time protect them from damage and the effects of prolonged exposure to light. Perspex box frames (see below) are a great way to display and protect almost any type of wall hanging item.

Perspex Picture Box Frame

Bespoke gold leaf screen print of Queen Elizabeth II in a clear Perspex box frame. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

Or how about making your own wall hanging by taking an old curtain pole and cutting some coloured Perspex pieces to hang from it? A really easy way to add colour and texture to a room.

Upcycled Perspex Wall hangings

A colourful wall-hanging using an old curtain pole and cut Perspex pieces. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

Our Laser Cutting Service

Simply Plastics are one of the UK's leading online suppliers of Acrylic/Perspex sheets, stocking over 125 colours and variants. Cast acrylic is commonly used for glazingsignage and retail displays. Extruded acrylic is commonly used for lighting applicationsinterior decoration and screening. We offer a bespoke CNC Laser and Router cutting service allowing us to supply extremely intricately cut components in both small and large runs. If you need our help or advice on any of your upcoming Perspex projects please get in touch.

Related FAQs

Perspex is used in a vast variety of different ways - it's chemical properties, wide range of colours and finishes, availability and cost, make it the material of choice in applications and industries ranging from home repairs and general DIY through to construction, furniture design, retail displays, signage, lighting and interior design. In the home it can be used to replace broken greenhouse glass panels, as bathroom/kitchen splashbacks or even to replace broken picture frame glass. In commercial environments acrylic mirrors, acrylic block for retail displays and LED diffusers for lighting are commonly used. We stock and supply all of the Perspex product ranges, all of which we can provide cut to size and ready for use.

Acrylic is an extremely versatile material which provides great results when being laser cut or laser engraved. Both extruded and cast acrylic can be laser cut, however extruded acrylic can be left with a slight burr on the edge of the material after laser cutting whereas cast acrylic is left with an extremely smooth edge. Depending on the power of the laser tube it is possible to cut acrylic up to a thickness of 25mm whilst maintaining a square edge. Clear cast acrylic is normally favoured when producing awards and plaques because once engraved it turns a frosty white colour which creates a stunning finish. Certain colours do not react very well when laser cut because the pigment or dye in the acrylic reacts poorly to heat, however the edge discolouration can normally be reduced by modifying settings on the laser such as the cutting speed, the volume of air flow and the amount of power being used.