Top 20: D.I.Y Spool Hacks

The round wooden industrial cable spool is the curvacious cousin of the mega-popular pallet (frequently featured hack material on this blog and featured in inspiration posts such as  Top 10 Pallet Coffee Table Hacks, Top 10 D.I.Y Pallet Bed Hacks, Top15 Pallet Sofa Hacks, Pallet Ideas for the kitchen as well as in step-by-step D.I.Y tutorial posts like D.I.Y Pallet Coffee Table Tutorial, D.I.Y Pallet sofa tutorial & D.I.Y Pallet Dining Table Tutorial).

I´ve gathered some inspirational cable spool coffee table hack and upcycling ideas below. Just like with pallet hacks, required effort D.I.Y is minimal. It´s the small touches and the setting that makes the look, making this hack idea very versatile and flexible. So have a peek below and get those hack juices flowing…


Industrial Rustic

Some ideas should you be so lucky to come across a vintage cable spool…


Modern polish with an edge

Love the contrast of when a shabby cable reel is given a top coat of of shiny sleek stainless steel.


Splashing on white paint and adding castors leaves spools fresh looking & ready for any kind of decor backdrop.


Add some wheels and wood sticks for support and you´ve got yourself a bookmobile.
The diameter of a spool makes it perfect for book storage.
BookMobile DIY tutorial – CLICK HERE

Pimped with rope

Tie some rope around the waist of the spool to add some tactile cosyness.


Grab your some padding, a piece of fabric and a stapler to acheive this look & stool function.

No fuss plain

The no-fuss look is perfect for messy spaces like kids´rooms.

…and some oddballs

Some odd ideas that might inspire some of you!

Best of luck hacking!

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Industrial rustic
Pimped with rope
No fuss plain
The oddballs
6 Responses to “Top 20: D.I.Y Spool Hacks”
  1. Hello,
    Nice from you tu have a look on our créations a bit girly and vintage style . We like that ! Use somethink to make another think : tha’s fun ! If you like, have a look on the blog to discover our univers.

    And thank you for your blog : so much ideas DIY !…

    Anne, Ben and Kate, the french Dédées

    • skriver:

      Hey, I’ve stumbled across your blog a couple of times already. There’s a lot of great ideas in there;-D

  2. emily skriver:

    love these ideas! just one question… where do I find industrial spools?

    • skriver:

      Hey Emily! You can find them on construction sites, junk yards or you local Craiglist/Ebay online service! Make sure to ask before you grab one on the street, they’re not always free to take;-) Good Luck Hacking!

  3. Hello, we have e new table ”old mapp”. See the message of 28 June (, I’m sure you will enjoy this new table old style (Dédée style !).

    Anne , the blond Dédée for the 3 vintage addict girls

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