DIY project enthusiasts love old windows and doors. If you’ve decided to renovate your home, you may want to consider one of these exciting options for recycling your old window or door frames.

1. Build a Playhouse

Nothing stirs the imagination like a backyard playhouse or tree fort. Transform a child’s favourite play space into a fully furnished refuge by installing your home’s old windows and a sturdy door.

Image of a brown wooden treehouse with glass windows amidst tall green trees.

2. Construct a Cold Frame

Step up your gardening game by using your old windows to construct a backyard cold frame or miniature greenhouse. Enjoy a stylish addition to your yard as well as a healthy supply of fresh produce.

Image of a backyard cold frame and miniature greenhouse next to a green lawn.

3. Do a DIY Project

Is there a DIY project you have been hankering to put your hands to work on? Used windows and doors make for excellent picture frames, display cases or coffee tables. Follow a template, or get creative and invent an innovative project to call your own. Who knows, your idea may be the next one everyone is talking about online.

Image of a coffee table constructed from a recycled wood entry door.

4. Donate to Charity

Do-it-yourself projects are not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a valuable use for your old windows and doors. Depending on the condition, make, and model of your second-hand frames, you may be able to donate them to a charity that helps construct homes for the less fortunate.

Image of a man and young girl working on a building project together.

When recycling windows and doors, the possibilities are endless. These are just a few ideas to get you inspired. If you have any questions about remodeling, or a DIY building project, you can always talk to your local JELD-WEN distributor. Feel free to use our dealer locator tool to find a JELD-WEN representative in your area.