8 unique ways to use brackets around the house

Brackets are inherently utilitarian. We use them to hold some things and to bolster other things. But these often unnoticed household tools can be used for a whole lot more than you realize.
Whether you have ornate old brackets, wooden brackets or brackets with simple clean lines, you can create everything from a gym organizer to a lamp, plant holder and curtain hooks. It's a fun way to breathe new life into something you never pay attention to, and it looks great, too.
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Check out our list below and get started with your next do-it-yourself project!
Bracket lamp
You can put a vintage twist on this if you have an old bracket too. This is a super-simple DIY, and it will definitely turn heads.
Mat/organization holder
Nail some brackets to the wall, put a shelf on top, and put your yoga mats through the slits. Up top on the shelf, you can hold other gym stuff like water bottles, jump ropes and more.
Upside-down decor
Turn your old brackets upside down to show them off. This is great if you have brackets that are especially pretty or freshly painted!
Plant holder
Have an empty corner? Fill up that unused space by hanging a pretty plant. It fills up the otherwise boring space, and it looks oh-so-cute hanging from that pretty bracket. Simple and chic!
Curtain hooks
Is this the prettiest, or what? If you're looking for a way to really show off some old brackets (and curtains too!), this is for you. It might look like it came out of a magazine, but luckily for you, it cost a fraction of the price.
Don't ignore the old food tray. Watch how you can upcycle it:
Use this stunning DIY glass technique and save over $100 (from the Pottery Barn version)
Bookends
We love how the video below turned old brackets into pretty bookends.
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