Reuse and Recycle: Create a Custom Aquarium Stand with Repurposed Materials
Finding the perfect stand to hold your aquarium can be costly and time consuming. However, with a little effort and creativity, you can create a beautiful, recycled aquarium stand that won’t break the bank. Here are four types of recycled materials to consider when building an aquarium stand:
Wood: Wood scraps such as oak and teak are great for recycling and making an aquarium stand that is both durable and beautiful. Treated wood is water-resistant and will last for years to come. Wood byproducts can also be used; these are created by compacting previously used wood and sealing it with a resin to protect from water damage. Wood byproducts are less sturdy than regular wood and may not support a heavy load, but they’re usually less expensive than hardwood.
Metal: Steel and iron can be recycled and fashioned into stands for your aquarium. For greatest protection from water damage and rust, look for metal that’s been coated in multiple layers of water-resistant sealant. Any metal that you’re recycling for aquarium use should be well sealed or fully covered with a thick coating to prevent corrosion.
Reused materials: You can also reuse furniture that you already have in your home to build your aquarium stand. An old dining table or coffee table will make a great base for your aquarium – simply dress it up with decorations and you’ll be good to go. Another option is to use an old entertainment center; if your aquarium will fit, it’s a nice, presentable solution for a custom aquarium stand.
Recycled packaging: Cardboard boxes can be used to create a simple, lightweight aquarium stand. Cut the box down to size with a utility knife, and then make three legs out of cardboard that are slightly wider than the box. Measure down nine inches from the top of the box and mark with a pen. Hot glue the three legs to the box’s sides at the marks, making sure all three legs are level and stable. Cut small pieces of cardboard and glue along the edges of all four sides of the box. These pieces will reinforce the stand and will protect against water damage, making it a great recycled material for your aquarium stand.
Using recycled materials can save you money and help the environment, while allowing you to create a unique aquarium stand. You can mix and match recycled materials to create a beautiful and eye-catching stand for your fish tank. Consider the options outlined above for great ways to make your aquarium tank stand out in style.