timber planking shelving units

After a large garden project, you might find that you have some spare timber planking. Perhaps you measured incorrectly or over ordered just in case – either way, there’s no reason to waste it. Creating something with your scrap wood not only makes you environmentally conscious as there is less to throw out, but it will give you a new focus and help you to harbour new skills. Here at Timber 2 U Direct, we’ve compiled a list of things you can craft from any left-over wood that you may have lurking after your latest timber project. 

Floating shelves 

Are you constantly looking for the next place to put your cookery and garden books, or simply in need of a little more storage around the house? Now could be the perfect time to introduce some shelves! By using left-over wood of any type, you can make some floating shelves in no time. The benefit of making the shelves yourself is that you get to decide the sizing and style, so they’re bespoke to your living spaces. You will also be able to save on costs as premade shelving can often be quite expensive. 

Top tip – If the timber planking you have at hand doesn’t match your current wooden interior, use a simple wood stain from any hardware shop to match your current aesthetic. 

Chopping Board

One super easy project that you could carry out with your left-over timber planking is making a luxury wooden chopping board. The best thing about this, is that it doesn’t require a large amount of material so can be crafted with just the smallest amount of timber. It also doesn’t have to be a lengthy process and is a quick solution to what could have been quite the waste of material. 

Top tip – By making a chopping board rather than adding it to your next Amazon basket, you can add something completely unique and bespoke to your kitchen interior.


Are you looking for something to spice up the exterior of your home? Timber planking can be incredibly useful for making pathways in your garden. Not only will it look great, but it’s the perfect solution to saving money, as buying brand new timber or paving slabs to create your pathway can be rather costly. 

Top tip – Dig a level pathway that is the same width as your pieces of wood and fit the boards in by pushing soil in between to hold them in place. 


Adding a rustic aesthetic to your countertops can completely transform your kitchen. If you have enough spare timber, this could be a great option for you. Make sure you cut your wood to the correct size of your countertop before attaching with a strong wood glue. 

Top tip – We would recommend purchasing a finishing coat and tung oil, which will prevent your wood from water damage. 


Your left-over materials can be fashioned into homes for your plants! Whether that’s a window planter in your kitchen full of herbs and succulents or some larger pots for outside foliage. Wooden plant pots are an appealing addition to any home. You can also paint them to match your interior and then fill them with which ever plant you desire! 

Top tip – In addition to flowerpots, you can also create stands for your already existing pots. This is a completely different way to display your house plants and give any room a little bit of individuality! 

A Treehouse or Wendy House

With a large amount of timber left-over you might want to be more ambitious with your plans. If you have children, building a Wendy house or treehouse for them, could be a fantastic way to keep them quiet over the Summer holidays. It provides a great addition to your garden, allowing your children to have a space to play and create away from the house. 


Another larger scale option is to build a selection of wooden furniture. Buying wooden furniture can be incredibly costly and so if you can make your own, it will save you money in the long run and provide you with furniture options that no one else will own. Adding timber to your interior will provide a natural aesthetic to any room. Timber is also incredibly resistant, meaning any furniture you build would last for a long time and won’t wear easily. 

Top tip – To ensure the longevity of your piece, consider treating the wood with a protectant, especially if you plan on placing the furniture outside. Whilst timber is resistant, sometimes it needs a helping hand against the elements and other wears and tears that may occur.

Drain cover ups 

Let’s be honest, no one wants pipes ruining their perfect gardens. Using left-over timber planking, you can easily create a small boxed in area to cover up those pipes and leave it looking tidy. This will also prevent the drains from getting clogged with leaves and other debris, and acts as a plant shelf for when the summer comes around. 

Ready to get crafting? 

With so many fun and creative ideas, you’ll never waste your timber again. Here at Timber 2 U Direct, the online trading arm of Brooks Bros LTD, we can supply you with made-to-measure timber. Ensuring you have the correct measurements means you won’t have any timber going to waste; however, you might want to partake in one of these projects using your main timber! Our styles are varied, including Iroko and American Maple, so no matter what you decide to create, you can find timber planking that suits you. Get in touch with us today to start your creative journey.