Displayed on their own or as part of a grouping, vintage pulleys can become really cool, sculptural pieces of art. The combination of the distressed wood and aged patina on the metal adds a rustic and industrial element to any room. We recently added a selection of old pulleys to the Ampersand Vintage Modern shop.
While they serve as artifacts and evoke a bygone time in our history, vintage pulleys aren’t just nice to look at—they’re incredibly functional. Granted, you probably won’t be hooking them up to use on a ship or to lift bales of hay, but there are interesting and unique ways they can be used as decorative options around your home.
Something as simple as propping up books on a shelf looks amazing with pulley bookends!
These upcycled lighting fixtures made from old pulleys are pretty awesome (and probably would be pretty easy to duplicate)!
Anytime something needs to be suspended from your ceiling or wall, adding a pulley makes it way cooler.
However you decide to use or display these old pulleys, they’re a great conversation starter and an easy way to add a little history and industrial charm to your decor. Thanks for looking!