Vintage Typewriter Carts: Guest Post


Trend Alert: Typewriter Carts

By Jane Blanchard

Vintage typewriters have been extremely popular collector's items for several years now. They are a nod to a bygone era of simpler times — plus, people just love them. Recently, however, another vintage find has been gaining in popularity: the typewriter cart. The up-cycling movement is likely a big motivator for this surge in the use of these darling carts in home decor. With their folding sides, compact size, and great storage potential, it's no wonder that humble typewriter carts are coming into a class their own.

Traditional Type


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An antique typewriter deserves a great landing spot and what better choice than a cart made for this purpose. The industrial look fits in well with many home styles and this particular model has ample storage space below. Chipping paint only adds to the character of this vintage piece.

Perfect Harmony

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Another cart in original condition holds a retro record player and record collection. It is the perfect fit in any corner of your home and adds utility and personality to the space.

Charming Accent

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This cart blends into the decor of a well-decorated bedroom seamlessly. It hold all of the essentials, making it a great nightstand alternative.

Southern Comfort

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Entertaining is a breeze with a beverage cart like this brightly painted example. Casters make it simple to take this cart wherever the guests accumulate.

Private Bar

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Everything you need for your next Martini or Manhattan can be found on this repurposed cart. The smaller profile makes it easy to squeeze a bar area wherever you would like in your home without sacrificing storage capacity.

Sweet and Simple

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Used in a little girl's room, this light blue typewriter table creates a lovely vignette for a vintage look. Be sure when using older items in your child's room, that the old paint has been removed completely and repaint to ensure the absence of lead.

Garden Delight

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Take your typewriter cart outside for using for anything from keeping gardening supplies, to potted plants, to your child's fairy garden. A coat of waterproof paint will keep this vintage beauty looking like new for years to come.

When searching for your very own typewriter cart, start in a local antique store or thrift shop. If you are willing to refinish the cart yourself or enjoy its original patina, this is the best way to go and deals can be found easily making this an affordable accent for your home. If you prefer to purchase a restored item, you can expect to pay a little more, but there are many available online from vintage up-cycle shops. Either way, you simply cannot go wrong by adding a typewriter cart to your decor. Use your imagination; the repurposing possibilities are endless.


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17 comments

  1. Love these creative ideas for a typewriter cart! We had a really unique one growing up. Sure wish my parents had hung on to it.Thanks for sharing, Jane!

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  2. I wonder if my father's typewriter cart is still at the old house - my niece rents it and some items are still there. Of course, I have no space for one.

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  3. Would you believe that I don't own a typewriter? Me of all people! lol

    I think I need one though and a cart to go with it ;)

    xo

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  4. Oh, I will be on the hunt for one of these. I need another night stand. SO happy to have seen so many uses for it.

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  5. I know I am getting old when I used a vintage item in its day for its intended purpose...lol xo Diana

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  6. Not a fan of modern - but I am crazy about these!

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  7. I never met a vintage typewriter cart or typewriter I didn't love. Love these ideas, especially the end tables.

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  8. These are great, and so versatile! My mom works at our local antique mall, I'm going to have her on the lookout for one!

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  9. I'd love to find one of these! I would use it to pull up beside my recliner when I need it and I would paint it red

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  10. All of these ideas are better than actually using the stand for typing! I remember using such a stand and always whacking my knees against the legs, and having my papers fall off of the fold-up sides. But I would love to have one now and I'd wheel it all over the house for a dozen different uses.

    Another stand that would be great for re-purposing are those retro-era tea carts. My mom still has hers from around 1960. It is maple, in an "early American" style, with sides that flip up, a handle at one end and a drawer at the other, and two wheels for moving it. She uses it to display photos all year round, and her Santa collection at Christmas. Such a stand might make a nice coffee bar, plant stand, or display area.

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  11. Who knew that I was trendy? I have 2 of these that I use for side tables in my living room. One is tan and one is gray. I love the idea of being able to use one for a portable bar when entertaining.

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  12. I have an old typewriter...now I need to be on the lookout for a vintage typewriter cart.
    ~Cindy

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