Do-It-Yourself Projects Using Pallets

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Pallet creations were very popular around the blogosphere in 2011 and I think there will be even more to come in 2012.  It’s amazing how diyer’s have tranformed these typical  “flat transporting structures”, as defined in wikipedia, to create home decor, furniture, planters, and much more!  With a little hunting around, you can often find pallets for free, so why not create something that is interesting and unique.  Let’s take a look at what can be created using pallets.

Furniture

Pallets are constructed with real wood, so the frame is usually sturdy and durable, allowing for many different styles of furniture to be created.  From desks to beds to chairs, a pallet is like a blank slate waiting to be transformed. They can either be used whole or deconstructed and reassembled to make one-of-a-kind  pieces.

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In this minimalist office, pallets were kept whole and painted black to create a stylish desk.  Featured on Apartment Therapy, the desk was complete by adding a piece of glass to the top for a work surface – what a great idea!

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This day bed, created by Prudent Baby is a perfect addition for an outdoor patio space.  Complete with a waterproof mattress and lots of comfy pillows, this pallet bed was created using two whole pallets put together and finished with casters underneath.

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Featured in my coffee table decor post on my other site SAS Interiors, this pallet coffee table was easy to create using one whole pallet, a piece of glass on top, and casters underneath.  It can be move around with ease and the colorful books underneath make a great statement and add intrigue and brightness to the space.

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Using different parts from numerous pallets, this twin bed by Lori Danielle is quite incredible and an unexpected addition to a child’s room.  I really like the additional storage under the bed for books and personal trinkets.

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This end table created by Dittle Dattle is an interesting way to transform a pallet into furniture.  Taking the pallet apart and reassembling it to create a piece of furniture into the size and shape that fits your needs allows for a custom piece to be made on mere pennies.  In this space, the pallet end table also brings in a warm and organic feel amongst the other furniture.

Wall Decor

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This is a unqiue way to fill a large wall in your home.  Kelly Simon Says used the top part of a pallet to create this piece of art displaying a silhouette of the USA. Love it!

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Another use for a pallet as wall decor is to make a sign, like this one by Love of Family and Home. What beautiful words that won’t be forgotten when displayed on a wall in your home.

Book and Accessory Displays

I have so many books in my home, and I’m sure you do as well.  Bookshelves can be cumbersome and expensive, so using a whole pallet or a reconstructed pallet is a wonderful solution to attractively display and hold your favorite reads.

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This pallet shelf, created by Strawberry Chic, is a smart and lovely way to hold all the kids books

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Another fabulous solution for displaying books is this pallet bookshelf.  Not only is in functional, but the book covers add such a pop of color.

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Displaying a photo collage or a collection of pottery or ceramic dishes are all creative ways to use pallets.

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Outdoors

As much as pallets are popular for indoor use, they are also a wonderful addition to the outdoors.  Whether they are used in a large backyard or on an apartment balcony, pallets have unlimited uses.

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Live in an apartment or home that doesn’t have a large outdoor space?  This pallet creation seen on Apartment Therapy, is a genious idea for growing fresh herbs right at your doorstep.

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How great would this be for a front porch?!  With a little pallet reconstruction and a coat of stain, this swing pallet created by Weekly Wanderings, is so wonderful for the outdoors.

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I have yet to make a pallet creation, but this outdoor coffee table is first on my list.  I had all intentions of making this last year, but it’s on my DIY to-do-list for 2012.  This rolling outdoor coffee table was created by Joy Ever After using 2 pallets on top of each other, finished with casters underneath – such a clever idea!

There are so many uses for pallets!  So far they’ve been seen and used in so many ways – vertically, horizontally, as furniture, as decor, indoors, outdoors.  What will be next?

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Comments

  1. I have a lot of books too,and those pallet bookshelves would be amazing!! Thanks for sharing this. :)

  2. I absolutely adore the balcony herb planter for condo dwellers. I might have a little trouble selling the children’s bedroom set to the mrs but I’m right on board! Solid post my friends.
    -J

    • Jenna Burger says:

      Thanks John! The herb planter is a great idea for any outdoor setting – large or small – a great DIY idea for the Spring! –Jenna

  3. Brandina says:

    Do you mind if I link to this post in a blog post on my blog? Also, would it be okay for me to add a couple of the photos to entice people to click on through?

    • Jenna Burger says:

      Absolutely Brandina – please post it on your blog and a link back to this post would be appreciated! Thanks, Jenna

  4. Jennie says:

    Hi
    I would like to make the coffee table you have featured. How did you secure the glass to the top of the pallet?
    Great post by the way. Has completely inspired me :)

    • Jenna Burger says:

      Thanks Jennie! Glass is usually quite heavy, that it would be unlikely that it would fall off the coffee table. To help secure the glass from shifting, I would use small circular clear disks (almost like sticky glue) at each corner which will provide a barrier between the glass and the wood, so it will prevent any movement. -Jenna

  5. Incredibly creative ideas here! Now I know exactly what to do with those crates stacked on the side of my garage!

  6. Dawn says:

    Do you have actual directions on how to make the furniture?

  7. Lumellow says:

    Thanks so much for the post and more importantly the images. With spring coming ’round I’ve been thinking it’s time to spruce up the backyard and love all of the ideas for the wood pallets.

  8. kim says:

    Where does everyone find all the pallets ?

    • Rob Jones says:

      Well, apart from ordering flooring from BuildDirect, on which your orders will come (totally shameless plug there!), pallets are a common item in warehouses, and even big box stores. Your local stores may be willing to part with them. You can also find places that sell pallets at some pretty reasonable prices. With this last one, you’d have t to weigh the costs against more traditional materials, of course.

  9. Candice says:

    These are fantastic ideas! Do you mind if I use your link on my blog? I plan on doing a few of these in the spring and would love to post the process and outcome.

  10. Charlie says:

    Do you have any directions for the end table?

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