Redecoration has never offered so many alternatives and variables like now. Let’s just say that, recently, the “palette” of choices has extended its horizons beyond the commercial field and reached a more creative and inspiring dimension. It’s interesting how much you can change the air of your house with some DIY pallet projects. The ingredients? Mostly commitment, passion and imagination.
Nowadays, DIY pallet projects have gained tremendous ground in the furniture market. What has changed? Well, people started to realize that a DIY project is like a channel through which they can express themselves. Having customized furniture unleashes their creativity and personality. If we also consider the aesthetic aspect, we’ll have to add that a DIY project gives a natural and comfortable vibe.
How to prepare the materials for your pallet furniture?
The starting point of a diy pallet project is getting ahold of the material. This process implies: finding, selecting, cleaning, pulling apart the pallets and sanding.
First of all, you must know that, the materials don’t have a major financial impact on your pockets, as in most of the cases, you can get ahold of some good pallet material for free. There are a lot of businesses that require wooden pallets to ship their products. The most common places where you can find some fine pallets are construction sites, pet food stores, markets.
As the pallets were used for shipments, it’s possible that these are, in certain degree, damaged. This should not discourage the “creator”, as first it must be determined to what degree this affects your project. If we are talking about minor damages, then it probably will not have any impact, as the pallets will, either way, need to be pulled apart. An important aspect to be considered, for your safety, in your quest for DIY pallet projects, is the danger implied by the chemicals-treated pallets. If you don’t recognize the dangerous materials, you should pay attention if there are any markings and to avoid the pallets with spills of either kind.
Once you’ve confirmed that the materials are safe to be turned into a DIY pallet project, the easy way to clean them is by hosing them in the garden. After a couple of rinses, let the pallet dry.
This step is necessary if the diy pallet project you have in mind requires having the pallet disassembled. For this, you may need a crowbar, a hammer and if things get complicated with some stubborn rusty nails, you may also require a cat’s paw.
Depending on what is your pallet furniture vision, you may need to sand the pallets before being put to use. For indoor furniture, it’s recommendable to sand your diy pallet projects in order to avoid any splinter accidents caused by rough wood.
20 Inspiring wood pallet furniture ideas for your home
Now that we’ve prepared the ground for your prospective pallet furniture, let’s indulge ourselves in a list of inspiring DIY pallet projects.
Wooden Pallet Shelf
What is needed to create your own pallet shelf? Grab a pallet, pencil, saw, hammer, nails, sandpaper, drill and screws. The first step in this DIYpallet project is to express your vision and decide how you’d like to cut the pallet. An idea, taken from the DIY Candy blog, depicts how you can craft your own shelf by stripping two rows of planks and sawing across the left and center – vertical boards. Afterward, you secure the double boards with a set of screws and that’s it ,your house has now a rustic and natural vibe. With the rest of the planks, you can try sanding and placing them in a more frequented indoor place.
Pallet Swing Bed
This particular pallet idea is purely fascinating. It induces a marvelous image of nature, in which you can fantasize a pallet swing bed in the middle of your garden, surrounded by trees. Moreover, the entire process of crafting a pallet swing bed may imply just having the pallet and some ropes. But the idea can expand as further as your imagination allows. For your comfort, add a mattress or cushion and take your afternoon naps in the most auspicious conditions. Some inspiring ideas related to this DIY pallet project I’ve found on the Merrythought.
Pallet Dining Table
One of the most common DIY pallet projects implies crafting a rustic dining table. Grab some pallets, an old door frame (or an alternative of it), some old table legs, your toolbox and voila… your own pallet table. This kind of crafting emanates a sense of warmth and familial feeling, which will give your house a welcoming air. Some ideas on how to start your DYI pallet table can be found on the Lana Red Studio blog.
Balcony Herb Garden
For this DIY project pallet, you’ll need a pallet, some screws, a drill, some extra boards and a saw (optional). You can either choose to use the whole pallet or cut some planks from it. After sawing, you will place the pallet upright and screw the remaining planks under each cross board. Now, accommodate your plants on their new home. I’ve found this amazing idea on the Nur noch blog.
Front Entry Hooks
Another great and inspiring idea I’ve taken from the Our Home Notebook blog, in which I’ve discovered how to give some useful purpose to one of my old pallets. For this, strip a plank out of your pallet, sand it and, for a smooth feeling of it, use some furniture wax. Now that the plank is ready, screw the hooks and voila… you’ve materialized a piece of your own pallet furniture vision.
Pallet Ottoman – not beginner project
I’ve found this pallet furniture idea on the A Smith of all trades blog and it charmed me right away, especially through its simplicity. In order to craft this kind of piece you just need a couple of pallets, some foam to fill in, a piece of fabric to cover, some legs and obviously, your toolbox. This kind of DIY pallet project depicts a balanced mix between rustic and exotic.
Dog bed – comfortable and cheap seating for your furry
Camille Styles blog describes one interesting and practical idea on how to craft your dog a comfortable bed with a modern vibe to it. Strip the planks from one side of the pallet into a u-shaped form, screw wheels on each of the corners, measure and craft the pillow in order to fit the size of the bed. Guys, this is just an overview, there are actually more details which might require some attention to finesse, so check the blog. It’s worth it!
Pallet Desk – simple idea
In my quest of finding captivating DIY pallet projects, an interesting desk idea caught my attention. I’ve deepened into the subject and found that the entire project is quite easy and requires little effort. But yes, it does require a lot of passion. The main material? You’ve guessed, it’s the pallet. So, use your vision, the pallet, some old table legs and some diagonal braces for support and that’s it… you have your own pallet desk.
Pallet Wood box
Are you looking for a great, practical and simple DYI pallet project? Look no more, create your own memories’ box and give life to your pallet vision. “My So called Crafty Life” blog might give you some ideas and help you start the project. So, you’ll need a pallet, some wood glue, saw, nails, hammer, screws and brackets. What are you waiting for? This seems interesting.
Seasonal Pallet Board – fill the empty walls
Do you happen to have an empty wall that shouts for decoration? Maybe one that ticks your seasonal preference? You could try this pallet idea taken from the Simply Designing blog. Follow the steps, transform your pallet into a board that will fit your empty space and decorate it with a banner, stickers or wreaths. It’s easy, entertaining and may function as a long-term mood booster.
Vintage Pallet Display – Family corner
Have you ever thought on giving your house a vintage look? Try this amazingly easy and great idea taken from the Marty Musings blog. It’s never been easier to embody your pallet vision and improve your living-room’s appearance. As for supplies, you’ll just need a pallet, an extra board and voila… A rustic and vintage touch to your own living room.
Let’s just stimulate our imagination with an inspiring fold-up pallet desk. What do we need to craft it? Well, the main dish is the pallet. Add to that a piece of plywood, some cables that would support the door when down and some accessories needed to secure the cables and we’ve finished another great DIY pallet project.
Pallet headboard – rustic and cheap bedroom decor
Give your bedroom a rustic and natural touch with this new pallet idea and craft your own headboard. It’s easy, gives an intime nuance and will enhance the entire room with a particular familial feeling. I’ve come across this brilliant idea on the Ricedesign blog and all you need is one or two pallets and your toolbox. So, get ready for another pallet project.
Coffee Table – the easiest way to use scrap wood pallets
Let’s craft something that you and your guests could enjoy over a cup of coffee! Improve your living room with a slight touch of your imagination and with a unique rustic air. For this DIY pallet project, you will need two pallets, some tools to strip it into planks, nail them back side by side, a little sanding, some legs and here it is… your new handmade coffee table. Enjoy!
Pallet Art – create beautiful signs
I’ve found this great idea on the Sweet Rose Studio and it really triggered my imagination on how easy is to craft great gifts for your loved ones. The blogger used the idea to create a wedding gift, but the project can be personalized in order to match your own intentions. Whether you’re thinking to surprise your mother or to confess your feelings to your loved one, what better way to express your emotions if not by involving lots of passion and efforts? You just need the boards from a pallet, some nails, a hammer, a saw, some paints and a stroke of creativity.
Pallet Cart – add wheels
This new pallet idea enchanted me through its simplicity and usefulness. Make a life lovely blog gives some hints on how to make your life easier by screwing some wheels to a pallet and creating your own storage cart. It’s a perfect acquisition for your garage or basement.
Summer Party Table
Nothing invites you more to relax than a little party in the garden and being surrounded by the beautiful green view. This DIY pallet project is easy to make, as all you require to get started is having 2 pallets, some spray paint, paint tape and legs. This Summer is all about recreation, parties and getting yourself connected with nature, so this little table will definitely give that extra green nuance you’re missing. To get your project started, you can check the steps here.
Pallet Planter Box
Here’s a little treat for your green friends. This pallet planter box project will grant a natural and rustic touch to your living room and your plants will definitely love their new home. What do you need to get started? Well, mostly a pallet, saw, hammer and some nails. Some ideas on how to get this project started can be found on the Live laugh Rowe blog.
Have you ever thought about having the taste of juicy fresh vegetables at your fingertips? Well, with all the recycled wood ideas pumped all over the internet, it’s never been easier to create your own green piece of heaven. Update your yard with your own urban vegetable garden. For this project you’ll need mostly pallets, hammer, drill, wood screws, green plastic for agricultural use and a saw.
Pallet Christmas tree – Decorations for the Season
‘Tis the season to craft a pallet Christmas tree. Just imagine being surrounded by all kind of decoration and colorful lights, the snowflakes are seen through your night window falling easily… Well, this DIY project will definitely fit like a missing puzzle in all this décor. To get started you’ll need some boards from a pallet, white & gold paint and one piece of Christmas tree stencil.