Creative Uses For Free Wooden Pallets
Personally, I think repurposing shipping pallets is a genius idea. Some people get all grossed out about it, but as long as you are careful about where you get them, I don’t see anything wrong with using them to build custom furniture for your home for free!
When collecting pallets for projects, always keep in mind what might have been on those pallets before you bring them home. If they are from the grocery store, chances are something nasty might have spilled on them (think spoiled food or chemicals). Pallets are also often sold back to the pallet supplier and reused by another company, so just because you might pick them up from a plumbing supply store, doesn’t mean they didn’t once carry leaky packages of chicken. I’m just saying.
When my husband was working for a printing company, a lot of their materials came in on shipping pallets. These were NEW pallets, and nothing but paper was on them. So I am completely comfortable using them.
Just to be safe, I would recommend that you spray your pallets down with a bleach solution to kill anything nasty that might be on them, and let them sun dry before carrying on.
With all that said, here’s some inspiration for ya!
I LOVE these twin beds. I think this is such a great idea! I also love that they have a trundle underneath them, so this room could actually sleep four, assuming there’s floor space for two trundles to slide out. Very cool. This mama did a fantastic job decorating!!
Isn’t this a great idea? The color pop in the background really turns these pallets into functional pieces of art.
I thought this was a very cute idea, and something that could be so easily customized to any decor. If you like this, you gotta check out some of the other really cool pallet-crafts over at Caught in Grace, there’s a bunch more where this came from!
Need a toddler bed? Isn’t this one just adorable?! LOVE IT. Just make sure to sand it down well… You can find the complete tutorial over at Lori Danelle’s blog.
If you’ve ever priced wall mounted book shelves, you know they are ridiculously expensive. Here’s a fantastic way to make them yourself, for FREE! Check out the entire tutorial over at Little Lucy Lu. I might get Jerry to make some of these for me for Xia’s room.
Loving the vitage/shabby chic feel of this pallet wall shelf.
I really love this little reading bed as well. And the old wooden door as a headboard was the perfect touch, in my opinion! You can see how it was done here.
I’ve seen different variations of this pallet garden, but I think this one is my favorite. Beautiful. And I love that she’s mixed flowers with herbs and edibles. This would be great on a balcony or back deck. To see how easy it is to make your own, check out this tutorial.
Want more? Check out this cool playhouse and an entire room made from pallets. And here are some tool sheds and a chicken coop!
Oh, and don’t forget the fence we built completely out of pallets!
I’ve got a nice, big stack of these bad boys just calling my name. I’ve had fun collecting some inspiration!
What do you think about repurposing pallets? Have you used them around your home?