Today, people are much more conscious of their impact on the environment and want to avoid unnecessary waste while still being able to express their style in their choice of home décor. Pallets provide super versatile materials and are perfect for DIY enthusiasts (and cool hipsters after that rustic look). So, if you are feeling handy, and looking for some ways to jump onto the upcycling trend, here are some great creative ideas to inspire you for DIY pallet projects for your home or garden.
Easy DIY Pallet Projects:
Creating a dedicated space outside where you can relax and enjoy some fresh air, or sit with friends and family, is a great idea but decking can be expensive. Working with pallets, raised on concrete blocks, is a lot more economical. You can lay the slats in the same direction or mix it up to get a more tiled effect. Plus add a pop of colour to make the whole area more inviting.
Once the decking is complete, why stop there? There is almost an endless variety of ways to make inspired pieces of garden furniture with pallets, from two-seaters to deck chairs and comfy day beds. You could also fit casters to the bottom of each piece to make moving them from one spot to another easier. Finish the whole look with stylish cushions, that can be packed away from the wet weather, and your outside retreat will be complete.
If you don’t have the luxury of a garden, or even if you do, making creative use of pallets for vertical gardening offers the benefit of maximising growing space while taking up the minimum amount of room. Indoor living walls, growing plants, flowers or herbs, are fantastically decorative and on trend with ‘bringing the outside in.’
With so many options available, picking out the perfect coffee table can be a hard task. So why not design and build your own. With incorporated shelving, a nice bright lick of paint and a glass top to finish it off you can create a modern, stylish and practical centrepiece for your living room. Add wheels and you’re away!
If you’re new to DIY and lacking in the regard to knowledge, confidence and tools, constructing a pallet sofa is the place to start since it’s fairly straight-forward to make. You’ll simply need to find some study pallets, sand them down, paint and varnish, then they’ll be ready to stack and have cushions placed on top for comfort – easy!
A DIY pallet sofa or window seat could be a great piece for your sitting room, home office or den. It also offers the opportunity to inject a splash of colour with endless combinations of cushions and throws to reflect your mood and personality.
Making your bed frame out of pallets is an inexpensive way to complete your dream bedroom. You can use two layers if you prefer a bit of height. Which, with a futon mattress on top, will provide good support and also offer a bit of storage space below. To really make the most of the space beneath (and you have a little DIY knowledge) you could cut the pallets to leave a square of space untouched beneath the mattress – this way you’ll be able to hide away from bulky items like suitcases. The rest of the pallet layers around the edge will be ideal for stacking things like books, shoes and clothes.
Why not complete the look with pallet headboard as well?
The advantage of making your desk out of pallets comes from being able to choose what shape, size, and height to suit your purpose and the space you have. However, while a homemade pallet desk certainly sounds and looks striking, it’s one of the hardest to achieve; it’s not about simply stacking and hoping or the best. Creating a desk will require serious thought, DIY skill and tools – so if you’re lacking in that area but know someone who can provide those you could either commission the project or undertake it together!
A slightly less ambitious project than the desk above (if you’re a little daunted), but one that will still have an impact, is shelving. And there is no end to the possibilities and locations; from hanging pans in your kitchen or keeping clutter off your desk, pallets provide the perfect materials; your imagination is the limit.
Advice for your DIY Pallet Projects:
- Check the wood is safe and has not been treated with harsh chemicals;
- Look for the HT mark which indicates that the wood has been pressure and heat-treated;
- Avoid those marked with MB which indicates the use of methyl bromide (a neurotoxin and carcinogen);
- Avoid pallets that have been stained or those from grocery stores which may harbour foodborne pathogens;
- Prepare the wood with soapy water and an antibacterial. Such as tea tree oil or vinegar, and rinse and dry thoroughly before starting work;
- Sand wood and remove rusty or unwanted nails before construction of furniture to avoid injury.