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Pallet Upcycling Ideas for the Home

April 24th, 2013

Pallets! Wooden pallets are everywhere—at the lumberjack’s store, at the market, and at the furniture store (wooden pallets are used during shipment of furniture)—that you won’t have trouble purchasing a few of these wooden support structure. There are so many things you can do with these wooden pallets when revamping your décor this spring. Bring on a light and airy atmosphere to your home with these amazing pallet upcycling ideas.

Pallet Swing

I’m a big fan of this pallet swing idea! This project from Sheryl Salisbury Photography turns a pallet into an outdoor swing!

porch swing
Photo from Richard Elzey via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

This project requires more work, but it will look amazing in the garden or on the porch! First, saw the pallet in half to get a rectangular seat. Then sand the whole thing down to remove stray wood splinters. Afterwards, stain it with varnish then let dry. Finally, tie a rope on each side to hang it up. (The instructions show an accompanying photo of how to tie the ropes properly.)

Although I want this for my porch, this pallet swing will also look great between two trees in the yard!

Pallet Stools

bar stool
Photo from Rennet Stowe via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Pallet stools are amazingly comfortable and lightweight! This pallet stool project from Inspiration Green inspires the use of pallets as environment-friendly stools for your sun room, garden, or porch.

For this project, use small-sized pallets (if you can find some) or regular-sized pallets then break them down to stool-shaped squares. Afterwards, stack them up to your preferred height and nail them together to keep them in place. For the seat, you can use DIY upholstery if you like, but I usually keep things simple by using a thick wooden board instead.

 

These pallet stools are perfect for an outdoor bar for a lazy spring dinner party. For me, I prefer them in the garden and as companion seats for the couch on the porch.

 

Pallet Shelving

Wooden pallet shelves bring a touch of rustic personality to my décor, like this one from Home Stories A to Z. The comprehensive instructions are easy to follow and require little muscle work.

bookshelf
Photo by: earl53 c/o morgueFile

One regular pallet serves as one shelf for this project. Remove the center wood strip and reattach it to the side of the pallet, which will be the bottom of your shelf later on. Afterwards, cut about 1-2″ above the higher wood strip. Finally, sand down the rough edges of your bookshelf then stain with varnish. Let dry then mount it on your wall.

Didn’t I tell you it was easy? If you want more shelves, you can simply repeat the process. You can hang your shelves side by side or in different parts of the house. You can also paint them to match the color of your kids’ rooms.

Pallet Desk

This pallet desk is a great companion piece for your pallet stools! This project from Thistlewood Farm takes about 5 hours to complete and is moderately easy to make.

 

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Photo from eren {sea+prairie} via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

First, you’ll have to remove the pallet boards, only keeping the frame. Then attach table legs taken from old, unused tables, re-nailing the boards back to the pallet to create a table top with no gaps. You may either varnish your new table or paint everything in white for a classic look.

But if you don’t have enough time for that project, you can also try this pallet coffee table from The Design Chaser. For this project, you only need to sand down your pallet to rid it of splinters then attach wheels at the bottom. Complete your coffee table with a glass top.

I love how this pallet coffee table works for the porch and the garden! And since it has wheels, you can easily move it wherever you want to place it!

 

There are many pieces of furniture you can create with these amazing wooden pallets. How about you? Do you have any pallet projects up your sleeve?

About

Jennifer Lutz is a design and decorating enthusiast who has over a decade of experience staging professional home décor photo shoots. Her expertise also includes home design for special events such as holiday gatherings and family celebrations. She collaborates with clients and other design professionals to transform ordinary rooms into stunning spaces.

A mother of four lively children, she has quickly become a shortcut guru, making each holiday (Christmas in particular) a special, memory-filled event while staying within a budget and balancing a very full life. How does she do it? With creative, affordable, quick and easy projects for the holidays and the home.

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