Once used only as utilities for transporting and storing goods, pallets are now one of the most versatile items you can use in a variety of DIY projects, from coffee tables and chairs to storage units and artwork. The beauty of it is that they are a sustainable and inexpensive solution. So, think twice before tossing them and buying brand new furniture. They could be lying around, waiting to be given a new lease on life. You know what they say, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” And it takes just a bit of skill and imagination to make the green magic happen.
Getting the ball rolling
In recent years, pallets are becoming an increasingly popular tool and there is a plethora of ideas to explore. They can be easily found near factories, supermarkets, and other facilities. However, note that you cannot repurpose just any pallet. Familiarize yourself with different styles of pallets. You should avoid damaged pallets, as well as those that were chemically treated, which is usually indicated by the lack of MB or IPPC stamp. Also, make sure you have a set of power tools: jigsaw, orbital sander, and a power drill.
First off, pallets are hands down the cheapest material to use for your backyard deck. The prep stage is paramount and it involves the process of inspecting and measuring. Namely, it is crucial to check whether the pallets are sturdy enough to serve as supporting construction. Upon confirming that, use a drywall screw to connect the pallets and even the ground beneath them with the help of scrap bricks or rocks. Finally, fill the spaces between the boards with scrap lumber or another material.
One of the most common DIY projects is pallet storage. I have seen many rustic-looking, wall-mounted shelves adoring indoor and outdoor areas. If you want to build them, the first thing to do is acquire well-preserved pieces, preferably taken straight from warehouse pallet racking structures. Disassemble them with the help of a reciprocating saw and measure planks to cut them to desired lengths. Next, smoothen the planks in order to prevent any damage to stored items. After that is sorted out, you can put together wine storing shelves, display shelves, and other storage units.
Furthermore, you can also check out pallet modular furniture ideas. Thanks to their unparalleled versatility, it is possible to turn these wooden pieces into any type of furniture. The best thing is that you can easily rearrange and move the furniture according to your needs and desires. I would certainly consider adding a pallet ottoman, bench or a picnic table to your outdoor seating area. They can work well both in rustic and modern settings.
Endless horizon of possibilities
Bear in mind that aforementioned projects are just the tip of the iceberg. We have not even mentioned cool ideas like wooden pallet headboards, wall art, outdoor swings, vertical gardens, planters, etc. So, the list goes on and we leave it to you to venture further into the pool of inspiration. It is time to get your creative juices flowing: breathe new life into seemingly useless pallets and come up with wonderful creations.
The upcycling rampage begins
In the light of stunning DIY ideas, pallets are no longer thrown away without second thought. After all, these dirt-cheap structures can be repurposed into just about anything. It is such as shame to see them rotting away and dumpsters and junkyards. So, rethink your consumer choices. Educate yourself, tool up, and choose safe pallets for your projects. Put your carpentry skills to good use— turn pallets into creative, functional, and authentic pieces for your home.
Guest post by Lillian Connors
About the Author
Lillian Connors can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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