Re-purposing everyday objects into beautiful, useful and inventive products is all the rage these days. Thanks to the internet ideas can be shared much easier and with websites like Pinterest and Etsy you can find hundreds of amazing ideas. DIY furniture no longer needs to look tacky.
You really can transform everyday objects and even waste products into incredibly useful and beautiful objects for your home.
Whether you are into DIY or not, if you can follow some basic instructions you can use old wooden pallets to great effect. They are incredible objects that can be used for so many different things. They are cheap, very durable and incredibly versatile.
For just a few dollars you can buy them and in some places you can even get them for free (check with local warehouses and supermarkets who are often keen to get rid of them).
Self made furniture and DIY items can add a certain charm to any home. That authentic home made look is very fashionable and because most of these ideas are so versatile you can always add your own personal touch.
Below you will find some amazing DIY furniture projects that you can do with old wooden pallets. There’s no special skill required and in most cases you don’t even need any special tools.
You just need a bit of inspiration and enthusiasm.
You can build something as simple as a flower bed (see number 10) or something as complex as children’s bed compartments (see number 18).
Regardless of what peaks your interest, give them a go!
1. A rack for pots and pans
By cutting a pallet, mounting it to the wall, and adding hooks, you can create some most excellent storage for your kitchen.
2. Outdoor chaise lounges
By using four pallets, you can create an amazing chaise lounge for your back yard. Two stacked pallets create the base, and two create the back. The parts are attached by 2X4s and then painted. This cool DIY will have you sitting pretty in no time.
3. A Pallet Swing
A perfect place to hang out and chat with your pal…let. See what we did there?
4. An at-home Wine Bar
Using two pieces of a pallet, you can line your walls with fine wine and slick glassware.
5. A baby gate
Prevent your toddler from climbing where they’re not supposed to by using a pallet as a gate.
6. An Outdoor Table
By putting two pallets together and then topping them with a slab of concrete (or even a waterproof butcher block), you can give your outdoor space a facelift.
7. Storage Bed
This all-pallet bed not only looks great, but creates a lot of storage for small bedrooms as well.
8. Home Theater Seats
By stacking pallets and adding chic cushions and pillows, you can create a movable home theater space in your living room.
9. An indoor Playhouse
Kids will love this pallet fort that you can build in virtually any bedroom. Just make sure the entire structure is sanded to prevent little injuries.
10. Vertical flower bed
Limited space for a garden? Pant flowers vertically inside a pallet for a bright and space-efficient alternative.
11. A pallet coffee table
This table is cost-effective, and a great conversation piece for your living room.
12. A pallet platform bed
Rather than buying a pricier model at IKEA, why not create your own minimal bed frame with a few pallets?
13. A pallet desk
This desk is not only unique, but if you top it with a pane of glass, it can make an excellent workspace.
14. A unique end table
Use a painted pallet and 2x4s to create a cute little end table.
15. A deconstructed swing
By taking apart a pallet and repurposing the parts, you can create this cute outdoor chair.
16. An earthy headboard
Using a pallet to create a headboard will give your bedroom an earthy vibe.
17. A pallet bed for puppies
Instead of purchasing an expensive dog bed, you can build one from pallets and add a few cushions so Spot can have a comfortable night’s sleep.
18. Pallet bed compartments
This is an unusual and fun take on bunk beds, and would be perfect for a kid’s room – or even a whimsical guest room.
19. A pallet sofa
It’s more comfortable than it sounds – build the couch frame and add some customized cushions for an interesting couch that is solid and comfortable.
20. A pallet dinner table
The condiment and wine rack takes the awesomeness of this dinner table to the next level.
21. A pallet hutch
It’s a more complicated build, but the final result is a shabby-chic hutch that looks like it was antiqued.
22. A children’s teepee
Pallet boards can be reconstructed into a sweet outdoor playhouse for kids.
23. An innovative greenhouse
Create a warm space for your delicate plants by using pallets to build walls and then using a pane of glass to create the top.
24. A pallet room divider
A perfect way to split a large open area into two smaller rooms.
25. A pallet bookshelf
The slats in a pallet make an excellent place to build perpendicular shelves to store magazines and books.
26. A pallet shelf & rack
Pallets are quite strong, so if you’re in an apartment with limited space, this hybrid bookshelf/bike rack might be a perfect solution.
27. Coffee Table
28. Daybed/Outdoor Swing
Perfect for that useless corner in the garden. Simply attach 2 crates and suspend with decorated ropes and add a mattress of choice.
29. Your Secret Garden
Have a patch in the garden where nothing wants to grow? Simply create a DIY deck with painted crates and stack in an L-shape to create some seating.
30. Herringbone Flooring
A flooring solution that’s usually quite expensive. By using the wood from old crates it becomes cheap as chips. It does require a lot of sanding and cutting but looks great!
31. Rustic Kitchen Table
A rustic kitchen table that looks very contemporary and its very functional as well.
32. A Stylish Ottoman
Simply stack painted crates and add an upholstered top. Secure in place with colorful nylon straps.
33. Movable Outdoor Dining Table
Roughly sand the wood and stain lightly with the color of choice. Attach some cheap wheels and you have a movable outdoor dining table.
34. Designer Chair
A designer look on a budget. Its quite quirky but can look great in the right spaces.
35. Stunning Display Chair
Simply choosing some bright colors can make this look amazing. The sides of the chairs can double up for book/magazine storage.
36. Single Bed Bases
Bed bases can be expensive, look cheap and be quite flimsy. With these crates you can fix all that and it looks really rustic and authentic.
37. Wall Shelf/Hangers
Its amazing what a bit of paint can do. Using some random paint colors and adding some hooks can make this a very functional shelf that adds color to any entrance.