You can get more out of a wooden shipping pallet than a summer bonfire. I know. It sounds like a splinter disaster waiting to happen, but it doesn’t have to be. In a world where we are creating so much waste, we should learn to be as resourceful as possible. And it’s the perfect time to start. The maker movement, which highlights the power and direct impact of being a DIYer, is in full effect. Check out 25 DIY projects below that feature the wooden pallet. You’ll be amazed at how they can be transformed into beautiful and functional pieces with a few tools and a lot of creativity.
Once you’ve done the proper research, including which project you’d like to try, which type of pallet you’d need (yes, there is more than one kind), and how to safely prepare it for upcycling, you can create something just as beautiful for little to no cost!
#1. Warm up your living space with a coffee table. Add hairpin legs for a modern look.
#2. For a playful look, go for some colored table legs.
#3. Greet your guests on your special day.
#4. Fashion your child’s bedroom into a storybook dream.
#5. A desk like this is perfect for a tiny home.
#6. A reclaimed wooden pallet 6-tier bookshelf is perfect for your reading room.
#7. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can build this cabin with 19 pallets. It’ll take you about 40 hours.
#8. You only need one pallet to make two of these adorable Christmas trees.
#9. If you’re going for a minimalist look in the office, this just might work for you.
#10. Are you already a hobbyist? Put together some movable storage boxes for your supplies.
#11. Don’t forget your best friend. You can easily customize a bed for them!
#12. If you live in an area with plenty of green, a wooden fence like this can go well with your surroundings.
#13. For that vintage charm, upcycle a pallet into a mini gate at the side of your house.
#14. This foldable outdoor bar is great for summer.
#15. Your kids don’t have to play pretend Lemonade Stand anymore. Build their dream today.
#16. One college student made this movable table for $25.
#17. Creating a pallet garden is easy and beautiful!
#18. Show some state pride if you must!
#19. Build a planter to set out on your balcony.
#20. This mirrored medicine cabinet will make your bathroom look like a chic boutique.
#21. Create a shoe rack that’ll handle your family’s clutter like a pro.
#22. You can even go smaller if you have an apartment.
#23. Install a vertical pallet garden, indoors or outdoors!
#24. Aren’t wooden pallet walls marvelous? This studio also features a raised platform made from multiple pallets.
#25. Lay out a zen pathway for your visitors.
#26. Book lovers, this is the chair for you.
#27. You saw this one coming. A wooden wine rack will add that rustic feel to your home. Great for unwinding at the end of your busy day.
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.
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.
A pallet swing
A perfect place to hang out and chat with your pal…let. See what we did there?
An at-home wine bar
Using two pieces of a pallet, you can line your walls with fine wine and slick glassware.
A baby gate
Prevent your toddler from climbing where they’re not supposed to by using a pallet as a gate.
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.
This all-pallet bed not only looks great, but creates a lot of storage for small bedrooms as well.
Home theater seats
By stacking pallets and adding chic cushions and pillows, you can create a movable home theater space in your living room.
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.
Vertical flower bed
Limited space for a garden? Pant flowers vertically inside a pallet for a bright and space-efficient alternative.
A pallet coffee table
This table is cost-effective, and a great conversation piece for your living room.
A pallet platform bed
Rather than buying a pricier model at IKEA, why not create your own minimal bed frame with a few pallets?
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.
A unique end table
Use a painted pallet and 2x4s to create a cute little end table.
A deconstructed swing
By taking apart a pallet and repurposing the parts, you can create this cute outdoor chair.
An earthy headboard
Using a pallet to create a headboard will give your bedroom an earthy vibe.
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.
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.
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.
A pallet dinner table
The condiment and wine rack takes the awesomeness of this dinner table to the next level.
A pallet hutch
It’s a more complicated build, but the final result is a shabby-chic hutch that looks like it was antiqued.
A children’s teepee
Pallet boards can be reconstructed into a sweet outdoor playhouse for kids.
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.
A pallet room divider
A perfect way to split a large open area into two smaller rooms.
A pallet bookshelf
The slats in a pallet make an excellent place to build perpendicular shelves to store magazines and books.
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.