Category: Pallet Projects

110 Pallet Ideas That Are Easy to Make and Sell

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Pallets remind me of mobile homes because they have unlimited potential and are extremely affordable.  You can make just about anything out of pallets at a great price.

You can use pallets as a whole or by breaking them down into individual boards. Single boards are a perfect building material! Wood from older pallets can have a beautiful weathered patina that is hard to mimic with new lumber so they are perfect for creating texture on a wall or other displays.

We’ve gathered some great information that will help determine which pallets are the best for your intended project and how to find affordable or free pallets. We’ll also cover safety issues and  show you several examples of how you can use wood pallets in your home decor and design projects. Get ready to be inspired!

The Beginner's Guide to Using Wood Pallets in Home Decor Projects 2

 

Know Your Pallets

There’s more than one type of pallet. Understanding the different pallets and knowing which type will work best for your project can help ensure your home decor projects are a success. You can also increase your negotiating power when buying pallets – knowledge is power and if you show them that you know what you’re talking about you may be able to negotiate a better deal.

A pallet is a basically a bottom frame or deck that is used to maximize loads during transport. They are placed under packaged goods to make stacking easier and allow front loaders and fork lifts to easily move them during shipment. Simply put, they act as a sturdy foundation and stacking tool.

Stringer Pallet Design

There are two main types of wood pallets. The most popular is the stringer pallet design.

The Stringer design has a top deck and sometimes a bottom deck of equal size separated by middle framing boards. They are perfect if you need lots of boards for your project.

Here is an image from STBPallet.com of a stringer pallet:

stringer pallet

Block Pallets

The Block pallet is another popular design. They have access openings on all 4 sides, making it more convenient for fork lifts to use.

Between the top and bottom decks are solid wood shaped in a block, hence the name. Here’s another image from STBPallet.com of what they look like:

block pallets

 

Since different types of pallet frames are used for various weight loads and stacking needs there are a variety of designs available.

Basic US Pallet Size

The basic pallet size in the US is 40″ x 48″.

2-Way Vs. 4-Way Entry

The most popular frames used for pallets is the 2-way-entry and the 4-way-entry. The entry counts refer to the number of openings on the sides of the pallet. A 2-way-entry pallet only has 2 places for a forklift to insert it’s arms in order to move it. A 4-way-entry has 4 opening, 2 on each side.

Deck Designs

Pallets have various deck designs as well. The open board and closed board deck are the two most popular designs. Open boarded pallets have a space between them and closed decks do not. It’s similar to building a deck onto your home, open decking allows water to flow between the boards and closed decking does not.

Look at the photo below, found on a great site called DIYReady.com and you’ll better understand the different types of wood pallet:

different types of wood pallets

 

Wood Pallet Safety 

Sometimes pallets are coated or soaked in toxic chemicals to extend their lifespan and keep bugs away. If you will be using the pallet for a kitchen or outdoor dining area it’s important to steer clear of those pallets. Luckily, most pallets will have a stamp on them to help you determine if they’re safe. There’s also a few visual clues that can help too.

The IPPC Stamp

The IPPC stamp will tell you a lot about the pallet. Here’s a handy-dandy infographic from DIYReady.com that explains the stamps and codes found on most pallets. (DIYReady.com seems to be the most informative resource for pallet information I’ve found, so if you want to learn more about the subject you should definitely visit them.):

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Finding Pallets for your Home Decor Projects

Here in WV there’s a pallet dealer that sells any kind of pallet you need.  It’s an old gas station turned pallet station! The more you buy, the cheaper they get. I suspect there are dealers close to you and a simple Google search should help you find them. If paying a few dollars per pallet doesn’t bother you, that’s probably the most convenient method of getting them. You can pay to have them broken apart as well and that’s especially nice because some pallets have some crazy nails that are hard to remove.

If you’re thrifty (or what my daughter likes to call ‘cheap’) then you probably don’t mind spending a morning calling around asking store managers if they have any damaged or unneeded pallets that you could take off their hands. Smaller, locally owned grocery stores and nurseries are a great place to start.

The Beginner's Guide to Using Wood Pallets in Home Decor Projects

 

Breaking Wood Pallets Apart

You can use a pry-bar to break pallets apart but it will probably damage the wood a bit so it’s best to use a saw and cut the nails and then pull them out. The video below will show you how:

 

Pallet Project Ideas

Now that you know more about pallets, it’s time to learn just how awesome they really are!

If you’re lucky enough to find a few pallets for free you can completely transform a room for practically no cost at all. You can also build anything you want – for cheap!

Below are just a few pallet projects that you can find online. There are entire websites dedicated to pallet projects so you can easily find a project that you will love. Just click on the pallet project title to be taken to the original site for instructions.

 

Pallet Wall Project

One of my favorite pallet projects is using the wood to cover a wall. It creates a beautiful accent in any room and adds texture to a space. The room below is a perfect combination.

 

pallet wall project 2

 

 

Colorful Pallet Wall Project

The wall below provides texture and color to a room and it is beautiful!

 

pallet wall art project

 

 

Bedroom Pallet Projects

The bedroom below uses pallets in several different ways. The possibilities are endless!

 

pallet bedroom project

 

 

 

Pallet Ceiling Project

Adding pallet boards to your ceiling is a perfect project for any room, especially smaller rooms that just need a little pizzazz.

pallet ceiling project

 

 

Pallet Flooring Project

You can use pallet wood as a floor covering!

pallet flooring

 

 

This next pallet floor project is awesome and you can get the entire step-by-step instructions and photos from the owners at the blog called ‘A Building We Shall Go‘:

pallet floor project

 

 

Deck Pallet Project

With the right construction experience, you can even build a deck with pallets!

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Twin Bed Pallet Project

This twin bed combo is a great way to turn a spare bedroom into a smart guest room.

 

 

twin bed pallet project

 

 

 Pallet Bed Frame Project

This is a beautiful and unique pallet bed frame project.

Pallet Bed Frame

 

 

Outdoor Pallet Bed Project

This pallet bed is perfect for your deck.

pallet bed project

 

 

Outdoor Pallet Bench Project

You can create a great outdoor bench and flower pot combo with relative ease.

 

outdoor pallet bench project

 

 

Outdoor Shower Pallet Project

If you live close to the beach this is a perfect project for you. Having an outdoor shower is so convenient.

 

outdoor shower pallet project

 

 

Pallet Bench and Storage Project

This Etsy find is a perfect piece to create a little mud-room area.

 

pallet bench and closet project

 

 

Colorful Pallet bench Project

With a little color and additional distressing you can make this beautiful bench!

 

pallet bench project

 

 

Hanging Light Pallet Project

These hanging lamps are a perfect project for a rustic themed room.

 

pallet chandelier project

 

 

Coffee Table Pallet Project

This beautiful coffee table would look perfect in any living room.

 

pallet coffee table project

 

Pallet Kitchen Island Project

This island would look great in your kitchen!

 

pallet kitchen island project

 

 

Platform Bed Pallet Project

This is an amazing project that is beautiful and useful.

 

pallet platform bed project

 

 

Shelf Pallet Project

This fairly simple shelf made from a single pallet would be a great addition to any room.

 

pallet shelf project

 

 

Outdoor Table Pallet Project

Another great addition to your deck or porch.

 

pallet sofa table for deck project

 

 

Pallet Pathway Project

Using pallet boards as a pathway is a beautiful addition to any yard.

 

pallet walkway project

 

 

Creative Wall Light Pallet Project

What a great way to separate space in a large area!

 

pallet wall light project

 

 

Wall Office Pallet Project

This little wall office is perfect way to have a desk in a small area.

 

pallet wall office project

 

 

Woodshed Pallet Project

Need a place to keep wood dry? Here ya go!

 

pallet woodshed project

 

 

TV Stand Pallet Project

This is a beautiful piece of furniture. You could use it as a TV stand or a desk.

 

TV stand pallet project

 

 

Desk Organizer Pallet Project

This is a great way to keep office and school supplies organized on your desk.

 

desk organizer pallet project

 

 

Pet Bowl Pallet Project

Your dog would love this pet bowl! Raising the bowls off the floor a bit is said to aid in digestion health.

 

pet feeder pallet project

 

 

Shoe Shelf Pallet Project

Have a big pie of shoes at your front door? This is a perfect solution!

 

shoe shelf pallet project

 

From our friends at – http://mobilehomeliving.org/the-beginners-guide-to-pallet-projects/

10 Must Have Tools for Beginner Woodworkers

 

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10 Must Have Tools for New DIYers

If you’ve realized how incredibly expensive home improvement projects and furniture can cost, you have probably also realized just how much you can save by becoming a “do-it-yourselfer.”  If you want to start DIYing your home and furniture projects, Remodelaholic is a great place to start!  The good news is that to become a DIYer, you don’t have to have a fully functioning shop like you see on popular TV shows. You need a few basic tools to get you started.

Bear in mind that every home should have good tools, but you do not need to buy a ton of expensive tools all at once. It is best to acquire quality tools as you need and can afford them. As a general rule, it is best to invest in well-made items that will last a lifetime.

With that in mind, here are the 10 tools we recommend to get you started on your DIY path:

  1. A Tool Box

A toolbox.  You will need a toolbox or tool bucket to keep your tools organized.  The more organized you are when tackling a DIY project, the more successful you will be. Nothing will slow you down more than poorly organized tools!  Toolboxes range from large to small and portable or even bucket tool pouches are handy!

  1. Basic hand tools

You need basic hand tools, such as a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers and a utility knife! There are some fabulous basic toolkits that you can buy to get you started quickly and easily.

 

  1. A cordless drill

The first power tool any DIYer should invest in is a cordless drill.   Cordless drills are convenient for working anywhere.  They not only drill holes and drive screws, but, with different bits, can stir paint and materials like thinset and concrete. I like DeWalt and Ridgid but there are many other great ones as well. No matter what brand you choose, always make sure it has lithium ion batteries to last extra long!

 

  1. An electric random orbital sander.

All DIYers find themselves sanding…a lot.  To avoid doing it all by hand, you will need an orbital sander.  They are not very expensive, and are worth every penny.

Here are a few I recommend:

  1. A circular saw

As a DIYer, you will find that there is no saw that is more versatile than a circular saw.  It can take the place of a table saw, if you use it in a conjunction with a straight edge.

 

  1. A level

From hanging pictures to building furniture, you have to make sure your work is level. So, to start with, we would recommend a 9 inch level.  As you continue down your DIY path, you will eventually want a 24 inch level as well.

  1. A Speed Square

combination speed square is so versatile.  In addition to using it to check for square, you can use it as a straight edge when you are cutting 2 x 4s or 2 x 6s.  It is also an excellent marking tool–you can use it to mark things like angles and the position of hinges.

  1. A stud finder

A stud finder.  Hanging something heavy?  You will need to secure it to a stud in the wall in order to avoid disaster.  A stud finder will help you find your studs so that you can safely secure shelves, cabinets, expensive TVs, etc. to your wall.

  1. A staple gun

Staple guns are inexpensive (generally under $20) but are incredibly versatile.  You can use a staple gun for everything from upholstery to making a simple greenhouse with a wood frame with plastic sheeting stapled to it.

  1. A putty knife

A putty knife.  Last on the list, but certainly not least, is a putty knife.  The putty knife, of course, is routinely used for spreading putty when patching holes in walls.  But it can also be used to scrape off old paint or glue residue, pry up nails and remove wallpaper.  You may want to start with a set of four putty knives for the most versatility.

With these tools in your arsenal, you will be an unstoppable DIYer in no time!

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Article cred: http://www.ebay.com/gds/Must-Have-Tools-for-Beginning-DIYers-/10000000179171408/g.html

 

How To Break Down A Pallet In 3 Minutes

This is a quick and effective way to break down a pallet in less than 3 minutes. As with any project, use safety precautions any time you’re using power tools, and stay safe out there!
We have some awesome pallet projects to share this week, and I wanted to show you the easiest way, we found, to break down a pallet. The whole thing can be ripped apart in 3 minutes! No prying or pulling nails out!

Start by having someone secure the pallet for you. Then use a 9 inch all-purpose blade on a Sawzall to slide in between the planks and saw down those nails!

Like I said be cautious, and make sure someone is securing the pallet for you!

Have you found any better ways to rip apart pallets? Let us know in the comments!

Jessica

Article sourced- http://www.loulougirls.com/2016/04/how-to-break-down-pallets-quickly-and.html

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