5 Ways to Upcycle Shipping Pallets into DIY Furniture


| 9/7/2011 12:40:00 PM


Shipping pallets are a dime a dozen around the country. Commonly found behind stores (near delivery doors) and occasionally on the side of the road, these versatile and ubiquitous castoffs are a DIYer’s dream material. With a little creativity shipping pallets can be turned into a variety of useful pieces for the home, from coffee tables to headboards to always-needed storage. Who knew a cheap wooden pallet could be so valuable?

Daybeds and Sofas

Turning shipping pallets into comfortable seating is one of the easiest ways to upcycle pallets. Just sand the pallets down until smooth then top with a comfortable array of cushions, pillows and blankets. To create the longer daybed or sofa look, attach two or more shipping pallets together. For more detailed instructions, check out Ashley Ann Photography’s instructions for DIY Pallet Reading Bed.

Shipping Pallet Daybed Shipping Pallet Sofa 
A salvaged door turned headboard completes the look of this nursery room daybed (left), while oversized pillows provide a cushioned back to this living room sofa (right). DIY sofas and daybeds fashioned from old shipping pallets have the added benefit of built-in storage for magazines, blankets and other odds and ends. Images (left to right): Photo By Ashely Ann Photography; Photo By Sveinung Brathen/Courtesy BoligPluss 

Coffee Table

Recycled shipping pallets also make great coffee tables. Depending on what kind of look you want, the effort you put in can be minimal. For a patio or outdoor room, sand the shipping pallets down, attach a couple of castors for mobility’s sake, and you’re done! For pieces inside the home, you might want to put a little more care into your work. If the look of weathered wood doesn’t fit your interior décor, slap a coat of low-VOC paint on the pallets. Customize the height of your table by stacking and attaching several pallets together. If you’re feeling a bit fancy, cover the top of the pallets with a slab of recycled glass.

DIY Shipping Pallet Outdoor Coffee Table 
Stack two shipping pallets atop each other to create a coffee table of custom height. Castors give this outdoor coffee table added mobility. Photo Courtesy Joy Ever After 



Headboards 

Want a rustic-looking wooden headboard? Attach two shipping pallets together side-by-side for a unique headboard at virtually no cost!

Jamessmith
6/2/2014 1:49:03 AM

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1/7/2014 3:15:21 AM

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