3 Cool Ideas for Repurposing PalletsNot so long ago, pallets were used only as an amazing and practical solution for shipping and storing our stuff. However, as numerous eco-friendly and DIY projects have gained immense popularity, their use has become much more than that. Now we can use them for various purposes, from making unique furniture to practical storage solutions. Most importantly, you can find them for free or at a surprisingly low cost. All you have to do is to learn how to use them properly. Get some basic tools and items from a local hardware store and check out these simple tips on how to repurpose pallets.
How to Choose PalletsFirst things first, you need to know how to choose pallets properly. Since numerous companies use them as effective shipping crates, it is highly probable that you will find them for free behind buildings or in dumpsters. When it comes to wood pallets, apart from making sure that are firm and undamaged, you should also determine whether they are safe for use. For instance, you should avoid using chemically treated wood pallets that have “MB” stamp, as well as plastic ones.
Planter BoxesSince spring is here, you should find most creative, yet affordable ideas to spruce your yard. For example, you could use your wood pallets in order to build a garden planter. You need to select its dimensions first and choose the sufficient number of pallets. Use the boards from your pallets, sand their surface and even their length with a saw. Once you do that, you need to make the bottom and top frame of the planter box by gluing and nailing four slats for each. Finally, you should finish your project up with staining or painting your planter box.
ShelvesIn a recent conversation with my local suppliers of wooden crates and pallets, I learned that they can be used for creating unique furniture and durable storage for all your stuff. One of the most practical and simplest projects is making both indoor and outdoor shelves out of wood pallets. All you have to do is to rip the pallets apart and use boards just as you would use timber. You need to use nails and glue in order to make the construction firm and paint it in accordance to your home décor. Finally, you need to fix the shelf to the wall by using wood screws.
Wood Pallet DecksIf you don’t have a traditional wood deck, it’s the right time for you to install one. One of the most effective and simplest ideas is to build a wood pallet backyard deck. For such an endeavor, you will need to measure the area you would like to cover and to prepare it properly. Then, do the math and choose the number of pallets you’re going to need. All you have to do is to make sure that your pallets are firm enough to be used as a durable material for your deck. You also need to fill the space between the boards with additional boards in order to make your deck stable and safe, after which you should sand the surface to make it smooth and easy to clean. Finally, you can organize and lay down the pallets according to your preferences. Once your deck has been completed, all you have to do is to choose a lovely shade structure for it.
All in all, it seems that pallets are much more than simple shipping crates. They represent a sustainable, durable, and most importantly, affordable material for numerous creative ideas, from building furniture, unique decorations to stable storage units. This is just a tiny part of everything you can make out of them. So, choose your favorite DIY project, get some pallets and tools and get started. Have fun!