Five Ways to Recycle Pallets for DIY Home Projects

Updated October 8, 2019

Pallets are a home-style trend that just won't quit.

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That's because with a few nails and a little imagination, these blank canvases can be turned into beautiful wall art, bookshelves and even bed frames! The wooden crates (used to support goods while being moved by a forklift) are versatile, cheap and easy to find! To find free pallets, call your local garden supply store or any shop that carries large equipment. Be creative – one user found pallet gold at the Harley Davidson shop!

But, before you fall in love, be aware that there are some serious health and safety hazards associated with using pallets in the home. Here are a few posts that discuss the dangers and how to mitigate them if you're determined to make the most of this pallet trend.

 - Upcycled Wooden Pallets: Green Resource or Toxic Trend?

-  Are Reclaimed Pallets Safe for Raised Bed Gardens?

-  The Scoop on Safe Shipping Pallets

Some pretty pallet options:

1. Wall Art. If you can't find or don't want to shell out the dough for a large art piece, repurpose an old pallet! You can control your colors, words and patterns.

2. Hanging Garden. If you're short on space, grow flowers on a repurposed pallet. All you need is an old pallet, screws, clamps and pots. Visit Kelly Moore Bag for a step-by-step. Note: The safest use for pallets is outdoors as a compost bin, a non-food garden or a bike rack.

3. Animal Bed. Instead of your pet snoozing on a large, unsightly pillow streamline their bed into your décor with pallets. Tip: Sand down the sharp edges.

4. Bookshelves. For every pallet you salvage you can make at least two bookshelves! Display photographs, art pieces and book covers. Visit S.A.S. Interiors for a step-by-step.

5. Furniture. From a shabby chic headboard to a modern coffee table, pallets are popping up all over the interior design-o-sphere.

Check out these sites for more pallet projects:

House Tweaking

- Home Stories Atoz

- Remodelista

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