Pallets are getting more attention in the DIY scene because of how the materials are easy and cheap to get. Pallets are also easy to use and highly modifiable. Due to this “malleability” pallets are used in a lot of furniture such as bed frames, chairs, coffee tables, etc.
As mentioned before, pallets are easy to get. Local shops and facilities have pallets laying around for disposal. Sometimes, recycling may have some costs which these small businesses aren’t willing to shoulder. They sell these pallets to DIY and interior designing enthusiasts for a reasonably low price.
Another great place to find pallets are recycling centers. Although the pallets here are somewhat damaged and some may even have uneven sizes, there are still materials here that are salvageable and ready for use.
For the DIY enthusiast, pallets are the building blocks for an excellent project. To get started, here are some tools a DIY enthusiast may want to use:
Hammer – The most basic of all tools, a hammer is often the first tool that a person gets out of the toolbox. Starting a pallet project without a hammer is like starting a fire without matches: it’s challenging and time-consuming.
Saw – Another essential tool, power saws are incredibly fast and convenient. Conventional saws are tiring to use and can sometimes be inaccurate because of imprecise human handling. Power saws are more accurate and result in much better cuts than conventional saws
Drills – Power drills are of importance when starting pallet projects because they enable users to drill holes for screws. Drills also come with drill bits, depending on what type of hole an interior designer would want.
Sander – Although sandpaper still is used a lot in workshops and small projects, A sander is more convenient. Sanders allow a person to finish out wood and other materials smoothly.
With a brief view on some of the essential tools, here are two easy DIY projects along with their easy steps for you to follow.
Basic Project: Bed frames
Arguably one of the best and most beautiful projects out there, DIY bed frames made from pallets are stylish and easy to create. Pallet bed frames are highly sought after because they go with almost every style imaginable. From a minimalist’s point of view to intricate interior designs, cot beds are easily customizable to fit a person’s liking.
Here are some steps to follow for a very durable and stylish DIY pallet bed frame.
Gather the necessary materials
- 2x pallets with the same features, same size, same color, etc.
- 4x 3-inch bolts with washers and nuts
- 8x Hurricane Straps or flat pieces of galvanized steel with holes for screws
Stacking and Arranging
Stack the pallets on top of each other. Place the top over the bottom side of the pallet so that there’s a space in the middle. This space can be for future use where you can place drawers. For now, leave the space empty.
Attach the hurricane straps or pieces of steel on both one side of each pallet, connecting the two pieces together. Screw them all up to make the bed more secure and durable.
Paint is also an option for designing pallet bed frames. Paint the pallets before attaching them together so that the steel pieces or hurricane straps’ color shine out. Painting the bed frame beforehand also ensures a smooth and clean job.
Headboards are also a good choice, especially if there’s an extra pallet or material lying around. Wooden pieces work well with pallet bed frames because they are easy to attach. Just use the same pieces of steel and screws to attach the headboard to the body of the bed frame.
A Comfortable Couch
For this DIY project, you only need two pieces of pallets and the rest of the materials mentioned above. Pallet couches are comfortable to use because they are close to the ground, making a person feel relaxed while he or she is on the sofa.
Place the pallet with the bottom of it facing the floor. The other pallet can serve as a back support for the couch. The pallets should be identical so that attaching them together is easy. Line up the pallet so that you can insert pieces of the hurricane strap or the steel and screw them up together.
For a more permanent fix on the back support of the couch, you can use an additional piece of wood that would serve as a “connector” to both parts of the pallet.
Attaching the Foam
A small and thick mattress would be perfect for the seats of the couch. It’s up to the owner if they want to use superglue for attaching the cushion to the pallet. However, most people prefer leaving the mattress unglued, so it’s easy to clean. For the back support, gluing a thin piece of foam or mattress works.
Using pallets is a good idea for furniture. Not only because it’s cheap, but using leftover materials is a good way to recycle. Pallets are also easy to acquire. These materials are also highly customizable; therefore a lot of DIY projects can be done.
Rachel Minahan is a writer and a blogger who loves writing about interior designing. She gets her inspiration on Beds Online, where a lot of selections are available. Rachel also enjoys sharing her DIY projects to her readers so they too can follow and create their projects.