Wooden pallets these days are not just used for shipping. They’ve become increasingly popular with homeowners. The creative uses for scrap pallets are virtually endless. With some DIY talent and a little imagination, you can turn a boring-looking pallet into a decorative piece of garden fixture, art or furniture.
One reason pallets have become a design element of choice is that they are easy to find. Stores that get a lot of deliveries will often throw them away once everything’s been unloaded. People can snag a few pieces without paying a single cent.
Here are a few of the things you can make from old wooden pallets:
Items for Exterior Applications
When it comes to designing and making pallet-inspired artwork for an outdoor area or garden space, the sky’s the limit. One great DIY application is to use these wooden materials to build a porch. Other options include signs, nameplates, wooden coolers, outdoor tables and wooden benches.
Another route you can take is to create various outdoor decorative items, such as wooden wreaths. You can also think ahead and make seasonal decorations like stylised wood Christmas trees and wooden jack-o-lantern art for Halloween.
There are so many things for a bedroom that you can easily make using scrap pallets. One of the challenging projects you can take on is a bed. With the right tools and skills, you can build a beautiful-looking piece of furniture.
Making a bed too hard for you? Consider other easy projects, such as wooden drawers, side tables, and chests.
Items for Kitchens
Some of the obvious things you can create from a scrap pallet are cutlery racks and a chest of drawers. If you want a different approach, make simple kitchen stuff that provides greater functionality. An herb garden to grow your own herbs, a wooden hanging wall that can effectively store your knives and a holder for your pots and pans are all easy to make, practical and highly attractive.
Stuff for Living Rooms
Make coffee tables and fabricate media consoles by using wooden pallets for your living room. You can also build other popular items, such as showpiece shelves, bookshelves and centre tables.
Essential Tools for Working with Pallets
If you’re going to work with old pallets, you’ll need the right tools to get the job done. A few of the things you’ll need are:
- Saw – A handsaw helps you cut down the wooden pallet into manageable sizes. If your budget permits, get a powered saw like a circular saw (useful for cutting large amounts of pallet planks) or a jigsaw (ideal for precise cutting) to decrease your cutting time.
- Sander – This useful material prepares the wood by removing the splinters and rough edges.
- Safety Equipment – Safety is always a must in any DIY project. Make sure you have the right gear, such as safety gloves and protective goggles.
If you have leftover pallets but are not sure what to do with them, don’t throw them in the waste bin. Take them to LKM Recycling. We provide efficient and cost-effective wood waste collection and recycling services. Count on us to help you properly get rid of clean wood waste.
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