Every day we pass a local hardware store on our bike ride home, and in the corner of their parking lot, next to the street, sits a pile of shipping pallets. The pile slowly dwindles throughout the week as people load up their vehicles with free wood, only to be restocked with fresh pallets upon the store's next delivery. Inspired by the Futon Turned Garden Gate, we're always wondering what else we could make out of pallets...
From complete homes to simple fences and furniture, creative upcyclers have turned used pallets into objects of tremendous function. Not only is it preventing the pallets from going to the landfill or turning into firewood, it prevents the use of new lumber.
I-Beam Design has created an entire home based on pallets.
Studio Mama sells pallet chairs, lights and stools.
Various other projects are showcased at this website, as pictured above.
We know some people that say they would never use pallets because of the chemicals and pesticides that are likely on the wood from shipping. A valid consideration, and something not to take lightly. It's probably good to know where your pallets came from, if at all possible.
Have you seen any creative use of pallets? Our personal hope is to create a small fence for our yard out of pallets. If you have any ideas on how to make an attractive fence out of pallets, or any other inexpensive green building material for that matter, we'd love to hear them.
• Before and After: Pallets Used For Outdoor Furniture
• Inspiration: Pretty Pallet Planters
• Look! A Shipping Pallet Daybed
• How To: Make a Shipping Pallet Compost Bin
• Green Style: Ashley's Pallet Daybed
• Look! A Pallet Plate Rack
Originally published 2008-08-12 - CB