Think Again: Pallet Furniture Projects That Aren't Ugly

Think Again: Pallet Furniture Projects That Aren't Ugly

Dabney Frake
Sep 15, 2014
(Image credit: Me and Jilly)

Wooden pallet furniture has its champions and detractors. For every person that loves the idea of reclaimed wood, there's another who thinks all of it lacks grace or sophistication. If you are on the fence, here are three key strategies to make pallets work for you at home.

1. Go With the Contrast: Sometimes the image of rustic, beaten down furniture looks amazing in an ultra clean modern setting. There's no need to polish things up - the juxtaposition just works:

(Image credit: The Style Files)

Fashion designer Courtney Klein's San Francisco home (seen on The Style Files) uses an old pallet strung from the ceiling as entryway organizer. It's unexpected against the sleek white walls.

(Image credit: VT Wonen)

The chunky texture of the wood that makes up this platform bed is in direct opposition to the spare minimalism otherwise in the space. From VT Wonen.

2. Embrace It: Other times, their recycled nature fits right in, and there's no need to fight it.

(Image credit: Micasa Revista)

Above, a recycled pallet wall rack works well with the other salvaged materials and flea market style in this Barcelona apartment, as seen in Micasa Revista.

(Image credit: Studio Q-Bic)

In this Italian-designed loft, from Studio Q-Bic, recycled pallets are incorporated seamlessly into the industrial design.

3. Elevate the Material: It’s impressive to me when people manage to create beautiful pieces that bely their humble origins.

(Image credit: A Piece of Rainbow)

A Piece of Rainbow brings freshness to the furniture itself with this outdoor seating project. The bright yellow, mix of wood and metal, and clean lines all knock it out of the park.

(Image credit: Studio Mama)

A wooden chandelier from Studio Mama that looks as modern as its material is reclaimed. You can find instructions on how to build various pallet projects in their shop.

(Image credit: 30s Magazine)

Even something has simple as paint can do the trick. The almost-white minty color makes this vertical pallet garden blend into the background of this Dutch storeroom-turned-home seen on 30s Magazine. The result is sophisticated and restrained.

Like what you've seen? If you missed it, here's vital information to read before starting a pallet furniture project on your own:

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