29 Cool Recycled Pallet Projects: Reuse, Recycle & Repurpose Old Wooden Pallets

People amaze me.

I get a real kick out of re-purposed wooden pallet projects.  People have come up with some awesome ways to recycle and reuse wooden shipping pallets and it’s pretty darn inspiring.  While not specifically survival related, the mentality of creatively using resources is a key theme in any survivor’s mindset.  I put together a collection of some of my favorite recycled pallet projects below that I thought you would enjoy.

A note on using pallets.  Pallets are typically marked with either MB which means they’ve been chemically treated or HT which means they have been heat treated.  Some pallets are also pressure treated with preservatives.  You should try to avoid using MB marked and pressure treated pallets for interior projects and gardening projects.  Try to avoid those nasty chemicals if you can.

Have any of you re-purposed a wooden pallet?  Share and comment below!

 

Vertical Planter

Project can be found at: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/09/diy-project-recycled-pallet-vertical-garden.html

 

Wall Shelves

Project can be found at: http://www.myluckylemon.com/2011/04/pallets-of-love.html

 

Garden Work Bench

Project can be found at: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/make-your-own-potting-bench/#page=17

 

Variety of Chairs

Project can be found at: http://www.slownoodle.com/search/label/Recycle%20and%20Upcycle

 

Retro Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://www.designfinch.com/2011/05/28/pallet-possibilities/

 

Wall Covering

Project can be found at: http://homedecorinterioridea.com/decorate-the-walls-of-your-living-room-with-recycled-pallets.html

 

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Breakfast in Bed Tray

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Room Divider

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Office Furniture

Project can be found at: http://www.decoist.com/2012-02-24/office-design-from-recycled-pallets-at-brandbase-in-amsterdam/

 

Wickedly Cool Flooring

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Dining Table

Project can be found at: http://super-simpless.blogspot.com/2012/10/recycled-pallets-sanded-finished-as.html

 

Mason Jar Chandalier

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Project can be found at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/66488968/mason-jar-chandelier-diy-candles?ref=shop_home_active

 

Compost Bins

Project can be found at: http://www.threeandathirdhomestead.com/2011/06/three-bin-composter-from-recycled.html

 

End Table

Project can be found at: http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/home-furniture-pallets.html

 

Wood Shed

Project can be found at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Modern-Homesteading/Pallet-Woodshed.aspx

 

Off Grid Cabin

Project can be found at: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/firm-turns-shipping-pallets-into-transitional-homes-for-refugees/2841

 

Day Bed

Project can be found at: http://www.inhabitots.com/adorable-toddler-bed-made-from-shipping-pallets/

 

Stairs

Project can be found at: http://www.shft.com/shopping/most-architecture-brandbase-pallet/

 

Shoe Rack

Project can be found at: http://www.curbly.com

 

Recycled Walking Path

Project can be found at: http://littleecofootprints.typepad.com/little_eco_footprints/2010/07/pallet-dreaming.html

 

Barn

Project can be found at: http://charlesandhudson.com/pallet_shed/

 

Raised Bed Garden

Project can be found at: http://blog.greenergreengrass.com/2012/03/11/recycle-pallets-as-garden-planters/

 

Garden Tool Organizer

Project can be found at: http://gardenista.com/posts/diy-garden-pallet-as-instant-tool-shed

 

Retail Fixtures

Project can be found at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-reclaimed-pallet-shelving.html

 

Artful Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/god-save-pallet-reclaimed-pallets.html

 

Flatscreen Backdrop

Project can be found at: http://www.simonetasca.com.br/

 

Pallet Sofa

Project can be found at: http://www.theironstonenest.com/2011/09/transformation-tuesday-outdoor-pallet.html

 

Pallet Headboard

Project can be found at: http://homebyheidi.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-pineplace.html

 

And finally… one last project to wish you Merry Christmas!!!!

 

Pallet Christmas Tree

Project can be found at: http://www.greendiary.com/10-creative-christmas-trees-recycled-materials.html

 

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

Creek

Comments

  1. Cheryl says:

    Perfect timing! My son called last night and said he was bringing me some pallets today! I LOVE the rustic look of some of these. Thanks for sharing these great ideas, Creek!! And have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Clint Jivoin says:

    this is awesome!

  3. Wow! I have access to a truck load of pallets and this gives me some ideas. I did turn a couple of pallets into a tool crib for my garage. I put it on wheels and it was handy as hell.

  4. Survival uses that come to mind….fire wood(it's free most times), shelter, as a toilet seat to compost or contain human waste, solid types would get your sleeping bag off the ground, use treated as a cover over an underground bunker or root celler.

  5. I love how the wooden pallets are made! wonderful! -http://palletmaxx.shoppkg.com/

  6. James says:

    Hey bad ideas,the willow post specifically says watch out for chemical treated ones and keep for outdoor projects.The projects here are great and take a product that many times dumped and put to good use.Folks with a open mind while keeping safety also in mind do not need nannies like you,get a job with the fed,you would be a great fit.

  7. Colleen Bellew McChesney says:

    Some very cool ideas on projects for me to do this next year!

  8. pallets! I want pallets!

  9. Neokentin says:

    Very nice selection !
    Could we use some of them for our new website that deals of all kinds of ideas for recycling pallets ?

  10. amazing stuff! ihave always looked at those pallets , I know they are hard to come apart, so they are strong! nice to know there are types in the way they are treated! amazing projects! like gina said pallets I WANT PALLETS!

  11. We took them and made an ice rink. It worked perfectly. sorry. No pictures

  12. Joseph Fyda says:

    A friend of mine had a shed that was next to the house. It was torn down but still had a concrete floor. We put pallets down on the floor and then stack split wood on it to keep it off the ground and air it out. Then we tarp the wood.

  13. Totally creative, recently came into some old dirty -free- pallets this has given me some great start ideas for what in the world to do with them :D

  14. Kevin Barry says:

    I have built many projects from pallets, shed steps, small decks, boxes, etc, etc, a true cheapskates building material.

  15. Mike Asimos says:

    The re-use movement is lagging in SC. These are great ideas. The outdoor furniture is especially cool, man.

  16. Janet Melvin says:

    Wow! So many cool projects. Some of these I had seen or thought of myself, but there are so many ideas I hadn’t thought of. Keep creating everyone…it’s so satisfying to reclaim something that might otherwise go to waste.

  17. Kim Cooper says:

    Very cool. Great ideas. Thanks Copper!

  18. Dale Penner says:

    Love it:-) :-) :-)

  19. Burt Robbins says:

    I have a Critter Shelter I made out of Two Pallets. Like to Post it on here if I could.

  20. This is awesome. I cant wait to get my tools that I have been saving my $$$$ for to build me a Shed for my Potters Kick Wheel. cant wait to get started. Thanks for the great ideas. Cheers:)

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  22. Amelia says:

    This page is a work of art. It’s going on my wall

  23. May says:

    So what if it brings it to more people. I would never have seen any of the ideas posted elsewhere had it not been for this page

  24. Love these pallet wood projects but don't know how or where to get pallet wood for them? I sell wood from recycled pallets already disassembled and ready for your project! TEKdesigning.etsy.com

  25. It all looks so good, but remember, pallets are made with very rough low grade wood. The slats are often broken and very hard. To dismantle a pallet is a lot of work for what you get in the end. I'm not trying to discourage any one, just be realistic.

    • A saw all does wonders for getting a pallet apart.It can cut the nails.Used pallet been doing it that way to repair pallets for years.

    • Donna Wade says:

      A battery powered saws-all with a blade labeled for nail cutting.

    • Michael. You need a hundred year old cast iron tool we called an "outener". I've seen it advertised recently as a Crescent Impact Nail Puller.

      It takes a bit of skill, but the slide hammer gets you to nail heads below the surface of oak board and the pincer/monkey wrench jaws grab harder the more you pry.

      It's a brilliant invention. A Ben Franklin kinda thing.

    • Myrna Whitt says:

      It may be a little trouble but about 18 years ago we tore pallets apart and built a large deck….and stairs. It looked great and lasted….well, actually the home has been sold but the deck is still there. These are greatttttttttt ideas.

    • Ethan Priest says:

      such a downer.

  26. These are GREAT ideas for reusing, repurposing and recycling wood pallets. There's also a book on Amazon.com, "Wood Pallet Projects: Cool and Easy-to-Make Projects for the Home" which just came out this month.

  27. Love it love it.

  28. Jim Jacobs says:

    Interesting site.

  29. Gascon Little Anne says:

    so cool

  30. Bill Adams says:

    We used the pallets for fencing in small places for animals like goats and chickens.

  31. Shelley Roberts says:

    If you want to be picky about the pallet you use you can look up pallet repair companies in your area and go visit them to hand pick what you want. Yes you will have to buy them but they are still relatively cheap. Also look for A1 grade pallets, they are made of a harder wood (usually Alder)than the normal #2 grocery boards and are usually much more pleasant to look because they hold up better than the softer grocery boards. Another draw for going to the pallet companies is that they have odd size pallets that they usually dismantle denail and recycle. If you find a company that builds pallets you might be able to buy what you need brand new and still much cheaper than you would expect. I used to work for a pallet company that built new pallets and recycled used ones and would think about all the great things that they could be built into.

  32. Journey East says:

    Lovely collection of recycled pallet wood furniture in the article! One of the brands we retail also transforms reclaimed pallets into furniture, though in a more unconventional way by incorporating hand stencils and varnishing – http://is.gd/WxwLzm

  33. Dom says:

    Alll is well and good with this, but where on earth does one find free pallets. I see many commenting “i just got a truck load of pallets” or “someone just gave me a bunch of pallets” but around here, pallets are $15.00 a piece. Anyone have any ideas of where to secure some free ones for us cheapskates??

    • Sandy Murphey says:

      You can find pallets at most stores that receive shipments on them, for example carpet companies, or large grocery stores. Call around, and find out who’s got them. Mostly they just give them away. I got several from a carpet company, and as a bonus they let me have as many carpet scraps as I wanted…..
      all new carpet and padding. Some were pretty large pieces.

      Now I look at everything before I put it in the recyling can and think “what could I create with this?”
      Egg cartons, and some packing carboard are being used to start seeds indoors under a light.

      If we get used to re-purposing, we’ll be more prepared when the SHTF!

  34. Don Tripp says:

    Within the last 4 years I've been seeing pallets come into work that are made from some sort of tropical hardwood that I am unfamiliar with. It is beautiful with dramatic figure, streaks of pink and purple. It's such a shame that this beautiful wood is being used for pallets, even more so because my employer will not allow any of it to be salvaged. They would rather pay to dispose of it then allow someone to salvage it. Makes me sick.

  35. Nails says:

    Informative blog. Numerous recycled wooden projects can be done from the pallets. Beautiful ceiling also be done with the wooden pallet.

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    Just a thought; my Dad and I converted two old sheep buildings into horse stalls with a lot of wooden pallets. Nails, 2 by 4's, a pick, shovels, pick-up truck, about 40 hinges and a level and a saw and hammer and a tape measure. Measure twice, cut once.

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    This is something creative people would do even if they can afford the most expensive furniture.
    I love this look for things like decks, coffee tables, floors, etc… If done right, pallets make beautiful pieces that you will not find in a store. My only problem is getting them home since my vehicle is not quite
    large enough. Makes me want to go out and buy a pickup truck next time just so I can cart these things home when I find one in good condition. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  54. Tyann Richards says:

    I took pallets apart and used them to lay a sub-floor in an attic crawl space and then built a closet in it. Used the 2×4's from the pallets for the wall frame work. Lots of work getting them apart but it was free lumber and saved a lot of money.

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  65. John Lee says:

    My dad had me take apart hundreds if not close to a thousand pallets when I was a kid. I remember using what he called a slide nail puller it was like a slide hammer with a set of pointed mandibles on the end. You would position the stationary side next to the nail head slam the slide down driving jaw under the nail head then pull back on it to raise the nail enough so the other jaw would get underneath the other side of the head then just keep it going over like using a big claw hammer and it would pull the spiral nails right out (most of the time). But even with that it was hard, hard work and I saw very little benefit compared to the labour involved just to get 3-4 good pieces of wood out of a whole pallet. Not to mention all the freaking slivers I would get even though I wore work gloves.
    I agree with Michael Esplin "its a lot of work for what you get in the end."

  66. Betsy Howe says:

    Pallets are so tough I used them as 'wainscoating' in a horse barn. If kicked the oak boards just bounce. For chickens a double pallet wall insulated with sheets of recycled cardboard keeps a draft off the floor and the higher wall of 6 mil plastic lets in the light. Priceless around the farm for tough fencing.

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  69. I built a woodshed with a dozen 4×8 oak pallets. Covered it with a section of a tarp that used to be a billboard advertising Monster Week on Cablevision, I used to use the tarp to cover my boat, and cut off the excess, which I used for the woodshed roof. Whole thing cost me 10 bucks for some lag bolts and nuts. Turned out I had the hardware but didn't find it until I finished the shed.

  70. Jane Savitts says:

    Not all pallets are low grade wood, I have found them made out of oak and have used them in many projects, Good luck out there, have fun!

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