“Pallet projects are on the rise, just because in the 21st century we’re recognizing the power of upcycling, and in seeing that there are multiple ways to use materials to create the effects we’re after. In days of yore, the humble pallet was overlooked.
The pallet was just a platform (literally!) to deliver the stuff that we needed to help us to transform our spaces for the better; flooring, tile, and other building materials that were the raw materials for our dream homes. But, that’s so 20th century!
As something of a salute to the potential of the pallet, and DIY pallet projects that are being conceived and created right now, here’s a graphic centered around what you can do with your pallets once your boxes of flooring, tile, etc are unpacked. Take a look!”
Infographic by BuildDirect
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6 thoughts on “DIY Pallet Projects [Infographic]”
I love pallet projects! I have not been able to take one on myself yet, but they are such a great way to reuse these things; can be made so attractive! At my school, the art teacher had students design some vertical gardens with pallets = awesome.
I know right? I also personally haven’t been able to repurpose one, I would love a coffee table or a frame for vertical garden as well! The problem is my space at home, plus I don’t really NEED the coffee table. Wouldn’t use. But I think one day I will go for the vertical garden.
One thing that bothers me is that are so trendy right now, that I have seen already some furniture they sell with only the looks of the pallet, not really made of Upcycled pallet 😤 the whole idea is to reuse them, but well… that’s the problem with trends
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That is the problem with trends – you are so right. One day I will take up such project as long as it is something I need. I could see good use in the vertical garden as well, or outdoor furniture because I don’t have any and they’re typically expensive (and hard to find second hand).
The one thing no one mentions with these projects – how do you take the pallets apart without ruining the wood? They are built to not come apart.
My daughter tried to make a table two summers ago, but we could not figure out how to pull the pallets apart with out pulling the nails through the wood and making big holes.
Any ideas? I can get all the pallets I want and it kills me to drive by them every day and know they are going to the dump.
Good question!! I haven’t tried it myself due to the lack of space to repurpose them, but I also pass by them and wish I could do one of these DIY projects myself!
Check out this page, maybe can help. They list some special tools to dismantle the pallets without breaking them or hurting yourself:
They show a pneumatic tool that punches the nail through the wood so you can take off the panels. It leaves a clean, small hole, instead of the jagged mess you get with a pry bar.
But, you need an air compressor to run this tool.
Taking them apart cleanly is the deal breaker. I have cut some up for fire wood, and that is a challenge because they are so heavy and difficult to work with.