Pallet day bed
A couple of recycled pallets, an old door, and some blankets and cushions make the perfect day bed.
You will need:
Wood pallets (ask around at garden centres and hardware stores)
Bosch orbital sander - great for flat surfaces and intensive sanding
Drill-Driver and assorted drill and screwdriver bits
80- and 180-grit sanding pads
5 large lockable casters with screws or bolts
Medium density foam for the top
Many companies have deliveries done on pallets and are normally more than happy to sell off a few. Look for ones that are in good shape and only need to be sanded, or have an odd board replaced.
1. Give the pallets a good sanding, first with 80-grit and then 180-grit. Pay particular attention to the edges as you need to remove any split wood and splinters.
You will find a wide selection of timber planks at your local Builders Warehouse for around R30 each. To replace damaged planks, use a hammer to rip off the damaged ones, remove old nails and cut new planks to replace. Hammer these in place with wire nails.
2. Drill holes for the castor wheel screws or bolts and attach these to the base at all four corners. You will need to use locking castors or the bed will end up sliding all over the room!
Top off the pallets with a piece of foam wrapped or covered in fabric and then finish off with a couple of throw pillows.
Get yourself a Bosch PSR14.4 Lithium-Ion Drill-Driver at your local Builders Warehouse. The new Li-Ion range are compact, lightweight and powerful universal tools for cordless drilling and screwdriving. Innovative battery technology and a high degree of ergonomics allow for optimum working in any situation.
This project was designed by Ashley Ann Photography.
It has been brought to my attention that, overseas they treat pallets with highly toxic preservatives. When picking up pallets it is preferable to use those that have been in use for quite some time, where toxins have degraded.