What can you do with an old pallet?

So many things! If you ever come across the opportunity to pick up a few pallets take a look at some of the ideas I have come across for recycling old pallets into furniture and other practical and decorative pieces.


I would like to mention that the designs below were found at various sources on the Internet. Where possible I have mentioned the original source, but unfortunately too many do not. If you are the original designer for any of the furniture below, please let me know so that I can add your details.

Make furniture for your home




In the kitchen

In the bedroom

A word of caution... If you do intend to use wood pallets indoors, give them a thorough inspection before you do!


In the garden

Pallets for pets

Find and prepare your pallet

Its best if you have the opportunity to look through the pile of pallets and choose which one will work best for you.  Be picky!!! Choose one that doesn’t have a lot of nails sticking out.  Make sure it still has most of its structure as you’ll need that support to hold everything in.  You don’t want a pallet that is missing a lot of slats. Before leaving, make sure to flash your pearly whites to the person that is graciously giving you the pallet.

Set aside plenty of time to give the pallet a good sanding – start with 60-grit and move up to finish off with 220-grit sandpaper.