Pallet Possibilities

I’m noticing a new trend popping up on a lot of design blogs recently – furniture made from reclaimed shipping pallets. Ever since I spotted this funky green coffee table for my Retro Glam mood board, I’ve become slightly obsessed with finding new ways to upcycle pallets into functional pieces for the home.


Recycled Shipping Pallet Coffee Table

Wooden pallets are pretty easy to find. Often warehouses and hardware stores have an abundance that they are more than happy to give away or sell inexpensively. However, some shipping pallets are treated with toxic chemicals or may contain harmful bacteria, so its helpful to educate yourself first so you’ll know which ones to steer clear of and which types are safe. Once you’ve found good and sturdy pallets, the possibilities are endless!


Recycled Wood Shipping Pallet Tables

clockwise from top: Pallet Shelving, Pallet Outdoor Dining Table,
White Pallet Coffee Table, Pallet Dining Table, Glass-top Pallet Coffee Table,
Pallet Console Table


Recycled Wood Shipping Pallet Furniture

clockwise from top: White Pallet Daybed, Pallet Loft Furniture,
Nursery Pallet Reading Bed, Low Pallet Seating Bench,
Pallet WallPallet Kitchen Shelves, Decorative Pallet Shelving,
Pallet Headboard Wall, Pallet Headboard


Recycled Wood Shipping Pallet Projects for Outdoors

clockwise from top: Pallet Potting Bench, Pallet Lounge Chair,
Rustic Pallet Planter, Pallet Garden, Pallet Refuge,
Pallet Swing Chair, Pallet Shaded Retreat, Pallet Picnic Table

Basically you could decorate an entire house, inside and out, with recycled pallets! I’m especially fond of the coffee tables, though, because I’m a total sucker for any piece of furniture with caster wheels. Now I just need to hunt down some pallets!

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12 Comments

  1. The lime green table is awesome! I would love to do this at farm…

    Posted June 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink
  2. DandeNo Gravatar

    So…I love this pallet ‘upcycling’…on a related topic (sort of) do you have ANY idea where that fabric came from on the sofa in the pic with the adorable green coffee table?? I have seen it in more than magazine, and I have no idea what it is…I am looking for the fabric on the pillow – the one that is a white background with green abstract print…help! Love your blog, btw!

    Posted September 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink
  3. MeganNo Gravatar

    FYI, the console table from YHL is not made out of pallets. They wanted to create it out of pallets, but ended up just distressing regular boards to loook like reclaimed wood.
    http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/04/how-much-wood-could-a-woodchuck-chuck/

    Posted December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
  4. KarlaNo Gravatar

    I was on pinterest and came across the playhouse that had been built with pallets , My 5 year old Niece was looking with me and she fell in love with the play house and has her heart set on having it. She lived with me for 4 years and I love her to the Moon …I think of her as my own , she visits me every weekend and wants to get on pinterest to look for things to decorate her playhouse ! So my question is … could someone help me get started on this project for my Niece? ,She will not have another she wants one that looks just like the one on pinterest. Does anyone have blue prints / instructions on how to build this for her I am desperate ? I need all the help i can get ! Thank you so much !please feel free to e-mail My e-mail address is dragonsfly40@aol.com Thanks so much ! Karla

    Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  5. ShaylaNo Gravatar

    @Karla: Hi, Karla! Unfortunately I haven’t seen blueprints for the pallet playhouse, but this website has more photos: http://www.i-beamdesign.com/projects/refugee/refugee.html. Good luck!

    Posted February 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink
  6. This is such an inspiring post!! I love you so much right now.

    Posted March 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink
  7. DebNo Gravatar

    A pastor and his wife, who is a friend, are looking for a lectern for their mission church. We were wondering if someone could help us come up with plans or an idea on how to make one using pallets? Thanks!

    Posted August 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
  8. PoppaRoachNo Gravatar

    I have looked into this. I felt it would be a great re-use of resources that would be environmentally friendly and cost effective. After looking into it a bit- here are some concerns to keep in mind:
    - Flammability (both of the wood and the chemicals used to treat the wood)
    - Chemical treatment (fumigation with Methyl Bromide and formaldehyde)
    - Bacteria & Contagions ( Listeria, E. coli and salmonella as well as residual oils and liquids from improper storage)
    - Insect infestation
    Please do some research on this before committing to what we all feel is an interesting idea.

    Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink
  9. DebNo Gravatar

    I was wondering how u made the white lounger with the cushion. It is sooo cool. I’m trying to make out door furniture for around my fire pit. Thank u.

    Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
  10. RuthNo Gravatar

    Wonderful Ideas. Love looking at all the post i think i need to start getting busy!!!

    Posted February 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  11. kimNo Gravatar

    Yes, the white chaise lounge..live it..details please ?

    Posted April 21, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  12. DixieNo Gravatar

    These are awesome ideas.

    Posted August 20, 2013 at 6:58 am | Permalink

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