To add some quirky style to your home, there is nothing better than turning a regular every day or throwaway item into something special. Pallets are often given away for free and these useful wooden objects can easily be turned into a great piece of furniture simply by using a little creativity and effort.
There are lots of great DIY ideas for pallets; however, the first thing to do is to ensure your pallets are safe and suitably heat-treated. It is important not to use pallets that have ‘MB’ printed on them, as this means they have been treated with the pesticide methyl bromide. There can be various stamps on pallets, so make sure you research to ensure yours are safe to use.
One interesting idea to start you off with a DIY pallet project is a bookshelf. Using pallets, you can create a useful and attractive storage space for books or other items. You can turn the pallet on its side to reveal the slats spaced horizontally or rip out the wood to create your own shelves.
Get the lodge look
For an alternative pallet project, you could try placing the pallet wood on your walls for a rustic look. Instead of wallpaper, using pallet slats gives your room the appearance of a wooden lodge. You can get hold of pallets for free thrown away by shops; alternatively, you can obtain excellent pallet options and storage solutions from providers such as http://www.rackzone.ie/, enabling you to easily find pallet racking in Ireland or elsewhere.
Coffee tables can be made from pallets to create a strong and sturdy finish. You can use the pallet slats as a base with small feet added if necessary or stack multiple pallets to raise the height of the table. Once held together, you can add a smooth table top surface, such as glass, plastic or a sheet of wood. It is also possible to build your own coffee table on a budget using old planks.
Pallets can also make great garden furniture; for example, you can use pallet wood to create a beautifully rustic slatted sofa for the garden or patio. Simply add cushions to make it a bit more comfortable and this rustic sofa will look great and make a functional and attractive piece for outdoors.