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16 DIY Pallet Furniture Plans You Can Build Today

Pallet furniture projects

Pallet furniture projects

When most people see a pallet, they probably think of throwing it away. But for those with imagination, a pallet can be a blank canvas. If you have several pallets, you can learn how to build pallet furniture. So, don’t throw those old pallets away. Instead, repurpose them to build some inexpensive but unique and awesome furniture.

We’ve compiled 16 great sets of furniture plans all made from recycled pallet wood. All you need are some basic DIY skills and tools, and you’ll be able to build any of these for yourself today.

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1. Free Pallet Chair Tutorial

Everyone needs a place to sit, and with this free pallet chair tutorial, you can make some great chairs without spending anything. Well, you’ll still need to get fasteners, but aside from that, everything in this build is as cheap as it gets. Spend an afternoon making these simple chairs and you’ll get years of great service from them.


2. Functional Pallet Shelf

Another thing that everyone needs is more storage space. Follow these instructions to build a functional pallet shelf that not only looks amazing but serves an important purpose as well. You can store just about anything inside this shelving unit. Plus, there are hooks for you to hang additional items as well.


3. Pallet Wood Cabin

There’s no doubt, this is one of the biggest projects on this list. These guys will show you how to build an entire  from scratch out of pallet wood. This might just be the cheapest way to build a cabin ever. And as far as usefulness goes, we’re not sure any other project on this list can match the utility of a wood cabin.


4. Pallet Planter

You might not sit on a planter or store anything in it, but planters are a great way to recycle old pallets. Moreover, you can use them to decorate just about any space, inside or outside. Just make sure you find the perfect plant to fill this pallet planter.


5. DIY Pallet Couch

Couches can be prohibitively expensive. But they’re actually pretty simple. You can even construct one out of pallets for dirt-cheap. This offers far more seating than a chair or two, and it’s perfect for any place that you have gatherings. It’s the ideal outdoor patio furniture that’s cheap and durable. Add some cushions to make it more comfortable.


6. Pallet Bed With Hidden Storage

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In need of a new bed frame? Why not build one with those old pallets. You can even stain it for a beautiful finish. And there are many ways for you to cover the pallets so no one will even know what it’s made of.


7. Pallet Loveseat

Right between a chair and a sofa size-wise, a loveseat is the ideal piece of furniture for cozying up with a partner. This chair looks great, costs little, and can be made in an afternoon for an excellent project that you’ll get many hours of use from.


8. Star-Shaped Garden Bench

While this bench is intended for the garden, it can be used just about anywhere. It’s shaped like a star, making it equal parts art and furniture. You’ll need some 2x4s as well as old pallets to build this one, but it’s one of our favorite projects on this list.


9. Wooden Pallet Coffee Table

This wooden pallet coffee table is one of the most attractive projects on this list. Of course, that all comes down to how you finish it. The way this one is finished, it provides a rustic appearance without appearing too rough. You can easily make it in an afternoon out of a single pallet.


10. Rustic Pallet Wood Side Table

Almost anything you make from a repurposed pallet is going to appear rustic, including this side table. It’s got lots of storage room inside, plus a shelf at the top that’s perfect for holding the remote or your favorite book. But you can put as many shelves inside as you’d like, or none at all. Remember, you can always alter these projects to make them your own.


11. DIY Pallet Bookshelf

Books are almost outdated today. Everything’s online now with services like audible and kindle. But if you’re the type who still has a sizable collection of hard copy books, you’ll probably want to show them off. What better way to do that than a project you made? This bookshelf looks so good that no one will assume it was made from repurposed materials.


12. DIY Pallet Swing Bed

Swing beds are exactly what they sound like; beds that are hung as a swing. It’s an interesting experience, and if you get to try one, you might just want to build one for yourself. Luckily, they’re pretty cost-effective since you can easily make yours out of recycled pallet wood.


13. Wood Pallet Deck

That deck you’ve been dreaming out seems so out of reach because of the high cost. But what if there was a cheaper way to build a deck? Try this deck made from pallets. It’s easy, quick to build, and best of all it’s cheap. You can even cover the top in a different type of wood if you want to completely transform it and mask the fact that it’s built from old pallets.


14. Rustic Pallet Storage Chest DIY

Storage chests can store large amounts of your stuff. They’re big, heavy, and generally pretty expensive. But you can build one out of pallet wood for next to nothing. You can go for the rustic look like this one, or even opt for a more refined look, sanding the wood smooth, staining it, and applying a clear coat for sheen.


15. Kids Picnic Table from Pallet Wood

Kids always love picnic tables, so why not make the kids in your family a picnic table for them to enjoy? They’re sure to eat there every chance they get. And you won’t have to spend much to build it since you can make it from those old pallets you’ve got laying around. You can even enlist the help of the kids to start teaching them DIY skills at a young age.


16. Dresser Built from Pallets

Looking at this finished dresser, you’d never know that it was built from old pallets, but it is. Granted, this project is on the more advanced end of the spectrum, but with some solid DIY skills and a host of good tools, you too can make an attractive and sturdy dresser out of repurposed pallet wood.

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Conclusion

Pallets are some of the best wood to repurpose. They’re easy to find, often free, and made with great wood that’s perfect for building furniture. Hopefully, you’ve found some inspiration that can teach you how to build pallet furniture with these 16 sets of furniture plans made from pallet wood. But you don’t have to build them as they stand. Rather, you’re free to enlist your ingenuity and use these plans as a starting point, creating something truly unique and special.


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