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58 DIY Pallet Wood Projects & Ideas You Can Make Today (with Pictures)



Pallets are great for home DIY projects. Whether you have one or two leftover from a recent major purchase, you have a steady supply of these lumber sources, or you know of a supplier that offers them cheap, they can be used to create everything from shelving units to tables. They can even be used to make some unique looking pieces of art, and there are several ways that you can use them to make an environmentally friendly alternative to a Christmas tree.

You do need to ensure that the pallet is safe for use and in good condition, especially if it will be bearing any kind of load. But most pallets also have a patina from ongoing exposure to the elements, and the pallet wood can be left rustic or it can be treated and finished so that it has a more modern and polished look.

Below are 58 DIY pallet wood projects you can build today, using pallets, everyday tools, and your own two hands.

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The 58 DIY Pallet Wood Projects & Ideas

1. Storage Shelves

pallet shelves
Photo Credit By: sawshub

Shelving units are beneficial in any room. These can be used in games rooms, hallways, or to bring a degree of order to that nook under the stairs where years of junk has amassed.

2. Kitchen Shelves

pallet kitchen shelf
Photo Credit By: 1001pallets

Storage is at a premium in most kitchens, and if you have a traditional or country cottage style kitchen, a unit of wooden shelves can be used to hold everything from cups and even glasses to herbs and a few basic ingredients.

3. Basic Bookshelf

Pallet bookcase
Photo Credit By: 1001pallets

Bookshelves have to be capable of holding a lot of weight. As well as being sturdy, they need to be steady and they need to be even. This basic bookshelf can be stained and took approximately 5 hours to make.

4. Rustic Bookshelf

Rustic pallet bookshelf
Image Credit: jenwoodhouse

The rustic bookshelf is really just a simple bookshelf with some vertical spacers placed in between the shelves. Their offset, brickwork style placement, coupled with the pallet wood finish, gives this piece of furniture a truly rustic appearance.

5. Simple Pallet Bookshelf

Simple pallet bookshelf
Image Credit: hometalk

This pallet bookshelf really only takes two or three cuts of a pallet. You will want to sand down the wood to ensure that it isn’t too rough and you don’t get splinters, but once painted, it looks great attached to the wall.

6. Blanket Storage Chest

DIY Blanket Storage Chest
Image Credit: nickandalicia

This is a fairly simple blanket box made from reclaimed pallets and utilizing some dark hardware that looks great. It would work well in a cottage and at the end of a well-designed bed.

7. Storage Chest Coffee Table

Pallet chest coffee table
Image Credit: Instructables

This storage chest not only has great looking dark hinges and uses the light and dark natural patina of the pallet, but it also doubles up as a rustic coffee table.

8. Entertainment Center

Pallet entertainment center
Image Credit: involvery

An entertainment center provides a central location in your living room for a TV, as well as any TV boxes, consoles, and even your music and movie collection. This one actually benefits from the original pallet stamps that are still visible and that give it a really industrial look.

9. Coat Rack

Pallet coat rack
Image Credit: hometalk

A coat rack is really just a board with hooks that is fixed to the wall, and the beauty of using pallets to make them is that you can fit any gap. If you only have a really small area, you can create a rack with two hooks. If you have a large cloakroom, make several racks with multiple hooks on each.

10. Shoe Rack

Stained wood pallet DIY shoe rack
Image Credit: naturallivinghomestead

Once you have a coat rack, it stands to reason that the next piece of furniture you want is a shoe rack. Shoes seemingly have a life of their own, and they spend a lot of it sitting about on stairs and in the middle of the floor, but not with this shoe rack.

11. Key Hook

DIY Key Holder
Image Credit: sawdusttosequins

It’s easy to lose keys, especially if you don’t have a central repository for them. They get left in trouser pockets when washed or down the back of the sofa. This simple hanging key holder prevents key loss and sanity loss.

12. Pallet Coffee Table

Pallet coffee table
Image Credit: kitchenfunwithmy3sons

The pallet coffee table takes a single pallet. You basically remove three quarters of the planks from one side, add them to the other, stain the surface, and add legs. It can be done in a couple of hours and the choice of stain and legs determines the style of table you end up with.

13. Hallway Table

Hallway pallet table
Image Credit: 1001pallets

The console, or hallway, table is long, narrow, and tall. It usually contains house and car keys in a bowl, may have coat hooks above it, and the bottom shelf can even be used for storing shoes, umbrellas, and other outdoor essentials, but the choice is yours.

14. Bedside Table

DIY Side Table
Image Credit: lovegrowswild

This is another design where finish is everything. Leave it simple for a rustic finish, paint the legs blue and use a light stain for the shelves, or paint it a block bright orange color for a unique and modern piece of interior design.

15. Simple Pallet Desk

Simple pallet desk
Image Credit: sheknows

With so many more people now working from home, having a functional desk at home is vital. It will hold your computer, your work, and various other items. These plans give rise to a simple desk that will fit in a relatively confined space.

16. Long Desk

How to Make a Pallet Desk
Image Credit: lehmanlane

Not all offices are lacking in space, and not all desks are made for one. This 8 foot long desk is ideal for use by two people, cost less than $50 to make, and is a great example of how to use the space you have available to you. With some modification, you can fit something similar into your own office.

17. Hanging Desk

The hanging pallet desk may not take as much weight as the 8 foot behemoth above, but it is useful as a home for a laptop or for reading or writing on, and the wall section is a great area for storing some of you work and office equipment.

18. Laptop Riser

Pallet wood laptop riser
Image Credit: Instructables

They might be called laptops, but using one on your actual laptop can lead to overheating of the device and an uncomfortable heat around your thighs. A laptop riser also helps prevent the neckache and bad shoulders that can come from the regular and ongoing use of a laptop.

19. Simple Wine Rack

Pallet wine rack
Image Credit: grit

This is a really simple wine rack design, but it is functional, rustic, and it really does prevent you from having to wash around the collection of wine and spirit bottles that find their way onto the unit tops. It’s also gleefully simple to make.

20. Vertical Wine Rack

DIY Wine rack
Image Credit: Shanty-2-chic

If you want something a little more vertical, this wine shelf holds five bottles, although it could be modified so that it holds more bottles without taking up too much more space.

21. Wine Glass Carrier

Wine and glass holder
Image Credit: kitchenfunwithmy3sons

This one is a great solution if you struggle to find room for wine glasses, or simply if you want to cut down those vital few seconds it takes you to open the cupboard door, leaving you with more time to enjoy the wine itself.

22. Serving Tray

Pallet serving tray
Image Credit: diyforknuckleheads

The serving tray is a deceptively simple design. At its most basic, it is a box with the top missing. But, add handles and a cutout for a cup or glass, and it instantly levels the serving tray up to make something far more unique.

23. Colored Serving Tray

handmade pallet tray with rope handles
Image Credit: News Shareably

There are only so many ways you can design the dimensions for a rectangular serving tray. Another way to customize the look of the finished product, though, is through good use of color, and that’s where this tray really comes into its own.

24. Outdoor Pallet Bar

DIY Outdoor Pallet Bar
Image Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

The outdoor pallet bar is great for meeting up outdoors. It can be combined with bar stools or maybe with a corner sofa and drinks table, all of which can, of course, be made from recycled pallets, too.

25. Outdoor Pallet Bar Stools

outdoor pallets bar stools
Image Credit: 1001pallets

To go with your outdoor bar, you will need somewhere to sit, and these bar stools make the ideal perch.

26. Kitchen Island

Furniture Pallet Projects You Can DIY
Image Credit: matchness

A kitchen island is really just a large rectangular worktop. It usually has storage underneath, and some have additional storage overhead with hooks, but these aren’t necessary. This island utilizes color and a rustic design and gives a great result.

27. Spice Rack

Spice Rack
Image Credit: makeit-loveit

A spice rack is a small shelving unit. It usually has a small blocker at the front of the shelf that prevents the small spice bottles from falling down. They can be hung on walls, inside pantry doors, or inside cupboards.

28. Picture Frame

Pallet picture frames
Image Credit: lumberjocks

With the right tools, picture frames are really easy to make, and by using a single pallet, you can create a series of frames with a minimal budget. They do tend to look rustic, rather than modern, but you can finish them with distressed paint or any other style of finish.

29. Mirror Frames

diy wood framed floor mirror
Image Credit: salvagesisterandmister

Mirrors were once seen as a sign of opulence and were a greater display of a person’s wealth than gold. While the cost of mirrors has reduced somewhat, full-length mirrors with good looking frames can still cost a lot, but you can reduce the cost by making your own pallet frames.

30. Bathtub Tray

pallet wood bathtub table
Image Credit: countryliving

It actually doesn’t get much simpler than a bath tub tray, but one can add an incredible sense of decadence to an already blissful experience. It should be waterproof, have ridges to prevent slippage, and may or may not have dedicated sections for candles, glasses, and other items.

31.  Flower Holder

pyrography pallet plant stands
Image Credit: 1001pallets

This flower holder is simple to make, with the circular holes the only issue if you don’t have a good variety of power tools around the home. You will also need some way to torch the wood if you want the same scorched finish, which does look very effective.

32. Living Wall

succulent wall
Image Credit: mountaincrestgardens

A living wall is a great concept that allows you to enjoy plants vertically in your garden or on the side of your home. They tend to contain succulents because watering is difficult and the plants inside rarely receive rain.

33. Towel Ladder

Pallet Blanket Ladder
Image Credit: farmhousemade

It can hold anything from towels to blankets, or it could be put in a bedroom and used as an overnight store of clothes, ready for easy access in the morning. The towel ladder is very simple to make and very useful.

34. Towel Rack

Towel rack from pallets
Image Credit: pallet.selbermachendeko

This towel rack looks really effective, although it does require that you and everybody else in your home neatly rolls up the towels before putting them away.

35. Radiator Cover

radiator cover from pallets
Image Credit: Family Handyman

Radiators: they’re essential in most homes, but unless you’re lucky enough to have stately roll top cast iron radiators, they’re also an eyesore. This radiator cover is easy to make and allows some storage away from the very top of the radiator.

36. Bed Frame

pallet bed frame
Image Credit: the hearty soul

Pallets are a really convenient building and craft material that can be turned into just about anything, including a bed frame. The slats are beneficial under the mattress because they allow the circulation of air, and they are great for hanging and hooking items on, too.

37. Dog Bed

pallet dog basket
Image Credit: 1001 pallets

This is a double dog bed, and our preference is for the painted version, but you can modify the design for a single bed and choose your own finish.

38. Dog House

Pallet dog house
Image Credit: legend handyman

Why just build the bed when you can make your dog a whole house? These plans are easy to follow and allow you to make the perfect outdoor indoor space for your pet.

39. Pet Bowl Station

pallet dog feeder storage
Image Credit: 1001pallets

This dog feeder is not only a convenient way to keep food and water bowls off the floor, therefore reducing the likelihood of stray kibble and damp puddles, but it also folds open and provides somewhere to keep bags of food while raising the bowls off the ground and making it easier for your pet pooch.

40. Potting Table

Pallet plotting bench
Image Credit: kate beavis

A potting table gives you a convenient surface on which to pot and repot plants. It will usually have storage areas for tools and materials, too. This potting table can be used as a bar, instead, depending on how you prefer to spend your time outdoors!

41. Planter

DIY Pallet planter
Image Credit: hansen and heidel berg

This DIY pallet planter is a combination of planter and ladder shelving unit, and it looks great. It looks especially goof with the dark stain, which means that it really looks at home in the garden.

42. Cooler

There is nothing more refreshing than a cool beverage when you’re out in the sun, and with a pallet cooler, there is no need to keep heading into the kitchen to get your next drink.

43. Air Conditioner Screen

DIY Pallet AC Cover
Image Credit: making manzanita

An air conditioner greatly improves the internal of a property, but it does nothing for the outside. You can cover the engineering eyesore with a recycled pallet project like this one, while still enabling that you and the repair people have adequate access. It takes less than an hour and only costs whatever you pay for the pallets.

44. Outdoor Corner Couch

pallet couch
Image Credit: Hunker

The corner couch is popular because it utilizes more space and offers more seating than a standard horizontal couch. This one uses pallets as well as a no-sew cushion design so it really does take minimal effort but offers maximum results.

45. Porch Swing

DIY pallet projects porch swing
Image Credit: mobile home living

The porch swing can seem a daunting build, but in reality it requires a base, a back, and two sides, as well as the rope or chains that it will hang from. Strength is the most important factor in this design.

Related Read: 19 Free DIY Porch Swing Plans You Can Make Today

46. Play House

pallet kids house project
Image Credit: 1001 pallets

Making this play house is a little more of an undertaking than cutting a couple of coasters out, but the results are worth it. It has multiple rooms, including a quiet area for reading, and you can modify the layout according to yours and your child’s requirements.

47.  Bike Rack

reusing old wooden pallets as bike racks
Image Credit: 1001 pallets

The slats of the pallet mean that it is already the perfect design for bike storage, and there is a multitude of ways that you can convert a pallet into some form of bike rack or bike storage. Designs include racks for multiple bikes or minimalist racks for a single bike that takes up very little room.

48. Fence

pallet garden fence
Image Credit: off grid world

The pallet also seems to have been tailormade for the construction of fences. This means that you can put up a pallet fence in very little time, and if one of the panels does blow down in high winds, which is always a risk, it is cost effective and easy to replace.

49. Gate

Arched picket gate
Image Credit: own the yeard

Where there’s a fence, there’s usually a need for a gate, too. For less than $20, you can create this sturdy and robust gate using pallets and a few pieces of metal hardware.

50. Log Store

pallet log store
Image Credit: Hub pages

A log store needs to be slightly raised from the ground and should allow air to pass through and around the logs to prevent them from getting too damp or mouldy. Using pallets and some roofing felt, to prevent damp, you can create a log store to protect your firewood from the elements.

51. Bat Boxes

Pallet bat box
Image Credit: Instructables

Bat boxes offer somewhere to roost and somewhere to sleep. Bats need very little room, but they do have some specific requirements of their home and its location. But, most of these requirements can be met using a pallet or two to create your own version of a bat box.

52. Christmas Tree

Pallet christmas tree
Image Credit: hub pages

Whether the addition of new kittens to your home means that you can’t have a tree this year, or you want an additional tree-based decorative piece for the garden or home, you can use a pallet to create a Christmas tree-like decoration. It’s actually really easy and will stand up unaided.

53. Toy Horse

pallet rocking horse
Image Credit: 1001 pallets

The rocking horse is traditionally made from wood and has two sloped bars at the bottom that enable the horse to rock back and forth. As long as you have the means to create a straight, even, curve, and you have access to one or two pallets, you have the means to make a homemade rocking horse.

54. Halloween Pumpkins

DIY Pallet pumpkins
Image Credit: the handymans daughter

Cut out the design of a pumpkin, paint them brown and orange, and you have a great addition to a Halloween display at home. Pallet creations don’t have to be complicated to look good or be effective.

55. Pallet Signs

Howdy Front Porch Pallet Sign
Image Credit: the American patriette

You can hand paint the content, use stencils, or you can add decorative and calligraphic lettering from any source. Pallet signs only really need a single slat of wood, but they can be made from several pieces if you want an even more effective finish.

56. Sled

DIY Christmas Sled
Image Credit: southern revivals

The wooden sled is a very traditional design, and it offers a great way to enjoy seasonal weather. This design is for a relatively small but simple sled. In fact, you could start working on it when the first flake falls, and be done before there is enough snowfall to use it.

57. Wooden Teepees

Pallet kids teepee
Image Credit: 1001 pallets

Wooden teepees are great for kids, as an outdoor play area, or you can add seating part way up the tepee interior and create outdoor seating for people of any age. These teepees only take a series of five steps to make.

58. Pallet Train

pallet made train engine
Image Credit: playtivities

The pallet train probably won’t be finished in a day, and you may want to start with something smaller and less ambitious before moving on to this one, but it is a statement piece and one that your kids are bound to appreciate. Unless they suffer from siderodromophobia.

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DIY Pallet Wood Projects You Can Build Today

Pallets are inexpensive and tend to be good quality wood. They can be treated or left for a more rustic look, and they can be turned into a huge range of items. Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to start your own pallet project using one of the designs above as the basis for your plan.

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