Millions of them are put to use every year for transporting large and articulated items from A to B. But when the working life of a wooden pallet is up, their fate often lies in forming the foundations of the nation’s bonfires every November.
That’s not to say, however, with a little thought, creativity and a bit of effort to boot, these transportation stalwarts can actually be turned into a range of practical and (would you believe it?) attractive accessories that can compliment your home and garden.
Here are 10 uses for wooden pallets that might just make you consider using them as furniture in your home!
Wall Light Fitting
Illuminate any room in your house while creating a rustic feel thanks to this wall mounted light constructed from the struts of a wooden pallet. Attach a simple fitting to the rear of the shade and the light will reflect onto the back wall, as well as through the gaps in the wood.
By removing some of the wooden slats on a pallet and turning it on to one end you have the perfect shoe rack to keep your hallway clear of clutter and ensure shoes of all shapes and sizes are safely stored away.
You’ll need to know some basic carpentry skills in order to create these free-standing shelves. But the long wooden struts are perfect for displaying small ornaments or picture frames and can be treated and stained to suit any room.
Due to wooden pallets being hard wearing and weatherproof, they are ideal for use in the garden. Carefully poke some hanging plants through the gaps in the wooden cross-pieces while keeping the soil and roots contained behind in grow-bags. You can also paint them any color you want to really brighten up a boring wall.
A Garden Shed
Believe it or not, with a little (or a lot of) application, wooden pallets actually make great frames for just about any buildings or construction project. Okay, maybe not ideal for a beginner, but due to them being strong and durable, pallets are good for any of those small outbuildings you have in mind – though admittedly they might be a little cold in the winter!
An upturned pallet can make a great garden fence panel and several stood end-to-end will form an effective border for your outdoor areas. Once sunken into the ground they are strong and robust and create a great look, and you can use creosote or wood stain for added protection and maybe even some climbing plants to really give them your own unique twist.
Like fence panels, pallets are a great alternative to conventional wooden decking for the garden – and without all the time and effort it takes to install. In fact, you can even create a temporary decking area, which can easily be taken up and stored during the winter months.
Fed up with that boring old coffee table that makes your living room look dated and unoriginal? With a little bit of imagination and a helping of elbow grease (not to mention some lime-colored paint!) you can turn an old wooden pallet into a modern and stylish looking addition to your home.
Another one for the budding carpenters, but this garden chair will set your garden furniture apart from the neighbors thanks to its originality and unique style.
Wooden pallets are designed to spend a lot of time outside and if you like the great outdoors too, this garden bar is the perfect place for you to sit and relax come the summer months. Constructing it could prove a little tricky – but well worth the effort too!