Craft smart and ecologically with pallets!
Recovery has become a trend in recent years, especially in decoration. Plastics, fabrics, metals, wood and other materials need only your imagination and a little DIY to find a second life. Thanks to this activity, you do not necessarily need a large budget to obtain a superb decoration in your home. Pallets can be subject to many diversions. Here are some ideas you can take inspiration from to create original furniture or decoration at home!
In the bedroom
Instead of buying new wooden planks for create your furnitureyou can recover industrial pallets or get new pallets. For the interior decoration of the master bedroom, you can make an atypical headboard. For this you only need one or two wooden pallets. Then equip yourself with craft tools and paint if you want a colorful headboard. You can place them vertically or horizontally, depending on the effect you want to create in the bedroom.
To minimize your expenses, know that you can also design a bed with this type of pallets. Nothing could be easier: place the pallets on the floor and secure them together to form the box spring. The height and length of the bed will depend on the amount of pallets you use. You can paint or keep their original color for a more natural look. Put your mattress on it and you have a nice bed with character.
Using only one side of the palette, you can design a pretty coat hook to hang your coats, hats and bags.
Pallets in a living room
For your living room or other room that welcomes guests, you can easily divert wooden pallets so that they become eco-friendly and trendy furniture.
The coffee table
In one spirit, you can use palettes to create your coffee table. To do this, stack two pallets and place a glass or plywood panel over it.
The TV cabinet
Do you want to create a TV cabinet with various storage for your magazines and DVDs? Get four or six pallets that you stack on top of each other, depending on how high you want to be. It is advisable to paint this creation so that it can blend more easily into your decoration. In white, she will reflect the light in the room and offer an interesting demarcation.
Placed side by side, you can glue or nail the pallets together vertically. If you have time, you can also dismantle the pallets to create asymmetrical shelves. do not forget to sand the wood with sandpaper to avoid splinters when handling the pallet or using the library.
Storage with pallets
You always need furniture to store your shoes, books, bottles, etc. Instead of spending a hundred dollars to buy a new item for your home, you can count on the pallets recovered to create one or more useful storageHere is a spice rack made with an 1 / 2 palette and 3 boards.
Here is a small tutorial to make your shoe rack with pallets:
- Take one or two pallets
- Get the boards of the last ones
- Assemble the boards to obtain the storage model you want
- Use angle brackets or nails to hold the planks
- You can then put your shoes in your custom storage.
To make it easier, you can also use two pallets to get a shoe rack.
This type of storage is ideal to save space in your home.
Use pallets for the garden
New or salvaged pallets can be used to create different things, whether for indoors or outdoors. Do you have a nice garden, but you can't enjoy it because of the neighbors? Reduce the vis-à-vis while building a palisade or a screen in pallets of recovery.
You can also design pretty sofas, armchairs and garden tables with painted or varnished wood pallets. Then place cushions on top to make the seat even more comfortable. Get a charming outdoor decoration using reclaimed or new pallets. In a corner of the terrace or under a specially designed parasol, you can create a lounge area where it will be good to rest or to receive friends.
These materials can also be useful for making shelves for your small flowerpots, storage or workbench for your DIY or gardening tools.
Precautions with pallets
Using pallets to design furniture or other household items is very trendy today for a number of reasons. First of all, it is economic the fact that the material is sometimes obtained free from supermarkets or cheaply from a hardware store. Then it is a very ecological recovery system since you participate in the recycling of wood. However, it is important to check certain points before using them for furnishings or decoration.
It is advisable to favor single-use pallets which are made of raw wood, thinner and lighter. If you use industrial pallets, it is advisable to check the indications they present. You will thus know their origin as well as the type of treatment they underwent. If it is marked "HT", it means that it has been treated with heat. It is harmless to humans. If, on the contrary, you see the word "MB", forget about these pallets because they have been treated with toxic gas, methyl bromide.
Then, make sure that the condition of the wood can withstand the diversions you want to make. If the wood is too damaged, or even rotten, you may waste time designing a bench that will snap as soon as someone lands on it. Check beforehand if the pallets are not stained to reduce the work to be done as much as possible.
You can also simply buy new pallets in store for only a few euros. Some shops will also offer you pallets already used at a reasonable price.