50 Inspiring DIY Pallet Ideas

Having a furniture made out of pallet is a sure conversation-starter and instantly adds value and appeal to your home.

There are many ads online that sell cheap pallets or even give them away for free. There is truth in the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

It just needs a little creativity and elbow grease to turn something seemingly useless to a home’s pride and joy. The options are virtually limitless. How about making a DIY box for the best gas bbq you have at home? Or recreating your worn-out patio furniture sets or metal garden furniture sets using or a few pieces of pallets? All it takes is a little creativity to turn scrap pallets into useful home pieces.

Here are the 50 ideas on how you can make your own DIY pallet project. The ideas on the list are from bloggers around the web–which means that you can also do it on your own.

One note though, there are pallets that you can use because they have been heat-treated. Those are safe to use. Do not use the ones that have an “MB” stamp on them because they have been treated with methyl bromide which is primarily a pesticide. Check out all the other stamps and understand how they will affect the safety of your pallet project. DIY Ready has a handy infographic about this topic at their site.

Here’s a video from Savvas Papasavva on how you can dismantle a pallet.

Start small if you are a beginner and then challenge your way up. So, if you have a couple or several pallets lying around, take a look at these and have yourself a try at these projects in the coming weekend.

You can browse through these projects by category:

Living room |  Bedroom |  Kitchen | Garden

Living Room Ideas

DIY sofa with storage

1. DIY Sofa with Storage

Take your DIY to the next level with this sofa with storage. Filippa Malmegård from the ScrapHacker teaches us step by step how to make this sterling project.

Here’s a video for another type of bookshelf from the Youtube channel Building on a Budget, a channel dedicated to teaching us to build from pallets. And no, that’s not slightly slender Channing Tatum, he just kinda looks like him.

Pallet Bookshelf

2. Pallet Bookshelf

Store your books in a stylish and artistic bookshelf made from pallets. Ana White shows how to do it step by step in her website.

Here’s a video for another type of bookshelf from the Youtube channel Building on a Budget, a channel dedicated to teaching us to build from pallets. And no, that’s not slightly slender Channing Tatum, he just kinda looks like him.

Warm Wooden Wall from Pallets

3. Warm Wooden Wall from Pallets

Transform any room with a little effort and creativity. Joan, from The Scavenger Chic, shows us how she changed the look of her room with pallets and her creativity.

Joan, Scavenger Chic

“The best part about pallet wood is not necessarily that you can get the wood for free, though that doesn’t hurt, I just love the rustic nature of the wood.” — ­­ Joan, Scavenger Chic

Pallet Furniture Set

4. Pallet Furniture Set

Get serious with this pallet furniture set idea from It is a very easy project you can finish in as little as 3-4 hours. You save money and get new furniture too!

Photo Frames

5. Photo Frames

Hang your family portraits creatively with this step-by-step pallet photo frame tutorial by Southern Revivals. This unique and creative way will surely make your photographs memorable. You can get Mod Podge from

Coffe Table

6. Coffee table

Need a coffee table? Check out these instructions on how to build your own from The Wonder Forest.

Shoe Rack

7. Shoe Rack

Watch this video from How to Fix It Workshop and see how you can make your shoe rack even with the simplest of tools.

Pallet Art

8. Pallet Art

Make the living room come alive with interesting artwork that even the kids can enjoy with this project. This project from Sand and Sisal will inspire you. Though their project did not work out at first, they were resilient, which is why they were able to create this awesome piece of artwork.

Bar and Stool

9. Bar and Stool

Make your family gatherings more fun and exciting with this DIY pallet project. Watch this video from HowToSpecialist to start planning your pallet bar stools.

Even a Matchbox Guitar

10. Even a Matchbox Guitar

When I saw this project, it put a smile on my face. It seems like there are endless ways to reuse and recycle pallets. @Dianne from shows us the process to make this environmentally friendly instrument.


“I am a huge advocate of upcycling and creative reuse. DIY pallet projects are perfect for recycling something unwanted and turning it into something beautiful and useful.” — Dinah Wulf, 

Bedroom Ideas

Laundry Basket

11. Laundry Basket

Make the most out of your pallets and build for yourself a laundry basket. Ana White has your back once again with this project.

Coat Rack

12. Coat Rack

Who knew coat hangers could be so beautiful. All thanks to pallets and @RuudvandeLooij from Instructables.

Pallet Wood Open Sign

13. Pallet Wood Open Sign

Whether you’re running a bistro or just want this in your room, pallets will open up your imagination for more. Joan from Scavenger Chic once again shows us how she did it.

Pet Bed

14. Pet Bed

Even your pets can appreciate your pallet DIY prowess. Here’s a simple and straightforward instructional video from YouTube channel modernrootsorg on how to make a pallet bed for your pet (or pets, no matter how many they are, we just love pets, don’t we?)

Modern Pallet Bed

15. Modern Pallet Bed

Not only can you make a bed from pallets, you can also put your spin on it. WikiHow shows us how simple it is to make one.

Reading Nook for Kids

16. Reading Nook for Kids

Encourage your child’s interest in reading by making them a nook where they can freely explore the limits of their imagination. Kojo-Designs has the tutorial on how to make this beautiful addition to your home.

Kirstin, Kojo-Designs

“I love palette furniture. Actually, I think that I love it for the same reason that I am so intrigued by Anthropologie’s window displaysthe idea of taking something that no one wants and turning it into something useful and/or beautiful resonates with me.” ­­ Kirstin, Kojo­Designs


17. Headboard

The Thinking Closet also built a massive headboard. You can’t help but fall head over heels with pallets.

Headboard with Lights

18. Headboard with Lights

Check out these headboards made with pallets from See how the lights add to the ambiance of the room and how it can also add it to yours.

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19. Serving Tray

Don’t we all need a tray to serve food to our loved ones? Here’s a very simple tutorial on how to make one. Kelly Rowe from Live Laugh Rowe shows us how to do it.

Rustic Mirror Frame

20. Rustic Mirror Frame

Simplicity always goes a long way. Watch the video to get ideas on from YouTube channel F. Branco on how to start and make a pallet mirror frame.

Creative Shelf

21. Creative Shelf

Try this easy to make odd-shaped shelf to fit your style or even just inspire you. This one is also from another Instructables member, @Eco-Rustic, a company that specialises in reclaiming old wood.

Kitchen Ideas

Dining Table

22. Dining Table

Make dinners all the more interesting with this project you can finish over the weekend. The ScrapHacker is at it again with this DIY table. You can be sure to host a wonderful gala with this one.

Vertical Blinds

23. Vertical Blinds

Match these with your kitchen window and you have a subtle yet striking appeal. @Humbledtartdept, a member from Instructables teaches us step by step how to make vertical pallet blinds.

Pallet and Mason Glass Jars Light Fixture

24. Pallet and Mason Glass Jars Light Fixture

Add flavour to your evening tryst with this rustic and cool light fixture. Get inspired by (formerly and get yourself a rustic and ambient chandelier without the cost!

Wooden Utensil Box

25. Wooden Utensil Box

Why buy a container when you can make one? Get started with this simple and easy pallet project. The girls over at The Frugal Girls made this instructions and tutorial over at their site for your reference.

Wine Rack

26. Wine Rack

If you like your wine, then you’ll love them all the more with this sleek and beautiful pallet wine rack from Virginia Sweet

Spoon and Pallet Rack

27. Spoon and Pallet Rack

Hang your kitchen stuff with this handy and easy to make kitchen rack. Shayna of The Woodgrain Cottage built this and showed us how to do it and a couple more reminders on safety and what to and not to do when making this project.

Pallet and Mason Jar Vase

28. Pallet and Mason Jar Vase

Don’t just make stuff from pallets, try a variety of materials with your DIY pallet project. Meredith from teaches us how.

DIY Clock

29. DIY Clock

Spice up your home and keep track of time with this amazing pallet clock. This project is from All Things Heart & Home and Robin did this project on her own.

Pallet Kitchen Garbage

30. Pallet Kitchen Garbage

This simple yet practical use of pallets will get you started and inspired to do more. This project was done by Lauren from The Thinking Closet, a blog site about family, creativity, and everything about crafts.

Lauren, The Thinking Closet

“What is it about reclaimed pallet boards pieced together that our eyes love so much? Making order out of chaos? The Japanese principle of Shizen: nature with purpose and intention.” ­­ Lauren, The Thinking Closet

Garden Ideas

Pallet Chair

31. Pallet Chair

Augment the look of your garden with this awesome and themed garden chair from Funky Junk Interiors. Check out their website for other DIY ideas you can do. You can also see more than a few projects from them on this list so watch out for that.

Vertical Pallet Planter

32. Vertical Pallet Planter

Setup your garden plants in a unique and interesting way. Here’s a Youtube video of how to do it by Janie Pendelton.

Rocking Chair

33. Rocking Chair

@wholman teaches us how to rock with this DIY rocking chair over at Instructables. It was featured in their project 20k House, a project in the US that makes houses under $20k.

Outdoor Sofa

34. Outdoor Sofa

Maybe sometime in the past, you’ve thought of getting a stylish sofa but haven’t had the budget to get one, but now you can build one thanks to the folks over at The Ironstone Nest.

Herb Plot

35. Herb Plot

Grow your vegetables, herbs, and other small plants in this container. @barton34, an Instructables member, teaches us how to do it on the link.

Garden Loungers

36. Garden Loungers

Try this easy pallet project out so that when summer comes, you’ll be ready to party! Instructables member @shoestringpavilion shows us how to make garden lounges the easy way.

Easy Pallet Garden Walkway

37. Easy Pallet Garden Walkway

Walk tall with this garden walkway idea. This is another practical idea from Funky Junk Interiors.

Easy Pallet Bike Rack

38. Easy Pallet Bike Rack

Need a bike rack? Pallets got your back. Instructables member @maudlin shows us how to store your bikes pallet style the easy way.

Potting Bench

39. Potting Bench

A Piece of Rainbow teaches us how to make these potting benches from pallets. They will save you money and the environment!

DIY Patio Day Bed

40. DIY Patio Day Bed

Need to snooze for a bit? Make your daybed and let your pallet dreams happen. Head on over to Lovely Greens to find out how you can make this lovely daybed for your house.

Garden Tool Shelf

41. Garden Tool Shelf

Try this simple but practical garden tool shelf project in your home and garden shed. This is another project from Funky Junk Interiors.


42. Fence

Use the pallets as they are and put up a tall fence. It will virtually cost you nothing—especially if you get your pallets for free. Hometalk member Siff S. shows us how it will look after you’re finished with your fence.

Vegetables and Herb Planter

43. Vegetables and Herb Planter

If you don’t have a garden, you can use pallets to start out. @guyavraham from shows how simple it is to get started on your vegetable and herb planter.

Sandbox for Children

44. Sandbox for Children

Impress your kids by making a sandbox that they will always remember. Ana White teaches us again how to make this sandbox with all the details.


45. Playhouse

Let your kids experience and see the beauty of DIY with this project. A Subtle Revelry shows how easy and simple it is to make this wonderful playhouse.

Kids’ Playground

46. Kids’ Playground

Make this your ultimate goal this year and make your kids happy every day for the rest of their childhood. If you are up to the task, you can ask Elizabeth, the Frugal Mom Eh!, on how they conceptualised and built this mammoth of a project.

Elizabeth, Frugal Mom 

“One day while driving by a local factory, I saw a pile of shipping crates and pallets waiting to be disposed of and the light bulb came on. That pile of pallets looked to me like a mostly assembled, modular playscape just waiting for a home.” ­­Elizabeth, Frugal Mom Eh

Swing Chair

47. Swing Chair

You made a swing bed, setup a swing chair too! Instructables member @millsy2254 teaches us the directions to make your own.

Picnic Table

48. Picnic Table

You can leave this piece of furniture and not worry about it because it is so cheap and easy to make. Ana White is solid when it comes to ideas on what to make from pallets.

Garden Lamps

49. Garden Lamps

Light up your garden with these unique DIY lamps. Ian Anderson posted this on Handy Crowd and intended it for the winter, but there’s no problem if it stays in your garden all year long. Say hello again to pallet and mason jar partnership!

Swing Beds

50. Swing Bed

Relax in the most comfortable way with this project. This is my personal favourite, which is why I saved it for last. A big up to the girls over at The Merry Thought for making this project.

Pallets are not just a piece of wood.

To anyone with a creative mind and the will to put in time, pallets could mean the greatest resource for your DIY needs and projects. As you have seen, you don’t need a lot of tools to start your pallet project. You can start simple and then when you get up to speed, you can start exploring the bounds of your creativity and DIY skill.

What do you think of the list? Do you have any other ideas that would make a great and inspiring project? Let us know in the comments below!

Other useful resources:

How to build a pig enclosure from pallets – This wonderful guide provides a step-by-step process of building a pig pen from used pallets.

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