If you’re looking to cut the cost of furnishing your home, why not try crafting some of the items yourself? Despite requiring a little more effort than saving energy to reduce your expenses, upcycling disused household items can result in your home being filled with fun, unique pieces of furniture.
One of the most versatile items upcyclers love to reinvent are pallets. To give you a little inspiration as to what you could create with a bit of practice, here are 10 ingenious pieces of furniture you can make out of pallets.
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1. Coffee tables
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In need of a new coffee table? Stick two pallets on top of each other, add wheels, give it a lick of paint and you’ve got yourself a moveable table with plenty of storage.
2. Patio furniture
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It’s hard to believe, but underneath this tropical outdoor seating area is actually just a small, concrete balcony. These renters transformed their outdoor area entirely using pallets, without drilling into the existing walls or floor. Incredible, right?
3. Wall art
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Pallets aren’t just for functional items, they can in fact be decorative too. The above letters, which are made out of pallets and plywood templates, are unrecognisable from their original pallet form.
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Fancy adding an extra feature to your garden? This fun pallet swing would be fairly simple to recreate, as long as you’ve got a strong support!
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If you’re after a low lying sofa for a fraction of the cost, stacking and securing pallets, then covering them in colourful cushions makes a great DIY sofa.
6. Hall tables
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A great piece of furniture for large hallways or dining rooms, making your furniture fit your space perfectly is also a bonus.
7. Wine bars
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If you like to entertain, a makeshift wine bar will be right up your street. The creator decided to cover up an awkward skylight in the middle of the room by turning it into a table. After simply placing four pallets on top and using wine crates as stools, they had a fully functioning wine bar.
8. Wooden chests
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The creator of these wooden chests has actually turned their hobby into a business, making beautiful hand crafted furniture out of pallet wood.
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If you’re in need of a new desk, why not create an original design for yourself? Pallets are great for storage so there’s plenty of room to keep all your stationary!
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Feeling adventurous? This shed was built almost entirely out of pallets, minus the metal roofing and windows. In fact, the whole structure was made using 90% repurposed materials, making it one very eco-friendly upcycle.
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