Do you have upcycle envy? Do you see how someone has upcycled an everyday item and wonder why you’d never thought of doing it before? Perhaps you wonder why you’ve just spent so much on a new outdoor setting when a DIY upcycled outdoor lounge could look so chic and cost you less than what you paid in delivery.

Upcycled projects may look really clever and tricky, but creating innovative homewares in this day and age isn’t rocket science. Some of the best practices are really simple, and most can be completed in just a day. Take a look at some of these wooden pallet projects and impress your friends with your upcycled furnishings. Who’s the clever one now?

Do you have upcycle envy? Do you see how someone has upcycled an everyday item and wonder why you’d never thought of doing it before? Perhaps you wonder why you’ve just spent so much on a new outdoor setting when a DIY upcycled outdoor lounge could look so chic and cost you less than what you paid in delivery.

Upcycled projects may look really clever and tricky, but creating innovative homewares in this day and age isn’t rocket science. Some of the best practices are really simple, and most can be completed in just a day. Take a look at some of these wooden pallet projects and impress your friends with your upcycled furnishings. Who’s the clever one now?

Pallet swing

A swing is one of the simplest projects you can do with a pallet. If you have a sturdy tree or patio beam, a pallet, and rope – you’re good to go.

Prepare the pallet by hammering the nails in flush and then sanding back the timber to remove any splinters. Use a waterproofing paint to protect the timber from the elements.

You can drill holes for the rope, or simply notch the pallet where the rope will rub. Make sure your anchor points are all secure and the knots are tight.

Take the afternoon off to relax on your swing and dream about your next exciting project!

Pallet table

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Picture a pallet coffee table that you might see in a trendy cafe. You won’t need to waterproof it unless you’ll be using it outdoors, but you may want to paint it in a colour to complement the rest of your home’s decor.

White looks fabulous for a beachy look, a timber stain gives you an urban edge, while a glossy black will make bold colours in the room pop.

Fix castors or vintage furniture legs underneath each corner. If you want shelving under your table, use the palings from a second pallet to create a shelf, or stack the pallets on top of each other to create a taller table.

We love the glass top they’ve used for this table to stop things falling through.

Pallet toddler bed

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Image and instructions by Lori Danelle.

We also like beds that toddlers can’t fall out of. This toddler bed is perfect for the transition from a cot to a regular bed – and it’s so adorable.

Choose two to three clean pallets made from untreated wood, and be especially careful when sanding them back and hammering in wayward nails. Remember that kids jump on beds – sometimes in pairs – so make sure the bed base is solid for your little angel.

You can find the complete instructions here.

Pallet shoe rack

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Image by Between 3 Sisters.

First impressions count, especially when you give your guests a good dose of upcycle envy right at the front door. Don’t kick yourself for not thinking of this cheap, effective, storage solution yourself. Be the first amongst your friends to make one and inspire them all!

You can find the complete instructions here.

Glowing pallet bed

 

Image by Estilo Deco.

Romance on a budget doesn’t have to mean dinner at McDonalds. This stunning bed will only cost you a few pallets, some Christmas lights, and a bit of paint. Invest one afternoon into building the bed, and imagine how many romantic nights it will reap. Enjoy!

Pallet bike rack

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You have permission to kick yourself over this idea. Who knew that most pallets were perfectly designed for storing bikes? All these clever designs are easier to put together than even a flat-pack bookcase.

Pallet tool storage and shelves

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Once you’ve reached this far down the list you’re probably starting to admire the tool section in your local hardware store and wondering where you’ll keep all those tools. Have no fear, there’s a pallet project for tool storage too! You can, of course, alter this project to suit your own wants and needs, such as the garden furniture set above. When will the possibilities end?

Pallet playhouse or shed

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Now you’re ready for the playhouse. Yes, believe it or not this too is made from upcycled pallets. Get the kids to help you build and paint it, or size up the plans to make your own upcycled pallet shed.

Pallets for decor

Pallet projects don’t have to be functional. You could pay a small fortune for some of these upcycled treasures. Of course, you won’t have to now that you know how easy it is to decorate your home for next to nothing. Here are some more inspiring upcycled pallet creations to get you feeling crafty!

Pallet armchairs

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Pallet coat rack

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Pallet beach chairs

 

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