How to Make a Quick Shelter out of Pallets
I f you are a farmer or homesteader you know that sometimes things just need to get done. Sometimes you run out of time for fancy buildings. Sometimes money is an issue. But whatever the reason, if you find yourself in need of a shelter now, here is a way to make a quick, shelter out of pallets.
This is a relatively inexpensive project. The bulk of the structure is made from free, recycled, wooden pallets. You will also need t-posts, cattle panels, a tarp and hardware- such as nails, bolts, screws, etc.
To make a 10′ x 10′ shelter you will need 9 pallets (the standard ones that are 48″ x 40″), 3 cattle panels , 9 t-posts and a large tarp that is about 20 x 15 ft, depending on how far down the back of the shelter you want to go (We purchased this 16’x20′ heavy duty tarp).
You can adjust the size by adding pallets and cattle panels. Just remember to overlap the panels a little for stability and keep in mind that cattle panels are 16ft long when you are setting up your shelter’s width.
Related Reading: How to Make a Pallet Barn
You want to start by placing a t-post into the ground where you want one wall of your shelter to go. Pound it down until it’s about 4 ft tall and simply place a pallet over top.
Place a second pallet next to the first and mark where the next t-post should be placed. Keep pounding in t-posts and placing pallets until you have reached your desired length.
Once the pallets are in place come through with heavy duty screws or bolts to secure them to each other.
Next, measure out your width. You want a width of 10-12 ft.
Once you have that marked start the second wall parallel to the first in the same manner. When the 2 walls are constructed it is time to add the cattle panels. This is a 2 person job, so make sure you have help!
We use fencing staples to secure the panels to the pallets. For security, make sure you place the cattle panels at least 6-10 inches down on the pallets.
Once the first panel is in place secure the second, making sure to overlap at least a couple of inches. You can use wire or zip ties to tie the cattle panels together.
Once the cattle panels are in place your can either lay the tarp if you are doing a 2-sided run in shelter or add more pallets along the back side to make a 3-sided shelter.
Depending on your climate, you may want to add siding to your shelter. If the slats of your pallets are far apart they will not protect your animals against wind, draft or slanting rain.
You can purchase wood for siding, dismantle more pallets, or use any free, scrap wood you can find. We used old barn wood as siding on our shelter. You can also purchase a longer tarp and allow it to hang down further and act as a wind barrier.
Then you have the tricky job of stretching the tarp. You will probably need at least 2 people, and not very much wind to do this job. We use zip ties to secure the tarp to the cattle panel wire. And if you choose a tarp with grommets along the sides you can drill screws and washers on top and secure it directly to the wood pallets.
And that’s all there is too it! In our area the whole project cost right at around $100 for a 10 x 10 shelter. Cost will vary depending on where you live and how much of the materials you can get used.
We have 2 of theses shelters on our property. The first one is over year and a half old and we are just now starting to see signs of wear on the tarp. It has serves as a kidding stall for our does and as a kid pen for the babies when we keep them away from their mothers overnight.
Pallets are a great, free resource. We have made all sorts of things on our homestead- hay feeders, compost bins and 3 shelters. Have you ever made anything out of recycled pallets?
How to make a garden box out of pallets
I can’t believe this is my first pallet project. I have been wanting to make a gate for our garden for two years now. Last year the deer helped themselves to my strawberry plants they need to stay out.
To make my gate I used two pallets and a few 2 x 4’s that we had left over from tearing down a shed.
Then I added a 2 x 4 to the cut end.
I do realize that deer can jump my gate if they want to. Hopefully they are too lazy.
That gate is TOTALLY awesome. It’s really pretty actually! (I don’t usually say that about pallet projects. cool, yes, but not pretty), but that gate is pretty! You totally have to do a trellis over the top!
Hmm. now i’m thinking because I need a fence to hide my neighbors yard. (love her, but she has way too many abandon cars back there!), and the whole cyclone fence, with neighbors junky yard doesn’t always work well when selling a house. lol
* I don’t think the potting shed link is working, or it could be my computer??
Well done, Well done. I love a resourceful woman!
Super nice touches on your gate – love the crosspieces. Great job Mimi!
Mimi, this is SO cool! Like Katie said, it’s really beautiful and the cross pieces on the back remind me of a Union Jack! I just pinned it and am going to see if my husband might build me one. 🙂
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Brilliant and free. Love it. My husband is fascinated with pallets.
Well that’s just awesome!
I love this! It looks perfect. just the right amount of rustic.
that is simply genius, mimi!
This is so clever! I love it!
This is down right incredible!! WOW. Im so inspired by your creativity!! Awesome idea and Im so going to find a place to use this,thanks! Deidre
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So VERY clever. love it! Laurel
I have two pallets in back just itching to be used for something. I wish I needed a gate somewhere because yours is the best I have seen! I’d love it if you shared this over at You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday here: http://www.kathewithane.com/2012/05/youre-gonna-love-it-tuesday-5.html
Have a beautiful day ♥
Your gate is fabulous. I appreciate that it repurposes something that might just be tossed. But, more than that, it looks incredible. Also love your potting shed and your gorgeous dog!
This is totally cool. I need a gate and taller fence around for my garden since the bunnies have decided that I am growing them a buffet. This may be just the ticket to get me started. I would love it if you would share on my linky party Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-7.html
What a great idea, and a great blog!
This is so clever!! Love how it turned out! great way to use a pallet! the little dog is adorable too! Thank you for linking up to Uncommon!! Featuring this over at our FB page today!! 😉
I love how you reused the pallets–something that might have ordinarily ended up in a landfill–and created something beautiful and functional for your garden–very well done!
I have seen pallets being repurposed for so many things, but love the idea of using them for a garden gate! Thanks so much for sharing over here at Fishtail cottage’s garden party! i’m sure many of us gardeners will be inspired by your fabulous idea! xoox, tracie
great gate! haven’t seen a pallet gate– EVER!
I’ve seen lots of uses for pallets. Way to go for thinking outside the box. you could use pallets I suppose for the small portions that are needed on either side. You’ll think of something lovely I’m sure!
Great idea to build a gate out of the pallets! They are so popular right now. Your gate looks really good, even if the deer can still jump over it ;0)
Totally FBing this tomorrow!
That is awesome!! I need something like that to keep my dog out of the garden!! He likes to eat the strawberries, which is all we have right now:P
How clever is that? I have not seen the gate project and it is wonderful. They will be sturdy. I am visiting for the first time, drop by for a visit. Kathy
Hi! This is a great idea! I love the stuff you can do with pallets – for free!! When my mom was fighting cancer, she had a dirt path across her yard to her back steps that would always be muddy when it rained and she would have to zig zag around the puddles. My aunt and I were making a trip to the store and I saw a stack of pallets by a hardware store. I asked if I could have some and explained why and they helped me load some good ones up in my van. I laid them butt to butt along the path making sure they were level and, voila’! she had a nice, stable walkway to get from house to truck!! They stayed in good shape the last year she was alive and made her so happy!! Thanks for bringing back that memory!!
That is a very creative project.
Love your gate Mimi. I am making many things out of pallets at the moment. Right now I need to make two gates, one for each side of the house. My wife wants them to not be see thru like yours are. Any suggestions on that besides using a piece of paneling?
PS: I will send you a photo of my newest creation – a potting table!
If you want to protect your precious residential and commercial properties, then it would be better to install the gates that are durable, good looking, fulfil the security purposes and matches with your style as well.
Seek more advise from Benny
That is absolutely ingenious. I’ve been struggling with how to make a gate square and since pallets are already square this idea will work. It should keep my chickens out of my garden!