31 Ways to ReUse Wood Pallets -Make Money
July 23, 2008 by Cathy
Today: 7 listings on Craigslist for Free- Wood Pallets: 57 pallets were listed and 2 other listings stated: come back, we have endless supply. This got me thinking, you could make money with very little investment (time and gas), are creative, to either resell or broker pallets, or make items for resell with free wooden pallets.
I am amazed how many people give away wood pallets. Most businesses that order larger quantities will have pallets, plus what is available on craigslist and other sources.
I Just Gotta Tell Ya
- Pallets are usually free
- 150 Million will end up in Landfills
- 4-5 Billion Feet of Lumber go into making Pallets
What you can do with all those FREE PALLETS:
2.) Make Cabinets: By Jarea Art Studio and Gallery
5.) Make a Table
6.) Make A decorative piece:
9.) Planters in the Garden, Raised Beds
10.) Make Money Reselling:, How I Make Money Reselling
11.) Woodwork patching
12.) Skateboard Ramps
13.) Computer Desk
14.) Store things off the ground
15.) Animal Pens, cages and enclosures. (rabbits, chickens)
20.) Clocks: This is from Pallet Art
21.) Frame a Picture
22.) Make any type of furniture: Dressers, Headboards, coffee tables: Check out Viridian Furniture
27.) Kitchen Utensils:
31.) Make a Light Fixture: From MetaForm Studio
they are all good ideas, i currently work for a company who does this kind of work with recycled pallets. although we are running out of ideas, the items we make still sell but there must be other ideas of what to do. i dont suppose you would like to share yours if you have any, i would really appreciate it. thanks for your time and will look forward to hearing from you soon.
Wow, I never thought of so many ways to use wood pallets.
Maury Bunn says
What’s the best way to pull these things apart?
I’ve got so many extra pallets sitting in my warehouse. What’s the best way to make them into any of these ideas you suggest?
wanted free wood hard wood pallets
to be cut up for firewood
im looking for a bunch of hard wood pallets
to be cut up in to firewood
The best place craigslist in which many people list pallets, or large companies, grocery stores that receive products on pallets.
several boxes of scrap wood
most is hard woods
3.00 per boxs
pick up only
located in the lebanon,pa area
Hi Guys. This is the best way to pull the pallets apart if you want to remove the nails and possibly plane the timber without damaging your tools: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtPmUZ-k3aI Best, Savvas
James Gilman says
I am interested in the best way for me to get rid of a lot of odd size pallets that are at my job site in Norcross, Ga.In the range of 150 or more. I am not sure if they are worth money for profit to a company or not? They are adding up fast. Any ideas are welcomed, thank you!
Seems to be too much labor involved in taking them apart to be used for other things. The spiral nails that are used to hold the pallets together make it very hard to take apart with out breaking them in to pieces.
Please email me if you still have the pallets you spoke of .
Louise aka Daisy says
All I can say THANK YOU! THANK YOUUUUUUUUU WHO THOUGHT THIS UP!
I NOW HAVE MA DECK, SHED,STEPS,TABLE BED FRAMES LAWN FURNITURE AND MORE TA COME .
HAPPY TRAILS! HUGS AND MILES OF SMILES
I have 500 plus good pallets come take them for free. I can load
I want your used pallets .as many as I can get
im looking for pallets i will pick up most for free indiana and michigan call 2695449034
Anyone in the Seattle/Bellevue/Kirkland area needing Pallets for firewood or whatever, we will give them to you for FREE. We have sizes:
2.5′ x 8′ – lots
2.5′ x 6′, 7′, 9′ – some
2.5′ x 2.5′, 3′, 4′ – some
4′ x 8′ – some
Call us or email me for a pickup time. We generally have to store them inside our warehouse cause we have no space outside but we can leave them out overnight if you’re going to come pick them up after hours
Hi, I can break the used wood pallets in such a way that each wood stick reamain safe with just nail holes so you can use & cut it according to ur size whatever u want to make I do it with hammer and some chiesels if anybody need me please contact
Really nice round-up of ideas. All the projects I’ve done thus far have been from free wood and it’s amazing!
Jeremy Baker says
I am reinvigorated to use pallet wood. I will pickup pallets in NW Washington State. Thank you.
you could make spanking paddles out of the pallets
give to you school teachers at christmas and birth days
thay will love it
Don’t think that is legal anymore, but a fun gift
i make wooden swords for my kids, but when the wood has knots, my kids get all jealous “his sword is better than mine”.
I am looking for good hardwood pallets, I am wanting to build outdoor plating station for my veggies and flowers. a bench for setting.
thank you Please email me.
Many pallets are treated with chemicals. Surely wouldn’t use them for firewood or kitchen utensils as mentioned above.
Great pic of CHEP pallets – the blue ones listed as pallet art. Those are owned by CHEP and are not for recycling. The company reclaims and reuses these. You may call them for pick-up. Again, they are the property of CHEP. Thanks, and have fun with all the rest.
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looking for free pallets large quantity would be great I also have 40×48 and many more for sale. I need of ideas for for long pallets 90 and over. contact me email or phone anytime thanks. email. [email protected]
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Amazing and Inexpensive DIY Pallet Furniture Ideas
Wooden pallets, usually used in shipping, can be turned into sleek designs for both for indoor and outdoor furniture. Using basic woodworking skills and a few furniture ideas, wooden pallets can be turned into unique designs for coffee tables, sofas, beds, chairs, patio seating, shoe cabinets, bookcases, kitchen worktops and almost any piece of furniture you desire. Wooden pallets are eco-friendly and can withstand heavy weights and rough handling. Pallets are at best inexpensive and usually free, they look great for both indoor and outdoor furniture.
One of the joys of using making furniture from pallets is that a rough, less than perfect build will only add to the rustic, shabby chic appearance which makes this style of furniture so appealing. By using rudimentary furniture-making skills wooden pallets can be re-modeled in to attractive and unique pieces of furniture for any part of your home including the lounge, bedroom, kitchen, garden, bathroom, patio and hallways. The best part of creating pallet furniture is that most of the designs are simple Do It Yourself (DIY) ideas that requires little effort and basic tools. If you are considering using wooden pallets to make furniture here are some easy and inexpensive DIY pallet furniture ideas
Wooden Pallet Dining Tables
Whether you want to create a dining table or a kitchen table, wooden pallets are particularly useful when it comes to designing dining tables. Wooden pallet dining tables are inexpensive to make and since they are light in weight, you can move them around even for outdoor use just like any other pallet furniture. If you are going to use a wooden pallet table for prolonged outdoor use, use formaldehyde or a paint coating to protect it from outdoor environment including fungal growths. A DIY pallet table is fun to make plus you will have a great satisfaction everyday knowing that you made it all by yourself.
DIY Wooden Pallet Couch
DonвЂ™t we all love it to have a comfortable couch to relax on, enjoy our favorite TV shows or movies? Wooden pallet couches are some of the easy and inexpensive pallet furniture that you can create out of timber pallets. Wooden pallet couches are not only comfortable and unique but unlike other couches, they also have open spaces allowing indoor environment to be airy. For the best and comfortable wooden pallet couch, add some steel feet to make it stable and immoveable then stuff it with feathers and wool to make it cozy and comfortable, finally add some thick cushions and your wooden pallet couch is ready for your comfort.
Wooden Pallet Chairs
Among the most common pallet furniture that you will find out there are chairs made out of the timber pallets. You can either create dual or solitary occupancy wooden pallet chairs but you will find that dual occupancy pallet chairs are easier to make since you donвЂ™t have to cut the wooden pallet into half. With dimensions of about 72 inches wide by 50 inches of solid timber, you can easily make a two-person wooden pallet chair from a couple of pallets.
Pallet Furniture is a great way to save on furniture costs since wooden pallets can be acquired cheaply as disposal items from various shipping companies. Moreover, some pallets are made of hard woods therefore providing inexpensive solid wood for DIY pallet furniture. That said, making pallet furniture is a great business opportunity. If you have a knack on unique designs and styles, you can create stylish pallet furniture and sell them to homeowners, hotels or country holiday cottages and make money out of it.
Wooden Pallet Bed
Although beds and bed frames are expensive items, a bedroom will be incomplete without a bed. One piece of furniture that you can easily create out of wooden pallets is a bed and you can accomplish this with very little effort or wood working tools or skills. The prime advantage of a pallet bed is that not only does it require less effort and cost to create but it can be easily configured in to a different shape or design, size and style and still provide the same basic function, a comfortable and solid bed.
At the least, all you need is to join the pallets into a reasonable bed frame size, drop a mattress and add a few finishing touches to make it look really impressive.
Pallet beds are inexpensive and can be reconfigured into a new bed shapes to meet your bedroom feel and style. You can varnish or stain the bare wood for a rustic look or paint it to match the color scheme of the room. The addition of brightly colored bed sheets and multiple sized pillows with fairly lights tucked between the pallets to create a stunning and inviting space.
Outdoor Pallet Seating
One area of your home which can really benefit from some pallet furniture is the garden or patio area. Outdoor furniture is expensive and may only be use for a few months of the year so this is another area which you can create an inviting setting without breaking the bank. Pallet seating areas are simple to construct, usually all you have to do is stack a couple of pallets on top of one another and add one upright for a backrest, securing it in place with a few wood screws. By painting the pallets in a bold color it creates a stunning focal point to the natural backdrop of a natural environment, the addition of a few comfortable cushions will let you enjoy your outside area late into the evening. Wooden pallet benches look great as indoor furniture as well as patio/garden furniture. A wooden pallet bench is not only inexpensive and eco-friendly but durable as pallets are often used outdoors during their life to move cargo. Pallet benches can be quickly modified or redesigned to match a home’s theme or decor.
Old shipping pallets can be used to create stunning interiors as well as furniture, the slats, separated and cut to size can be made in to a stylish and inexpensive alternative to Parkey flooring. If fact old, worn pallet slats, stained and varnished look fantastic!
Where To Get Pallets
The majority of wooden pallets are just used once and then discarded, usually at cost to the business who received the stock delivered on them, so they are more than happy for you to take them away for free. This is one of the best things about creating furniture from pallets, you can get materials for free and when they are a little worn and distressed they look even better!
You will often see them piled up behind business premises, industrial estates and at self storage locations. Most of the time they are being thrown away but it is always best to ask before taking them, they might even have some better quality ones inside for you! Once you start looking you will notice them literally everywhere!
When making pallet furniture you will often need to remove some of the slats, replace broken ones or take it apart completely for more complex projects, although it can be done with a hammer and pry bar you will often end up damaging the wood in the pallet. The best and quickest method is shown in the video below.
Wooden Pallet Projects
If you been inspired by this page to start creating some of your own furniture from pallets and would like some detailed guides this book is an excellent starting place. It includes 35 pallet furniture projects and will inspire many more!
Each project includes step by step instructions with pictures of the entire process. The author will teach you how to create amazing pieces with free pallets and basic woodworking tools and skills.