When something is broken, you can try to fix it. When something is old, you can repurpose it. The last thing you should think about doing is throwing away a piece of furniture or any materials that you could repurpose for something else around the house, after a thorough inspection of course.
The same goes for wooden pallets. You would be amazed at the things you could make and the amount of money you could save if you only knew how to repurpose old or discarded wooden pallets. Here are some of the best ideas you are guaranteed to love.
You can repurpose wooden pellets to fit perfectly as bookshelves in the living room, magazine stands in the bathroom, or you can make a number of kitchen storage solutions by strategically placing shelves to hold everything from pots and pans to cooking ingredients and cookbooks.
Additionally, you can build retro-style wine shelves, but before you proceed with making any of these additions to your décor, you first need to disassemble the pallets and cut them to the appropriate length and width, after which you will have to smoothen the surface of the planks for safe and easy handling and storage.
Instead of spending a considerable amount of money on deck construction, you can make one yourself by using little more than salvaged pellets that are sturdy enough to act as a supporting construction material. This type of project will require some time and effort, though, as you will have to measure, inspect, and prepare the area you are going to cover with the pallets.
Start by smoothing out the ground underneath so that the pallets can fit easily. Next, you can place bricks beneath the pallet floor for added support, and then lay the pallets on top and connect them with drywall screws. If you don’t have any bricks, don’t worry, as you can use any type of lumber debris to fill out the space between the boards.
As far as outdoor furniture is concerned, it can be a real pleasure and a money-saver to build some added modular seating options in the garden. In case you are having plenty of friends over for an outdoor party, you won’t have to worry about running out of seating space. Simply make a detailed plan for any furniture you’re going to build – whether they are stools, tables, armchairs or couches – and take it from there.
While this can be a time-consuming project depending on the scope of your imagination, it will prove to be inexpensive and practical. You can get really creative when making pallet furniture, and build yourself a retro-style oasis right in your backyard. Add a coat of paint and a strong finish to the furniture and top it all off with plenty of fluffy pillows for added comfort and a complete look.
Finding the right kind of pallets
The main functionality of pallets is stocking crates and products, and you can find discarded pallets in a number of places, and more often than not, near the storage facilities and factories, supermarkets and even beside dumpsters. But beware, not all pallets were created equal, and some can be used for your DYI projects and some are best to stay clear of.
You can use a discarded wooden pallet if the wood is in good condition and doesn’t have any cracks or damage. If you know that those that you are thinking of using were well-kept on pallet racks and properly handled, then you can repurpose them more easily. Also, make sure that the pallets carry an MB stamp so as to ensure that they were not treated with hazardous chemicals and are safe for home use.
As you can see, there are plenty of options at your disposal when it comes to repurposing wooden pallets, and rather than buying something expensive you’ll like, you can create something cheap that you will love.
Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on LinkedIn.
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