Gallery: 6 Awesome upcycled shipping pallet creations you can make your...

If you're handy with a screwdriver and a saw (or even if you're not), we've got a roundup of sweet upcycled furniture you can make yourself out of old shipping pallets. Shipping pallets are plentiful and readily available - often for free - and though most businesses do their best to reuse them, many still end up in landfills. Pallets easily convert into sofas, tables and even beds, so read on for our favorite creations you can make yourself from these inexpensive materials.

Vibrant Folding Chairs From Upcycled Shipping Pallets

These colorful Fold-out Pallet Chairs from Gas & Air Studios are each made from a single shipping pallet. The only treatment these chairs get is a color strip, and they’re available in 14 different colors. You could easily create your own version at home too.

Slick Modernist Pallet Sofa

Modernist and elegant, this black sofa by France-based Studio-aparte is a multi-functional piece of furniture. It accommodates up to 2 people and has 2 handy mini-tables that tuck under the end of the sofa.

Adorable Pallet Toddler Bed

Crafty mom Lori Danelle transformed a few shipping pallets into an adorable toddler bed. Her full DIY instructions will help you create your own too.

Shipping Pallet Coffee Table

$5 worth of shipping pallets bought from my local recycling center became the coffee table of my dreams. With a little sanding and the installation of storage shelves, this coffee table is rustic a DIY project you’ll have completed in one Saturday.

ReadyMade’s Recycled Wood Dining Table

One of our favorite magazines put out a great issue on upcycled projects before they folded (sigh), and one of the best projects was this great recycled wood dining table. You’ll be dining in high style with this stellar upcycling project.

Country Sofas Made From Shipping Pallets

Stacked shipping pallets, a few coats of paint and some cozy cushions work together to serve as a simple couch. Pefect for the outdoors or a low-cost seating option, these DIY projects will be sure to inspire you.


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  1. Lisette Callis July 15, 2015 at 3:16 am

    there are some really amazing palette projects. theres a cafe in perth w.a.

  2. Pasi Pärnänen July 13, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Why not make top bar hives for your bees? Here’s one design using european EUR pallet boards.

    The site is in swedish, but there are photos…

  3. Sergio Shlomo Sklar November 29, 2014 at 4:47 am

    First of all well done
    But Note that what was on pallets used for storage time, it is possible that they were toxic substances
    Soaked into the wood so it is advisable to use them only for patio furniture

  4. Tafline Laylin October 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Most people consider plastic to be terrible for the environment since it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade.

  5. gemini61 October 31, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Whats wrong with using the plastic pallets tio make the childs/youth bed they may not be totally free but can still be used the same way.

  6. ecosteps December 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I enjoy reading about the many projects on this website.
    We do however need to be careful about some the items we promote. I did a student design project based on upcycling pallets a few years ago. One important lesson we discovered along the way was that we don’t know what these pallets have been in contact with before (potential harmful chemicals or bacteria). Therefore, we should avoid anything related to food prep.
    I would also avoid uses like the childs crib / youth bed.


  7. EcogeekTN June 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I appreciate the idea pictured here and the intent to upcycle. I do however have to mention that I have read on a number of sites, including the FDA that pallets can often harbor unpleasant things like salmonella, listeria, E-colli, and others. I wouldn’t put my child in a bed with the potential to have those nasties surrounding them without taking some serious precautions.

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