How to Upcycle Wooden Pallets

Upcycling wooden pallets can be a great way to save on money and get the DIY juices flowing. Kennards Hire has some handy tips and all the tools you need to get the most out of pallets.

Whether you choose to build furniture or a raised garden bed for the backyard, the beauty of working with pallets is that the possibilities are only limited by your creativity. Follow Kennard's tips below on making the most out of pallets as well as suggestions on what you can build to make your home or entertaining area that much more inviting.

Preparation

• Once you have collected your pallets, inspect the wood to ensure it is of adequate quality and remove any protruding nails.
• For a smooth surface, sand the wood down with a power sander and assemble the pallets as per your design before applying paint or varnish to prevent splinters.
• You may need to cut pallets to size depending on what your requirements are. It’s common to use whole pallets as table tops or lounges and then cutting the remaining pallets into pieces for back rests, legs or bench tops.
• Use a table saw, circular saw or mitre saw for any lengths you need to cut to size.

Outdoor furniture

Wooden pallets lend themselves well to low couches and sun lounges. These can be a great addition to the outdoor entertaining area, especially if you can get some cushions or seats to throw on top. Benches, chairs and tables are also easy projects that can add new life to your outdoor areas.

Indoor furniture

With a bit of creativity, pallets can be used effectively in the home as well. For instance, a glass top across some stacked pallets makes for a great coffee table. Adding draws and legs can assist help with space and storage around the home but the level of detail is up to you and your DIY skills.

Garden pieces

Pallets are also ideal for raised flower beds, veggie gardens and planter boxes, which can require a substantial amount of timber. You can reduce the amount of pallets and still have a garden bed that’s approximately a foot deep by cutting the pallets in half. The important thing to remember when starting these projects is to line the wood with plastic before you fill it with soil to provide sufficient drainage.

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