Pallet Furniture

You can find free pallets at flooring and furniture stores, lumber and stone yards, etc. Resourceful folks have turned them into cost-effective chairs, tables, beds—even entire houses.

Pallet Furniture: Chairs

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Pallet stools at a pop-up restaurant by Joost Bakker for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The whole building and all the furniture were made from reclaimed materials.

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Made with only an old hand saw, a hammer and some used pallets. How-to:

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Pallet Chair with a wash of alternating colors. & Another chair:

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Pallet Benches – DIY.

Pallet Furniture: Sofas

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An old alcohol distillery in Barcelona gets warmed up with pallet sofas.

Pallet Sofa.

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Pallet Sofa. How to:

Pallet Couch.

Pallet Furniture: Storage

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Ingenious – a multi-tiered TV watching platform. Designer: Simone Tasca, Via:

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More ingenuity: a pallet TV holder. A lot less expensive than the ones sold at big box stores. Simone Tasca,

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Pallet display case in the Olabisi wine tasting room. Cookie sheets are used as slide out trays.

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Pallet Toy Boxes by Ana White, detailed how-to here:

Pallet Furniture in the Kitchen

Kitchen in Lombardy by Katrin Arens, who reuses “materials from derelict country houses, cellars, and carpentry studios.”  Note the pallet plate rack.

Pallet kitchen island.

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Pallet wood kitchen cabinets.
New Moon Cottage Long Beach Island, NJ
Designed by: Richard Bubnowski Design LLC
Photo: Sam Oberter Photography

Pallet Furniture: Beds

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Pallet Bed Frame.

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Pallet Dining Table. From: 100% Pallet: from Freight to Furniture: 20 DIY Designer Projects by Aurélie Drouet.

Pallet bed, side table and end table. Door headboard.

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Pallet bed by Sandbox Studios.,

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See Lori’s detailed How-to!

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The other sister’s bed.

Pallet Headboard by Amber of Pineplace.

Pallet Furniture: Tables

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Pallet wood table legs and lower shelf, top is old decking, by Ana White,

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Pallet Coffee Table with shelf. How-to:

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Pallet coffee table. Larger wheels, no shelf.

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Pallet wood dining table. Cris and Diana’s Red Hook Rooftop. Via:

Pallet Doors

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Missing a door? Replace it with pallet wood.

Pallet Furniture: Desks

Pallet Desk by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors.

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Pallet Desk by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors.

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Pallet Desks. Offices of advertising agency BrandBase sit in a narrow Dutch canal house. See the pallet stairs as well. Via:,

Pallet Walls

Pallet wall.

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Pallet wood wall.

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Pallet wood wall.

Pallet Ceilings

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A pallet wood ceiling. Detailed how-to:

Pallet Sauna

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Pallet wood sauna.

Pallet Art

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Tadashi Kawamata à Versailles
Taken on: September 18, 2008

Pallet Houses

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The Pallet House prototype was designed by I-Beam Design and was featured in the HRH Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens as part of an exhibition on sustainable design, organized by the Prince’s Charity, Start, along with The Earth Awards, The Financial Times and IBM.

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The Pallet House was conceived as a transitional shelter for returning Refugees. You tube video:

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Pallet House at the Venice Biennale,

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Pallet House Tube, Johannesburg. Note the straw bales integrated with pallets and glass.

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The Learning Cube at the University of Colorado, Denver, is a simple framed, a public gathering shelter that uses shipping pallets as infill.

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The Learning Cube at the University of Colorado, Denver. The stone wall is simple rubble rocks held in place with wire mesh.

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Manifesto House in Chili by James & Mau, for Infiniski. Lots more images:

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The Palettenpavillion was built in 2005 for the Skiing World Cup and was meant to be a temporary shelter for users and media to congregate, create and be inspired by the unusual, cave-like space. Matthias Loebermann choose pallets because he wanted to reflect the surrounding wooded region, while also constructing a sustainable space. It was constructed out of 1300 shipping pallets, 20 tie rods and 100 tension straps.

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Inside the Palettenpavillion.

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“Be Paletto” is an temporary pavilion designed and built by 9 architecture students from Denmark.

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Pallet installation, as above.

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A wooden pallet building prototype by, lots more interesting images.

Pallets in the Garden

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Pallet Planter. How-to:

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Pallet planter.

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Palet Garden lined with coco shells.

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Pallet Garden. Detailed how-to here:

How to Avoid Using Dangerous Chemically-Treated Pallets

Pallets often have an IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) logo stamp. Heat-treated pallets are stamped with “HT”. Chemically-treated pallets have an “MB” stamp. Do not use the MB-stamped pallets. Happily, heat-treated pallets are much more common.

Also check to see if the pallet was pressure-treated, if they were, they will have an odd green tint. Never use pressure treated wood indoors and use with discretion outdoors.

How to Build and Decorate with Pallets

The 3 Best Pallet Furniture Books

Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.


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  1. Often businesses will give old pallets away for free. You can often find wood pallets at warehouses and docks. Large grocery stores, furniture and appliance stores are also good places to ask.

    Wishing you luck in finding some!

  2. We work with developmentally challenged adults with many tallents and abilities. These ideas are are just the tip of the ideas which can be accomplished with a little assistance. Thanks you margaret ogilvie.

  3. Fantastic!!!

    I can’t believe I have procrastinated for over 10 years with some of the designs made with old pallets. Everyone thought I was a nut!!!!

    Congratulations for the recycle mode of ideas AND to the people who actually believed in themselves and acted on their ideas!!!!!


  4. Please note and inform people that some used pallets are chemichally treated and not safe (especially for a crib). Pallets marked with HT were oly heat treated and may be safer, as when pallets marked with MB were sprayed with Methyl Bromide, a toxic pesticide.

  5. I would love to build patio furniture using pallets. Where could I obtain directions in how to do so? What would be the best pallets to use?

  6. These are all brilliant, I recently made a bicycle rack out of a pallet, really simple idea to keep all your bikes tidy in the garage.

  7. Hi. This are great ideas. I will try to find some similar products here in Portugal. I will try to go to the two biggest Portuguese furniture companies: and

    In terms of pallets, i will try a wood manufacture in my home town.

  8. Hi, I get some of your astounding ideas to make from pallets. I’m craftsman too and make some furnitures with pallets.Visit my blog, please


  9. I am so glad to have found this site. I have fallen in love with pieces I have seen made from pallets but not a clue where to find any. Thanks for letting me become a part of your community!

  10. Passion for design furniture and decorative objects as well, rustic, recycled materials, with a touch of creativity, a little ingenuity, some art.

  11. There is nothing else like it. I walked into there gallery yesterday for the very 1st time. (I had been searching for over 4 months for the perfict dining pub table with a rustic look)

    What I left with is amazing. It is exactly what I had been searching for, but better then I could have ever expected!

    It is a very relaxing atmosphere. Zero sales pressure. The furniture and the items are stunningly beautiful works of art.

    The items sell them selves, with tasteful beauty, style, and prices.

    There is no other place like this. An amazing experience.

    I am looking forward to shopping there again.

    The quality the prices and the people A+++!

  12. I adore this site & all the finesse thst goes into upcycling pallets to beyond anything resembling their original purpose!! Bravo!


    PS: Not that I have a prob with showing somethings humble beginnings or original design but to ramp it up a couple of notches? Brilliant. (no pun intended, btw)

  13. Hello!
    I am using pallets in my garden every year. I turned hardwood pallet into a stunning vertical garden near to the house. It became a blooming balcony, where I can change flowers and experiment with colors ?
    Really recommend you to use different solutions with wood materials!

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