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Five Ways to Recycle Pallets for DIY Home Projects

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05.09.12

Pallets are a home-style trend that just won’t quit. That’s because with a few nails and a little imagination, these blank canvases can be turned into beautiful wall art, bookshelves and even bed frames! The wooden crates (used to support goods while being moved by a forklift) are versatile, cheap and easy to find! To find free pallets, call your local garden supply store or any shop that carries large equipment. Be creative – one user found pallet gold at the Harley Davidson shop!

Photo: Pamela Joyce Designs

But, before you fall in love, be aware that there are some serious health and safety hazards associated with using pallets in the home. Here are a few posts that discuss the dangers and how to mitigate them if you’re determined to make the most of this pallet trend.

 - Upcycled Wooden Pallets: Green Resource or Toxic Trend?

-  Are Reclaimed Pallets Safe for Raised Bed Gardens?

-  The Scoop on Safe Shipping Pallets

Some pretty pallet options:

1. Wall Art. If you can’t find or don’t want to shell out the dough for a large art piece, repurpose an old pallet! You can control your colors, words and patterns.

2. Hanging Garden. If you’re short on space, grow flowers on a repurposed pallet. All you need is an old pallet, screws, clamps and pots. Visit Kelly Moore Bag for a step-by-step. Note: The safest use for pallets is outdoors as a compost bin, a non-food garden or a bike rack.

3. Animal Bed. Instead of your pet snoozing on a large, unsightly pillow streamline their bed into your décor with pallets. Tip: Sand down the sharp edges.

4. Bookshelves. For every pallet you salvage you can make at least two bookshelves! Display photographs, art pieces and book covers. Visit S.A.S. Interiors for a step-by-step.

5. Furniture. From a shabby chic headboard to a modern coffee table, pallets are popping up all over the interior design-o-sphere.

Photo: Bridgman

Check out these sites for more pallet projects:

House Tweaking

- Home Stories Atoz

- Remodelista

Dishfunctional Design

JoyEverAfter

-ReadyMade

Recyclart

CuatroDerecha

KojoDesigns

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