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The Pallet Furniture Frenzy (Or Not)

Most people think of pallets only for shipping, but there are a few creative souls who also consider the lowly pallet’s potential for sitting, dining, and sleeping. That’s where furniture made from scrapped pallets is born. With pallet furniture, it’s not just about repurposing the wood. It’s about creating useful, sometimes even attractive, furniture that retains the look of the pallet.

On a similar note, two students attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC came up with the idea of building furniture that resembled shipping crates. Their company, This End Up Furniture, was an immediate success in North Carolina and surrounding states. Unlike pallet furniture, though, these boys didn’t start with old shipping crates.

Pallet furniture is for Do-It-Yourselfers. Pallets are generally inexpensive and often free so it’s hard to beat material costs. And even if you don’t have a designer bone in your body, many community colleges are now offering courses in how to build pallet furniture. Edgecombe Community College, in Tarboro, NC recently started its “DIY Wooden Pallet Furniture” class.

Course Description: “Students reuse wooden pallets to create unique furniture and even holiday decorations, such as large stars to hang or place on a mantel. The college provides the pallets, and you provide the imagination.” The course runs six weeks and costs $60.

If you’re not interested in classes, how about a book? Danny Darke’s, Wood Pallet Workshop – 20 DIY Projects that Turn Forgotten Wood into Stylish Home Furnishings, offers interesting designs and tips on working with pallets, and Danny even begins with a section on different styles of pallets, where to find them, and some safety considerations. The rest of the book is broken down into three sections – Furniture, Home, and Decor. His book is available at many Sam’s Clubs and on Amazon. The Kindle edition sells for $10.97.

And, if you’re looking for FREE guidance, a Google search for “Pallet Projects” will give you just a little over a million sites. Absolutely no imagination or creativity required.