42 DIY Pallet Wood Projects From Furniture to Decor

bookshelf made from a wood pallet

The Spruce / Michelle Becker

Free for the taking and bursting with raw style, pallet wood has quickly become a favorite building material for savvy do-it-yourselfers. Pallet wood board is unique and there is rarely a need to distress this wood since most of it gains a natural, rich patina from exposure to the elements.

Without a doubt, you will absolutely relish making these DIY wood pallet plans. These indoor and outdoor projects are a fun and economical way to create a lively home and garden with a style that straddles edgy and traditional for truly a modern rustic look. Accessible to anyone with the motivation to source street-side pallet materials, most projects require only tools that you may already have on hand. With little more than a prybar, hammer and nails, cordless drill, and saw, you'll be able to construct most of these do-it-yourself pallet projects in a day or two.

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    Pallet Herb Garden Wall

    Pallet Herb Garden Wall
    Messy Art

    You'll break Instagram the minute you post this utterly charming pallet herb garden wall. Artist Zina and her husband mounted a full pallet on the backyard side of their house. Plastic potting trays fit neatly between the slots. The finishing touch: herb names painted on the garden wall in fancy script. 

    What makes this pallet project so great is that so little actual woodworking needs to be done. Once it is turned vertically, a wood pallet suddenly transforms into a wall planter. You just need to nail on a few boards to support the herb planters.

    Pallet Herb Garden from Messy Art


    Watch Now: How to Turn a Wood Pallet Into a Wall Planter

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    Wood Pallet Entryway Ceiling

    Entryway Pallet Ceiling
    Cape 27 Blog

    Self-described "interior design fanatic" Jessie at the home lifestyle blog Cape 27 spent next to nothing on a wood pallet living room wall, which left her extra materials. What to do? She continued the rustic look by tacking up the pallet boards to her exterior porch ceiling. This oh-so-simple project was as easy as taking down the light, power nailing a perimeter and field boards, and then replacing the light. 

    Exterior Entryway Pallet Ceiling from Cape 27 Blog

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    Wood Pallet Outdoor Table With Succulent Garden

    Pallet Outdoor Table
    Morning Chores

    Do you have an old, disused table? You'll have this upcycled pallet project done in a snap. Face-nail or screw pallet boards to the top of the table, clear coat them, and you're done. For a delightful extra touch, omit a center pallet board and replace with a low, 2-inch-high potting tray and fill with succulents.

    Outdoor Table from Morning Chores

    The oak and southern yellow pine wood used for pallets is extremely absorbent. So, you'll need to apply several clear coats before it begins to form a protective shell on top of the wood.

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    Wood Pallet Bed Headboard

    Pallet Bed Headboard

    Satisfy your inner rustic-chic soul with this inventive pallet bed headboard. Source two pallets, thoroughly pressure wash them, and let dry for several days before attaching to your bed frame. You can clear coat them with satin polyurethane or leave the wood unfinished for a mixture of the primitive and the sophisticated.

    Pallet Headboard from Stylizimo

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    Pallet Wood Wall Clock

    wood pallet wall clock project

    Thistlewood Farms

    Pallet wood adds character to this decorative wall clock made with working high torque clock hands that make it functional, too.

    How to Make a Pallet Wood Clock from Thistlewood Farms

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    Wood Pallet Radiator Cover

    Pallet Radiator Cover

    Radiators rank high on the list of unsightly home fixtures that cannot be removed. One way to hide your radiator is with possibly the least expensive radiator cover ever: a wood pallet. Simply knock off one side of boards with a hammer or pry bar. After cleaning it, you can place it in front of your radiator for instant coverage. For wide radiators, gently pry off the center stringer board.

    Pallet Radiator Cover from Lantliv

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    Wood Pallet Kitchen Backsplash

    Shipping Pallet Backsplash
    Circa Dee

    Want a real conversation piece in your kitchen? This do-it-yourself wood pallet backsplash fits the bill. Entrepreneur and antiques dealer Dana, of the design blog Circa Dee, wanted to spiff up her dated galley kitchen. A few pallets later, she had an inventive backsplash that got friends and family talking. She cut the boards into 18-inch sections and left the wood raw for maximum weathered effect. Alternatively, you may choose to seal the pallet boards for protection against moisture.

    Pallet Backsplash from Circa Dee

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    DIY Pallet Vertical Garden

    diy hanging vertical garden

    Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona

    This vertical kitchen garden hung from white painted boards is an easy $30 DIY that is perfect for those without enough outdoor space to plant a garden.

    Vertical Hanging Kitchen Garden from Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona

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    Wood Pallet Bookshelf

    Wood Pallet Bookshelf
    The House of Wood

    Give your treasured books, pictures, or other favored pieces a new home with this quick and easy bookshelf made from free wood pallet boards. Mom, musician, and military wife Jen Woodhouse banged together this utterly charming bookcase in no time at all with four pallets and some extra pallet parts. You'll have a blast doing the same with the help of Jen's detailed instructions that take you all the way through the project.

    Wood Pallet Bookshelf from The House of Wood

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    Wood Pallet Living Room Sectional

    Wood Pallet Sectional

    Ease back on this sectional sofa with a glass of wine, in the secure knowledge that you paid far less for this than if you had bought it at a furniture store. That's because a double layer of free wood pallets form the base, with your only expense being the tatami mats and pillows on top. As a bonus, the pallets provide two layers of storage for flat items like pictures, laptops, books, or anything else that fits.

    Wood Pallet Sectional from Homedit

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    Nearly Free: Wood Pallet Bed Frame

    Wood Pallet Bed Frame
    Wonder Forest

    They held up hundreds of pounds of tires; surely they can hold up a bed? Those were the thoughts of Dana Fox when she sourced free wood pallets at her local tire store. After removing a few pallet boards and screwing the remainder together at the center braces, she now had a practically-free bed frame that was ready for her full-sized mattress.

    Wood Pallet Bed Frame from Wonder Forest

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    Wood Pallet Compost Bin

    Wood Pallet Compost Bin

    The Real Farmhouse

    The compost bin that makes itself? Almost. Perfectly sized, wood pallets are practically made for compost bins. Compost bins always need a generous number of long slots to aerate the organic matter, so pallets form the perfect four walls of the bin. Besides the pallets, the only other material used: zip-ties. This is easy, fast, and you don't even need a farm to begin composting your kitchen matter.

    Wood Pallet Compost Bin from The Real Farmhouse

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    Pallet Board World Map

    diy wood pallet world map

    The Merrythought

    This decorative wall map was made from recycled pallet boards, tracing paper, and a black permanent marker to transfer the design. You can paint the continents in any color that you want, but keeping them neutral gives the map an abstract quality that's perfect for your home office or any other room.

    Pallet Board World Map from The Merrythought

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    Wood Pallet Potting Bench

    Wood Pallet Potting Bench
    A Piece of Rainbow

    Two wood pallets and one coat of robin's egg blue paint were all that was needed to make this lovely garden potting bench. Home and garden designer Ananda, over at the design blog A Piece of Rainbow, spent just one afternoon making this beautiful and functional potting bench for her garden.

    Wood Pallet Potting Bench from A Piece of Rainbow

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    Easy to Build: Wood Pallet Outside Chair

    Wood Pallet Outside Chair
    Funky Junk Interiors

    Virtually bursting with personality, this wood pallet exterior chair is a fantastically unique twist on outdoor furniture. Donna, at Funky Junk Interiors, calls this "the easiest build in the world." And yes, those are real coffee bean sacks as upholstery on top of 5-inch rubber foam mattress material which Donna ordered cut to size. Your local coffee roaster may have sacks available for purchase or for the taking, if you ask.

    Any patio chair that combines wood pallets and coffee sacks is sure to be a conversation piece at your next outdoor party.

    Wood Pallet Outside Chair from Funky Junk Interiors

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    DIY Pallet Outdoor Swing

    pallet wood outdoor swing

    The Merrythought

    Why settle for a hammock when you can DIY an outdoor swing made from pallet wood and hang it from your favorite backyard tree?

    DIY Pallet Swing from The Merrythought

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    Weathered, Distressed Wood Pallet Accent Wall

    Wood Pallet Accent Wall
    Diva of DIY

    Because of their rich, complicated texture, wood pallet boards might be overkill for covering every wall in your house. But for an accent wall? Absolutely. The nail holes, chipping paint, and variegated colors of these pallets make this accent wall a true focal point. Leanne Lee, of design blog Diva of DIY, says that the secret to varied colors is to wet the boards with bleach and water, leave them outside, then pull boards out of the sun in stages. Doing this in separate batches creates boards in a wide spectrum of colors.

    Wood Pallet Accent Wall from Diva of DIY

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    Wood Pallet "Wild Things" Beast Sign

    Wood Pallet Wild Things Sign

    Weekend Craft

    Scare them or kiss them: which is it? You'll never know with this Where the Wild Things Are themed do-it-yourself sign made from wood pallets. Maurice Sendak's classic story comes alive in vivid detail with this amusing project that anyone can make with just a few pallet boards, hammer, and nails. You don't have to be a graphic artist, since Weekend Craft creator Michelle includes a stencil with her instructions.

    Wood Pallet Wild Things Sign from Weekend Craft

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    Wood Pallet Triangle Reading Nook

    Wood Pallet Triangle Reading Nook
    Kojo Designs

    Your child will just adore wiling away the hours with books in this wood pallet triangle reading nook. Just a couple of pallets, a few scrap pallet pieces, and rolling casters are enough to get started on this cheerful addition to any nursery or child's bedroom. Because this is for a child, take special care with the pallet boards' surface condition. Fill in holes with wood filler, remove staples, and plane or sand away splinters and other sharp spots.

    Wood Pallet Child's Reading Nook from Kojo Designs

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    Wood Pallet Chevron Coffee Table

    Wood Pallet Chevron Style Coffee Table
    The Merry Thought

    Chevron pattern wood pallet boards inject lively visual interest in this DIY coffee table from crafters Caitlin and Manda at The Merry Thought. All pallet boards are glued and brad-nailed directly onto a plywood base for structural support. As with other pallet woodworking projects where the pallet wood acts as a table surface, make sure that the wood is cleared-coated several times to provide a protective, non-absorbent surface.

    Wood Pallet Coffee Table from The Merry Thought

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    Rustic, Low-Cost Wood Pallet Home Bar

    Wood Pallet Home Bar
    Infarrantly Creative

    When you have a large home bar to build and you're on a strict budget, should the default choice be ultra-expensive solid hardwood? Of course not. Do like Rebecca Farrant did when a friend asked her to build a home bar for almost no money. Rebecca used weathered pallet boards to instantly give it the look of a decades-old pub. It's the perfect type of bar for outdoors, on a patio, or around the pool.

    Wood Pallet Home Bar from Infarrantly Creative

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    Wood Pallet Board Rustic Table Centerpiece

    Wood Pallet Board Table Centerpiece
    Happy at Home

    Your table guests will be buzzing about this inventive and dead-simple rustic table centerpiece. To round off the shabby chic look, paint lightly with white, then scrape down with a putty knife. If you find the prospect of taking on wood pallet projects a bit intimidating, this is an easy way to get your feet wet. It's also a project that allows you to concentrate more on the decorative finish than on construction.

    DIY Rustic Wood Pallet Board Table Centerpiece from Happy at Home

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    Wood Pallet Mini Greenhouse Floor

    pallet wood flooring

    Lobster and Swan

    The floor of this mini greenhouse was built from broken down wood pallets, giving it a rustic look that's perfect for its English country garden setting.

    Wood Pallet Mini Greenhouse Floor from Lobster and Swan

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    Wood Pallet Coffee Mug Holder

    Wood Pallet Coffee Mug Holder
    One Little Bird Blog

    Develop your beginner pallet woodworking skills with this one-day DIY project. Start with your cleanest wood pallet, cut it to a smaller size, then add metal hooks. The "Coffee" logo was made using a stencil, paint, and a paint sponge.

    Simple Wood Pallet Coffee Mug Holder from One Little Bird Blog

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    Wood Pallet Garden Tools Rack

    Wood Pallet Garden Tools Rack
    Fix Lovely

    Do you find that your long-handled garden tools like shovels, rakes, and hoes are always falling down? This instant hack is the ultimate lightning-quick do-it-yourself project. Since wood pallets don't always come in mint condition, this is a great way to use up one of your dirtier wood pallets. Attach the back side of the pallet to your shed wall with four screws and that's it, you're done. With this kind of do-it-yourself pallet project, organization feels great because it's so easy to set-up.

    Wood Pallet Garden Tools Rack from Fix Lovely

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    Wood Pallet Fireplace Surround

    Pallet Fireplace Surround
    Addison Meadows Lane

    Warm, cozy, and definitely one of a kind, this wood pallet fireplace surround is a weekend project that lets you exercise your creative skills. Stacey, over at the design blog Addison Meadows Lane, gives you detailed instructions, down to the very last screw and nail. Follow her instructions or adapt it to make it all your own. 

    Pallet Fireplace Surround from Addison Meadows Lane

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    Wood Pallet Porch Swing

    Wood Pallet Porch Swing
    Twelve Oaks Manor

    Hang this wood pallet swing from a porch ceiling, a stand, or the limb of a backyard tree. Whatever your heart desires, this pallet woodworking project is as cheap as the cost of​ a heavy-duty chain, cushions, and some paint or wood stain. Wood pallets are fairly heavy, so make sure that the attachment point can support the weight.

    Wood Pallet Porch Swing from Twelve Oaks Manor

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    Wood Pallet Bar Cart

    DIY Pallet Wood Bar Cart
    My Pinteresting Life

    Not all wood pallet creations must have the weathered look. You can purchase new pallets or, like Holly at the blog My Pinteresting Life, you can search long and hard for that elusive find: clean, new pallet wood. She found these at her local post office and turned them into a charming bar cart.

    Pallet Wood DIY Bar Cart from My Pinteresting Life

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    Wood Pallet Room Divider

    Wood Pallet Room Divider
    My Friend Staci

    Do you need a little privacy? After making this super-simple wood pallet room divider, you'll wonder why you didn't do this sooner. Just four pallets form this self-supporting divider. Tons of space on the divider give you ample room for screwing in binder clips to display favorite family and vacation photos, as well as curios, postcards, and theater tickets. 

    Wood Pallet Room Divider from My Friend Staci

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    Wood Pallet Outdoor Double Lounge Chair

    Wood Pallet Outdoor Double Lounge Chair
    Freckles and Fluff

    Fair weather was made for chilling out with a friend in your do-it-yourself double wood pallet lounge chair with matching cocktail table on rolling casters. Liberally coat this pallet chair with your favorite exterior latex paint both for color and for protection against the elements.

    Wood Pallet Double Lounge Chair from Freckles and Fluff

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    Wood Pallet Coffee Table

    diy wood pallet coffee table

    Liz Marie Blog

    This inexpensive DIY coffee table was made from dry-brushed palette wood sealed with wax and augmented with wheels to make it portable and practical while adding industrial farmhouse vibes to this bright living room.

    DIY Pallet Coffee Table from Liz Marie Blog

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    Pallet Wood Dining Table

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Hairpin legs give this DIY wood pallet tabletop a modern rustic vibe.

    Wood Pallet Table DIY from A Beautiful Mess

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    Wood Pallet Desk

    pallet wood desk projects

    Thistlewood Farms

    Upcycled pallet wood and the legs of an old table came together to make this DIY modern farmhouse style pallet desk.

    Pallet Desk from Thistlewood Farms

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    DIY Pallet Couch

    diy pallet wood couch

    The Merrythought

    This DIY pallet couch has a wood pallet base that is topped with no-sew cushions that makes outdoor lounging on the back patio more comfortable and fun.

    DIY Pallet Couch from The Merrythought

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    DIY Pallet Headboard

    diy pallet headboard

    Liz Marie Blog

    This DIY headboard made from stained pallet wood boards topped with a piece of recycled molding adds warmth to a modern farmhouse bedroom.

    DIY Pallet Headboard from Liz Marie Blog

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    DIY Advent Tree

    pallet wood projects

    A Beautiful Mess

    Pallet wood can be used to make simple and affordable Christmas decor that the kids will love, like this DIY advent tree strung with small presents.

    DIY Advent Tree from A Beautiful Mess

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    Wood Pallet American Flag

    pallet wood decor projects

    Liz Marie Blog

    Fans of Americana can make this DIY Wood Pallet American flag painted in red, white, and blue with stamped-on stars.

    DIY Wood Pallet American Flag from Liz Marie Blog

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    DIY Pallet Message Board

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    Liz Marie Blog

    This simple message board uses raw and painted weathered pallet wood that is mounted with hooks to create an organization hub with a modern farmhouse vibe.

    DIY Rustic Magnetic Message Board from Liz Marie Blog

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    DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Trees

    wood pallet christmas tree

    Thistlewood Farms

    These DIY Christmas trees are made from recycled wood pallets and plywood, then sanded and finished with wax or polyurethane.

    Wooden Christmas Tree Made From Pallet Wood from Thistlewood Farms

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    DIY Photo Backdrop

    diy pallet wood projects

    A Beautiful Mess

    This DIY wood photo backdrop was made from pallet wood that was painted and distressed by hand, perfect for bloggers or those who need to take appealing photos of their creations or wares to sell online.

    Make a Distressed Wood Photo Backdrop from A Beautiful Mess

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    Fold-Up Pallet Desk

    pallet wood wall desk project

    Thistlewood Farms

    This wall-mounted, fold-up desk is an afternoon DIY project made from upcycled pallets, plywood, and piano hinges.

    Fold-Up Pallet Desk from Thistlewood Farms

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    Wood Pallet Popcorn Stand

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    Liz Marie Blog

    This DIY popcorn stand uses pallet wood and spray-painted cardboard letters to create a festive backyard snack station that would liven up any backyard bash.

    DIY Popcorn Stand from Liz Marie Blog

What can I make out of pallet wood? 

You can use pallet wood to make furniture such as coffee tables, bed frames, or desks. Or you can use it to create wood pallet decor such as wall maps, decorative clocks, or seasonal decorations like advent calendars and mini trees to decorate your shelves.

What is the problem with wooden pallets?

If you are using a free wooden pallet picked up from the side of the road or the outside of a dumpster, you’ll want to do your best to ensure that the wood is clean, free of oil-based or other stains, and has not been treated with harmful chemicals. 

Look for an International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) stamp on the surface of the pallet, which is required on those coming from outside the U.S. Look for pallets stamped HT (heat-treated using steam or dry kiln heat) or DH (dielectric heated using microwaves or radio frequencies). Avoid using pallets that are marked with MB (Methyl Bromide) or SF (Sulfuryl Fluoride), both of which leave behind chemicals you don't want int your furniture.

When you get a new pallet, check for any nails or strews jutting out or particularly sharp edges that could cause you harm. Sand any newly acquired pallets to minimize the chance of splinters.

What do you seal wood pallets with?

Wood pallets can be painted or stained with a water- or oil-based stain as desired, and then sealed with wax or a clear coat of lacquer or varnish. Some people choose to keep wood pallets unsealed for a raw and rustic look on indoor furniture or decor, but sealing wood pallets will make them water-resistant, particularly for outdoor use.