Re-purposing is all the rage, and making home accessories from discarded warehouse pallet racking is especially an upward trend. If you’ve been hesitant to make use of this inexpensive and highly versatile, here are some home decor ideas that may change your mind. Best of all, you don’t have to go dumpster diving for old racking if you don’t want to; wholesale suppliers like Simply Rack have all the brand new and used racks in great condition you can possibly ever need.
This isn’t your basic crate sofa or a table made with stacked pallets and cinder blocks. Some of the cabinetry is surprisingly sophisticated and very sturdy. Designs range from mirrored vanities to large, elaborate, wall-mounted home theater consoles. They can be painted and finished any way you want to match any decor. The only extras you’ll need to buy are hardware any any paint supplies you don;t already have around the house.
Wine Rack Accent Table
This is another deconstruction that you would never know was once a wooden warehouse pallet. Unlike the typical wall-mounted wine racks that seem to be just basic wood pallet sections with shelving for the bottles, this cabinet has a sturdy, stick surface, a front storage drawer, and crown molding trim around the table top and base, which is a pedestal style.
Selecting Wooden Pallets for DIY Projects
Pallets may look the same on the surface, but they’re very different in construction. There are two- or four-way entry models, and several different types, including:
- Close or open boarded, no base
- Wing type
- Perimeter trim
You should look for a pallet that’s in good condition, with no visible stains or blemishes. Because used pallets are usually from an undetermined source, you never know if they’ve been exposed to chemicals. If you take used ones that you’ve found, look for stamps or trademarks. An unmarked pallet is likely from untreated wood that was used for domestic shipping, so likely clean. Otherwise, buy one from a new or used pallet supply wholesaler.
Pallet wood is strong and made to hold up under extreme weight. Best of all, you don’t have to be an expert carpenter or even particularly handy to make amazing wood pallet accessories for inside or outside of your home. All it takes is some paint, sandpaper and basic hand tools to get started, You can even find ideas and step-by-step guides all over the internet.