What happens if for some reason you find yourself with a pile of wooden pallets? Perhaps you’ve had a delivery and they were left behind, perhaps you saw them in a friend’s garden and felt compelled to take them home. For the creative and the resourceful these functional wooden pallets can be transformed into a whole host of great looking garden furniture.
1. The Basic Pallet Table
With remarkably little effort, your wood pallet can become a garden table. You can stack them up on top of one another to make a high table, put them on legs or just have one low pallet as a coffee table. Then keep the wooden rustic look or paint them in whatever colour you fancy.
2. Pallet Wine Bar
This fantastic idea is ridiculously easy. Although there are a number of different variations that you can create, you can build a very simple design if need be! At a minimum, you will need 2 pallets, and a choice of paint possibly! Pallet Wine Bar, done. Perfect for your next summer barbecue.
3. A Little Bit More Of A Garden Sofa
With a little bit of carpentry, you can add a back to your garden pallet sofa. Stack up your pallets as before and then stand another lengthways on its edge to act as the back of the sofa and fix it on. If you cut the back pallet to the size you can also fit it at a sloping angle for a more laid back approach.
4. Round Your Table Off
Draw a large circle on your pallet and then cut it to shape to create a round table. Again, you can fit the pallet on to legs, stack it up on another or have a low table and decorate it as you choose.
5. Relax In Style On Your Pallet
What about a pallet sun lounger? Pallet beds are easy and you can enjoy a single or a double depending on how many pallets you have to spare.
6. Frame It
Cut down your pallets and use the wooden slats to form a picture frame for your garden. Hang an external mirror or perhaps just frame a particular feature in your garden like a plant growing in a wall.
7. Turn Them Into Planters
Again with some basic DIY skills, you can cut your pallets down to size and using any spare slats as a base, cut the parts into long rectangular shapes to form a planter. You could even use them as a rustic window box.
8. Using Them As Steps
You could just stack the pallets on top of one another, cutting them to size to form steps or you could be more technical in how you create your pallet steps but one thing is for sure, rustic wooden steps will make a great feature for your garden. Place different pots on them or cushions to turn them into quirky seats, or you could actually use them as steps.
9. Wooden Pallet Drinks Rack
When entertaining your guests, why not make a drinks rack/shelf out of your unused wooden pallets?! Perfect for holding bottles of wine, (or whatever your choice of tipple is!) as well as glasses and corkscrews!
10. Use Your Pallets As Shelving
If you take your pallets apart the wooden slats can be put to all sorts of uses. Start simple by making wooden garden shelves with them. You could do this in your shed for storage or attach to a garden wall for decoration.
11. Turn Them Into Screening
If you have an unsightly area in your garden, perhaps your compost heap or lawn cuttings, why not turn your pallets into a natural garden screen by standing them up on end. Again, you could leave them natural, paint them green or any colour and you could also hang planters from them for even more appeal.
12. Swinging Into Action With Your Garden Pallets
Cut your pallet in half (lengthways) and sand it off. Then attach rope or a chain and you have a ready-made garden swing.
13. Some Impromptu Decking
How many pallets have you got? Enough to lay them out and form some quick and easy decking in your garden?
14. Fencing In
In need of a little fencing or a nice fenced border to an area of your garden? Cut your pallets to shape and hey presto, you have a fence.
15. Your Own Piece Of Art
Hang your pallet on a wall and paint it. You could do Picasso, abstract or just write your garden rules on each different slat. It’s all about making your pallet your own unique bit of garden art.
There are an estimated 2 billion pallets in use and many, many more lying around unloved. They are a simple, easy but fun way to make your garden unique and create some fantastic garden furniture and ideas. Please share your creations with us via our social media sites, or alternatively leave a comment below, and inspire us to get creative with all those forgotten pallets.