ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Personal Finance»
  • Frugal Living

Wooden Pallet Furniture Ideas

Updated on October 2, 2013

A Special Thank You

I need to send a thank you note to the companies that make wooden pallets. What a wonderful service they provide for all of us who are interested in saving money and recycling.

I also need to give a shout out to all of the local businesses in my area that graciously give me their used pallets for free. It really is a win-win situation because they do not have those pallets taking up space on their property and I don’t have to spend a penny of my precious money on building materials.

If you are into frugal living like I am, then you are always looking for ways to recycle old materials and put them to use in your world. If you have not discovered the joys of wooden pallets then you really are missing out on something special.

For a diligent and determined do-it-yourselfer, pallets are available by the thousands in practically every city and town in America. Pallets are a staple in the shipping industry. They are made of hard-wood and thus are capable of supporting a large amount of weight. They are easily dismantled, thus giving you an unlimited number of building options.

Whenever I talk about building things with pallets, I make sure I first mention that I am not a carpenter. I have practically zero carpentry skills. I do, however, have a strong desire to save money, so what I am lacking in hammer and saw skills I more than make up for in determination and a willingness to learn.

Do you know what I really love about building with pallets? They don’t cost me a penny, so if I goof up and make a mistake, I just shrug my shoulders and say “oh well” and then grab another pallet and try again….and, when I make a mistake and can’t use a pallet, I can cut it up for burning in our wood stove. Talk about a hot idea! LOL

So let’s toss out a few ideas for you and hopefully you will see something that will work for you in your home.

Free for the taking
Free for the taking | Source
Kitchen island/table
Kitchen island/table | Source

Kitchen Island

Call it a kitchen island or call it a kitchen table. Whatever you call it, this very simple piece of furniture will seat four and provide you countless hours of entertainment and practicality in the kitchen.

Items needed:

· Four pallets measuring 40”x48”

· Screws

· Sandpaper or electrical sander

· Paint, varnish or finish

How to make it:

· Sand down four pallets and paint or varnish

· Take a look at the picture to the right. Do you even need me to tell you how to make this?

· Lay three pallets down on their sides with a 24” space in-between each

· Lay a pallet on top of the three and screw the top pallet onto the three pallets that comprise the legs and sides of the table.

And you are done! If you do not want a pallet for the tabletop, then go to Home Depot and find a nice piece of specialty wood and cut to size.

Great ideas

Pallet bed
Pallet bed | Source

Pallet Futon Bed

The pallets are free. The futon mattress can be found on Craigslist at a relatively low price.

Items needed:

· Two or four pallets 40”x48” in size

· Screws

· Sandpaper and paint

· Futon mattress

What size do you want your futon bed? If you are making one for a child then you will only need two pallets, one on top of the other. If for an adult, you will need four pallets.

How to make it:

· For a child’s bed, screw one pallet on top of the other and add mattress

· For an adult’s bed, lay two pallets, one top of the other, next to two more pallets, one on top of the other, and screw the two stacks together to make a bed 48”x80”

· Add mattress and paint if you so desire.

What is nice about this piece of furniture is that you have shelves that are created by the pallets laying on top of each other, so you have just created extra storage space.

Pallet wall center
Pallet wall center | Source

Pallet Art Center and Knick Knack Wall

If you are into rustic then don’t paint the pallet. Otherwise, paint it a complimentary color to match the room in which it will hang.

Items needed:

· One pallet

· Screws

How to make it:

· Locate the studs in your wall using a stud finder

· Screw the pallet onto the wall, backside facing out.

· Set pictures and other mementos or knick knacks in the openings of the pallet.

Kitchen pallet wall center
Kitchen pallet wall center | Source

Pallet Cooking Center and Potholder

Don’t have enough storage space in your kitchen for all of your pots and pans? No problem! This simple solution is a space saver that anyone with a screwdriver can make.

Items needed:

· One pallet

· Screws

· Hook screws

How to make it:

· Locate the studs in the wall and screw the pallet to the wall.

· Attach hook screws to the pallet

· Hang your pots and pans on the hook screws.

Everything you need to prepare a meal is now neatly hanging from the wall for easy access.

What do you think? Would you try any of these ideas?

See results

So Many Ideas and so Little Time

Do you know why so many people never consider building with pallets? Simply because they never thought of doing so.

Pallets are practical! Pallets are inexpensive and oftentimes free. Pallets can be left unpainted for a rustic look or pallets can be painted to match any décor. They are strong, they are long-lasting and they are just funky enough to be a nice conversation piece.

And did I mention they are oftentimes free?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cabmgmnt, thank you....it's amazing what they can do with pallets. If I had more room I'd be much more active with them.

    • cabmgmnt profile image

      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Awesome ideas here, I have actually seen pictures of a home built from pallets and support the re-purposing movement whole heartedly.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dwachira, I love hearing that....have fun and I hope you end up with some great craft creations. Thank you!

    • dwachira profile image

      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Bill,

      What beautiful ideas of working with pallets, am wiser from this article of how i can make life better with pallets at minimal costs. Already am developing some weekend crafty ideas. Voted up, useful and shared.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      chrissie, I hope you do. With a coat of paint they end up looking like something you would buy in a store. Good luck and thanks for the visit.

    • chrissieklinger profile image

      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cool ideas! I saw something online to make an outdoor seating lounge sofa out of pallets and my hubby is bringing me some from work, so maybe I will make some of these as well!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pink, most businesses have them in the back of the building. You just have to find one that wants to give them away. Thanks for the visit.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you have to have an end to the snow first. LOL Good luck with that compost bin...very easy to make.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I love that your school district gives them away. Someone could be making some decent money by making chairs and selling them. I know I would if I had the time. Thanks my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I love that you thought about me when you saw those pallets. That brought a smile to my face. Thank you my loyal friend.

    • Pinkchic18 profile image

      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Neat ideas! Now I just need to figure out where someone like me would get some pallets!

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Cool ideas. I still want to make the pallet frame for my compost. Maybe this spring. Have to get my hands on some pallets.

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Recycling, creativity, and great furniture all rolled up in one! What more could a person ask for? Bill you really know how to wield a pallet. I can see it now, hundreds of people running out and seeking pallets.

      Our local school district places pallets near the road for people to take for free, its like a never ending source of materials. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned, and shared.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I love these ideas and thought about you the other day. We were taking our recycling to the drop off station and someone had dumped a few stacks of pallets. I wanted to take some, but was not sure if I could. I could see that wall rack in my quilt room as a supply holder. Shared!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Augsfanani, the best part about it is the fact that it is free and so very easy to do. I hope you get a chance to try some of these. Thank you!

    • agusfanani profile image

      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Those are great ideas in making good use of wooden pallets and change them into artistic creations. It begins from very applicable ideas and gives amazing results .

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rod, I'm not sure about the pallet houses for the reason you mentioned, but we are building a chicken coop from pallets and it is quite solid. Good luck with those projects and thanks again for the visit.

    • Rod Rainey profile image

      RodneyBlaec Rainey 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I've been wanting to experiment with alternative building methods for some time now. I built a small waddle long house in my backyard this past summer. I've also been accumulating old tires from tire shops and from when people dump them on the side of the road and plan to one day build an earthship.

      I've also been collecting pallets for fences or whatever, so far we've only built two crude compost bins with em. I've seen plans for pallet houses online, but they seem rickety. Thanks for the cool ideas, Great hub!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Dianna! I'll be building this weekend. :)

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think the futon bed is such a great way to recyle pallets and yet it makes a great, firm piece of furniture. Very creative and resourceful.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie my friend, you are very welcome. Thank you as always for stopping by.

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Loving all this pallet furniture and décor :) Thank you for sharing!!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks DJ! I'm all about practical and saving money my friend.

    • profile image

      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, these are great ideas! You creativity flows over into your frugal,

      imaginative pallet furniture. The pictures brought your pieces to life

      with practical uses.

      Great Hub!!

      DJ.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, they do, don't they? Some funky antique store where people pay thousands for the funk! LOL wish I had a shop.

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      No, they don't look like pallets. They look all rustic and interesting and would probably carry a hefty price tag if bought of a designer as recycled trendy furniture!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Michelle! You can't beat the price.

    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Neat ideas, and recycling = creativity! Well done!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, a pallet and some screws and you are home free. :) Thank you my friend.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Another great hub. I like the kitchen rack, clever ideas, now to find some...

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Karen! The best thing about all of them is that they are free and easy! :)

    • Karen Hellier profile image

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Really great ideas here. Not only the furniture, but a great idea for a hub. I love the photograph center, and the bed and kitchen table are great too. As always, another wonderful, interesting and informative hub Bill. With great pictures to go with it.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Moonmaiden, best of luck to you. We have so many up here we don't know what to do with them, and I never pay for them. Weird that California is different. How about wineries? Home Depot? Do you know any business owners? I have never faced that problem so I don't know what to tell you, but thank you for reading.

    • Moonmaiden profile image

      Fayme Zelena Harper 4 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      I got really excited about making things out of pallets about a month ago. But so far every place we have asked wants $3 each for them. We did find one abandoned in a field so we are going to use it to make raised garden beds. We need a futon, so I'll use your idea for that I hope. If anyone reading this has free pallets in the Apple Valley, CA, drop me a note please.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      seanorjohn, interesting that pallets are hard to find in England. Good luck with your search and thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna! With a coat of paint they don't even look like pallets now do they?

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      quicksand, it you have a spare hour and two pallets you can do these. I have faith in you. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Martin, and thank you.

    • seanorjohn profile image

      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      Great use of pallets. Particularly like the kitchen table. Getting hold of free pallets is tricky in England. But I will try to hunt them down.

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I can't believe how good the stuff looked, especially the kitchen island! Great hub.

    • quicksand profile image

      quicksand 4 years ago

      Brilliant ideas. I wish I had the patience to do all these. I already have a good set of tools! :)

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Very clever. Thank you for this.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honesty, we are lucky for sure. We have many projects planned this summer and it will cost nothing more than the cost of the screws. Thanks for the visit.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I love it, and we are making a couple of them this summer. Thanks for the visit.

    • ytsenoh profile image

      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Very interesting! I'm all for recycling most anything. You're very lucky to get the pallets for free! Love the kitchen island idea! Good ideas here, thank you.

    • johnr54 profile image

      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Texas

      My late father- in- law made all 8 of his children adirondack chairs from wooden pallets!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you are very welcome. I love that you are willing to give it a try. I hope it turns out looking great.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kthix, don't you hate having restrictions like that? LOL Thank you my friend and good luck.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix, that is music to my ears. I love that you are willing to give it a go. I love the DVD holder and drying rack idea. You go, girl! :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prasetio, you are very welcome and thank you my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, I will never tell you something is easy if it isn't, but these things are all very simple. When are you going to on your 16-month trip?

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, thanks! No, I haven't found the time yet to make anything this year. Our chicken coop will be made of pallets and an old truck canopy. :) We will start on that in a week or so, and I'll also make a potting table similar to the kitchen island in this hub....I should have that built in a couple weeks.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I understand about the hours in a day. I have a backlog of ideas and projects and just not enough time....oh well, I'll never want for things to do. :) Thank you my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bac2basics, we have a fence right now made of pallets and 4x4's that has stood for at least six years now. If we have to replace it eventually the cost will be zero. How can you beat a deal like that? You are right about prying the planks off of a pallet. Major chore and I prefer not to do it if at all possible.

      Thank you for a great comment and good luck with your projects.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These are great, I really love the island! Any of these could be spray painted or preserved outside. I would like the wall shelf for example it it were white. Not a snow white either, just sort of a white was look and think I could do it. Thanks for these great ideas! ^

    • kthix10 profile image

      kthix10 4 years ago from IL

      Awesome ideas! Can't wait to get my power tools out this summer, because like you I am not allowed to build in my living room.

    • poetvix profile image

      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This is too cool. I have been exploring a low cost, DIY, kitchen island for some time. Honestly, the low cost I want to be no cost. I think this is just the ticket. Better still, I'm going to cheat and put rolling casters on the bottom so I can move it around at will. You have inspired me. I think I'm going to fashion a DVD holder and mega monster spice drying rack too. Thank you!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and very creative. I found wonderful tips here in using wooden pallets into beautiful furniture. Thanks for writing and I love the pictures as well. Good job, uncle. Voted up!

      Prasetio

    • profile image

      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Thanks, Bill! I will look around for some. I LOVE the futon bed and am so happy to hear it's easy to make. A carpenter, I am not! The kitchen island is another that I just love and yes, I did need your instructions LOL.

    • Sheri Faye profile image

      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Cool ideas Bill. Are these pics in your house?

    • profile image

      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Love this one Bill. If only there were more hours in a day . . . There are lots of farms in this area, and lots of pallets. It is amazing what you can make from them. Good for you, reminding us of this frugal and lovely way to be creative!

    • bac2basics profile image

      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Bill.

      Thumbs up for this one. Pallets also make really good fencing, sturdy and virtually rot free, I have also had one as a garden gate and want to make use of one as a rustic coffee table for my veranda. They can also be used as decking, but you need to either take off the planks and put them closer together so you don´t have gaps between them, or buy some cheap lattes of wood to go in between the planks. The only problem I have had with dismantling pallets is the amount of effort it takes to get the nails out of the planks, they are often buried deep and it´s impossible to get a claw hammer to reach the nail heads, maybe it would be easier to just saw through all the nails with a circular saw. Great hub bill and original ideas for free - 2 for the price of 1 :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks! The best part is the price for sure. :) I hope you had a great weekend my friend.

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very creative Bill. I'm willing to bet that you are much handier than you think. These are great ideas and they cost zip, which is great. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, you just mentioned the easiest of them all to make. Two pallets screwed on top of one another. I'm willing to guess just about anyone could do that. :) Thank you my friend and enjoy your week.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you can be proud of these, too, and never have to go to the thrift store to get them. :) Thanks buddy!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, I only use pallets that are locally made. I get them from a friend who has a business so I know they are safe. I have heard about the toxic materials and that's why I'm careful where I get them.

      Thanks for mentioning that.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great job Mary! I have seen fences made and they are perfect for that....love the idea of keeping container plants on them. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb I swear I would make this stuff and sell it but I don't know where the time would come. Maybe this summer I'll play around with it and see if I can sell a couple in the neighborhood.

      Thank you my friend and have a great week.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, good idea about the storage area. I can see it in my head and I'm sure it would be easy to make. Good luck with it and if you do make it please let me know how it turned out.

      Thank you my dear.

      love and blessings,

      bill

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristin, if you have an electric screwdriver you can make that kitchen island in an hour....no kidding. Give it a coat of paint and it looks fantastic.

      Thanks again for the visit.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I hope you get that home some day soon. As for the weekend, we had a great weekend. We just got back from a movie, and yesterday we did a ton of work in the garden. Life is good my friend.

      Thank you and I hope the upcoming week is a good one for you.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kawi, thank you for the heads up on termites. I only get pallets made in this area so I'm not too concerned about that, but it's a great thing to know. I have seen fences made of pallets and they are very easy to make.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Janine, and thank you for taking time from your busy weekend to leave a comment. I'm glad you liked these ideas. Get that husband of yours busy on one of them.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, you are so clever! who would have thought pallets could make all these great things? I love the pallet futon bed, I really want one now! votes up all the way, and shared, nell

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      These are great ideas and they are all rustic and beautiful in their own right! And here, I was proud of my thrift store and Salvation Army finds! Too cool, my friend!

    • profile image

      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      I just love the kitchen island and the futon! What am I saying? I'd fill the house with things like this! One question though. As I was happily looking for pallets one day, someone told me they were mostly permeated with pesticides and heavy toxic materials. Where do you find the good ones that are safe to use?

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I'm like you, Bill. Whenever I see a pallet to be discarded, I grab it. I had a friend who made an entire fence with these things. I use them in my yard to place my container plants on. I put a remnant of indoor-outdoor carpet on top and they make a nice platform.

      Great ideas. Voted UP, and shared.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are all fabulous, Billy. You have some great thoughts and can really do a lot with these. You could sell your material on consignment at a local store, and make a few bucks, to boot.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great pallet ideas here, Bill! I could see where I could come up with something in my room at my house I have for when my grandchildren come up. I can see storage for toys, or on the wall for displaying their favorite teddy bears, books, etc. or even seat benches with cushions and the like. Very eco-friendly!!!

      May have to give this a shot, and let you know how it turned out!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

    • Kristinmcr profile image

      Kristinmcr 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love, love, LOVE the kitchen island! What great ideas. We have access to pallets and use them as firewood. I think maybe I will save one or two and give one of these a shot.

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image

      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love the racks! I would have never thought to use one as a shelf.

      I hope that in the future I will have a home that would allow me to play around with pallets. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing this with us!

      I hope you are having an enjoyable and productive weekend with Bev. Have a good one!

    • KawikaChann profile image

      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nice job billybuc, we really need to do a better job at leaving a smaller footprint on this planet - re-using pallets and burning the excess is a great way - watch out for pallets that are sometimes treated for termites (often found in warmer climates if items are shipped to businesses). I know a couple of buddies that have made fences out of pallets, the odd but uniform sizes add a different flavor to the mix. Upvoted/useful/following. Peace. Kawi.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I absolutely love when you show how to use wooden pallets to make ordinary household items with. Seriously, my favorite here is the island and never would have even thought of that. Great job Bill and have voted up and shared, too!! :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I love your attitude. As I have often said, if I can build one of these then anyone can, and that's the truth. I hope they look great in your backyard. Spring is right around the corner my friend. :) Thank you!

    • grandmapearl profile image

      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Well, dear Billy, do I even need to tell you how much I love these ideas?! That table/island has my name written all over it. And you know what, it won't be going into my kitchen, but it will be headed for my backyard as a great place to pot plants! Let me see, I'll need one for my lettuce table and one for my 'just hanging out in the backyard with my laptop and cool beverage' table, and then I'll need one for...

      Voted Way Up+ You've done it again, my friend!

      Pearl

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzy, I am always wondering why more people have not discovered the pallet. It is just so practical, and anytime I can reuse something it is definitely a win-win situation. Thank you my friend and have a great day in Ontario. :)

    • suzzycue profile image

      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Billybuc you are passionate about the pallet. Reusing wood is always a win win for saving money but you have found a way to do it with comfort and style. Well done on the up-cycle of pallets for comfort in the home.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie my dear, you are one who could do these with ease. You are as creative as you are lovely, and I can see some of these ideas in your garden area. Hell, I can see you selling these across Europe. You could have your own "Pallet Furniture Store."

      Thank you as always my friend and I hope you are having a great Sunday!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, I have no doubt you can find enough pallets to hold those engines and parts and still make some odds and ends for Suzie! There is enough to go around my friend.

      As for my MOJO, you have to remember that I am a great deal older than you, and I'm running out of time to accomplish everything I want to accomplish. The clock is ticking for this boy. :)

      Thanks my friend!

    • Suzie HQ profile image

      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      A man after my own heart, love all these creative uses you are bringing us with pallets!! Talk about making a home and kiting it out with the furniture too - So inventive and doable! Really makes you stop and think and put a few things in perspective. I adore these ideas and definitely keen to give them a whirl. Thanks Bill for showing us just how easy it is and a win win all around.

      Voted up, beyond and shared with everybody!!

    • profile image

      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Apart from you being damn hard to keep up with I could use your MOJO for some of my cars and bikes. None of them, even with my best effort tuning and tinkering run as smooth or as regular as you.

      Now to this hub and the obvious critique. Sir Bill everyone knows that pallets are for keeping engines and parts on so stop encouraging this fabulous creativity.

      Brilliant hub. I love the kitchen island and I know Suzie's gonna love the pot holder and bug me to assemble one. There goes another parts holder.

      And yes I've shared this.

      P.S. If you're stuck I can lease you, Power Saw, Pencil, Set Square, Drill, Wood Bits etc. Normal commission of course.

      MJ.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are being very patient, Linda, and I'm proud of you.

    • lrc7815 profile image

      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      I can't wait, even though you told me I had too. :-)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gosh, Linda, you love this hub! LOL Who would have ever expected that?

      The follow-up to the 60's hub will be out Tuesday. That's one you can really enjoy. :)

    • lrc7815 profile image

      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, I love that you gave a shout out to your resources for the pallets and I actually love this hub. I love the look and feel of wood so I would be very happy with a home filled with pallet things (ie art center, kitchen island). This one was fun. Good job.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, of all the pallet ideas I have shared, the futon bed is the easiest to make. Two pallets and some screws....add a paint job and you have a very practical and functional piece of furniture.

      Thank you my friend! Have a great Sunday!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cloverleaffarm, good to see you again my friend. I'm glad you liked these. Pallets are so incredibly practical.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I'm pretty sure you were telling me what to do, but since it is you I'll consider doing it. :) I have to get busy and make a few things, but the weather needs to cooperate. We get a sunny day and then the rains come again, and Bev won't let me build stuff in the livingroom. She's funny about that.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love all these ideas. Recycling, saving money and creating a lovely piece of furniture. Very clever. I love the futon bed. You never fail to amaze me Bill.. Thanks for this great hub and all your great hubs..Voting up and pinning.