When I searched online for industrial rustic entryway tables I fell in love with one that was made from a pallet. I was hooked and started collecting pallet project ideas that eventually turned into this collection of 80 awesome pallet projects that are budget friendly. There are a couple of pallet projects below that are a bit over the top, like the deck, but it’s too cool to leave out.

Pallets remind me a lot of mobile homes because they have unlimited potential and are affordable. See 6 Great Ways to Furnish Your Mobile Home With Pallets here. 

Admittedly, I knew nothing about pallets so I did a little internet sleuthing. I’ve added all the important stuff, like their various designs, sizes, and toxicity levels, below. I also found some handy charts and safety precautions you should use whenever you use pallets.

Why Use Pallets?

Pallets are easy to find and often free for the taking. You can use pallets as a whole or by breaking them down into individual boards. Single boards from pallets are a great building material.

Wood from older pallets can have a beautiful weathered patina that is hard to mimic with new lumber and that makes them perfect for creating texture on a wall or other displays.

We’ve gathered some great information that will help determine which pallets are the best for your intended project and how to find affordable or free pallets. Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest page for some of our favorite pallet pins.

80 Unique Pallet Projects for Every Room in your Home

What is a Pallet?

A pallet is basically the bottom frame or deck that is used to maximize loads during transport. They are placed under packaged goods to make stacking easier and allow front loaders and forklifts to move them during shipment easily. Simply put, they act as a sturdy foundation and stacking tool.

Basic US Pallet Size

You can find some odd sizes but in general, 40″x48″ will be the most common size.

2 Main Types of Pallets

Stringer Pallet Design

There are two main types of wood pallets. The most popular is the stringer pallet design.

The Stringer design has a top deck and sometimes a bottom deck of equal size separated by middle framing boards. They are perfect if you need lots of boards for your project.

Here is an image from STBPallet.com of a stringer pallet:

Pallet Projects - 2 types of pallets: stringer pallet

Block Pallet Design

The Block pallet is another popular design. They have access openings on all 4 sides, making it more convenient for forklifts to use.

Between the top and bottom decks are solid wood shaped in a block, hence the name. Here’s another image from STBPallet.com of what they look like:

pallet projects - 2 types of pallets: block pallets

Common Deck Designs

There are also deck design variations available for both stringer and block designs.

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2-Way Vs. 4-Way Entry

The most popular frames used for pallets is the 2-way-entry and the 4-way-entry. The entry counts refer to the number of openings on the sides of the pallet. A 2-way-entry pallet only has 2 places for a forklift to insert its arms in order to move it. A 4-way-entry has 4 opening, 2 on each side.

Different Deck Designs

Since different types of pallet frames are used for various weight loads and stacking needs there are a variety of designs available.

The open board and closed board deck are the two most popular designs for both stringer and block structures.

Open boarded pallets have a space between them and closed decks do not. It’s similar to building a deck onto your home, open decking allows water to flow between the boards and closed decking does not.

Look at the photo below, found on a great site called DIYReady.com and you’ll better understand the different types of wood pallet:

pallet projects - different types of wood pallets

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Handmade pallet bed and dotted bedroom wall

Wood Pallet Safety 

Sometimes pallets are coated or soaked in toxic chemicals to extend their lifespan and keep bugs away.

If you will be using the pallet for a kitchen or outdoor dining area it’s important to steer clear of those pallets.

Luckily, most pallets will have a stamp on them to help you determine if they’re safe. There are also a few visual clues that can help too.

The IPPC Stamp

The IPPC stamp will tell you a lot about the pallet. Here’s a handy-dandy infographic from DIYReady.com that explains the stamps and codes found on most pallets.

beginners guide to pallet projects - is your pallet safe?

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White hand-made pallet table with plants in the living room.

Finding Pallets for your Home Decor Projects

Here in WV, there’s an old gas station turned pallet station that sells any kind of pallet you want. The more you buy, the cheaper they get.

I suspect there are dealers close to you and a simple Google search should help you find them.

If paying a few dollars per pallet doesn’t bother you, that’s probably the most convenient method of getting them. You can pay to have them broken apart as well and that’s especially nice because some pallets have some crazy nails that are hard to remove.

If you’re thrifty (or what my daughter likes to call ‘cheap’) then you probably don’t mind spending a morning calling around asking store managers if they have any damaged or unneeded pallets that you could take off their hands. Smaller, locally owned grocery stores, furniture stores, and nurseries are great places to start.

The Beginner's Guide to Pallet Projects

Breaking Wood Pallets Apart


You can use a pry-bar to break pallets apart, but it will probably damage the wood a bit, so it’s best to use a saw and cut the nails and then pull them out. The video below will show you how:

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80 Pallet Project Ideas for Every Room in your Home 

Now that you know more about pallets, it’s time to learn just how awesome they really are!

If you’re lucky enough to find a few pallets for free, you can completely transform a room for practically no cost at all. You can also build anything you want – for cheap!

Below are just a few pallet projects that you can find online. There are entire websites dedicated to pallet projects so you can easily find a project that you will love. Just click on the pallet project title to be taken to the original site for instructions.


Pallet Wall Project

One of my favorite pallet projects is using the wood to cover a wall. It creates a beautiful accent in any room and adds texture to a space. The room below is a perfect combination.




Colorful Pallet Wall Project

The wall below provides texture and color to a room, and it is beautiful!




Bedroom Pallet Projects

The bedroom below uses pallets in several different ways. The possibilities are endless!



Pallet Ceiling Project

Adding pallet boards to your ceiling is a perfect project for any room, especially smaller rooms that just need a little pizzazz.


Pallet Flooring Project

You can use pallet wood as a floor covering!



This next pallet floor project is awesome, and you can get the entire step-by-step instructions and photos from the owners of the blog called ‘A Building We Shall Go‘:


Deck Pallet Project

With the right construction experience, you can even build a deck with pallets!

Twin Bed Pallet Project

This twin bed combo is a great way to turn a spare bedroom into a smart guest room.



 Pallet Bed Frame Project

This is a beautiful and unique pallet bed frame project.


Outdoor Pallet Bed Project

This pallet bed is perfect for your deck.


Outdoor Pallet Bench Project

You can create a great outdoor bench and flower pot combo with relative ease.


Outdoor Shower Pallet Project

If you live close to the beach, this is a perfect project for you. Having an outdoor shower is so convenient.


Pallet Bench and Storage Project

This Etsy find is a perfect piece to create a little mud-room area.



Colorful Pallet Bench Project

With a little color and additional distressing, you can make this beautiful bench!



Hanging Light Pallet Project

These hanging lamps are a perfect project for a rustic themed room.



Coffee Table Pallet Project

This beautiful coffee table would look perfect in any living room.



Pallet Kitchen Island Project

This island would look great in your kitchen!



Platform Bed Pallet Project

This is a fantastic project that is beautiful and useful.



Shelf Pallet Project

This relatively simple shelf made from a single pallet would be a great addition to any room.



Outdoor Table Pallet Project

Another great addition to your deck or porch.



Pallet Pathway Project

Using pallet boards as a pathway is a beautiful addition to any yard.



Creative Wall Light Pallet Project

What a great way to separate space in a large area!



Wall Office Pallet Project

This little wall office is a perfect way to have a desk in a small area.



Woodshed Pallet Project

Need a place to keep wood dry? Here ya go!



TV Stand Pallet Project

This is a beautiful piece of furniture. You could use it as a TV stand or a desk.



Desk Organizer Pallet Project

This is a great way to keep office and school supplies organized on your desk.



Pet Bowl Pallet Project

Your dog would love this pet bowl! Raising the bowls off the floor a bit is said to aid in digestion health.



Shoe Shelf Pallet Project

Have a big pile of shoes at your front door? This is a perfect solution!



Retro Coffee Table

Looking for an original retro piece? This is it!

pallet projects-coffee table


These planters are easy to make and will make a statement on your porch.

pallet projects-planters

Easy Coat Rack

This coat rack gives you a spot to add your decor and put your coats!

pallet projects-coat rack


Coffee Cup Holder

If you can’t live without your morning coffee, might as well have a cool place to hang your cups!

pallet projects-coffee cup holder

Sofa With Hidden Compartment

This little sofa would be perfect on a porch or by the pool!

pallet projects-seat

Multi-Purpose Coffee Table

This multi-purpose table will be perfect if you need extra storage.

pallet projects-expandable table

Just a Swingin’

An original idea for a swing!

pallet projects-swing


Pool Wrap Project

This pool project gives you access to the pool and a place to lay out by the pool as well!

pallet projects-pool


Vertical Planter

If space is an issue, this vertical planter may be just what you need.

pallet projects-vertical garden



Great spot to encourage the love of reading for your kids!

pallet projects-reading nook


Gardening Shelf

Have a green thumb? This gardening shelf will put all your tools in one spot!

pallet projects-gardening shelf



Girls playhouse or boys hideout, the choice is yours!

pallet projects-playhouse


Compact Desk

If space is an issue, this compact desk may be the answer.

pallet projects-compact desk


Kids Shelf

This shelf is perfect for backpacks and books.

pallet projects-book holder


Frugal Barn Door

An economical twist on the popular barn door.

pallet projects-barn door


Lighted Pallet Bed

A twist on the pallet bed that is a favorite pallet project.

pallet projects-illuminated pallet bed


Entry Way Table

This table would make an excellent addition by the front door.

pallet projects-entry table


Outdoor Privacy Fence

Love this privacy fence idea!

pallet projects-backyard fence


Decorative Shelf

Add a touch of style to any room.

pallet projects-decorative shelf


Countertop Idea

This countertop will turn heads!

pallet projects-countertop


Towel Hooks

Add a touch of country to your bathroom with these towel hooks.

pallet projects-towel hooks


TV Stand

Tight on space? This smaller tv stand is just what you need!

pallet projects-tv stand


Wine Rack

Spot for those favorite wine glasses and bottles of wine!

pallet projects-wine rack


Pallet Wall Hanging

Look at what a cute combination!

pallet projects-wall decor


Large Shelf

This shelf will hold tons of decor.

pallet projects-shelf


Window Planter

Who wouldn’t love to look out their window to see flowers!

pallet projects-window planter


Strawberry Planter

Thinking of trying your hand at growing strawberries? The slats provide just enough space for the plant to grow through.

pallet projects-strawberry planter


Lounge Chairs

Looks like a good spot for a nap!

pallet projects-lounge chairs


Kids Tool Bench

What better setup for the future mechanic or carpenter in your life!

pallet projects-kids tool bench


Swing for One

Paracord and pallet slats create a swing for one!

pallet projects-swingin chair


Deck Furniture

Add some upholstery to this pallet sofa and you have the perfect entertaining spot.

pallet projects-deck furniture


Adirondack Chair

Love these chairs.

pallet projects-adirondack chair


Kitchen Island

So much potential in this kitchen island.

pallet projects-island


Kids Picnic Table

Perfect kids size table for outdoors!

pallet projects-picnic table


DIY End Tables

These end tables will compliment any room.

pallet projects-end table



Need a nightstand to go with your pallet bed?

pallet projects-nightstand


Jewelry Organizer

Need a place for your jewelry? This will hold your jewelry and add some style to your room.

pallet projects-jewelry holder


Picture Frame

An original way to get crafty.

pallet projects-frame


Pallet Barn

This barn look adds some country flare to your home.

pallet projects-pallet barn


Peg Shoe Holder

Another option for all those shoes crowding the floor.

pallet projects-shoe holder


Trash Bin

This pallet trash bin is a stylish way to hide the garbage!

pallet projects-trash can



Plenty of work space with this desk.

pallet projects-desk


Vertical Bookshelf

Space saving idea for all your books!

pallet projects-vertical book shelf


Dart Board

Darts anyone?

pallet projects-dart board


Stylish Cooler

Hot option for your cooler!

pallet projects-cooler


Pot and Pan Rack

Space-saving option for your pots and pans.

pallet projects-pot holder


Cornhole Boards

Game of cornhole anyone?

pallet projects-cornhole boards


Foldable Gardening Table

This gardening table will fold up and out of the way! It’s a perfect pallet project for those green thumbs in your life.

pallet projects-planting shelf



DIY a clock to fit your decor.

pallet projects-clock




As you can see above, you can make anything you want with pallets and at an affordable price. The sky is the limit!

Want more pallet project ideas? Check out our Outdoor DIY Pallet Projects for Your Manufactured Home for even more ideas!

Have you created something beautiful from a pallet? Is there a lesson you learned or a tip you’d like to share please add it in the comments below.

As always, thank you so much for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living! 


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