All about pallet DIY projects

by Ari Koufos 03/27/2023

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Pallet DIY projects are popular among homeowners of all crafting skill levels for their versatility and affordability. Pallet wood has myriad uses, whether you're making furniture or decorative accents. To help you learn more about pallet boards and how you might be able to utilize them in your own projects, here are some basics:

Is pallet wood safe for indoor use?

Wood pallets are used to ship and package goods all over the world. Once they're no longer needed, the wood can be for many new DIY purposes. However, pallets can be treated with chemicals unsafe for indoor use. For example, the stamp "MB" on a pallet indicates it was treated with methyl bromide, a pesticide toxic to humans and pets.

Instead, opt for pallets with the stamps "HT" (heat-treated), "DB" (debarked) or "KN" (kiln-dried). These pallets, once thoroughly cleaned and sanded, are perfectly safe for indoor projects.

Where can I get free pallets?

Big box stores and other companies are constantly receiving huge shipments of products, which means huge amounts of leftover pallets. However, it's not always as simple as going to the store and asking for their shipping extras. Many companies utilize specific recycling and waste management services to transport leftover pallets to the landfill or other locations.

Small businesses, by contrast, may not have the budget for large-scale hauling services and simply throw their unused pallets into dumpsters. To avoid any trouble, it's best to ask permission before taking pallets, regardless of where you find them.

What kind of furniture can I make?

There are dozens of DIY pallet projects to choose from. Some of the most popular furniture options include:

  • Pallet bench.
  • Pallet coffee table.
  • Pallet bed.

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Keep these tips in mind if you're interested in starting a pallet project of your own.

About the Author

Ari Koufos

I have been selling Real Estate in the Greater Boston Area since 1997. I am the Co-Founder & Current Broker/Owner of Realty Executives in Watertown. A lifelong resident of Watertown which I still reside with my Wife Debra and my Twins Emily & Christopher.  I am a  supporter of many local & national charities. One of my most rewarding fundraisers was as a rider in the PanMass Challenge in 2010,2011,2015 & 2016 raising over $50,000 over those 4 years for the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund. I am a 1988 Graduate of Bentley University in Waltham. I have extensive knowledge of all types of Real Estate participating in over 1000 transactions. I also have New Construction experience & specialize in condo conversions.  

Purchasing a home is one of the single most important investments in a person's life. With my expertise and guidance in the home buying and selling process, I can help find the most appropriate home for you. You can be assured that an experienced Real Estate Professional is working with your interests in mind. Please contact me on my cell at 617-799-8948 for a free consult if you are thinking of Buying or Selling your home.