DIY pallet furniture is very economical and simple. You can create your own fully functioning pallet bed from recycled pallets. Most individuals use reclaimed wood which has often been divided from old wooden structures found in landfills. There are lots of recycled pallet beds available in your local garden centre already.
They look wonderful in your kid’s bedrooms and also they are extremely practical as storage for all those items that tend to accumulate. If you do construct a simple DIY bed from recycled pallet furniture pieces, you could use the wood frame only, cut it up to fit the required size then paint it in a colour you prefer. The resulting piece of DIY furniture, it will be extremely durable and sturdy. You will enjoy its robustness while simultaneously maintaining the aesthetic value of your bedroom. If you want to do the same yourself, check out these tips.
Firstly, read through the following instructions before you start on your DIY pallet furniture projects. They tell you how to get the materials that you need from recycled wood. Then they show you what type of wood you need to get the most out of. Finally they give you a step by step guide on how to assemble the bed. If you follow this carefully, you won’t have any problems.
First, you must remove the top covering of the bed. This is usually referred to as the “top-mount”. Removing this will allow you to access the wooden sides of the frame easily. Since the sides are already exposed, you need to get at the bottom part of the frame to locate the screws that attach it to the wood. Screws that are corroded or broken might not serve your purpose.
Here’s where you’ll need to get a wood glue gun. The glue gun is used for gluing up the wooden boards together to form the walls of the “deck”. Be sure that you measure your pallet beforehand so that you’ll know how many boards to buy or make. Keep in mind that the larger the deck, the thicker the wooden boards need to be. Use boards that are at least 1 inch thick.
Once you have the necessary tools, the first thing you need to do is to remove the old pallets from their slots. Remove the legs and any other loose pieces from the pallet. Your goal here is to improve the flooring of your newly created pallet rack. Do not use the same pallet as you removed to prevent pallet racking problems in the future.
Then you need to calculate the length of each board. If they’re too long, you may have to cut them down. It’s always better to have the longer wood than the shorter ones, simply because it’ll be easier to work with later on. You can actually use two or three boards of the same length, cut down to the desired length, and glued together at the end. This will form the framework for your new shelf.
Glue all the wooden components of the pallet onto the framework using wood glue. You should use hard wood glue so that it won’t warp when the hot glue is applied. Allow the glue to dry completely before you then attach the railings to the pallet.
Once that is done, you can start screwing the legs onto the railings, using wood screws. Screw them in tightly to get a nice solid grip. The idea is to make sure that the wood doesn’t move around while the screws are screwed down. You can add more screws if you need to. Leave about an inch between each one of the screws.
Next, you will need to nail up the shelving inside the pallet. This is the part that will hold your woodwork. Most pallet furniture plans already come with the shelving included so all you have to do is screw the wood shelving into place. Nails will be provided with most woodworking plans.
And last but not least, you need to attach the wheels to the pallet. Again, most plans include instructions for this step. Use a nutsaw to make the cuts. Once you’ve made all the cuts and you are happy with the spacing of the wheels, use a level to get the piece level. Then attach the pallet to its stand and you’re done!