Pallets are an inexhaustible source of ideas for arranging a suburban area. They can be used to build comfortable furniture, functional storage systems and create original decorative elements. The main advantage of pallets is that raw wood acts as the material for their manufacture, which serves as an excellent basis for creating exterior elements that can give comfort to your possessions. We will consider in more detail how to adapt these transport structures and how to make furniture from pallets with our own hands.
Pallets are wooden structures that play the role of packaging material, the use of which makes it possible to simplify the transportation of various kinds of goods.
Pallets are in the form of rigid supports, assembled from knocked down wooden planks, placed at a short distance from each other
The average weight of an empty pallet is 15-20 kg. The overall dimensions of the structure, depending on its purpose, can be:
The wood used for the manufacture of structures is selected strong and durable. This is done in such a way that they can withstand loads of up to 1000 kg. And therefore, even already used pallets are able to find a second life, having served as functional elements in the arrangement of the site for more than one season.
Today, pallet furniture occupies a leading position among design products in the popularity rating. Some designers produce entire collections in an eco-style, embodying the most incredible ideas in them using ordinary building pallets. Taking the ideas you like as a basis, you can implement them in your own way.
Wooden pallets, although they are quite strong structures, are still considered by many manufacturers and transport companies as packaging material.
Pallets weakened from the load can no longer be reused for the transportation of heavy loads, therefore, after use, they are simply disposed of
You can get used packaging material using one of the following methods:
If desired, the pallet can be assembled by yourself. It is enough just to stock up on boards 15-20 mm thick and wooden beams with a section of 60-70 mm. Having determined the dimensions of the future structure for yourself, you just need to cut the boards into blanks of the required dimensions, and then fasten the elements according to the standard scheme.
Wooden pallets are convenient because they can be used in a variety of ways. It is convenient to break and fasten them, cover them with fabric and paint, combine with other materials and supplement with rollers.
To use pallets for making blanks, you need to prepare the material. To do this, first of all, they should be cleaned of dust and dirt.
To extend the service life of wooden structures and eliminate roughness and burrs, which can cause a lot of inconvenience in the process of furniture operation, surface grinding will help
It is most convenient to carry out the work by processing the wooden surface with a grinder. For safety reasons, cleaning is best done in a well-ventilated area, wearing a face shield.
Not the entire structure can be sanded, but only that part of it that will be in direct contact with the body. Also, if it is necessary to create blanks of non-standard dimensions, the pallets should first be disassembled. To simplify the work, it is better to sort the cleaned boards by condition and width.
And also, when planning to place future furniture in the open air, you should take care that it is not afraid of high humidity. For this, it is advisable to cover the surface with a layer of a primer intended for outdoor use, which has a moisture-repellent effect.
Without additional processing under the influence of atmospheric phenomena, light wood will acquire a grayish tint, and the lower boards in contact with the ground will rot at all, not having served more than one or two seasons
Pallets, like ready-made elements of a constructor, are an excellent basis for the manufacture of functional interior items. There is nothing complicated about making furniture from pallets. Suffice it to recall how, as a child, you assembled lockers and beds from miniature matchboxes. The same skills need only be applied when working with structures of slightly larger sizes.
To create a comfortable and practical bench, we need:
To give a more presentable look to the finished product, also prepare varnish or any paint intended for woodworking.
So let's get to work. A standard pallet is assembled from seven planks. To make the seat and back of the bench, we take a pre-cleaned pallet and cut it into two parts.
We cut the structure in half so that four crossbars remain together, acting as a seat, and three become the back of the future bench
To connect the back and seat, as well as to make the armrests of the bench, you can use boards by disassembling another pallet, or you can use the bars available on the farm.
Aligning the edges of both parts at right angles, we fasten them with self-tapping screws or by means of screws, tightly pulling the blanks
You can increase the reliability and strength of the connection between the back and the seat by using the double fastening method.
To stiffen the structure on both sides of the connected parts, we attach 1-2 narrow slats, placing them parallel to each other
The length of the sidewalls depends on how high they will be located. From the remaining thicker boards or wooden blocks, we cut out 4 blanks for arranging the legs.
Craftsmen recommend making the legs for the bench wide, but not too high, so that the stability of the structure can be increased and the rest on it more comfortable.
The legs are attached to the bottom of the pallet on both sides, using metal corners to strengthen the fixation.
Having assembled the main structure, it remains to supplement it with some elements at will, for example, cut decorative elements on the back, decorate the sides with armrests. The finished bench is covered with a colorless varnish or paint of the selected shade - it all depends on your preferences and the overall design of the exterior.
By the same principle, you can make corner benches, equipping cozy corners in the garden, or even build free-standing chairs.
Do-it-yourself furniture from pallets will be indispensable for a suburban area. Acting as a worthy replacement for old worn-out furniture, it will easily fit into different interior styles.
A comfortable bench made of pallets, made of wood of a natural light shade, will look great in the garden against the background of lush greenery and variegated flowers
We cut the structure in half so that four crossbars remain together, acting as a seat, and three become the back of the future bench
Spacious beds and hanging sofas are not much more difficult to make. They will be a good addition to the interior of a terrace or veranda.
Sitting on such a comfortable sofa is a pleasure to enjoy the picturesque landscape and enchanting sounds of nature
The bed in a simple version consists of two standard pallets, the sides of which are carefully fastened to each other.
If you are planning to build a more comfortable place to relax, equipped with a comfortable mattress, you will have to tinker a little longer. For the placement of the mattress, you will need to build a special box, which can be assembled from the boards of one of the remaining unused pallets.
To make a box in pallets, we cut out the middle support, and fix the cut out part between the sides, forming the sides
As a result, you should get a structure, the size of which corresponds to the perimeter of the bottom of the bed. The height of the upright corner posts depends on the thickness of the mattress. We install the finished box on two pallets pre-connected to each other and fix it with self-tapping screws.
From wider beams or leftover boards, you can build a headboard. The gaps between the edges of the pallet are useful as drawers for storing pastel items.
It remains only to cover the finished structure with two or three layers of paint, or cover it with a dense variegated fabric or leatherette
If you plan to move the sleeping place by changing the scenery of the flowering garden, equip the structure with wheels. But keep in mind that for this purpose it is worth using only powerful wheels that are able to withstand the mass of not only the structure itself, but also the weight of a person reclining on it.
When arranging a summer cinema in the fresh air, a multi-storey bed that can accommodate a large family or a whole company will be very useful.
To make the rest on such a bed more comfortable, complement the structure with soft mattresses and voluminous pillows.
The easiest way to protect the underside of mattresses from dust is by lining the surface of the pallets with breathable covering material such as agrofibre.
Hanging sofas are built according to the same principle, equipping heavy structures with strong ropes or chains.
Watch a video on how to make a sofa from pallets:
A garden wooden table made from those available materials will be a good addition to chairs and benches.
The set, decorated in the same style, is able to ennoble the garden plot, acting as an elegant decoration of the suburban exterior
Wood goes well with other materials. Therefore, furniture made of wooden pallets can be safely supplemented with textile accessories, glass elements, stone decorations and plant compositions.
For the manufacture of a small table, only 2-3 pallets are required.
In general, the technology for making a table from pallets is not much different from that used to create the chairs and garden benches described above.
To create a structure, decorated with a solid canvas, we stuff boards from the second blank into the voids between the slats of the first pallet. We grind the finished canvas thoroughly, cover it with a stain and leave the workpiece to dry completely. To get rid of roughness, gently rub the surface with fine-grained emery paper or re-grind.
We proceed to the assembly of the structure. At the corners of the lower part of the table, we fix 4 legs using a bolt connection. To arrange a shelf under the working canvas of the table, we fasten a shield assembled from pallets disassembled into boards. In the assembled structure, cover all unpainted areas with two layers of stain. We fasten the rollers to the table legs.
The tables look interesting, the work surface of which is supplemented with built-in containers for planting spicy crops
The style of outdoor garden tables depends only on your imagination.
The garden table can be decorated with a large playing deck or a huge British flag
Old pallets can be easily adapted even for the arrangement of multifunctional shelves, thanks to which you can place small containers with flowers or the necessary things for plant care in the open air. A folding shelf can also find its application in the arrangement of a suburban area.
When folded, the folding shelf takes up a minimum of space, and when unfolded it acts as a convenient stand for placing items needed in the household
Some craftsmen, developing the idea of creating functional furniture from old pallets, went even further.
Original sideboards, pretty dressers and roomy cabinets - this is not a complete list of those pieces of furniture that can be created from wooden packaging.
If desired, even a real house for gnomes can be assembled from pallets, which will become an elegant decoration of a terrace or playground in the garden. The two-storey house is assembled from vertically installed pallets.
The use of white in the design makes the structure visually light and weightless, and the green strokes allow it to harmoniously fit into the surrounding landscape
The opinion that pallet furniture can only be created exclusively for yourself is wrong. Some craftsmen put their products up for sale, turning their favorite hobby into a profitable project. The popular dog feeders are a prime example of this.
Convenient feeders on stable legs have a presentable appearance, which makes them fit perfectly into the interior of the house and the surrounding landscape design
The secret of the popularity of hand-made wooden pallet furniture is easily explained by its originality of design. It's cheap, but no less practical. In addition, safety concerns are motivated by people who create or purchase finished pallet furniture. After all, pallets are made of wood that has not been treated with any chemicals. Therefore, these products assembled from pallets can rightfully be classified as one of the most environmentally friendly pieces of furniture in the world.
Finally, here are some ideas for inspiration. Feel free to experiment to make your life brighter. Enjoy your creativity!
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In the design of country houses, the fashion for a minimalist, laconic style, which has great functionality, a minimum of a variety of colorful decorations, is firmly entrenched. By the way, wood products are suitable for this style. Wooden furniture sets, sold in stores or made to order, are quite expensive. It is possible to reduce the cost of arranging a recreation area by using recyclable materials. Do-it-yourself pallet furniture is the most popular attribute of the interior and exterior of a country house. Its creation is much cheaper than industrial headsets, and its appearance is in no way inferior to expensive branded products.
Such furniture is used not only to decorate country houses and recreation areas, but also to decorate apartments. Variations of products amaze the imagination, and working on them does not require special knowledge of carpentry. Try it and you will definitely succeed.
Gasoline and electric saw
First, you need to prepare the tools for the job. In this case, you will need a chainsaw (or an electric saw).Logs for cuts must be well dried in advance, otherwise (if laid in a wet state) they can crack and deform. If the material dries up being buried in the ground, then the appearance of such a path will be unattractive and it will have to be redone.
Processing the bottom of the cuts by working off
After processing, the material should dry well. Then it is necessary to treat the product with a layer of waterproofing made of melted bitumen. Bitumen should be applied to the lowest part of the saw cut, which will be immersed in the ground. There is another option for waterproofing - immerse the bottom of the saw cut in a container with molten bitumen and gasoline added to it. After this procedure, you again need to let the wooden products dry well.
Regardless of the type of furniture produced, pallets must be pre-prepared. The process consists of several stages and operations.
If you already have prepared pallets in good condition, a sketch of the product has been drawn, tools and equipment have been checked, then you can start work.