Pallet Furniture has become a “Thing”. As wood is getting scarcer, wooden furniture is becoming more expensive, sought after and valuable. At the same time there is a trend towards a simpler lifestyle and bringing natural materials like wood back into the home. Alot of people salvage these materials from shipyards, buildings, barns and factories and “upcycle” it (its become a buzz word) into beautiful furniture
I recently made a trip to Sandton City to buy a leather bag from Kingsley Heath (Article on this soon) and happened to stumble upon this really cool looking Pallet Bed at Loads Of Living.
Yes yes YES I know, its not the epitome of manliness to be snooping around in a linen shop, but might I add, I was accompanying my wife who was looking to buy some 800 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton sheets for us, read here. Long story short, my better half wanted to buy this piece of furniture and we found out that it’s actually not for sale. It’s merely used for display purposes, which got me thinking… My DIY brainpower ignited and I am now well ahead on planning to build this myself. This is how:
DIY Pallet Bed
If you are perhaps…
A: just starting out and need some cheap furniture solutions for your home,
B: love to make your own furniture or have a partner that owns power tools,
C: know people who know people that can make it happen,
D: just loving the look
E: all of the above
… you will be happy to know that it really is easy to build yourself.
What You Need:
- 2 Wooden pallets
- Electric sanding equipment
- Power saw
- Plank of wood to connect the pallets together
- Beer – you know, for when you take a break.
- Get 2 sets of pallets, these are available at many supermarkets, befriend the manager and you might score them for free. You can also have a look on Gumtree, many people sell them.
- Start off by prepping the pallets. Sand them down well with an electric sanding machine making sure the get all the areas that you are going to paint and will show. Although you want the rustic effect a little sanding will prevent you from getting splinters and helps absorb the paint.
- Before you paint your pallets you will need to join the two pallets together. You can cut a small plank and nail them to the sides of the pallets so the two pallets are joined.
- Next step is paint and primer. Choose a colour that you want – if you don’t want any colour and just want the wood still glide over with a clear matt paint so that it seals in any stray splinters and finishes the look off. If you do paint a colour however begin with a primer and once this is dry apply your desired colour.
- Add wheels on the corners of the pallets. These are available at any hardware store and will come with the necessary nails and stoppers.
Get a mattress and sheets and enjoy your rustic bed.
PS: You can also buy one at Weylandts if you are a lazy wimp, but they are not as cool as the DIY ones… Trust us on this one 😉
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