15 Creative Uses For Wood Pallets

Typically used when shipping large items, pallets are an underrated source of decoration. Stores that receive lots of deliveries will often discard them when everything’s been unloaded, so you may be able snag a few for free!

With endless possibilities for these wooden frames, all you need is a little imagination some DIY talent and you can transform a wood pallet into a decorative piece of furniture, art, garden fixture— you get the idea.

Here’s 15 ways that wooden pallets can be repurposed from useless to useful:

1. Standing Garden

Because of the space between each slat, these are easy to pack plants into to make a very beautiful standing garden. Get the DIY instructions here.

Design Sponge

2. Coffee Table

Something as simple as adding wheels and sheet of glass to a pallet can transform it into an easy-to-move and beautiful coffee table. Functional and cheap? Sounds like the best of both worlds.


3. Bookshelf Or Toy Bin

Reassembling a pallet can take it from flat to standing and make it great for holding books, toys and other knick knacks. Get the DIY craft instructions here.

Turtles & Tails

4. Shoe Organizer

Shoes stack perfectly into pallets, so now you can enforce the no shoes in the house rule and still keep everything organized.

1001 Pallets

5. Swing

Using rope or chain, you can suspend a pallet and transform it into a nice place to relax on the porch or patio.

pallet swing
Twelve Oaks Manor

6. Wine Bar

Putting a sturdy countertop on some pallets can turn into your very own outdoor wine bar. Now all that’s left to do is invite some friends over!

Mobile Home Living

7. Pallet Lights

You can even turn pallets into lanterns to give off some light. Use outdoors to light your patio or indoors if you’re going for a rustic look.

Pallet lanterns
Mobile Home Living

8. Pallet Pathway

Completely take a pallet apart and use the wood to create a pathway.

Funky Junk Interiors

9. Wall Art

Paint over a pallet to make a decorative focal point for your wall.

It's Just Laine

10. Flower Box

Create a rectangle and use a pallet for indoor/outdoor flower boxes. Use them both indoors and outdoors to have a theme that carries throughout your home.

Migonis Home

11. Ottoman

Add padding, fabric, and decorative legs to a pallet, and you’ve got yourself an ottoman. Just what I need in my living room!

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Pallet Furniture Plans

12. Desktop

Add a pallet to a table top and have a desk with little cubbies for your things.

Thistlewood Farms

13. Stools

Make some stools for extra seating or to have at your kitchen bar by stacking a few pallets and adding some cool faux leather fabric to them.


14. Pot Rack

Go for a rustic chic look in your kitchen and use a pallet as a pot rack. Stylish and functional— just how I like it.

A Greenpoint Kitchen

15. Bench

Pallets can also function as adorable benches that can be great in your entry way or for outdoor seating.

Heather Hobhouse

See what I mean about these wooden pallets having endless possibilities when it comes to both function and decoration? Go scouting for some free pallets and make yourself something you never thought you could.

As an FYI, it’s not one size fits all for pallets. Depending on what’s being shipped, they come in a variety of sizes and dimensions. Visit our friends over at Pallets LLC for standard pallet sizes across the globe.