10 Things You Shouldn’t Make with Pallets
It may be a trendy look, but depending on your project, making things out of pallets isn’t always the best choice. Since wooden pallets are exposed to outdoor elements including water, insects, bird droppings and can even be home for vermin, you may want to think twice before you use the wood for your next home improvement project. Here’s a look at 10 things you shouldn’t make with pallets.
Bed Frames and Headboards
If you’re looking for things to do with pallets, skip over the headboard idea. A pallet wood bed frame or headboard may look like a fun project and a way to save money, but it may be difficult to rest easy when you’re not sure what the wood has been exposed to. Instead, try one of these 14 dreamy DIY headboard ideas.
Pallets can come in handy for outdoor projects, such as a shed for storing firewood. However, think twice before you build a play house with pallets. Not only can the wood be rough on little hands, but tests have found some wood pallets may contain E. coli bacteria, according to the National Consumers League.
Many pallets are treated with tribromophenol, a fungicide to prevent the growth of mold. The chemical may cause concern with those worried about indoor allergens. Instead of using pallet wood to build nightstands and other bedroom furniture, try one of these 12 ingenious things to do with pallets.
If you work from home, there are desk designs you can build yourself that will be more comfortable and sanitary than a pallet desk. We suggest you avoid making a pallet computer desk. Instead, try this simple modern computer desk or a pipe desk for your home office space.
Wood accent walls have been very popular for a few years now. Instead of using wooden pallets (you don’t know where they’ve been or what they’ve been exposed to), try a DIY pine accent wall instead. Here are 15 other stunning accent walls you can do yourself.
When considering what to do with pallets, it may be tempting, but avoid using pallet wood to build an outdoor playset for your kids as the wood may not be strong enough to ensure safety. Get inspiration from one of these 12 awesome DIY playsets.
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Kitchen Islands and Cupboards
If you’re looking for things to build with pallets, keep away from the kitchen. Since pallets can be exposed to insects, chemicals and bacteria, keep it out of the kitchen, including using it for kitchen islands and cupboards. If you’re looking to make a kitchen island yourself, try repurposing an old piece of furniture.
Pallets can make for great outdoor furniture projects such as coffee tables for use on the patio, but avoid using the wood for tables you plan to dine from regularly since the wood may harbor mold and bacteria. If you’re looking to build a table quickly, try one of these 10 ideas.
Living Room Furniture
Living room furniture can be pricey, but avoid using pallet wood in main living areas since it may contain harsh chemicals. Instead of using pallets for a bookcase, try this built-in bookcase design. If you like the industrial look, you can build a table with a concrete top.
Since pallet wood and old wooden crates may contain mold, use the wood to build shelves for the garage or outdoor workshop, and not for indoor shelves and cubbies.