These days, our apartments seem to be getting smaller and our budgets tighter. Space is expensive, and a luxury that many of us simply can’t afford. To add to that, finding storage solutions to suit your space, whilst looking fabulous, is a mission. Finding cool furniture on a budget is almost impossible. It’s too big, too expensive, or just plain ugly! Right?
Well, not necessarily. Fashionable furniture doesn’t have to break the bank and you can create your own bespoke pieces for little cost. All you need is a little creativity and a supply of pallets.
What is Pallet Furniture?
Pallet furniture does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s furniture, made from pallets! If you are wondering what a pallet is, it’s the big wooden bases you often see loaded on to the back of trucks. Traditionally, they are used to transport everything, from food to televisions, but their days in cargo are numbered!
These pallets are built to be strong and robust, so are the ideal material for DIY furniture. They’re in plentiful supply, can be picked up easily from a number of sources and, most importantly, won’t cost you much when it comes to sturdy raw materials.
Now that you’re ready to make your own piece of pallet furniture, here are a few tips to get you started…
Plan Your Project
First of all, you need to decide what you’re making. Many people start their DIY furniture adventures by creating their very own coffee table using pallets. This is a straightforward project, but don’t be afraid to try something a little more challenging. There are tutorials online for almost any type of furniture, from coffee tables to beds.
Make The Most of Your Space
When planning your project, think about ways to get the most out of the limited space you have available. Pallets are the perfect tool for creating beautiful, rustic bookcases. Vertical storage solutions, such as bookcases, are the perfect solution for small apartments with limited storage space. Make them as tall as you need to. The good news is, you can always expand them at a later date, should you need to create even more storage!
Clean it Up
Yes, when you first get hold of your pallet, it’s going to look a little dirty. That doesn’t matter, because you’re going to want to tailor it to meet your requirements anyway. There are lots of expensive solutions that can be used to clean the pallets but to keep the costs down, scrubbing the pallets with some baking soda and a fibre brush will get the same results. After cleaning, you should sand the pallet to ensure it’s smooth and free from any splinters.
Once all of your pallets are clean, it’s time to start building. If you’re inexperienced, follow a tutorial from the Internet. Once you find one, it should be relatively easy to follow. Once it’s built, the real fun can begin! Have some fun making your new creations look stylish. A favourite look for pallet furniture is the rustic, and very trendy, distressed look. This is super easy to create with pallets – your apartment will be the envy of all your friends!