You have likely seen pictures of amazing pieces of furniture that have been created from re-purposed pallet wood. While you may love the idea of creating your own furniture with pallets, you may not know where to start. The following tips can help you as you begin your endeavor.
The first thing that you need in order to create pallet furniture is pallets. You may feel a little bit unsure of where to look. Look in industrial or manufacturing areas for pallets. They are usually placed outside of these business because the businesses are looking to dispose of them. This usually means that you can take them free of charge. Of course, you want to ask before taking them away. It is also a good idea to look at home-improvement and hardware stores.
Before you begin taking all the pallets apart, you want to make sure that you have the right tools. Many have been able to take apart the pallets with just a hammer. So this may be the first tool on your list. You also want to have an area where you can store the pallets until you begin to use them for the furniture. This may be a corner of your garage that can be set aside for pallet storage, or you may be interested in cantilever storage racks. Just make sure that you have an area designated where you can keep all of the pallets organized and out-of-the-way. You will need more tools as you go about the actual creation of the furniture.
It is good to know that there are two different types of pallets that you can get. There are hardwood and softwood pallets. Softwood pallets are common and are usually given away for free. When a company purchases hardwood pallets, they usually want them for a specific purpose. They may be more difficult to find, or you may need to buy them. When the pallets are taken apart, they are usually four feet long. This is something you will want to keep in mind when looking at different pieces of furniture to create.
Many have found that dismantling a pallet with a hammer or pry bar is more difficult and more time-consuming than they thought it would be. It also means that you run the risk of breaking the pieces of wood. Many have found that it is a lot better to use a tool to cut the nails. This gives it a more authentic look and also takes a lot less time. Typically, an entire pallet can be taken apart in about 10 minutes using this method. After the pieces have been taken apart, they can be stacked on a storage rack from Simply Rack.