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Creative reuse: finding a new life for old pallets

If there’s one thing that the world seems to have a lot of, it’s pallets. You know what I’m talking about, right?

“…sometimes called a skid, [a pallet] is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader or other jacking device. A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load which allows handling and storage efficiencies. Goods or shipping containers are often placed on a pallet secured with strapping, stretch wrap or shrink wrap and shipped.” (Thank you Wikipedia!)

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We are renovating our home (I’ve been writing about the process on my personal blog) and pallets have been making an occasional appearance on our driveway. And this got me thinking… how can we repurpose wood pallets and turn them into something cool to use around the house? 

And that is when I turned to Pinterest, because that’s where all the good ideas live. It turns out there are hundreds of things you can do with the humble pallet. Here are a few of my favourites:

Neat eh?

The question remains, where do you find old pallets? Well, I definitely don’t recommend skulking around construction sites. Check your local Used listings instead. They do crop up every once in awhile… usually under the “free” tab.

Mother of two imps and wife of one. Writer, photographer, pro blogger, adventure-seeker, Ottawaholic, social media evangelist and lover of STUFF. Also known as @missfish on Twitter.

2 Responses to “Creative reuse: finding a new life for old pallets”

[…] I’m writing about pallets over on the UsedEverywhere blog today, and showing how some people have given them new life. Check it out. […]



As a builder of child-size garden furniture pieces I have found pallets to be very useful especially when costs are a factor.


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