Whenever we buy something we want, we very often end up with a lot of extras that come with it. This leaves us with the dilemma of what we do with all the packaging that kept what we actually wanted pretty and safe. Most of the time it ends up on a refuse site or a local recycling centre… or just piling up at the bottom of a cellar. One of the best salvages of packaging is the many ways to reuse a pallet. There are some clever folk out there that have started to use the bits we don’t know what to do with. They’ve been posting their creations online, and it is becoming so popular that now the internet is asking where they can get more pallets. If any of these concepts listed below appeal to you, companies like Echolo can really help you out:
Theres no denying it: pallets reused correctly can look modern and even chic in your home. Some simple ideas to get you going include turning a pallet into a pet basket. Not only can it be done safely in little over an hour but you can customise it with cushioning to your hearts content for your furry loved one. Perhaps painting their names or some cute paw prints across the sides (with pet safe paints of course) the bonus here is that it will double up as a scratch post for the feline friends. How about creating an attractive garden barbecue bar area? All you need is a couple of pallets and two or three concrete breeze blocks. Paint them up to a colour of your taste and secure the pallets to your fence and you have a sturdy, recycled and beautiful talking point in your garden.
Sharpening Those Pallet-Able Skills
How about extending those ideas and turning them into a common feature around your home? If you have plenty of pallets to hand, you can quickly and easily slot and secure them together to make a sofa and coffee table area. Paint them up to a colour of your choosing (though pure white looks fantastic when it comes to pallet DIY) and then depending on your tastes and what you have to hand, perhaps place a futon mattress and cushions on the sofa, and a glass surface on your new coffee table. If you’ve got the room, how about making your own free standing swimming pool? It might sound crazy but it’s been done, in relative quick time by a pallet enthusiast over a weekend. By securing pallets into an octagonal shape, then waterproofing with plastic tarpaulin and plastic lining, you have yourself your own affordable pool that looks great.
Pro Pallet Craftsmanship
All of these things can be achieved with enthusiasm and a little know how. You can get further ideas by going online and seeing what other pallet creations there are, they usually come with handy instructions from the maker too. The best thing to do is take a look what’s out there and give it a go – and then start to think of your own ideas to share. With the right understanding pallets have been recycled into flooring, sheds and raised garden beds. Go nuts!