Wooden pallets are used initially as a support platform for various products sold by home improvement stores and farm supply stores, as well as other retail stores. Bags of feed, wood pellets for pellet stoves and various types of building materials are stacked on the pallets and wrapped with heavy plastic to make it easier to move them and store them. This means a large quantity of pallets are manufactured and can be used repeatedly until they begin to show some sort of damage. The pallets are then available for sale to anyone wanting a source of cheap wood, and often they are given away.
There are nearly limitless uses for pallets for anyone with some imagination and time. The pallets can be broken down into separate boards to be used for building small furniture items or crafts. Pallets can also be used as an easy background for yard decorations. One great idea is to paint a few pallets holiday colors such as red, green or white. Stand the pallets up on their side, end to end and string colored lights on them. This arrangement makes a very attractive background for outdoor Christmas figures such as a Santa, snowman or a nativity display. This same idea also works great for Thanksgiving decorations when the pallets are painted a different color.
One very popular pallet craft item has shown up within the past few years. Pallets painted to resemble the American flag can be seen in the front yard or at the driveway entrance of many country homes. The process is easy; simply paint the pallet white before repainting every other board red. Next a field of blue with yellow stars is painted in the upper left corner. Pallets with a higher number of slats work best for this project, but smaller ones work as well.
Many people enjoy growing flowers and vegetables, but a suitable garden space is not always available. This is another great application for a used pallet or two; hang the pallet on the side a building or fence after removing every other slat, placing along the bottom edge of two opposing slats and creating several “troughs” in which flowers or veggies can be planted. The wood can be painted or left natural according to the wish of the “gardener”.
Pallets can also be used as interior decorations, although they work better with a rustic home decor theme. All it takes is some imagination to create a wine rack for the kitchen or a headboard for the bedroom. They can be used in the natural wood state or painted and decorated however the homeowner prefers.
Pallets can also be used to build a fence around the vegetable garden to keep larger critters like rabbits out, and half inch hardware cloth can be stapled around the bottom to control smaller rodents.
The greatest advantage of using wooden pallets is that they are either very inexpensive or completely free. Many pallets are made of hardwood; a material that is quite expensive if purchased as new boards.