While we were visiting in Westport we slept in this very cozy DIY pallet bed made by my sister Susie. This frame made a stable, solid base for the mattress. Who says bedroom furniture has to be expensive? Susie made a bed with lights, storage and tables and didn’t spend a dime. She actually found free pallets and had them delivered for free by a pallet truck!
You may not get that lucky; but if you look around you can find free pallets in good shape in a lot of locations. Many businesses have them stacked outside and don’t mind giving a few away. Ask around and see what you can find! Try lumber yards, big box stores, or any industrial area.
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How did Susie make this awesome DIY pallet bed frame?
We have used pallet boards for decades around our little farm for impromptu animal stall and other projects. But I never thought about actually sleeping on them.
Well Dave and I spent two nights sleeping in this cozy pallet bed. It looks a bit tortuous, but it is NOT! We were seriously impressed with how comfortable this bed is. And it has it’s own sidearm night stands! How cool is that?!
I just had to share this with you!
This is how Susie made this DIY pallet bed
Susie used four-foot pallets and stacked them two deep. NO NAILING! She arranged them so they provided their own bedside tables as well. This is such a great idea! We were surprised how stable this bed is. We slept wonderfully!
Think Creatively !
Susie threw some mini white Christmas lights under the bed for a great night-light effect. She is planning on sanding the rough parts down and putting a bit of padding on the pallet corners to protect little toes! Think how fun it would be to paint this in a distressed look and have some glass cut for the ‘table tops’. Susie is not done with this bed. I’ll keep you posted on her creative brainstorms. There is so much potential here. And it’s free!!
We loved sleeping in this bed. Personally I love the rustic repurposing of pallets. They are so often discarded when their cargo is sold. If you’re looking for an idea for a bed frame, give this some thought. I’d love to know what you come up with for a pallet bed frame!
Where to source and how to prepare your pallet boards for upcycling:
A reader got me started on this idea train. Pallets are incredibly useful for diy projects. BUT when we bring them into our home we need to scrutinize the source and the condition of the pallets closely. Here are some things to consider.
Avoid pallets that are saturated in chemicals for home use. These may leach unwelcome things onto your carpets, bedding and yourself!
If you are getting pallets that are dirty or buggy how to make them fit for use in your DIY project? Especially if you plan to sleep on them? Here are my ideas. Feel free to add your own in the comment section below. All suggestions for properly cleaning and sourcing home friendly pallets are welcome!
- If your pallets are dirty a pressure washer will clean all the surfaces and crevices.
- Or a bleach wash with a sturdy scrub brush will remove or kill bugs, moss and dirt.
- Leave the pallets out to dry until they are completely clean and dry before bringing them into your home.
I found this great article and infographic on Sourcing and prepping pallet boards for any upcycle project by FIX. Check it out!
Source: Fix.com Blog
This bed is published at MMN.com How to make cool stuff out of wooden pallets
99 Pallet Bed Frame Designs has many great ideas for you to get inspired by. Including using those cubby holes!