Ever driven or walked by a big pile of wooden pallets with a “FREE” sign taped to them?
Ever thought, I’d grab a few if I knew what to do with them?
Great news! Those large, wooden shipping blocks used to protect goods during transport and stack them once they arrive at the retailer are good for more than just storage. In the last few years, recycled pallets have become one of the top “to-dos” on just about every weekend warrior’s list—and for good reason, since they’re a budget-friendly and low-waste way for DIYers to make the stylish rustic decor.
City dwellers can often find them straight on the curb; you might also snag them at food and pet supply stores, or in the dumpsters at some hardware stores.
One of the easiest ways to repurpose pallets at home is with a pallet bed. With this project, you won’t even have to dismantle the pallets to use them; creating a relaxing bed or daybed is as simple as stacking the pallets and topping them with a mattress. (You’ll want to wash and prepare the pallets first.) The result is super sturdy and functional, and—despite their inherent rustic, industrial style—complementary of a wide range of decor. Need more inspiration?
Here are 10 stylish pallet beds to get you going.
1. A modern yet playful day bed
Ivy of @home.of.ivy gave these pallets a second life when she created a daybed for her son’s room. Outfitted with a gray cushion, this minimalist bed feels decidedly modern and sleek—but a mix of pillows in black, white, and gray prints make it feel playful and kid-friendly, too.
2. An industrial-meets-girly pallet bed
This inviting pallet bed from Anh of Girl and the Word is the key furniture piece that ties up the whole boho-inspired look in this industrial loft. The bare wood of the pallet bed helps lend warmth to the mostly white room, and ties together the floral accent wall with the room’s exposed brick.
3. A twinkling boho-style pallet bed with headboard
Shefali of Go Boho Decor used string lights to illuminate the platform and headboard of her pallet bed—a functional nightlight that feels a little magical, too. Filled with lush plants, this bedroom feels almost like it’s in an enchanted forest.
4. A natural and minimalist pallet bed
This room from Vanessa of @vancobb_ puts natural materials in the spotlight, surrounding the raw wood pallet bed with other textures that include live and dried plants and lots of wickers. A deep green accent wall adds another hint of the outdoors, while neutral linens keep the room bright.
5. A simple and chic pallet bed
Colette from Colette’s Little Homemade her unfinished palette bed looks delicate and soft by piling it high with fluffy pillows and a soft pink-toned throw. The addition of some simple potted plants and white decor creates peaceful bedroom vibes.
6. A colorful and cheery pallet bed
The natural tone of wood pallets feels modern and minimalist—a perfect way to showcase lots of colorful textiles, like Shefali of GoBoho Decor did here. Plants and flowers complete the fresh look.
7. A rustic pallet bed with a headboard
Vic from @our_home_in_kingstone shows the perfect way to give teens and tweens a room upgrade without breaking the bank. Here, a rustic pallet bed and headboard add a vintage industrial edge to an otherwise girly room. Bonus: The slats in the pallet bed are the perfect size to store pairs of shoes.
8. A Scandi-style pallet daybed
In this Scandi-style daybed made by Laura and Kevin of @home.eighteen, there’s just a peek of the pallet’s exposed wood; the rest is covered by comfy cushions in a slate gray color, then piled high with cushions for optimal lounging.
9. A rustic, minimalist wood pallet bed
This bedroom proves that rustic style doesn’t just belong in an old cabin. Marta from @Home_m_ gave her pallet bed a unique look by rearranging its planks to fit together snugly. Next to the platform bed, she added a tree stump nightstand and tons of plants; black-and-white bedding and artwork add a dose of modern to the woodsy space.
10. A warm and weathered pallet bed
This bedroom from @AdventuresofPalletman uses a leafy green accent wall to create a warm and inviting backdrop for a weathered wood pallet bed. Kelly green and tobacco-toned bedding and decor double down on the nature-inspired color scheme.