There are more than two billion pallets used to ship goods daily. This means that pallets are readily available for a small fee or for free. Anyone refurbishing their bedroom in a DIY project will find pallets useful because they are low cost and easy to use. Here are a few considerations you need to make before you start your project.
- Your mattress size
While using pallets is the easiest way to make a bed frame, you need to consider your mattress size, so don’t have a bed base that is too small or too big. Once you have your mattress size ready, you can start looking at different pallet types. Mattress size is determined by whether you are making the bed for yourself, or a child. A child’s bed will be smaller than that of an adult. Also, the size will be determined by how big you want your bed to be. Some people prefer king size beds, while others are comfortable with a queen size bed. Check out this guide to understand mattress sizes better.
- Pallet types
Pallets are divided into two types: block and stringer pallets. Stronger pallets have three long pieces of wood to support the sides and middle of the parallel board. Block pallets, on the other hand, are supported by blocks on the sides and center of each edge. They are also commonly known as four-way pallets since they have the same orientation whichever way you carry them.
Both types of pallets are strong and will give you a solid bed. However, stringer pallets are preferred because they seem more reinforced than block pallets.
- The frame or no frame
The basics of building a pallet bed do not change and will remain the same in most projects. However, the result can be a very simplified design where your bed will have no frame or headboard. If you want something a little more permanent, and a design that ensures that your mattress stays in place, you need to add a frame to your mattress base. A frame can be made from metal pipes which will secure your mattress and prevent it from moving around. You can also use pallets as the frame and safety panels if you are building a toddler bed. Pallets are also great headboards.
- The design you want to build
Pallet beds are known to be ugly and simple, but this does not have to be the case. Add a little creativity in your project, and you will come up with great designs for your pallet bed. The base may remain simple and sturdy, but you can play around with the headboard and include light fixtures, open spaces, storage, or use different textures and wood color to sprinkle character on your bed. Do a little research on the internet, and you will come up with designs you will love.
Beds made out of pallets are as functional as traditional beds. They are trendy, comfortable, and affordable and a great DIY project for anyone who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty. Pallets are easy to work with, so don’t be afraid to take on the project if your skills are limited. It takes a little bit of work to make them look nicer, but the rustic look is what makes them appealing.