Last fall I had the need for a new shed to store my garden tractor in.
Since I had a large number of used wooden pallets on hand
I decided to put them to a good use.

The following pictures show the end results.

"The Pallet Shed"
A good example of
Building with pallets



The project was started in Early December 2002.
As soon as the shed was started the snow began to fall.
I think I waited too long to get at it.
That slowed the construction down a bit.
A total of twenty five pallets, which might have been
from a factory with a new robotic palletizer and steelpallets.
That is twenty five pallets that didn't go to the local landfill.
The total cost was $75.00
Please note that this shed has been in uses for 10 years and with just a
bit of repairs is as good as the day it was built.
It is now  Feb 7, 2014 and the shed is a good as it was the day it was built

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Well I'm at it again.
This time I need a new wood shed and had a lot of good pallets on hand.
The walls will be built the same way I built the Pallet Fence.

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Page One of "the Pallet Shed"


The floor consisted of four  4 ft x 4 ft pallets.
The footings were used bricks.

The old shed in the background is scheduled for demolition.


Each wall used two pallets on the lower sections.
The front was made with one pallet cut into to sections 
making the door.
For the top front I split two pallets and overlapped them 
to the lower ones and did the same for the upper sides.
The roof was made using four pallets.
I had to use four 2x4 stringers here.
The only new lumber used in the shed.
I took several damaged pallets apart and
used the boards to overlap the spacing in 
the pallets.
I used a part sheet of used plywood to make the floor solid.
A pallet was used for the ramp.
I was checking to see if the tractor fit the shed
which of course it did.
It's just about finished.
Trim boards are now installed.
They were parts of pallets and some used lumber I had laying around.
The door was also made using a pallet.
The finished product.
I gave it a coat of paint and extended the ramp in the spring.
The ramp is hinged so that it can be folded out of the way.
I had to hinge this section to save my head while
driving the tractor in and out.

I've heard comments that building with pallets is a bad idea because the wood used in them is not #1 grade and they will rot out quite quickly. Well this wood shed has gone through 10 Canadain winters and shows very little signs of rot. It's as good today as it was when it was built.

People these days people are doing all kinds of things with pallets.
These two hutches are a good example.
That looks to me like about a half a dozen pallets
that didn't end up in the landfill.
The pictures were submitted through my facebook page on pallet building


These hutches were built by Candace & Jerry Holt 
The Rusty Nail of Leesville in Louisiana.
They are now in the process of building a garden shed.
These look very nice to me and I can see a few nice uses for them. 
How about at the cottage ???


Lyn Pierce of Leland North Caroline has started to build a Pallet Shed
He got the idea from my Pallet Shed.

Lyn is going to use plywood to tie the
floor pallets together 
Lyn now has the second row just about finished 
and has to tie the top pallets together.
Then comes the roof.
The finished product.

Another of my visitors, Carley Karen from Granby, MA built a chicken
coop using pallets and had the following to say about it.

"I found your website about a year ago - this time - and it was really just what I was looking for.  I was ordering baby chicks in the spring and planning to use my summer to build their new coop - and seeing your projects sort of solidified the possibility in my mind of making it out of pallets and recycled stuff.  I had no building experience - but your pictures  - and a lot of books - helped me to put the thing together.  This summer I am planning on expanding their arrangement.
Aside from using pallets - I found windows and doors - and an old pressure treated wheelchair ramp  -- for lots of 2x6 and 2x8 lumber all used for the deck - at something called "freecycle"  -- it's an online recycling site.

Now aren't those just the luckiest chicks around ??


Pete from Canton, MO  USA sent in these pictures showing how he tries to save the environment.
He had the following to say:
"I love what you have done using pallets.  I have been using them for quite sometime and am amazed at how much use they are. 
I have attached some pic's of some of my structures.  My latest craze is using pallets and old large satellite dishes for roofs.  Also have used old truck canopies for the same purpose.   We freecycle a lot and get these items for free.   I got the siding for a friend who was having new put on their house and I took the old stuff." 

Tony Utterback from Arab Alabama has also built a shed
using pallets as the main building component


Ken Hoh of Walton, KY. has used pallets for some years now as a building material.
He just finished the chicken coup shown below and is planning a foot bridges across the back of the ponds on his property. He says that both ponds are triangular and stream fed.  So crossing the tail can be tricky.  He is going to make a pillar of 4 foot pallets and use the 12 foot long x 4 foot wide pallets as a base for a foot bridge.  They should make nice fishing platforms too.
His total cost for this coup coup was $6 - H didn't have any door hinges. 


This shed was built by Peter Glendinning 
It holds 3 1/2 cords of wood.
Once the roof is shingled he is ready for winter.

This shed was build by Tom Anthony, Kodiak Alaska.
He had the following to say about his shed.
"I got to say that your idea for the pallet wood shed is great.  Here in Kodiak it can be tough to keep your wood dry.  I just completed our woodshed based on your idea, with a few modifications.  My total cost was roughly $50 for some hardware, and 2X 4's.  Not bad considering the cost of lumber here.  I did happen to score pretty good at the local landfill for lumber though. Anyway, I will attach a picture of the new addition,
still needs a door. 
In the picture is my wife Thea and our bird dog Maggie."
This play fort was built by Keith E. Hyndman, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA.
Keith had the following to say about it.
"Not one piece of lumber was purchased, all of the framing came for pallets, the flooring and walls...pallets, the roof sheathing was pieced together from old plywood cabinet doors. Roll roofing was some left over given to me by a co-worker.  The wooden ladder was given to me by my neighbor.
Cinder block footers, given to me by my neighbor.

Hope this helps inspire others to create things from recycled materials."


Another Wood Shed built from pallets

Just wanted to show you the product of wondering around on the internet one day searching for ideas about a wood shed from wood pallets.  I had such a good time building this shed, but it was a bit of a challenge.  My shed is built on the edge of a ravine, so there were some problems to be worked out.
I was trying to build this shed a cheaply as possibly, but had to haul in 6 ton of gravel, thus most of my expense.  And, by the time was all said and done, I had to paint the shed to look presentable to my property.  Any way, thank you for the ideas and inspiration.  The job from concept to completion took be about six weeks.  Of course I did not work on the project every day and some days I only worked an hour or so.  Again, thank you for your ideas and I now have about 2 chords of wood safely stored with room for another cord if I so choose.



A recent visitor to this site sent me the following pictures and comments

"I recently I was building a new lean-to onto the out building for lawnmower storage.  I had sticker shock from the price of concrete here and looked for another option. As we a big problem with termites here in south Georgia, I didn't want wood touching the ground.  What we found was a used pallet dealer that had a load of plastic pallets.  The attached photos show what we came up with.  It has really worked out very well.  I enjoyed browsing your site.  A lot of good ideas there. 
Hope this will help some one with a future project. 


Mike Millson of Jackson TN has built two small projects using pallets.
He had the following to say about them.

"I thought I would send you some pictures of two small projects I have made with pallets.  Being a University of Tennessee Master Gardener, I needed a good place to pot, repot, start seeds, etc.  I made this potting bench for this purpose and used some left over exterior paint to bump it up a little.
I also have some "backyard hens" and needed a nest box.  I obtained some milk crates and some pallets and cut up the pallets, added a sloped top and here it all is.
Your site is wonderful and appreciate all the time you spent making it so. Thank you for your recyclying and repurposing otherwise more products to over flow our landfills. 
-Mike Millson
Jackson, TN  38301

Ian Turner from Vancouver Island B.C. Canada had need of a wood shed.
He thought he would try one like I did and his results were pretty good.

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