The Pallet Wood Shed
A good example of Building with Pallets

The following pictures show the end results.
A total of twenty five pallets were used so far which is
twenty five pallets that didn't go to the local landfill.
My total cost as of May 9 is $ 47.00

Please note that this shed has been in uses for 8 years and with
just a bit of repairs is as good as the day it was built.



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Page Two of "The Pallet Wood Shed"


The Pallet Bench

Mike Millson, Jackson, TN  who is the coordinator at one of the Jackson Community Gardens  wanted to add some park-like seating.
Where else could he get basically free benches other than using pallets.
So he bought one 8-ft pressure treated 2x4, cut it up for the legs and then cut the pallets to fit the design he wanted.
Another novel use for pallets, an outhouse built by Fred
 It measures a bit more than a meter by meter. 41" by 45"
Another shed built with pallets. This time in Scotland
Glen Blackie, Perth, Scotland sent me the following three pictures and had the following to say about his shed.
"I  had the opportunity back in January 2010 to start a stockpile of pallets no longer required and in a variety
of states and sizes. After seeing the constructions on your site I was inspired to try my hand at building my own.  Although my father has been doing diy and wood working for most of my life I have not quite had the same experience and knowledge. Not put off by this I thought why not!  First I dug the ground flat. This involved shifting a fair tonnage of soil. In January and February I had to chip at the topsoil which had frozen due to our worst weather in decades.

I used some hefty pallets as a base and constructed the walls two pallets high leaving a pallet width gap 
at the front for the door.  As money was a constraint I only spent on nails, screws, beams for the 
single slope roof and a roll of roofing felt.

As my girlfriend Sarah and I live in the countryside and have a open fireplace all offcuts went straight 
on the fire.  As my source of pallets continued I cut down the slats from more pallets and nailed these on
for a cladding effect. More slats were nailed from beam to beam for the roof before the felt went down. 
Sarah saw some doors lying at the side of the road, and after checking with the local farmer, one became 
the front door and the glass of the other became one window.
A glass picture frame became another window, and a small investment managed to purchase
a small solar powered interior light.

A green paint was purchased and that was plastered on the walls.  As can be seen by the photos the beams are intentionally sticking out, so that next year Sarah can hang some flower baskets.
All in all the 'Workshop' as it is now called (due to its size) cost under £100 and currently contains 'stuff'moved from our small cottage. Hopefully you you enjoy the few photos attached."

The idea of building a home hangout down the garden was born in November 2009, after many seasons spent outside sitting around an open fire playing musical instruments jamming with my friends, we decided it was just getting too cold for it and dreamt up the idea of building something using recycle materials. We'd all heard of people building sheds from pallets and so we jumped on the net and had a good look around.

After stumbling across your site amongst others it was a done deal, my brother in law Tom works for a camping shop warehouse and as such had a plentiful supply of pallets coming through the doors every week, he had a word with his boss and we suddenly had 206 pallets to hand.

In the March of this year (2010) I hired a van to collect the pallets and spent a day with Tom and my good friend Russ shifting that lot, back breaking work but so rewarding as well, just knowing what was coming.

Since March I've been busy building the ultimate shed at the bottom of my garden, the base is made from pallets, the walls are made from pallets, the roof is pallets covered with grade 3 OSB board, all the cladding is pallets and I've paid out a little more than most on the
build as I wanted it to last a long time, so the roof joists, insulation, OSB roof boards and the roof covering which is a massive sheet of rubber is all that has been bought new for the construction, oh
yeah and a bunch, well actually a lot of nails and screws :-)

I was donated a front door by a friend and my windows came from my neighbour who was having new uPVC windows installed, bit of a result really. Floorboards were picked up from a local reclamation yard, I had to pay for those too but they were pretty cheap to be fair.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the results, especially so as I had very little wood working skills before the build and was not even a very keen DIYer, now, I'm a changed man :-)

I hope you enjoy the pics and feel free to add anything here to your site - well done and hopefully together we can start inspiring more people to build with pallets, rather than see the wood just end 
up on the bonfire or in landfill.

Kelly Hutchinson
The UK

Day 1 206 Pallets in my garden
Floor down and walls going up (brother in law Tom there)
Floor down and walls going up 
Walls up and temporary roof on
Starting the cladding, door in
Cladding done and stained
Inside (still to be finished)
Fnally after 13 months, yesterday I the Pallet shed.
I've attached some more pics of it as it looks now, enjoy, I certainly
did building it. Finished all the interior cladding and sanding the floorboards
Bench seat and storage in and all cladded up as well
I originally wanted a wood burning stove inside, but unfortunately the fire risk was just too high and after all my hours spent building it, last thing I wanted was to watch it turn 
to ashes. So instead I bought a little low cost eco electric heater and now project a fire onto the wall instead... feels warm even if it isn't with 84 inches of flames on the wall.
Sofa's and chairs all in, walls need something now to make them feel homely... but not too much, Im not hiding that beautiful pallet wood!

Carla Bennett submitted these pictures and story through her blog

The Cheapest Woodshed in France

Winter is on it's way again and the annual task of collecting wood starts in September. Storage has always been a problem chez nous. We tried storing it in the garage. This kept it good and dry but shifting meter lengths of wood from out of the garage to cut and
then reloading it back into the garage was hard work and made a big Mess!
Then we tried stacking the wood in a big pile on the grass next to the drive and covered it with plastic. It was a constant battle with the weather, preventing the cover from blowing off and battling with it in the pouring rain. Last year we had a disaster when the covering came off and the wood got soaking wet.
It was clear that we needed a better solution. The wood needed to be close to the house and kept dry with something more reliable. Although the garden is quite big there isn't much scope for a large shed but we came up with an idea whilst clearing brambles between the conifers at the back of the house.
Meter lengths of wood can be kept dry by stacking as square as possible and placing something which covers the top only. It's not necessary to completely cover the whole stack, in fact it's more beneficial if you don't, as air can cirulcate and continue drying the wood.
We decided to stack the wood between the conifer trees. It was dead space not being used for anything other than growing weeds and had the added benefit of the trunks supporting the wood either side. Each stack was covered by a piece of black polythene across the top and planks to weigh it down.
So that was the storage solution for meter lengths but what about cut wood? Keeping cut wood covered with plastic is more of a battle as it's difficult to stack squarely and if it blows off, you can't burn it until it drys out which is very difficult to do in the middle of winter.
So after considering forking out hundreds of euros for a fancy shed, I discovered a groovy blog about a couple from Nova Scotia who used old pallets to build their shed.
It hadn't occured to me before. I'd used pallets for making compost bins but never considered making a structure out of them. We needed to store about 4 cubic meters of cut wood at a time so the shed didn't need to be that big.
First then - get a shed load (no pun intended) of pallets. I often found the odd one or two at E LeClerc in St Junien and occassionally at Gamme Vert but I needed about 12 pallets. After putting a post on a French forum, I'd managed to get 8 roof tile pallets from a builder. Then I spotted a school being extended in the small village of St Cyr
about 20 minutes from us and asked the Mason if I could take some of his pallets.
Our chief engineer, designer and technician was Steve. The base was of course Pallets to keep the wood off the ground and air circulating all round. Using his trusty chainsaw, Steve cut small pieces off the pallets so that they would lock together at the corners to make the structure stronger. Pallets were put in place to start the structure.

Then he hammered 3 stakes in the ground, this would support each side and the back. Once all the pallets were stacked into place, we used plastic zip ties to reinforce the joints and attach it to the stakes. Steve also fitted a piece of old Angle Iron across the front along the top for extra strength and also creating a handy hanger for my garlic!
Now for the roof - 2 sheets of corrugated sheeting from Roberts in Rochechouart - much cheaper than UPVC or other plastic stuff. After designing a makeshift roof rafter from an old plank of wood to give a good angle for water run off, the sheets were screwed
into place and the roof fixed on.
This was a good opportunity for collecting rain water. So using an old piece of piping with a slit cut into it along it's length, was pushed onto the roofing sheets and then a piece of old inner tube was attached to the end and dropped into a barrel.

Voila - the cheapest wood shed in France - €36 euros to be exact.
The only adaptation we have made is to add a front using pallets again,
so that cut wood and be thrown into it like a big bucket.

Traci Perg from Oklahoma City built this chicken coop using pallets and other material that was recycled.
The following pictues show the start of construction and the end results. To view a much more complete picture gallary of this project go to the following site. Everything from the first pallet to moving the coop to a new site is here.

 Measurements based on what supplies I'd gathered.  Lazy way to move pallets.
 Here we've chosen a shady spot in the yard, laid out 
the pallets and nailed them together and laid
3/4" plywood on top for the floor.
 We've built the back wall out of stacked pallets and the two side walls halfway up. Since the pallets can only be nailed together on the sides with supports, it was really important to nail the plywood over in a way that tied everything together. We used 3/4" exterior grade plywood for this too, making sure that it overlapped the bottom pallets about two inches and could be nailed into it, as well as the wall framing. We also made sure that no seams of the plywood sheets fell on the joint between two pallets.
 Here you see exterior sheathing on the bottom half of the side walls and the beginning of the front wall. We've used pallets halfway up, then framed in the door and space for two windows. Just a little bit further along with the wall and door framing. There's a lot of splicing here because we were using only recycled material as much as possible.
 Here both windows are on in the front, and the east wall framing is up. The coop has an angled roof, so the top pallets had to be cut on an angle and have another 2x4 nailed in place on the sloping side.
Here's a better view of the angled pallet on the sides. 
 Okay, all the framing is done on the front, and we've got one of our 12 ft top plates that ties everything together. Here we're working on the framing for the west wall. It works just the same.
 We only used one pallet on the sides. Since the space between the end of the first pallet and the back wall was less than two feet, we simply used the top plate to span that space. We used packing pallets from a local lawn mower shop to do the roof joists. These were the side shipping pallets from ZTR mowers. It was just after the primary elections and we got permission from the city zoning department to gather all those waste political signs. Here we've nailed them to the bottom of these roof joists and will fill in in the middle.
 Better view of the roof.  Another view of the east wall with framing
 A different view, same point in construction.  Here you can see the back of the roof with the signs lining the inside partially completed.
 Here's Ms. Pac trying to decide if little strips of silicone caulk are edible. They are not, but chickens are dumb. We took a quick break to clean up the caulk.  Nest boxes full of hay and ready to use.

Christopher Murphy sent in the following pictures of his pallet shed.
He had the following to say about his shed.
"I only have $150 into the shed so far. Everything was recycled or given to me on craigslist for the project :)
I started with the floor 3 pallets wide and 4 deep.  Then added the walls 2 pallets tall. 
Got the usb from my father in law for free. It was scrap from the lumberyard he works at. 
The only thing I purchased was the nails, and 2x6s for the roof. 
I just finished the roof the other day. I found 5 bundles of shingles for free and got dented drip edge from my father in law  for free :) .
I am currently ready to side the shed and trim it out. Then build the front doors and I will be done :) been a long almost year long project so far.. but its getting close!"

The following pictures were submitted by Jean-Christophe But from France
He had access to 4 meters by 2 meters pallets which he says made
the construction much easier then with the smaller ones.
Well, I have to dismantle and remove again to make me a stock of boards (10 cm wide, 16mm thick, 4 m long) is longer to remove the twisted nails and nailed to the air gun at the construction of pallets. I start with "bard" horizontally inside and in this way I create a partition that is then filled with an insulation thickness of 7.5 cm or poles, with sheep's wool mixed with hair. This mix I found in mattresses (not soiled) on which our old and slept until the 70s, equipped the bedding of our homes. So "dismantling" of the seams and recovery of wool (mask recommended). It is then aerated and "treated" with an anti-mite spray and then returned to the air. Dubbing obtained is then filled with this yarn and I added a few more "balls" of moth acquired by conscience. I think I also use this process when I will step "house" but I also bales of straw, there will certainly use in the isolation of the next construction. Many documents and many techniques already exist on the subject to make it necessary to speak here. 
In this case the openings made ??in the "walls" are easy to perform and will be equally important for those of a habitat. Windows recovery again, may agree. 
Looking at these photos, it is easy to make the finding with simple pallet recovery, nails, some tools and materials could not be more basic, it is possible to build a very low-cost housing that is sustainable, respectful of its environment, the format suited to the needs of future home builders. Pallets so prepared, before assembly, or as and when they rise, are almost similar to the timber frame panels prefabricated factories. Only sections of the poles are different and the cladding and the isolation mode. Nothing prevents the structure built to dress with panels of OSB 3 outside and inside, then the bracing that will strengthen not forgetting, however, increase the number of posts during construction. When I turn to the construction of a housing made ??of pallets larger models, I will not fail to contribute photographs and description of the procedure. I will remain in the use of simple solutions and the least possible cost. This type of method of construction is already widespread and I does nothing more than what many have already done so, in fact some do not make a mistake by creating as in the Emmaus community, a position technical manager, a "Mr. Pallet" responsible for setting up this method of construction for their shelters with the study of self-construction of small houses for the poor. For my part I had started long ago modeled on what I had seen before in the surrounding countryside to achieve in 90 years, a barn of 35 m2 with non-returnable pallets recovered at high levels in a craftsman the building near me. 
To this shelter on clay I used for the supporting structure 4 pallets and the "frame" only two pallets. Of course for a "habitat" it will provide for the creation of a single wood floor and still nothing complicated. 
In all six pallets for an interior space of approximately 14 m2. It was necessary to disassemble many others for the recovery of boards and poles and I have with this, a very large stock of wood in all sections. It only cost me the cement and sand to make concrete pads and the purchase of nails. The pallets are free, only cost me the fuel I put in my van which I harness a large trailer to transport them. It is with this wood I could fix nearly 20 m2 of the roof of my house, providing rafters and battens, slates have been recovered during demolition, so all in recovery and free, except the hooks of course, not bad?


Jean-Christophe But from France really likes to build with pallets. This is his second project. This one is a horse sheletr and is 7 meters long by 4 meters wide. He is now in the planning stages of a small house that he could live in.


Olivier Longuet from Galway, Ireland wanted to share his project with everyone. This website inspired him so
much to make his own shed using pallets and reclaimed timber (for the roof). He started slowly last year and pretty much finished it in September.
To view more of his work go to

Michael McDonald, Bend, Oregon sent me these pictures of his Pallet Shed
He had the following to say about it.
"I've  been looking at the pallet projects on your website for sometime and want to share some photos of my own project that I finished a month ago. It's tiny and basic but I managed to make it with almost all recycled or repurposed materials.  The roofing material and the clear poly-carbonate front windows were purchased retail.  I probably spent less than $150.00 bucks for the whole thing.

Dave from Dublin Ireland has started out building some benches. He hopes his next project will be a beehive, a chicken coop and hopefully a small shed for the back of the garden.
I think Dave is on the right track.
" I've only been doing it two weeks and I've got really ancient saws and tools but I'm getting there." I would say he's getting there. Nice work Dave.

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