It’s pretty common to see pallets on Craigslist or sitting out in the back of hardware and lumber stores. Pallets are surprisingly versatile and can be very useful around your home.
You can usually get them for free — or at least for a very low price for pallets in excellent shape.
Let’s take a look at how you can repurpose pallets for your off-grid property and/or homestead, all while saving lots of money:
1. Flooring: People literally pay hundreds of dollars for custom reclaimed barn wood flooring. Disassembled pallets can replicate that same warm, worn wood feeling for a fraction of the cost. Pallets are generally far easier to find than actual old barn siding and require less effort on your part. Loading pallets into your truck or trailer is less intensive than pulling siding from an old barn. Click here for a tutorial.
2. Sheds: Needing to build a new shed? Pallets can be used to construct sturdy, long-lasting sheds at a serious discount compared to buying lumber. Another benefit of sheds built with pallets is that, depending on how you build them and whether you disassemble them, the gaps in the pallets allow you to add insulation fairly easily. Click here for a guide on building a basic shed. Don’t forget that one of these sheds can easily be tweaked to function as a greenhouse, chicken coop, woodshed, etc.
3. Fencing: Fencing is a necessity, especially if you live in the country and plan to add livestock. Even if you just need a way to keep your dog at home or keep your chickens out of your garden, pallets can be used to build fencing. Like most of these projects, a pallet fence can be super basic (t-posts with a whole pallet slip over them) or more advanced (disassembled pallets used to build a replica picket fence). Jump here if you’re interested in a basic pallet fence or here for a more advanced option.
4. Cabin: Yes, you can build a cabin with pallets for guests, hunting or just a cute little retreat on your back 40. Out of all the projects on this post, this one will require the most skill. Even though this isn’t necessarily difficult, you will need prior experience with building before taking this one on. Although a full-size cabin could be built with pallets, it would require more knowledge than I can include here. Instead of a large cabin, I would recommend trying out a small cabin that functions as the increasingly popular “tiny home.” Though this page links only to a company, it does give a very good look into how a pallet tiny home could look.
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