More and more individuals are taking an interest in building pallet furniture. This is thanks in part to popular websites that have shown how interesting, useful, and beautiful furniture made from wood pallets can be. Building pallet furniture is not only a great way for you to learn a new skill and feel satisfied with the work you have personally done, but it is a great way to recycle. Before any pallet furniture building project can begin it, suitable pallets must be found.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to find free wood pallets almost anywhere. Some grocery stores, department stores, hardware stores, and other businesses may have pallets just lying around. You may be able to take them for free. The key is looking around and being open to options. If you spread the word among friends and family members that you would like to acquire a few pallets, they may have seen some that you can easily get your hands on. Another option is to buy pallets. Most hardware stores have them for sale.
When you are looking for pallets to use for your furniture projects, you want to find ones that are in good shape. For the vast majority of furniture projects that you do, you will need the individual slats from the pallet. So if you find an entire pallet that has a couple of broken or missing slats, it’s no problem. You can still take it apart and then use the ones that are in good condition. You also want to look to make sure that the pallets are not moldy, stained, or otherwise damaged. It can be difficult to clean pallets that have not been well taken care of. Some of what has been spilled on pallets may even be dangerous to you, your family members, and pets.
The vast majority of pallets that are used in the United States have been stamped. The stamps will provide basic information on the chemicals that are used to treat the pallets. You want to be aware that some pallets are not suitable for furniture or other do-it-yourself projects in your home because of the strong chemicals that are used.
Most pallets meet ISPM15 standards. This was a standard that was developed by the International Plant Protection Convention. It means that the wood has been treated in order to prevent the spread of diseases and insects when the pallets are used to ship items between different countries. The process that these pallets go through includes removing the bark, treating them with heat, and then fumigated them with methyl bromide. After this treatment process, they are stamped. It is important for you to learn what the stamps mean in order to protect yourself and your family.
Making furniture and other home projects from wood pallets can be lots of fun. Finding quality pallets is the first step in this exciting project.