Where the heck can I get some free pallets?
The new craze hitting up your home that has taken you centuries to come up with. Looking for a unique look rather than copying that annoying neighbor of yours? The answer just may be finding yourself some free pallets. But where can I get some free pallets you ask?
You may think that finding free pallets is difficult. Many stores such as Walmart, Home Depot or your local paint store may be the answer.
In this article I will list some of the various places that I as well as others have hit the pallet goldmine of free pallets.
Why use pallets?
Suddenly everyone is updating their home décor, even those that lack any artistic sense now want something unique. Pallets are easy to work with and are versatile.
Although pallets are all pretty similar there stores can be very different. Some aged to perfection by sitting in a dusty warehouse for years while others that may have toughed it outside.
Both get that wood a unique weathered look and smell. Different patterns or grains pop after you give that board a little TLC.
You can tackle pallet projects at a very affordable price or even FREE. We all love the word FREE!
Their popularity has since grown due to the FREE price tag and unique character they can add. Pallet projects are also a favorite amongst the avid weekend warriors.
Picking the perfect pallets
Believe it or not, all pallets are not created equal. Most pallets that are made these days have switched to using softwoods like pine. Back in the day when hardwood was abundant pallets were solid.
Regardless of what type of wood the pallet is make sure it has the character that you’re looking for. Some pallets are rough cut which have cool saw markings while some use a smooth board.
I think if you are going to build something from free pallets you will want as much character as possible. Just stay clear of wood that is already rotten and falling apart.
Also an important fact to consider is where your project will be used (indoors or outdoors)
Pallets that were heat treated would be a better choice for projects that will end up indoors. Some pallets are also chemically treated. This type would be a better choice for outdoor projects.
Where can I get some free pallets?
So now that you are now the “King of DIY pallet projects” you’ll have a crowd to impress at your next superbowl party.
It’s your chance to showcase your talent and put your friends to shame who know you for your flat sense of creativity. So it’s time to start finding some FREE PALLETS!
1. People you know
Family, friends and neighbors may just have what you’re looking for or know where some free pallets are.
2. Big box stores
Home Depot or Lowes don’t just sell wood but can be a great source for Free Pallets. They may be slightly damaged but great for a pallet project
3. Paint stores
Buckets of paint are shipped on pallets… go figure.
4. Storage units
Storage units may have a community dumpster that may be overflowing with free pallets
5. Fencing Companies
Fencing companies may not have pallets but surely they have tons of old fencing that they have removed from a recent clients house to replace. Save it from the dump!
6. Feed stores
Live around a feed store? They have tons of stuff that is received on pallets
7. Craft stores
8. Grocery stores
9. Carpet stores
10. Construction sites
You will surely find Free pallets at a construction site. Play it safe and go while they are working. You may come out with more free wood than you expected.
11. Social Media
Search Facebook Marketplace, you can find just about anything there
Don’t forget to check Craigslist.
13. Garden stores
14. SOD companies
15. Take a Sunday drive
Get out and drive around. I always see stacks of pallets sitting out in front of companies or houses.
16. Trash day
One mans trash is another mans treasure!
17. Shipping companies
18. At work
You have the inside advantage here!
19. At a shipyard
20. Any Dumpster
Don’t be afraid to dive on in…. Not the case. Typically people just sit pallets beside dumpsters just because they are to hard to put them in.
Needless to say there are tons of places that you can get your hands on some free pallets. You may be surprised what you can create with a few free pallets.
I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.
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