brilliant d-i-y pallet desks, table, stairs

Rogier Jaarsma

When we pass cast-off wooded shipping pallets on the street, we find ourselves imagining ideas we’ve collected in our “pallets” file, and trying them out in our minds. We are especially inspired by the visionary open offices Dutch firm Most Architecture designed as a temporary space for the company Brandbase. The client asked that the space be furished with recyclable materials, so the designers thought of shipping pallets, configuring them in ways that invited people to sit, stand or lie on them.

In addition to some cool desks, Most designed a conference table…

…(that with its glass top, it would make a fine, odd dining table)

Rogier Jaarsma

Rogier Jaarsma

…and a staircase…

Rogier Jaarsma

The key to this stylist, architectural look is partly using new shipping pallets that have clean lines (you can buy them here), and marrying them with sophisticated elements: glass tops, good lighting and classic chairs: The Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair, and the Aeron Chair , for a nice mix of high and low brow.

And we love that you pretty much get how-to d-i-y just by looking at the pictures. You can check out more photos, and the thinking behind these transformed pallets here.

via DesignBoom

Related post: D-I-Y: Pallet Chair (and Stool and Lamp)

7 Responses to brilliant d-i-y pallet desks, table, stairs

  1. S 10.04.2010 at 4:07am #

    these are just 2 places I looked for info about wood pallets:
    http://www.poetichome.com/2010/08/30/toxic-exposure-the-danger-of-repurposing-pallets/
    http://www.cheaplikemeblog.com/environment/dont-reuse-wood-pallets/

    Pallets of recycled wood are chemically treated and new wood ones are often treated as well. Engineered wood is made with formaldehyde and quite toxic. I’m all for cool diy ideas but these are not so good without some good research!

  2. Sally 10.04.2010 at 11:03am #

    S, thank you for alerting us to this. We have been following up on your research and find that much of what you say is true. We are looking into pallets made from heat only -treated woods and will make a report in a few days.

  3. Jen 06.26.2012 at 4:34pm #

    If you paint the pallets are the chemicals still a problem?

  4. Sally 06.26.2012 at 9:44pm #

    No, according to our research, painting can obviate the problem. Scroll down through our post on safe shipping pallets to Nina Saltman’s advise: http://www.improvisedlife.com/2010/10/05/the-scoop-on-safe-shipping-pallets-shipping-pallets-101/

  5. susan opdahl 09.12.2012 at 10:13pm #

    HOW ABOUT AN OUTDOOR DECK FROM PALLETS? I have used three for a back door stoop for about 10 years, it is dry here in CO but they have not rotted.

  6. Sally 09.13.2012 at 12:29pm #

    Hey, that sounds interesting. Can you send a picture?

  7. how do u make the white coffee table 05.15.2013 at 10:26pm #

    i really really like that coffee table out of pallets can u send me the instructions on how to make it i would be so happy

    thank you eileen doyle

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