Your home office doesn’t have to be filled with expensive, mass-produced furniture. If you’re up for a little challenge and want to save a lot of money on a new desk, bookshelf, or divider, you should consider building your own home office pallet furniture. It’s a hands-on way to make your home office a reflection of who you are, and your pallet furniture will be a conversation starter for years to come.
Browse through these unique home office pallet furniture ideas and see what inspires you.
Tip for painting pallets: Most of the pallet furniture shown below is unfinished and unpainted. If you’re not a fan of the unfinished, rough wood look, you can always paint your pallets. Make sure to use primer first, as pallets are notoriously absorbent and difficult to achieve even color on.
Easy, DIY Home Office Pallet Furniture Ideas
This is a great pallet desk – it’s simple, spacious, and doesn’t take up too much space. The height of the pallet is perfect for allowing a desk chair to roll under it (and still have plenty of room above your legs while you’re working). This desk appears to be crafted from 3 pallets and a few longer planks for reinforcements.
Uniform color and clean lines make this pallet desk professional, not cobbled together or rustic. If you want to go for this look with your home office pallet furniture, you’ll need to look for pallets that are clean and in great shape. This is not a project for dumpy, reclaimed pallets that are falling apart.
For the best visual presentation with this desk, remove or store clutter from your office and use simple, monochromatic furniture and decor. By contrast, your DIY pallet desk becomes even more visually interesting with its difference in color shades and interesting lines.
Pallet bookshelves are a cost-effective idea for any home office, home, office, classroom – really, any place that needs more vertical storage or is too small for big, clunky bookshelves. There are several styles of pallet bookshelves that are popular for different purposes – small “basket” style bookshelves are great for classrooms with young children or doctor’s offices to outwardly display books and magazines, while bookshelves like the one pictured above are great for homes and offices.
You can build your bookshelves by removing the slats that cover the two open areas running parallel inside the pallet, then using those slats to create a “bottom” for your books to rest on. Paint your pallets the color of your choice!
This is a really unique home office pallet furniture idea, and one that might be the most useful: A pallet room divider! When you’re working from home, it’s nice to have a separate space for work, but for many reasons, sometimes it’s not possible. This divider will give you a clear boundary between what’s house and what’s office. You’ll need several pallets for this–it looks like at least 9-10 for a divider like this.
You’ll work better, your office will feel cozier, and you can decorate the divider with artwork, mirrors, sconces, and more. Depending on the look you want from it, you can stain or paint your pallet to match your existing decor and color scheme.
It’s compact, out of the way, but amazingly functional. One pallet and some planks of wood create this little “bar” style 2-tiered pallet desk with a footrest, keyboard shelf, and the ability to be tucked into even the smallest corner of your home. This desk is for people who thought they didn’t have enough space for a home office.
And let’s not ignore the fact that you work from home – AKA, you can work from anywhere. That includes your backyard. Why not make this a weekend project and give yourself a comfy “outdoor office” where you can sit, swing, and get work done on nice days? Sunlight boosts productivity and you’ll enjoy the change of pace.
This pallet “bench swing” is made with 3 pallets, heavy duty rope, and some basic lawn chair cushions and pillows to pad the seat and make it comfortable.
There are so many creative home office pallet furniture ideas out there – if you start doing research, you can choose a project and have it finished in a day or two. Whether you’re into recycling or just want a visual change, pallet furniture is a bold and appealing choice.