DIY Pallet Shed


You can often find pallet sheds for free on Craigslist so start searching then get to building!

Recycling pallets to build projects is a sustainable activity, just make sure your pallets are chemical and nail free before using them. We actually recommend you shop for new pallets as often times used pallets may be contaminated without you even knowing it.

Butch Bridges built this shed from pallets and there are a lot of people out there who want to save money and recycle and wish to find clean pallets for cheap that they can use in their own home improvement projects. Here is his project with more detailed information on how he built it.

A mini-industry has popped up for anyone with a pickup truck that is willing to find pallets and sell them.

The tools you need to build with pallets include:
Circular Saw
Recip Saw

Having all of the above tools will make quick work of stubborn nails and damaged pallets. You shouldn’t mess with old pallets that have rusty nails as it can be extremely dangerous, and make sure you dispose of any unused pallets before someone steps on them.

Have fun!





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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Linda C

    I built my chicken coop from pallets… insulated & all

    • martyallen77

      Can you post pictures of this, or e-mail to It would be greatly appreciated!!!

  • Susann Rozell

    How do you keep the bottom & top pallets together?

    • Charles & Hudson

      Hi @susannrozell:disqus – We just updated the post with a link to the full plans for the pallet shed. Good luck!

  • JayandPola Morrison

    Fantastic idea – thanks for posting!

  • david adamson

    How does a person get plans for these sheds?

  • Tom

    Why not use nail instead of bolts to connect the pallets?

    • Charles & Hudson

      Good question Tom but bolts will hold tight and nails will loosen over time and vibration. When building a shed with a roof overhead you don’t want anything loose.

    • HC

      At a minimum, I would suggest screws instead of nails when dealing with outside wood projects (such as a deck). Temperature changes can squeeze out the nails and loosen the whole structure.

      Those bolts, in this project, is definitely the way to go for longevity.

      my $0.02

  • uisignorant

    I don’t know where you built this, but I am sure it would not pass any building codes.

    • Will

      You are ignorant if you believe in code enforcement.

      • uisignorant

        Try building it in my city and you will learn all about it.

  • Tucker

    How do I get plans for this shed?