DIY Pallet Shed Plans

The wood from clean pallets is a great building material for projects from wine holders to a pallet sheds. You can often find pallets 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.

Buy New Pallets

We actually recommend you shop for new pallets as often times used pallets may be contaminated with chemicals without you even knowing it.

pallet shed

Buying Used Pallets

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

The best way to find used pallets is to scan Craigslist. Do a general search as often times people post pallets under all types of categories such as household, materials, and tools. If you only search under one area you might miss some others.

Avoid pallets that look they they were used to haul oil or any other chemicals. Also pellets that have been left outside for a long time have probably been compromised by insects or the weather.

Tools Needed

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.

pallet shed

It also helps if you have a planer and jointer to get your boards completely flat and square. Once you’ve got solid stock to work with, you can build anything and for much cheaper than if you were to buy the wood from a home center or lumberyard.


pallet shed

Butch Bridges built this shed from pallets. He documented the project with more detailed information on how he built it including the number of pallets used, time to build, and overall cost. 

Pallet Projects

In addition to sheds, there are a ton of other pallet projects you can build. Search Google and YouTube for “pallet projects” and you’ll find a never ending list of DIY projects. 

Pallet shelves, chairs, tables, and other household items are all great projects. 

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  • Linda C
    March 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I built my chicken coop from pallets… insulated & all

    • martyallen77
      March 24, 2014 at 3:23 am

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

  • Susann Rozell
    June 19, 2013 at 12:12 am

    How do you keep the bottom & top pallets together?

    • Charles & Hudson
      June 19, 2013 at 1:06 am

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

    • q1712593
      October 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      I made it too. Want to know how ? just go to WoodPrix webpage.

  • JayandPola Morrison
    May 7, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Fantastic idea – thanks for posting!

  • david adamson
    May 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    How does a person get plans for these sheds?

  • Tom
    July 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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

    • Charles & Hudson
      July 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      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
      July 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      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
    August 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

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

    • Will
      November 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      You are ignorant if you believe in code enforcement.

      • uisignorant
        November 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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

  • Tucker
    November 13, 2014 at 1:39 am

    How do I get plans for this shed?

  • hobo moe
    April 27, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Went to the link and none of it addresses the question. How are the top and bottom rows attached to each other? The bolts hold the side by side pallets together.

    • Michael Tims
      June 7, 2015 at 1:06 am

      It looks as though he has a 2×4 running down both pallets and then bolted, together.

  • Lynn Revella
    June 5, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    how do I get the link for the plans on this?