Have you ever used fleece to upholster a piece of wood furniture you made by hand? At the outset taking the initiative to make furniture for your house by hand can be daunting and may even appear impossible. Whether it be a table, bookcase or a set of shelves, many people let the fear of failure stop them from even getting started. The thought may occur that it takes a master craftsman to make anything that will look as good as a store-bought piece of furniture. For others it could simply be the lack of knowledge and experience that holds them back. Luckily there is a type of furniture crafting that is both easy and inexpensive that will turn out looking great in many home decors. For someone looking to get started as a craftsman a piece of pallet furniture, upholstered with fleece may just be the perfect place to begin.
You know the wooden pallets used in warehouses to store large quantities of products? Well with a little work they can be turned into a beautiful and fully functional piece of furniture. Many people have already made a hobby out of turning these simple wooden carriers into everything from nightstands to a chifforobe.
These projects are easy, and depending on what you are trying to make, do not require too many materials. To make a pallet bed frame, for example, all you have to do is follow four easy steps.
1. Gather the necessary materials. All you need for this are two 44X48 wooden pallets, a few feet of uncut lengths of fleece, a dozen nails, a hammer, a crowbar, and a wrench. One of these pallets should be completely dismantled and the other will have one side free of wood. The strips of wood that are left will make up the legs of the bed. A bed like this can have anywhere from six to fourteen legs but eight is probably ideal.
2. Taking apart the pallets. Use the crowbar by wedging it under planks and then hammering it in until it creates a gap. Once one side comes loose repeat on the other side. When the plank is free use either the back of your hammer or a wrench to pry the nails out of the plank. Repeat until one pallet is completely dismantled and the other only has one side with planks attached.
3. Cutting the wood. Use the pieces of wood you now have to make legs for the bed. The size of the legs do not matter but a good rule of thumb is about half the length of one plank. Make sure that all of the legs are of equal length. Cut twice as many legs as you plan on having for the bed.
4. Attach the legs. The legs should be attached at the corners. The legs can be attached using a hammer and nails. At each corner hammer in two half planks. Attach as many legs as you feel will be needed to give the bed the necessary strength; this depends on the kind of wood used to make your pallets. If needed use a clamp to hold the legs in place while hammering.
5. Upholster the furniture using the fleece and staple gun. Just like that you have made a wood bed frame out of a pallet. The wood can be painted or stained depending on the look you are going for. Also the steps above don’t have to be followed exactly. Try experimenting with different designs and techniques, that’s what makes building with pallets so fun.
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