Ah, the elusive DIY pallet bed frame idea, it is minimalist and rustic with just a hint of farmhouse chic. A handmade pallet bed frame is just about as easy to make look bad as it is to make it look good. What’s a weekend warrior to do? Fortunately, when it comes to pallet design ideas, the difference between an epic fail and a DIY bedroom paradise is a little vision and guidance. That’s why we’ve pulled together 20 fabulous looks to help you achieve the perfect DIY pallet home decoration look in your bedroom.
One thing you should know before jumping into a pallet project is that you’ll need some basic tools to pull it off. At an absolute minimum you should have a power drill and wood screws and sanding paper to smooth the wood. Some other stuff you may need (depending on the look you’re going for) is paint or wood stain, a hammer, and metal brackets to screw into the wood and hold certain angles in place (like for a headboard).
The most important thing to know before diving into a homemade pallet bed frame project is that you’ve totally got this! Pallets come with some structure on their own, so it’s more or less a simple game of Tetris to put the pieces together in a way that looks great with your home decor.
If you love farmhouse, then consider painting your pallet white for a cute look. If you have a more organic, minimalist style, then consider leaving the wood in its raw state or adding a little stain so the grain shows through. If you love traditional decor, then staining or painting your pallet a darker color will make it look extra elegant. Now, grab your power drill and let’s get to decorating! Here are 20 gorgeous and versatile DIY pallet bed frame ideas to inspire you.
1. Outdoor Inspired Painted White Pallet Platform Bed
What a dazzling combination of textures this is! Using a combination of very simple pieces, this bedroom is transformed into an oasis and the pallet platform bed is the foundation. Just a couple of wooden pallets painted white is all you need to create an amazing platform bed! Combined with that cozy navy blue blanket, some potted plants and a collection of outdoor inspired artwork, this is a unique space that invites you to get cozy. Even though there’s lots of “white space” in this room, it doesn’t look sparse. The trick is to balance the elements and make every little piece count.
2. Chic and Eclectic Whitewashed Wood Pallet Bed
Sleeping in this bedroom must be like sleeping in a cloud. It’s so light and airy with its gauzy drapes and fluffy rug. The whitewashed pallet bed platform is a perfect layer between the shag rug and the cushy bedding. Painting a wooden pallet white is a great way to soften the look. Use a semi-sheer formula or apply with a damp rag instead of a paintbrush to get that whitewashed look. This is also a great example of how to decorate a cute bedroom on a budget. Nothing fancy, but it all comes together so well that it looks like it came right out of a magazine.
3. Raised Wooden Platform Bed with Pallet Headboard
Pallet beds aren’t just about creating a platform. Sometimes you’ve got to deconstruct that wood and transform it into something else, like this gorgeous headboard. After all, pallets are just lumber that’s been aligned and structured for you in advance! You can pull them apart, rearrange the pieces, and turn them into whatever your heart desires. This is a project that’s probably best for intermediate or advanced DIY enthusiasts because it involves a few extra power tools and following a blueprint for the bed. If you’re a beginner who wants to try your hand at something a little more advanced, then try starting with the headboard only.
4. Recovered Pallet Wood Headboard with Nautical Theme
How cute is this home decoration idea? Pallet wood is often pretty beat up. You can use that texture to your advantage! It lends itself to creating absolutely stunning rustic wooden bedroom features like this dramatic headboard. This looks so fancy – especially with the adorable nautical themed decor – but it’s actually incredibly simple! You can achieve this look with pretty basic tools and know how. Notice how the uneven boards give it some extra character. It’s not about looking perfect. You’ll want to arrange the boards of this DIY pallet bed frame idea almost like bricks where the seams don’t line right up with each other. Gorgeous!
5. Awesome Idea for an Outdoor Sun Lounge
If you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere that’s sunny and scenic, then you owe it to yourself to create an epic outdoor living room that you can enjoy to the fullest! While you’re at it, why not add a homemade pallet bed frame to your outdoor space so you can sleep under the stars? OMG, we’re jealous already. Painted pallets with a jute rug and billowy down comforter are just right for this outdoor paradise. This style would also look incredible indoors with azure walls and ocean-inspired decor to bring a beachy feel to those of us who are land-locked.
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