Coffee tables that are made of shipping pallets are one of today’s hottest furniture trends. Better yet, coffee tables made from pallets are not only easy to make but they offer endless possibilities for design variations. This article will serve as your primer to creating a coffee table from pallets that you and your friends will enjoy and get many years of practical use from.
1. Get two or more shipping pallets.
Shipping pallets are easy to find. They can be purchased new from makers or can often be picked up for free from contractors and others who receive materials on them. The trick is to get the ones you want to use that have as little serious damage to them as possible. To make it even trickier, choosing pallets that are not in pristine condition often serves to add character to your finished product. Try to avoid those pallets that have pieces of the wood that are look and have jagged edges. Imperfections such as knotholes or nail holes, for example, can serve to make the look of your table more interesting.
Most people use a maximum of two pallets for their tables, but more can be added, depending on the height desire for your table. Before deciding on more than two pallets, you should also consider the additional height that will be taken by wheels, the glass top, and other factors.
Just as is the case above, the trick with sanding is to determine when to stop. Otherwise, you will sand a lot of the character off of your pallets. Your sanding should be aimed at eliminating rough spots that might cause injury to yourself or others, not necessarily to take off all of the roughness. You may choose to use a power sander or hand sand. Further, such things as holes should be considered since they can add character to your finished table. Many decorators also refuse to cover the imprints or brands of the pallet’s maker.
Using a good wood filler can add a lot of attractiveness to your pallet coffee table. This step will fill a lot of the dings and other imperfections in the surface of your table and make it safer to use. After the filler dries, go over it again with a sander to even out the rough surfaces. After the sanding is complete, stack the pallets on top of each other in such a way that it is attractive and fits in the area you want to use. You can use metal joints to hold the pallets together.
At this step you will want to paint the surfaces of the table, add wheels to each corner, then add a glass top.
The instructions give above are kept very general for a purpose. That’s because a pallet coffee table offers a lot of opportunities for making it as individual as you are. For example, the pallets can be fitted together top to bottom in order to maximize the space in between for stacking magazines, decorative nicknacks, and other materials. Decorative additions such as flowers can also be painted on the surface of your table.