Saturday, March 12, 2011

inpired by: pallets & fancy tables


am totally in love with the use of pallets (aka skids) in design...  when i spotted this beautiful wall made of recycled pallets over at the always-inspiring blog poppytalk, it got me thinking...  rather than doing a wall (my new landlord might not approve!), i'm going to take the same idea and build a table!


as far as a table design goes i'm undecided.  i could go quite lo-fi and basic, or i could gear up a notch and try something that looks a little more challenging...  i think the pallet shape lends itself quite well to this table that i've been coveting: the simple & functional table/desk belonging to textile designer lotta jansdotter. i do so love all that lovely storage space - not to mention her other decorating tips for small-space dwellers!

something like this will be perfect in my new space - i'm moving house tomorrow!  even in an apartment of a respectable size - 800-900 square feet and two bedrooms - finding adequate storage is always on my radar.

and there are pallet ideas for every ability and space, not to mention budget. pallets can be found many places for free or nearly free - they seem to make the perfect building material!  i might have to try these other ideas too:







and this amazing pallet house is a concept project designed to be transitional housing for those in need. i think the basic idea would translate well to a treehouse. oh, for the want of a tree to call my own! i'll have to tackle that whole matter after the table comes to fruition!

now, to find some pallets, post haste...

4 comments:

Kim C. said...

Who knew pallets could look so good? And here I thought all they were good for was burning at high school bush parties (or maybe you didn't have those in Ontario?)

Mom said...

At the cost of wood these days, the idea of building something with "free" wood is inspiring! Just the other day, I was waiting in the car for your Dad when it was pouring rain, and there were two sturdy wood palletts leaning up outside a fence, not 5 feet away...we could have taken both of them! I was sitting there thinking they looked like good quality wood, nice and thick, hmmm...what could we do with those?! There are lots of them to be found all over, and in surprising places...one time I even saw some behind Burger King on Upper James, along with all those handy plastic milk crates! Keep your eyes peeled, and get your muscles ready!

Allie said...

we just stripped a bunch of wood paneling off our walls, but it is painted (beige).... we were going to leave it at our curb in a box with a sign that says 'free firewood' (a la the highschool bush parties Kim was referencing). maybe a project is in order instead... if you are interested let me know...

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This pallet house is awesome!

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