The Euro pallet bed is a cheap piece of furniture that you can easily build yourself at home – the perfect task for you, if you like to master and build in your free time! These beds are also very popular today, as they are very well integrated into the industrial environment, which is currently very much in vogue. A self-made bed made of Euro pallets is also a great alternative to the classic bed from the furniture store and costs two or even three times less. It will not only bring a fresh touch to your bedroom, but also give you the opportunity to do something good for the environment by re-using the old palettes (this is called “upcycling”). Are you already convinced of the advantages of this type of bed? Then read our instructions and put them into practice!
Make your own Euro pallet bed – practical tips and necessary materials
The construction of a Euro pallet bed also has other positive aspects – you can easily design the bed as you please and, of course, how best fits in your bedroom. All you need is skill, creativity and the desire to work – other special skills are not necessary at all! But before you start building, you should get the right pallets. Euro pallets are actually different from the one-way pallets – they are much more stable and cost at least 10 Euros apiece, while the disposable pallets are often even given away free of charge in the supermarket or from the hardware stores. Even if you have found the Euro pallets in bulky waste, for example, they should not be dirty, wet or damaged in any way. The number of pallets you need depends on the size and height of the bed you want to build. For a simple single bed you need no more than two-three pallets, while for a higher double bed you should get at least eight pallets. For the instructions that we offer in this post, you will need the following materials: 5 to 8 Euro pallets in good condition, enough nails and screws, wood varnish, a brush or paint roller, sandpaper, an old sponge, grinder, a hammer or cordless screwdriver and maybe a saw.
Step 1: Prepare, dye and paint the europallets
First, you should prepare the pallets well – the wood must be sanded with the grinder until it is ideally smooth. In this way you remove all protruding nails, splinters or screws and avoids the risk of injury that results from it. Then sandpaper the pallet surface again with sandpaper and clean the wood using an old sponge. Finally, you can paint the Euro pallets or even paint in color of your choice.
Step 2: Arrange the pallets and fix them firmly
After the varnish or paint has already dried, you should arrange the pallets correctly: first place three pallets next to each other on their long sides and then two other pallets at right angles to them – again with their long side. In order to increase the height of the bed, you can also add other Euro pallets to this construction. If you are satisfied with the shape of the bed, you should fix all pallets with nails or screws stable – so form the frame of the bed.
Step 3: Give more stability to the construction
To give the whole construction more stability, you can attach more boards on the bed and on the sides. Then you still have to check whether the paint or the paint looks good and repaint or paint, if it is necessary. Then place the mattress on the pallet rack. Your self-built bed is ready!
Step 4: Build a headboard
Finally, we will explain how you can make a nice headboard for your europallet bed. It is made of two pallets, which are placed on the longer side to the upper end of the bed and then fixed with nails or screws. It would be very original if you use the gaps in the pallets as small shelves or create interesting visual effects with a chain of lights incorporated into the bed frame. Do you prefer a DIY bed made of wood panels, we also have the best manual for her! Have fun building!