What is pallet wood?

Pallets are wooden squares that goods and materials are stacked on to transport and store the goods in stores and warehouses.  They are built so that they can be lifted with pallet jack and forklifts.  This helps to make the good easier to move around when space is needed.  It also enables people to send goods in larger amounts.  Pallets can also be used in houses to stack items on to store them and keep them off of the floor.  Pallets are very versatile and can be used for many things, but did you know you can repurpose them in a lot more ways than just using them as pallets?

What are pallets made from?

Pallets are made of different types of certain woods.  There are three different categories that pallet wood falls under: high and low-density hardwood, and softwood.  There are a bunch of different types of wood that can be used for the pallets, but each one falls under these certain categories. 

Types of wood used for pallets

The type of wood that is used for making pallets is perfect for projects to make your bathroom look more rustic.  It is mostly already prepared and even.  It is also easy to tear apart and reform into whatever you wish.  Each type of wood falls under one of three different categories and are as follows:

High-density hardwoods

  1. Birch
  2. Cherry
  3. Oak
  4. Maple
  5. Ash
  6. Beech
  7. Yellow Birch
  8. Elm
  9. Red Maple

Low-density hardwoods

  1. Walnut
  2. Poplar
  3. Willow
  4. Linden
  5. Aspen


  1. Cedar
  2. Cypress
  3. Spruce
  4. Pine
  5. Hemlock
  6. Fir

The rustic look

Fortunately, the rustic look is very easy to obtain with the use of pallets.  It is also very good to use for a rustic naval theme.  There are a number of things that you can do to make the wood look more beat up and rustic than it already does.  You can make wood look older, or worn, with chemicals, natural ingredients and mechanical instruments. You can find some ideas to do this here.

Ideas for a rustic bathroom look

  1. A pallet wall for a tub that doubles as a shelf – For this project all you have to do is cut a pallet to size.  Remove some slats here and there so that it leaves spaces that you can use as shelving. 
  2. A decorative towel rack and shelf – You can use pieces of pallets to create a unique towel rack and shelving unit for items that belong in the bathroom.  The best part about this project is that you only need two or three rows of the pallet to make it.
  3. Regular pallet shelf – Pallets make great shelves because all you have to do is remove a few pieces and you have the perfect shelf.  You can use these shelves in your bathroom for holding small, light objects.
  4. Over the sink pallet shelf – One strip of pallet can be used to make a small decorative shelf over your sink.  This can be used to hold objects like toothbrushes and hairbrushes.
  5. Over the tub pallet shelf – You can use one pallet plank, or a few, to make a nice shelf that sits over your tub.  You can use this removable shelf when you’re in the bath for all kinds of things.
  6. Full wall shelves – You can use a few pallets to make a whole wall that can hold a mirror and candles.  You can also use them to make a small towel shelf.
  7. Toilet paper shelf – You can use just a few slots of a pallet to create a nice space to hold your toilet paper.  This can give a cute rustic look to your bathroom and your toilet paper won’t just be hanging around.
  8. Under the sink shelves – You can use a number of pallets stacked up and plastic containers to make shelves for under your sink.  These can be places to store your items where people cannot see and gives your bathroom the look you want.
  9. Mirror cabinet shelf – This project is more of a cabinet than a shelf and is quite the project, however, if you pull it off it will give your bathroom that old timey look you are looking for.  You can use pallets and a mirrored surface to make a nice little towel and toilet paper cabinet for your bathroom.
  10. Clothes hamper – All you need is a pallet and a bit of chicken wire and you can make a pretty effective bathroom hamper.  The spaces help to make sure that clothes do not stay wet and get mildew on them.

What are some other ideas?

You can use pallets for all sorts of things in your bathroom beyond shelving to give it a rustic look and feel.  You can create bathroom cabinets, bathroom storage space, bathroom stands and even whole walls.  The wood that pallets are made from is already nicely prepared for a lot of these projects.  You can find a great number of these projects with these instructions online; all you really have to do is look for them.

Where can I find pallets for my projects?

Pallets are everywhere.  Most stores throw away their broken ones.  There are some pallet places that buy and sell pallets.  They may have some broken ones they are throwing away or selling cheap.  Before you take any pallets that appear to be getting thrown away, make sure you ask if you can take them.  You do not want to get into any kind of trouble because you want to make your bathroom interesting. 

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No matter what you choose or where you find your pallets you should always ask what kind of wood the pallet is made from to see if it is right for your project.  Softer woods may not make shelves like hardwoods and some hardwoods might be more difficult to work with.  The key to creating your project is to make sure it looks how you want and that you are enjoying yourself.  Remember you can always buy some of these things off of another person that makes them and support small business if you’re not having a good time doing it yourself.