Pallet Desk





Introduction: Pallet Desk

A simple way to create a desk using a pallet and some ikea table legs.
The pallet allows to double the desk surface and to get a lot of storage.
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Step 1: Material List

You need :
- 1 pallet (or 2 if you plan to make the top surface with pallet wood)
- 5 mm plywood to make the bottom surface
- wood floor board with interlock (to make the top surface)
- 4 ikea vika legs
- some nails (10mm) and screws (at least 40mm)

Usually, pallet dimensions are 120 x 80cm, so you should select plywood and floor board according to your pallet size.
I have used :
- 2 plywood boards of 60 x 80cm (perfect fit!)
- 5 wood floor board of 16cm width (another perfect fit!)

Advantages of wood floor are : cheap, robust and clean

about tools, you may need a wood saw and metal saw, a hammer with a nail puller and a screw gun 

Step 2: Dismantle the Pallet

there are 2 ways :
- using a nail puller, this is quite long
- using a metal saw and sawing between the 2 parts to dismantle them, faster 

Step 3: Assembly

Cut the floor boards (5) to fit the pallet board (2) length
Adjust the plywood boards (1)  to get an overall surface equal to pallet board (2) x cross-board (4) 

Now you have every parts at the right size, let's build up the desk!

- nail the plywood (1) into the 3 bottom boards (2)
- screw the pallet blocks (3) through the bottom boards (2)
- screw the pallet block (3) through the cross-boards(4)
- screw the floor board (5) into the cross-boards (4)
- screw the leg (6) into the bottom boards (2)

Step 4: Option : the Secret Access to Hidden Treasure :)

if you have chosen the floor board with interlock, you can create a secret access by sliding boards.



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Nice, Did you sand it to remove splinters?

hey, no I did not because I have used some nicer/smoother wooden board for the top.

For the 2nd version, I have spread a varnish to prevent splinter and have a nicer finishing

Love pallet furniture, especially because of how simple it is. Looks awesome too

Good job on your instructions, even someone like me understood them

thanks for the idea!! i'm going to make this. but i remove the legs and i use a half pallet for the legs. and i put a glass plate on the top. and i put my pc in the desk, under the glass. i make a picture when my desk is completed.

Hi, I'm going to make one soon and I'm recovering the material.

I wondered if this ikea legs of 4cm diameter were sufficient to support the pallet, which leg you've used?


this desk has been built with previous version of these legs which were actually thicker

I have built a new one with the 4cm diameter one and it is alright. see photos :

But you may see some deflection at the center of desk. I advise to fix a stiffening beam to prevent deflection

this is my version of it :D

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