DIY Pallet Wood Floor (+video)




Introduction: DIY Pallet Wood Floor (+video)

About: Hello, I'm Niki. I like to make things and save money while I am doing it.

In this Instructable, I go over the steps I took in creating this bright floor in our school room.

I used pallet wood palings and non-structural pine. Cheap chip board screws and poster paint to color.

This floor has been in, for well over a year now and is in the high traffic zone of our house (horse shed).

It has held up really well and still looks great.


Made from . . .

  • Recycled pallet palings.
  • Non-structural pine.
  • Chipboard screws.
  • Poster Paint.

Step 1:

Start by cutting and pulling apart some pallets.

Step 2:

Run the circular saw down either side of the pallet.

Step 3:

Flip it over and do the same for the other side.

Step 4:

Twist and rock the palings back and forth then leaver them off with a pry bar.

Step 5:

Hammer out all the nails.

Flip it over and use some kind of chock to remove them.

The kids love helping with this part.

Step 6:

3 pallets worth of palings make quite a nice starting point.

Step 7:

If you have a thicknesser, then you can run all the palings through that, just to clean then up a bit.

But if not, you could use an eighty grit flappy disk on the angle grinder and a 120 grit on the sander.

Step 8:

Decide were you want to put your floor and what direction you want the floorboards to run.

Step 9:

The edge frame of the floor is attached into the concrete using

a masonry drill bit and plastic plugs.

Step 10:

The rest of the pieces are just resting on top of the ground.

But to prevent them from being kicked out of position by my kids,

I attached them either end using pocket holes.

Step 11:

This isn't exactly how you are meant to use this jig,

but I don't have the rest of it and this works just fine.

Step 12:

To save on both space and money.

I run the lengths of 70x35 down the table saw to rip them half.

Step 13:

For the pallet palings, I first square up one end.
I do this by running the circular saw along the speed square.

Step 14:

Mark the length and were you want the screws to go.

Step 15:

Take it back out side, and cut it to length.

Step 16:

Pre-drill and chamfer the holes.
Thanks to dad, I now have a counter sink drill bit to both of those jobs in one go.

otherwise you can just do one and then the other.

Step 17:

If you want to add a bit of extra character, you can vary the widths of the boards.

I did this by running the palings down the table saw.

I picked 45mm, 90mm and 140mm for my varying widths

Step 18:

When you have all the pieces cut, it is time to paint them. I am using cheap Poster paint.

Step 19:

And then slap on some paint. I gave each board 2 coats each.

Step 20:

Attach the boards to the floor frame,
using 35mm chipboard screws. (because they are affordable).

Step 21:

Then sit back and watch the floor come together.
This would also look great as a bedhead or a studio wall.

Step 22:

And it is done.
This floor has been in, for well over a year now and is in the high traffic zone of our house (horse shed)

and it has held up really well and still looks great.

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    2 years ago

    Great work Nikita!

    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you so much.


    2 years ago

    Bit concerned about first images showing bare unprotected feet. May have just been posing for photos but with that amount of raw timber, nails, splinters, drop hazard, etc.Highly dangerous and not recommended. Other than that an excellent project. Well done

    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    Reply 2 years ago

    Glad you liked the project SeosamhO.