Home Repair Tutor has this awesome plan for building a cooler holder from pallet wood, and there's even a video you can watch to see how the whole thing is made.
Any cooler can work, so long as you build the holder to match the cooler's size. Just realize that the cooler can't be used normally ever again, because the handles, hinges, wheels, and any other obstruction will need to be removed for the tightest fit. You'll also end up removing and drilling into the lid.
This pallet cooler holder plan even manages to sneak in a drain so you can empty water from the cooler without having to dump the entire structure over. You can also add other things to this like a bottle cap holder and adjustable feet.
It's recommended to have several pallets available to build this cooler holder.
Using just a small portion of one wooden pallet and a few hours time, you can build this rustic coffee cup holder to hang all your mugs.
This is a super simple plan because there aren't many steps to it, and you can basically make it however you like. Just cut the pallet to whatever size you want and then screw in the hooks. If you keep a board attached to the top of the back, you can rest the whole piece on a couple nails in the wall.
If you want the exact dimensions for the coffee cup holder you see here, they are provided at the bottom of the plan.
If you can get the pallet for free or a cheap price, then your main cost for this entire project is just for the hooks!
Use this plan from Instructables to put together a patio bar that has a concrete top. This plan details a 40-inch high bar that's around 6 feet long.
Due to the desired size of this particular bar, two pallets attached together were able to be used for the front, and another could be split in two pieces to form both of the sides.
There's also middle support for the concrete top, and two shelves build down the middle of the bar.
A full materials list is included so you can be sure to have exactly what you need to build this pallet bar.
I also keep this list of free bar plans that include instructions for building various styles of an indoor bar.
If you have a twin mattress and some old pallets lying around, put them to use and build yourself this awesome swing bed. You can, of course, modify the plan if you want a different size than what is used here.
Because the pallets weren't the exact size that were needed for the base, and because the ropes require a little space on either end, this particular plan requires two pallets plus a little more to get the correct length, basically modifying three pallets to make one large one.
Once the correct length has been measured, and all the boards are in place, just hang rope from both ends to finish it off.
If you're looking for something a little smaller, I also have some free porch swing plans that may be more what you're looking for.
Though it may look like a huge, and possibly expensive project, this pallet furniture plan is said to take around 6 hours to complete and cost around just $40.
The design used by Sassy Sparrow ends up requiring 15 half-pallets stacked in three's to make a tolerable height and width for the seats. This provides the base for all the seating, but it will most likely need to be modified to fit the space you have available.
Then, leftover pieces can be slightly modified by removing a few boards to create the back of the seats.
The only thing remaining is sanding and painting, and you've got yourself some cheap outdoor furniture using nothing but pallets!
An Adirondack chair is perfect for a deck, porch, patio, or lawn. Use this plan to learn how to build an Adirondack chair from pallets.
There aren't any specific dimensions or drawings in this plan. Instead, there are plenty of pictures of the construction process and general notes about how the pieces fit together.
See my list of Free Adirondack Chair Plans for lots of other styles and methods to building a chair like this.
This plan is for building a coffee table that has a small shelf just below the top to store little things like magazines and books.
All the materials and tools are listed out before you begin so you know what's needed to complete the project.
The Merrythought provides plenty of pictures and advice to help you along the way.
This is another coffee table plan that uses pallets, but this time from Instructables. It also has a shelf but uses wheels instead of legs.
Something I don't like about this plan is that there isn't a list of tools and materials, but you can pick up on what you need as you move through the steps.
I do like that lots of real life pictures are given so you can get a feel as to whether or not you're building the table correctly as you complete the steps.
ScrapHacker has this clean and easy to follow 10-step plan for constructing a dining room table from wood pallets. The total cost for this project could be as low as $30.
The legs you see in this picture were purchased from IKEA. A link to is shown in the plan details so you can by them yourself.
There are lots of step by step pictures that follow each set of instructions, so it should be simple to see if you're doing things correctly as you move through the project.
You may also want to consider building your own farmhouse table to use in your dining room.
This is a simple idea for a pallet bed that uses four pallets, but you can , of course, adjust that to whatever is needed for the bed size in question.
There are plenty of notes and references to other articles from within this plan that may help get the most out of your pallets for use as a bed frame.
This particular bed plan uses wood blocks as legs, but you could attach wheels instead to make it easier to move around.
Her Tool Belt has this free pallet dresser plan that explains building a 7-drawer dresser from pallet wood. The dresser ends up being 54" wide and stands 30" off the ground.
To build this dresser, you must first disassemble some pallets and cut them all to ensure they're the same size. Her Tool Belt has a very comprehensive cut list that shows you the quantity, thickness, width, and length of each piece that you need to complete the entire dresser.
An illustration of the front, back, and sides of the dresser is shown so you can clearly see the dimensions of the whole thing, including each individual drawer.
The dresser uses 7 drawer slides that are each 18" long. Links to where you can buy them are given in the plan. The dresser also has 3" castors for easier mobility.
This is a very simple plan that uses pallet wood for a small shelf. It should take around 30 minutes to complete this project.
The pallet shelf is made from two small pieces of wood that attach to form a 90 degree angle, with the back piece used to hold the knobs like you see in the picture, and picture hangers to hold the shelf in place on the wall.
Because there are lots of places to get pallets for free, and the knobs used here were inexpensive, this entire shelf ended up costing under $5.
This is a pretty simple potting bench that can be built using pallets and other wood you may have just lying around.
The top has a bit of an edge on the back and sides, and there's also a shelf on the bottom for additional pots and fixtures, as you can see in this photo.
The process for building this potting bench is as simple as tearing down some boards from the pallets to make the sides, and then using the leftover pieces to construct the top and bottom shelf. Pictures are included for help.
Ana White has this simple plan that holds laundry baskets in a dresser-like fashion by using pallet wood. The estimated cost to complete this project is around $20 to $50.
The tools and other items you must have to build this pallet dresser are listed out for you in the plan.
There's also list that says how many pieces you need for the sides, top, and back, and very specific cutting instructions that really couldn't be easier to understand.
I like this plan because it shows full diagrams with specific dimensions so you know exactly what needs to be cut, and where, to make the entire dresser.
Construct this nice little sofa from simple pallet wood by following ScrapHacker's DIY plan.
ScrapHacker starts off this plan by telling you all the tools, wood, and hardware that you'll need to build this sofa. You'll need a shipping pallet, four square beams for legs, and two wood planks for the lid and ledge.
The instructions are very simple and short, and there are lots of pictures of this sofa being built as you move through the plan so as to give you an idea of how your's should be looking.
If you have one wooden pallet available, some wood screws, and a handful of other common materials, you can make yourself this handy wine rack without breaking the bank.
This plan calls for a pallet without blocks and gives examples of what is meant by this if you're unsure. There are lots of written instructions and only a few images, so be sure to read closely.
Everything that's needed to get this wine rack completed is listed before the instructions start.
See this list of Free Wine Rack Plans for several other ways you can make a wine rack.
As it would seem, this is a much larger project than the other pallet plans in this list. It requires several pallets, additional tools and materials, more cutting, and definitely a lot more time. But when finished, you'll have yourself a fully functional pallet shed.
Instructables gives all the necessary tools and materials that are required for this shed and shows lots of pictures and techniques for building it.
If this particular shed seems too daunting to build, try one of these other free shed plans.
Free Pallet Plans
Free DIY Woodworking Plans That Use Pallets
These free pallet plans will help you turn ordinary shipping pallets into something extraordinary that will look great in your home or make an awesome gift. Pallet furniture is very much in style right now and it's easy and extremely cheap to build with.
There's a wide variety of pallet plans here that including helping you make a cooler holder, coffee cup holder, patio bar, swing bed, outdoor furniture, Adirondack chair, trunk, coffee table, dining room table, bed, dresser, shelf, potting bench, wine rack, sofa, and even a shed all with pallets.
The free pallet plans below include color photos, written step-by-step directions, diagrams, materials lists, and everything else you need to build some great pallet furniture and accessories.
Wondering where to find free pallets to use for your projects? Here are some tips on how to find free pallets near you.
See this list of free woodworking plans for even more plans like the ones you see below, such as plans that help you build a bird house, cabin, tiny house, pergola, porch swing, jewelry box, tree house, bunk bed, playhouse, deer stand, greenhouse, loft bed, router table, swing set, and little free library.