The Convertible Pallet

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Today I want to share a project I’ve been working on for a while.  I recently moved into a two bedroom apartment and didn’t have a bed for my guest/craft room.  I didn’t want just a regular bed though because I wanted it to be another living space when someone wasn’t visiting.  I thought about using regular pallets but they were too wide for what I wanted.  So my boyfriend and I set off designing a Pallet style bed.  You know you work in an engineering office when your pallet style beds have an autocad drawing!
The dimensions on the drawing changed a couple times until I figured out how tall and long I really wanted it.  We then painted all the boards.  This took a while because we did it on my apartment porch but eventually we got them all painted!
Then we started the assembly.  The first thing we did was put the legs on the horizontal slats.  The legs are made out of 4x4s.  The horizontal slats are 1x4s and the dividers in the middle of the top and bottom are 2x4s.
Then we attached the legs and horizontal slats to the dividers that join the top slats and the bottom slats.
We then added the rest of the bottom slats and spaced them equally between the two leg slats.  Everything was attached with screws.
We then flipped it over and added the top slats spaced equally like we did the bottom slats.  Then the base of the convertible pallet beds were done!
They are not the lightest thing we could have made but I like that they are heavy because they don’t move easily.  We moved them into the room and put them in the couch position.
I got the pillows for the bed at World Market when they were having their end of summer sale.  All the big pillows were 75% off!!  Here is what it looked like without the pillows covered.
I then started with covering the large base pillows.  I didn’t do anything fancy.  I just took my fabric and seamed it and made a tube out of it.  Then I slid it on and just stitched the ends to the bottom side.  Almost like wrapping a present.
I then covered all the other pillows with different materials.  I like the mix of all the materials.  You can see how I made the pillows here. I added a tray on the left side where there was extra room and a blanket on the right side.  You can see how I made the tray here.  We put the extra room so that it would be as long as a queen size bed when it is in the bed position.
Once I converted it into a bed you couldn’t even tell it had been a couch! Since there was extra room on the ends of the couch part I added the big brown pillows to the top of the bed to make it look longer,  and then put a foam mattress on top of everything to smooth it out.  I put sheets and a cover on it and you could never tell it had been a couch!

 I’m really excited that this project is finally done and ready for guest to come visit!!  I think it turned out really nicely!
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  1. Oh my goodness gracious I LOVE this! I have a small craft/guest room right now and it just isn’t functioning the way I want. I have a twin bed in it that no one uses because if we have visitors its usually a couple so they sleep on an air mattress instead :( I wonder if I could convert your design in to a a trundle style bed so I could just put the bed we have now underneath the sofa part??? MM gonna have to think this out :) But thank you so much for sharing at the Making Monday party!! And be sure to checkout the giveaway I have running for the rest of the week too :) (Sorry for the novel of a comment)

  2. I just LOVE this idea! Came across your post on the #Change3Challenge link party. I’m too stingy to give up room in my craft studio though! ūüėČ I could see this on my front porch. I’ve been wanting a daybed out there for ages.

  3. Wow, this is extremely creative! You definitely can’t tell that the bed was made out of pallets! I love it. Visiting from the Mindful Mommy Monday Linky party.


  4. Wow this is so cool! This is a great idea for my guest room that is hardly ever used. I hate to just be wasting a room most of the time but still want to be able to have a bed for when someone does come. This would really make the room more usable on a daily basis. Thanks so much for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

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  9. OH! Cara, I absolutely love this project and the colors you went with. I have been wanting to make something with pallets for a while now. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Inspiration in Progress.

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  12. 9 times out of 10 when I see something with “pallet” in the title I don’t even bother because they’re all becoming the same project over and over… I’m so glad I clicked through this one, Cara. This is so amazing! I love the look, the versatility and if I had room I’d be going around collecting pallets for sure!

  13. How creative!!! I love the colors and the style of the convertible pallet. I would love to have one like this in my apartment. It would be great way to use the room for multiple purposes. Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesdays! We love having you! :)

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  15. Wow! I have been wanting to do the same exact thing with a couple of twin beds we have in the garage. I love love love this design! Also, I like that you didn’t use real pallets, I have heard they are very dirty and shouldn’t be use in homes.
    Also, love that color!

  16. Ok. This is brilliant!! I may need to use this as inspiration for our spare room! I want it to be a library/2nd bedroom and this convertible couch might be just the thing!

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