Wood pallets as raw lumber may not spring to mind when among seasoned furniture builders, but consumers love it, as a search for "pallet furniture" or a trip through Pinterest and Instagram will quickly reveal. 

Pallet furniture first gained momentum among crafters and co-it-yourselfers, but now the style has caught on among a broader swath of furniture consumers. Because the wood is rough and inexpensive, it has become a natural for outdoor furniture like Adirondack chairs, or as an alternative to wicker for patio furniture. 

Some buyer find its rustic quality appealing, while others choose it for its green credentials - repurposed and upcycled lumber that avoids the landfill. 

Ken Garbisch

Ken Garbisch Custom Woodwork in Rosendale, WI is cashing in on the craze, opening Pallet Crazy to built the furniture for those less handy consumers who simply like the look. Hardware is often sourced through shopping flea markets and resale shops, while the pallets are available in abundance. There is an endless font of pallet creations online among enthusiasts around the world who post pallet furniture projects. 

“I quit a full time job to do this,” Garbisch told the local news media. “I Just took a leap of faith that I was going to be able to succeed with this.” He connects to customers through his Facebook page, which is also packed with example of his work, some shared here. 

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.