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"Free" Bed Frames Made Out Of Pallets
When Lori Danelle Wilson made toddler beds out of pallets for her young daughters, she had no idea how much attention the beds would attract.
  Wilson was inspired by a simpler version of a pallet bed she saw on the internet (www.ashleyannphotography.com). She wrote up her own design on her blog, complete with photos and directions.
  She says it’s important to use heat-treated and not chemically-treated pallets. Pallets are stamped with the type of treatment they receive.
  She uses an orbital sander to remove splinters, yet leave the dark patina on the wood.
  She used a circular saw and a reciprocating saw to cut the pallets, and she bolted them together to make a base big enough to support a 28 by 52-in. toddler mattress and the headboard and footboard.
  Using pallets creates spaces under the bed and in the headboard/footboard to slip in stuffed animals, shallow baskets or organizers.
  Though Wilson provides specific directions on her website http://loridanelle.com/diy/diy-toddler-pallet-bed/), she cautions that pallet sizes/styles vary greatly, so measurements will be different.
  Wilson emphasizes that the pallets must be heat-treated and carefully sanded.
  “It’s also good to know what was shipped on them,” she notes, adding they could be sealed or painted as well.
  Wilson left the pallet beds natural, and they stayed as good as the day she made them until recently when her daughters, now 3 and 5, decided to paint them – with markers.
  “This is why we don’t buy toddlers expensive furniture,” she laughs.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lori Danelle Wilson (lori@loridanelle.com; www.loridanelle.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4