In the past when you thought of a pallet you thought of bulk shipping and warehouses that would be responsible for moving product from one location to another. Most people didn’t own their own pallets, and if they did it was because of the business that they owned. Today, pallets are much more commonplace and you may find that they are not just for shipping anymore.
Of course, if you look in any shipping truck or in the back of any retail store, you are likely to see pallets. They continue to be a great way to move product in bulk, because the forklifts can easily pick up a pallet of product and move it from one place to another, putting it on trucks and taking it off and dispersing it as needed. Pallets ensure that all of the product can be moved together with ease. This is why you will generally see pallets in trucks and in the backs of retail stores where they will be used later to move more product back and forth from one location to another.
Today pallets are used for a wide variety of things, and shipping is not something that most people will ever do with a pallet on their own. Many are using second hand pallets, those that have already been used for shipping purposes, to build different furnishings. In many cases, the pallets can be turned into outdoor furniture as the wood slats make a great foundation for a lot of different informal furniture.
Pallets are not just used to make outdoor furniture; some people are even making indoor furniture with it. Side tables, platform beds and even coffee tables are being made from pallets. When coupled with other pallets or modified just a bit and then stained or painted, pallets are no longer something simple and unattractive; instead they can be simple yet beautiful furniture for the indoors or outdoors.