How to Make a Platform Using Pallets

Cameron Easey

Wood pallets are used for the transport of product from a warehouse or distribution center to a store or directly to a job site. Used pallets are typically broken down to be recycled or kept to reuse at a later time. One use of wood pallets in your home is to make a platform for your bed.

Wood pallets can be used to make platform beds.

You can do this by obtaining wood pallets that are in good condition.


Paint the pallets to match the d├ęcor of the room. Attach casters to the bottom of the platform to easily move it around the room.

  1. Examine each of the pallets for sharp edges and nails that stick out of the wood. Use a hammer to drive any nails back down into the wood.

  2. Place two of the wood pallets end to end on the floor.

  3. Place a 12-inch 2-by-4 on the inside edge of the pallets where they meet. Six inches of the 2-by-4 need to be on each side of a pallet.

  4. Secure each end of the 2-by-4 to the pallet with clamps. Drill pilot holes into the pallet and 2-by-4 with the power drill. Secure the pieces of wood with screws. Repeat this step with a 2-by-4 on the other side of the pallet.

  5. Sand the top and sides of the pallets with sandpaper or a hand-held sander to smooth any sharp edges.

  6. Place the third pallet on the floor where you want to locate the bed and set the joined pallets on top.

  7. Set the mattress on top of the platform to complete the bed.