How to Make A DIY Pallet Feature Wall

Creating an accent wall out of reclaimed pallet wood is such a simple and cheap project!

It also looks amazing, and will be sure to have your guests talking.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how you can create this on virtually any wall of your house:

DIY reclaimed wood wall

What you'll need:


Ready to get started?

1. MEASURE THE WALL

This will give you an idea about how many planks you’ll need, which also lets you decide how many pallets it will take. It’s hard to estimate since every pallet is different, and has a different amount of planks on it.

There are tons of things you can do with pallets, so it never hurts to get too many!

Measure the wall

If it helps, dividing the length + width of your surface and dividing by 144 will give you the total amount of square feet you’ll need. It takes about 7 or 8 pallet boards to get 10 square feet.

Measure square feet

2. PREPARE SURFACE

Clean the wall with some soap and water, and make sure to pull out any nails or items that may cause an issue when you hang the boards.

Prepare the surface

3. DETERMINE A PATTERN

We’re going to do a staggered horizontal design, but if you are going to align your boards differently, now is the time to decide.

Determine a pattern

4. DRAW A REFERENCE LINE

Using your level and pencil, draw a straight line across the area where you’ll be laying the boards. This will be your starting point and make sure that your first boards are completely level and straight, so the wall doesn’t get crooked!

Draw reference line

5. ADD PLANKS ON REFERENCE LINE

Using your liquid nails (or other construction adhesive) apply a liberal amount to the back of your first board. Place the first board directly above or below your reference line and press it onto the wall. Make sure this plank is level.

Then, apply a second board on the other side of the reference line – staggering the boards as shown below.

Apply Adhesive

Firmly press plank in place

Stagger the planks

6. FILL IN THE ENTIRE SPACE

Using a miter saw to cut/trim boards as needed, fill in the entire space staring with the boards along the reference line. Simply repeat the steps over and over until your project is complete.

Fill in the planks

Fili in boards

trim to fit

Finish the wall

Now you’re done!

Enjoy your pallet wall for years to come!

This project comes to us from Wabash Lumber, check out the full video below or click here to watch it in action.

  • Updated September 30, 2015
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