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Dad Builds Son Nearly-Free Pallet Cabin


Curtis’ wife had an awesome idea: Take pallets and build a cabin playfort for their son. He made the idea come to life and the result is an awesome micro cottage made for almost no expense (his grandparents had the roofing material and siding).

Right now with the price of lumber skyrocketing, pallets are about the only wood you can still get for free or relatively cheap (for example, the Tractor Supply Company near me sells their pallets for $1 each).

Curtis’ craftsmanship proves that pallets can be used to create a super cool cabin! While this one is only for his son to play in, I could easily see someone transforming his design into an off-grid home. Thanks for sharing it with us, Curtis!

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Micro Cottage Built From Pallet Wood

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Here’s a look inside the cabin.

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Notice he used fence panels on the inside to create siding!

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Here’s a view of the roof.

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Before they got the roof on…

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Siding going up! You can see the pallet frame beneath.

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He put the structure on concrete blocks.

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There’s even a little flip-up window.

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A fun light!

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From Curtis:

My wife thought it would be a nice birthday gift for one of my younger sons. The kids already have a tree house so a small cabin was next on the list. I got the pallets from our business and the wood siding and roof was wood from my grandparents. Other than the screws, since the wood was available, it was very inexpensive.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Brenda Foster
    May 6, 2021, 9:10 am

    That is awesome. Such a work of love from mom, dad, and grandparents. A wholesome family project. And such a beautiful use of used pallets, which have so many ways to be recycled. Job well done and they should spend many happy hours in their fort. The only change I would make is larger windows to bring in the light so they can read, play games, etc., when the weather permits.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 6, 2021, 9:27 am

      Great idea, Brenda! And I agree, what a fun family project.

  • jerry dycus
    May 6, 2021, 11:39 am

    I’d have angled the sawmill reject siding at 30-45 deg to tie the pallets together as fairly weak at first pallet height and would add style.
    Slabbing a fallen cleared not valuable tree and making a fence at a 45 deg angle book matching them in order looks great at low cost. Tree companies might be glad to drop off some 7-9′ sections for free.

  • Alison
    May 6, 2021, 1:22 pm

    I love this!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 7, 2021, 9:17 am

      Me too!

  • Paul Larsen
    May 6, 2021, 5:09 pm

    This is really great ! A nice way to use up stuff that would probably end up in the dump. This would make a cool garden shed too! Way better than those plastic ones that are sold!

  • Lisa
    May 6, 2021, 8:45 pm

    You do need to be careful with pallets as many get sprayed with pesticides etc for long shipping which can the out gas.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 7, 2021, 9:16 am

      Good thing to think about.

  • Ken
    May 6, 2021, 10:46 pm

    Very nice, it’s so good to have parents who have time for their kids. Too many don’t care enough to do something like this.

  • Marsha Cowan
    May 6, 2021, 11:05 pm

    Looks like fun! Great idea and so cute!

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