With the rise of sites like Pinterest and Etsy, do-it-yourself projects and handmade goods are becoming favorites for Americans. The biggest trend right now combines these with an attentiveness to the environment and a pretty common item — wooden pallets.
Building pallet furniture is something that crafters have been doing for years, but it’s recently began emerging as a more popular trend that anyone can do with the help of the internet, and a pretty lucrative hobby.
According to the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, there are over 1.5 billion pallets used every day in the United States for the loading and transportation of goods. Often, these pallets become worn and given away for free or abandoned, at which point crafters rescue and repurpose them.
One of these crafters is Dr. Alex Yergiyev, who is a pathologist during the day. He said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he found a cool idea for a project online, and the hobby grew from there. He now sells his pallet projects for between $50 and $100.
Pallet furniture projects go beyond end tables and buffets. Wine racks, towel racks, picture frames, and accessories are also popular with the pallet-crafting bunch.
Wooden furniture itself is on the rise, since more and more Americans have a preference for handcrafted and the use of environmentally friendly materials. Amish furniture, for example, is a popular favorite and is known for being completely constructed of wood and in a variety of different styles.