Warehouses and other facilities don’t need to be all about work and machines. According to NBC News, plants increase our concentration and productivity by 15% while reducing stress. Breathing some life into your facility starts with upcycling your wooden pallets.
No matter what DIY project you intend to work on, always ensure that your pallets are not contaminated with chemicals and have been sanded down to prevent splinters.
Do you have employees who are passionate about gardening? Well, they’ll love having a raised garden—or three—around the warehouse’s property. Putting flower gardens will increase the facility’s curb appeal and, if they’re placed around the break area outside, it will make it a more appealing place to relax.
How to build a raised bed frame:
- Choose the appropriate size pallets and decide how many planks you want for each side. The size of the pallets will determine how large of a frame you want while the number of planks will determine the height of the frame.
- Use a hammer, screwdriver, and/or crowbar to take the planks apart. Should you come across any staples, you can either remove them or hammer them flat, although they will still be sharp and may cause interference when you hammer in your nails.
- Make sure you have enough planks that are the same size for each side of the frame. Separate the planks according to their sizes to verify this.
- Line up the same-sized planks together and place one plank perpendicular at each end so they cover the length of the four planks. Hammer two nails into the perpendicular planks for each of the four planks. The end product will result in one side of your frame. Do this step three more times.
- Stand all four sides up perpendicularly so they form a box frame. Use 3-inch nails, or longer, to connect each side. Do this by hammering the nails into the thin side of the plank that’s parallel to you. Use three or more nails with one placed in the middle and one placed on each end.
- Go out and buy the plants and other materials for your raised bed!
If you want to bring the garden indoors, we have another DIY pallet project that is a little simpler and less work. A pallet board is easy to mount on the wall or it can be left to lean on it, allowing you to easily change its location. A pallet board holds miniature plants to add colour and pleasant scents to any space. Don’t limit yourself to flowers; herbs are great plants for this type of garden.
How to make a pallet board:
- Choose the appropriate size of pallet that will fit on your wall.
- Use a hammer and/or crowbar to separate the top of the pallet from the bottom. Make sure you keep the top in one piece. Remove the staples in the wood.
- Sand the pallet. You can leave the pallet board unfinished or use stains, paints, and other materials to decorate it.
- Attach hooks to the pallet board that will support your type of planters or connect the hooks to the planters and slide them onto the planks of the pallet board.
- Mount the pallet board on the wall or lean it against the wall depending on your area.
- Remove plants to water and feed them.
DIY projects are great ways to strengthen teams and help employees feel accepted by their company. They see that their company is open-minded to new ideas and care about their wellbeing.
Pallet Management Group offers a variety of pallets designed for your facility’s needs. If you’re looking for more solutions, contact us today by phone at 1-877-764-1764, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our online form!