To please my goddaughter, I wanted to build her a hut on stilts from recycled wood pallets, here are the details…

The objective

His favorite color being red, it was not difficult to choose the color of the hut. For economic reasons and by will, I decided to work with as much salvaged material as possible. For example, the floor, which is 270cmx130cm, is made only from pallet wood.

Recycled materials

It wasn’t straightforward to find the planks the board; fortunately, I found pallets to transport windows. Here is the type of pallets I had fun dismantling :

The tools needed for construction

Here are some of the tools you will need:

  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Drill and Screwdriver
  • Jigsaw or radial miter saw (the best)
  • Eccentric sander
  • Painting
  • Screws…

The main stages of realization

  • Dismantling of pallets
  • Floor construction
  • Mounting the walls
  • Roof assembly
  • Painting
  • Fabrication of the stilts and staircase
  • Final assembly

Disassembly before assembly

A great classic, for this realization, I needed the boards, so I had to dismantle the pallets, it takes time, but it’s the obligatory route.

The floor

If you have collected pallets already at the right size, you can use them as a base for the floor and attach planks to fill in the gaps.

The walls

On the floor, we need to fix uprights of the desired height, on which the planks of the walls will, in turn, be fixed; remember to leave space for the windows.

For the windows, precisely, I managed to recover some, which I modified so that they are more adapted to the hut.

Don’t forget to do the body grades too; you never know.

The roof

The structure of the roof is also composed of recovered pallet board.

Sheet metal is when it is purchased for a better seal.


As I told you before, I decided to paint this hut with a red pallet, with exterior wood paint, at least 2 coats are necessary.

The stilts and the staircase

For the 6 pilings (or 4 for a version without the balcony), I used the thickest parts of the pallets, for greater resistance. The staircase is like the rest of the hut, with single planks, but cut at 45°.

Final assembly

Nothing very complicated, the hardest is already done, it is enough to find the good site, with a rather hard ground, to be able to support the weight of the hut, then one places (it is better to be two) the stilts and one fixes the hut there.

So that she could have light, I took the opportunity to install a lamp with a small solar panel.

Final Result

And here is the final result…


Engineer, Co-founding partner of 1001Pallets. I earned my Engineer degree in Aeronautics & spatial telecommunications and navigation systems from INSA (Toulouse, FR). I worked as a sub-contractor for Airbus Aerospace & Defense for more than 12 years; I was the guy who worked on the black box inside the aircraft that give its exact position, useful if you want to land in the right place :). Since September 2015 I'm full-time working on & I'm passionate about recycling, vintage & refurbished things; I'm always amazed by the creativity of people around the world and how with their two hands and some imagination they can transform almost anything into beautiful objects, I also love to explore flea market in search of the "unfounded" object. I'm also a kind of a geek, and I'm behind the technical aspects of &, so if something is not working as it should, it's all my fault, and you should contact me for debugging purpose. In my spare time, I love going in the countryside, hiking in the mountains, drinking a delicious glass of wine with my friends and traveling to explore the beautiful places of this earth and meet other people and cultures.

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