Can wood pallets be used for wood flooring?

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

I'm wondering if I could use wood pallets for flooring, (taking them apart of course :)
and then paint them white and distress them with a light sanding, and then coat with an acrylic urethane.
Has anyone had any experience with using wood pallets for flooring or with a white painted floor?
Any other ideas for a cheap floor? It will be going in a 900 sq ft upstairs with 2 kids bedrooms, a guest bedroom, a bathroom and a small living room/play area.
I really don't want to spend a lot of money on flooring as these rooms are rather small and by the time I get furniture in there you won't be able to see a lot of floor anyway. I'd rather spend my money downstairs.
I seen the threads on brown bagging, but I don't think my husband would go for that. Might do it anyway! cheap flooring anyone?

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Pallets are typically made from softwoods that won't hold up to traffic. You can find laminate flooring for under $1 sq ft that will hold up much better and installs quickly.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

yes but I don't want a plastic floor :)

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Do you have a 'lumber liquidators' near you?

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

Granted, most pallets do seem to be made of soft wood, but I have on occasion had a couple of pallets made of oak. If you have access to a large number of pallets, which you must to consider using them, look for the very, very heavy ones that have small grain marks that look like oak. On the other hand, we have some pine flooring in one room and it has held up well for many years, so if you could find any made from pine that would be a good second choice. I don't know that I've ever seen any made from pine, but who knows.

frogymon, where do you find laminate that cheap? My son needs some for remodeling an old farm house.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Last time I bought some, it was @ Costco, but now Home Depot has some under $2 sq ft. They also have a vinyl product that comes in strips and looks like bamboo, pine or oak; it goes down faster that laminate and doesn't need underlayment, plus is softer underfoot.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

I did notice at Lowes they have real wood flooring already pre finished. It was kind of pricey, but I would rather splurge the money I think than put down something too cheapy. They also have some of the peel and stick patterns in a nice wood, but my experience with anything peel and stick is-- it won't stay and the seems gather dirt and look awful after a while. I wouldn't mind pine flooring, not sure what my dh would think of using pallets, probably say I was off my rocker lol

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

If you plane the wood and put a good finish on it, he shouldn't think that as long as it came out less expensive than other options. I agree, I would rather have wood floors. I have laminate in a couple of rooms and they look okay, just don't feel right.

Southern California, CA

What flooring is there now?

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

nothing! Doesn't exist yet!

but fixin too. We meet w the architect on Friday, yay!

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

OH WOW I thought you were just wanting to replace a floor start looking on Craigs list & freecycle . I found 1000 sq" of 3/4" hardwood Maple for $1.00 a sq' then they gave me 300sq' more just because it came out of a school gym it will be on most of my floors in the new house.

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springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)


you lucky dog!
Maybe I'll get lucky too and find a pile laying around lol

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

we had to drive about 200 miles RT to get it but still well worth the find
start searching :)

Lick Creek, IL(Zone 6b)

Years ago I was given over 2000 sq feet of Oak flooring from an old church that was being razed. I had to rip it out kind of in a hurry because of a time deadline but wow. What a bunch of beautiful floors I got out of that...even did some walls with the flooring. Look around for anything scheduled for demolition.

I've seen pictures of floors done with recycled pallet wood that looked great too. keep thinkin recycled its better for the planet and you'll get great stories to tell for your work!

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

here are a few pictures of my recycled cedar floor

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Dahlonega, GA

Wish I could get my D H off his duff for those deals . I think if he got something , then he'd have to put it in somewhere .lol
Congrats girl . You and dh are sure putting your souls in that house .It has to be fun to plan your work , and you will so much enjoy the finished product . ( I just lied , girlfriend , you'll never get finished . Always more to plan )

Englewood, FL

A friend picked up truck load of maple flooring from a defunct bowling alley for his fire place then he found out he couldn't burn it because the urethane coating would give off poisonous fumes.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

the Floor is all me .. DH has done most of the building but im the finder & getter..The cobblewood floor in the pic. I found the wood, got the wood, cut the wood and laid it on the floor ... I was single way to many years to wait on others to do for me :)

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

"I was single way to many years to wait on others to do for me :)"..

you go girl!!!!
My new husband fusses at me for doing to much saying he"ll do it when he gets home if Ill just wait.. My response was similar to

Dahlonega, GA

Some men just don't understand us Texas women . And others that aren't so fortunate .LOL ladies , do not mean to start an argument , just kidding about Texas women , all of us are pretty independent .

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

WE Sure Are !!!!

Dahlonega, GA

Actually , Denim , I know no one including me that can top You .You're the pattern to follow .

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

yeah just do what yeah got to do ;-)

Dahlonega, GA

Getting old is good , then you can get the kids to do it for you . I'm at that stage . lol

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

My only comment is: Be wary of what you use to finish the floor with, use a product specifically for finishing floors. This is not so much because it will take more wear and tear but because the wrong product might actually hold dirt, absorb stains, or heaven forbid get gooey when you use your floor cleaner or when the sun hits it.
Boy . . . it's obvious I've had my share of wood finishing problems!

Dahlonega, GA

Very good advice . I've had my bad times before I learned .

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

On My cobblewood floor I used a wood sealer then waterbase polly 3 or more coats is good for a floor

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

Frilly, Im an independent sort as well and I would do the pallets. Your recipe for paint and sanding sounds good to me. Please post after you finish. I'd love to see the results.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

I'd love to see the results too, now I just need someone to do it! lol alakazam! (said while passing my invisible magic wand over the non existent floor...)

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

thought y'all might like this
‎70 + Pallet Craft Projects Collection

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

that's nice!

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

If you are looking for a solid wood floor, that is not a veneered or thin hardwood pre-finished floor, consider tongue and groove pine porch flooring. We used it throughout the open kitchen at our cottage. Now over twenty years old, it and has survived three kids, a half dozen dogs, several cats and traffic in and out from garden and pastures. Also, many years of parties and large group entertaining. It has never been refinished and is showing it's age, but in a good way. Digger can attest to that. I am eventually looking forward to sanding and refinishing but I will never have to replace this floor. I have solid white oak floors in our Atlanta home and have to say the price difference in using porch pine is huge. It will dent and scratch, but that will not limit the beauty or age of these floors. Look online for tongue and groove porch pine.

Dahlonega, GA

Character , Maypop , character !
Now I know what you used so I won't have to ask . I'd like that in my mobile home much better than the pecan I've looked at

Canton, IL(Zone 5a)

Frilly, I have used pallets in the past to line the walls of my mobile home. The ones I had access to at the time were free and had been used as shipping pallets for large machinery from Caterpillar. They were made of rough hewn oak. The biggest problem we had was getting them taken apart, the crow bar wasn't a very good idea LOL. We decided after a bit of experimentation that using a reciprocating saw (aka sawzall) and cutting away the nailed sections was much more efficient than the crow bar. Since the wood was free, we could justify tossing those small chunks aside, too.

We left the wood "as is" on the walls instead of attempting to put any kind of finish on them, but I always wanted to do some wood burnings into them for character. When we finally gave in and tore down the trailer, those walls were the strongest part left! Took 3 grown men 2 days to tear them down LOL

We also built the railing on the deck of that same mobile home with the pallet wood. It was a strong and sturdy support for the green beans I planted on there every year, too LOL

Emmett, ID

What was all used to do this? I want to try it in my living room I have a bunch of pallets just need to know what else?

Englewood, FL

pallets are made of several species of scrap wood , different thickness & different lengths & width, often twisted, warped, cracked & the sides may have a curve to them, you could spend weeks sawing , planning & sanding to making useable wood flooring. I installed a fairly expensive wood flooring 10 yrs. ago, now I wish I had bought the thicker solid wood , with the veneered type we had to put pads under every leg of every piece of furniture to keep from putting dents in the floor.

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Really most pallet wood is junk. My SO has found the occasional oak pallet and used it for his wood working, box making projects. I'm not sure veneering a room in recycled rough wood enhances decor. This is a "to each his own" decision but companies like PlyMart went out of business years ago.

We have finished T&G porch pine on the kitchen floor of our cottage. It was my discretion. Pretty cheap but it does dent and scratch. We have over 2,000 sf of oak in the other house. Engineered flooring has its place. It's not a hard use or long term floor.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

The house we bought 3 years ago had CHEAP laminate in it and it's terrible!

The laminate we put in a rental studio 5 years ago still looks good (bought off craigslist in a clearance sale).

the laminate floor my sister installed, the product was bought from Costco and still looks fabulous years of heavy use, family gatherings dogs & wheelchair.

Frankly if the rooms are small, if you have "Recycle" materials place like Habitat for Humanity, they sell donated supplies and sometimes used, sometimes end of roll etc. You can pick up GREAT bargains there and other places like it. My favorite place to shop!

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