In a previous post shared our quick pallet shelter, but I also wanted to show how you can make a more permanent barn out of pallets. We made this pallet barn a couple of years ago, when we were very new to building any sort of structure, and if I were to do it over again, I would probably do a million things differently. But the overall process would be about the same and using pallets is an economical and sustainable way to build any structure you might need. I posted a how-to on my personal blog when we first completed this structure, but wanted to add it here as well. We are not expert builders, so this isn’t as much a “how-to” but an example of how pallets can be used to build shelters. I am going to let the pictures do most of the talking, so here we go!
Making Our Pallet Barn
Our barn is 10′ x 10′. Each pallet is 48″ x 40″, so we used 3 pallets per side to make the 10′ length. We connected the pallets together with 3 inch lag bolts.
We purchased 4×4 posts for the corners and around the doorway. These posts are secured into the ground. The second story of pallets was connected to the corner posts, as well as connected to the first story pallets using recycled boards from around our homestead.
We were working on a major hill, so we had a lot to do in order to make the structure level. We added blocks for support in most areas, and added some smaller pallets to reduce the gap size between the ground the the pallets. We took apart a few pallets and used the wood to make the supports for the roof slope.
For the roofing, we purchased local, rough sawn lumber and tin panels. We used the same local, rough sawn lumber for the siding of the barn.
Because of the hill, the barn ended up being closer to 10′ tall instead of the intended 8′ height. But, I love how it turned out, and our goats are very happy in their pallet barn!
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