How to Make a Pallet Barn

pallet barn

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!This post may contain affiliate links.

Making Our Pallet Barn


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.

pallet barn

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.

pallet barn

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.

pallet 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!

pallet barn

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19 comments on “How to Make a Pallet Barn

  1. Love how your kids work together and help. And the barn does look great, thank you for sharing!

  2. Lisa Murano says:

    Awesome! I’ve seen so many pictures of finished pallet projects but never a ‘how to’. thank you for posting this!

    (oh, I found you on the Homesteaders hop)


  3. Amanda Smith says:

    To do. Get some pallets. Thank You for this informative post! You are very resourceful.

  4. Shirley Wood says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the instructions. I must show this to my husband.

  5. It is so clever using pallets! That is ingenious 😀 ~Renee

  6. So cool! There are lots of pallet manufacturers and companies here…I always want to go ask them if I can buy a load off them. My husband would kill me LOL

  7. Incredible idea. I may have another spring project because of this post. Thank you so much for sharing on Rural Wisdom and Know How. Hope to see you again next week.

  8. I just wanted to let you know. Your post is being featured on Rural Wisdom and Know How #2. I again want to thank you for sharing and let you know RWKH#2 is active for links.

  9. Smoky Anaya says:

    God Bless You & Thank You For Sharing This! … Smoky & Aunt Pammy Anaya … Running Springs, Ca.

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  12. Stephen says:

    Any problems with the wood rotting? Or did you paint/seal?

  13. Beth says:

    Great idea; although at 10 X 10, it’s more like a shed, not quite a barn, but it could easily be expanded!

  14. Barry Bowden says:

    Love how this turned out. We want to do a pole barn/shelter/carriage house and this would be perfect to get us started.

  15. Corey Smith says:

    This looks great. I am in the process of building a 24′ x 24′ with 9′ walls out of pallets. I have engineered the truss’ to be out of pallets as well. I am using 43-1/4″ x 43-1/4″ Cedar pallets for my building. My inspiration came from posts like these and a LOT of thinking drawing and figuring.

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