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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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How to Make a Quick Shelter out of Pallets

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If you are a farmer or homesteader you know that sometimes things just need to get done. Sometimes you run out of time for fancy buildings. Sometimes money is an issue. But whatever the reason, if you find yourself in need of a shelter now, here is a way to make a quick, shelter out of pallets.

This is a relatively inexpensive project. The bulk of the structure is made from free, recycled, wooden pallets.  You will also need t-posts, cattle panels, a tarp and hardware- such as nails, bolts, screws, etc.

pallet shelter assemby 

To make a 10′ x  10′ shelter you will need 9 pallets (the standard ones that are 48″ x 40″), 3 cattle panelsicon, 9 t-posts and a large tarp that is about 20 x 15 ft, depending on how far down the back of the shelter you want to go (We purchased this 16’x20′ heavy duty tarp). You can adjust the size by adding pallets and cattle panels. Just remember to overlap the panels a little for stability and keep in mind that cattle panels are 16ft long when you are setting up your shelter’s width.

You want to start by placing a t-post into the ground where you want one wall of your shelter to go. Pound it down until it’s about 4 ft tall and simply place a pallet over top. Place a second pallet next to the first and mark where the next t-post should be placed. Keep pounding in t-posts and placing pallets until you have reached your desired length. Once the pallets are in place come through with heavy duty screws or bolts to secure them to each other.

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Next, measure out your width. You want a width of 10-12 ft. Once you have that marked start the second wall parallel to the first in the same manner. Once the 2 walls are constructed it is time to add the cattle panels. This is a 2 person job, so make sure you have help! We use fencing staples to secure the panels to the pallets.  For security, make sure you place the cattle panels at least 6-10 inches down on the pallets. Once the first panel is in place secure the second, making sure to overlap at least a couple of inches. You can use wire or zip ties to tie the cattle panels together.  Once the cattle panels are in place your can either lay the tarp if you are doing a 2-sided run in shelter or add more pallets along the back side to make a 3-sided shelter.

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Depending on your climate, you may want to add siding to your shelter. If the slats of your pallets are far apart they will not protect your animals against wind, draft or slanting rain. You can purchase wood for siding, dismantle more pallets, or use any free, scrap wood you can find. We used old barn wood as siding on our shelter. You can also purchase a longer tarp and allow it to hang down further and act as a wind barrier.

Then you have the tricky job of stretching the tarp. You will probably need at least 2 people, and not very much wind to do this job. We use zip ties to secure the tarp to the cattle panel wire. And if you choose a tarp with grommets along the sides you can drill screws and washers on top and secure it directly to the wood pallets.

And that’s all there is too it! In our area the whole project cost right at around $100 for a 10 x 10 shelter. Cost will vary depending on where you live and how much of the materials you can get used. We have 2 of theses shelters on our property. The first one is over year and a half old and we are just now starting to see signs of wear on the tarp. It has serves as a kidding stall for our does and as a kid pen for the babies when we keep them away from their mothers overnight.

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Pallets are a great, free resource. We have made all sorts of things on our homestead- hay feeders, compost bins and 3 shelters. Have you ever made anything out of recycled pallets?

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