Fold-Up Pallet Desk

Fold-Up Pallet Desk



I can’t help it.

I know you’re here to learn about how to to build a fold-up pallet desk.

After all….that’s what the title says….

….and it is an amazing project that you can build in an afternoon (and you don’t even have to take the pallet apart).

But I need to interrupt this regularly scheduled post…..

…..for this.


Two tiny newborn kittens.

The newest members of the Thistlewood family.


Nothing….and I mean nothing….makes your heart smile like a tiny face with its eyes still closed and its miniature whiskers…..stretching and reaching tiny paws into a new world…..and then snuggling up for a long nap.

It makes you truly believe that all is right with the world.

Life is amazing.

And so are fold-up pallet desks.

(Seriously….were you totally wondering how I was going to bring the whole thing back around to the desk)  :)


This is where the desk started.

A standard pallet.

I saw a stack of these at the feed store and I knew it would make the perfect desk.

And the best part….I didn’t even have to take the pallet apart.

Pallet Desk Project

Fold-up Pallet Desk



Step 1:  Cut a piece of plywood for the desk

Most pallets have two sides.  One with a lot of boards.  One with usually three boards.

For this project, the side with a lot of boards will be considered the back.

The one with three boards will be considered the front.

You don’t even have to remove any of the boards for this project (can you tell that’s my favorite thing about the project….I might have mentioned that part a few times).

Cut a piece of plywood to fit between the bottom two boards.


Step 2:  Attach a piano hinge

You want to use a piano hinge instead of regular hinges to provide maximum stability.

Attach one side of the hinge to the plywood desk top and one side to the bottom board of the pallet.


Step 3:  Attach a window sash

I think a window sash is such a fun option to keep the desk closed when not in use.

Simply attach one side of the window sash to the plywood desk top and one side to the middle board of the pallet.


Step 5:  Assemble cables

The cables are used to support the door when it is in the down position.

You want to purchase a cable that will support at least 100 pounds to make sure your desk top is sturdy.

You will need cable hooks, crimps and an eye hook.


Step 6:  Thread the eye hook

Thread the eye hook through the cable as shown.

Wrap the cable around the cable hooks and crimp in place as shown.

You will be attaching one end of the cable to the pallet and one end to the desk top.

Cut your cable to fit snugly pallet to desk top when your desk top is down.

Thread the eye hook and wrap and crimp the cable hook for the other end of the cable.

Repeat step 6 for the other side of the desk.


Step 7:  Sand and stain assembled pallet

I used dark walnut stain and applied one coat following directions on can.

Apply a coat of polyurethane following directions on can.


Step 8:  Attach eye hook to desk top

After pallet is thoroughly dry, attach eye hook to one side of the desk top.

Repeat for the other side of the desk top.


Step 9:  Attach other eye hook to a small block of wood

Attach the eye hook to a block of wood.

Attach the block of wood to the inside of the back of the pallet as shown.

Repeat for the other side.


That’s it!

It’s a project that is perfect for a small space.

Great storage  and only the width of a pallet hanging on the wall when closed.

All this….and kittens too.

Life is great.  :)

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