Lately I have witnessed many of my friends attempting to build or buy this trendy furniture built with wood from pallets or even the large spools wire comes wrapped around. I don’t know how this has become trendy, as furniture, but I am personally not a fan. There have been many various projects such as outdoor furniture around a fire pit, of all things, outdoor tables, coffee tables, headboards, and many other pieces of furniture created out of these wooden items. Some of them do not look terrible, but I just can’t imagine this trend being in the limelight for very long. I have seen a few pieces of furniture that a friend of mine made himself that turned out better than I would have imagined. He took all of the wood off of a pallet or other items like the spools and used the wood to construct a desk. It looked natural and unfinished which leads me to wonder about one main concern. How do you protect it against nature and attack from rotting, wood boring insects, moisture, or anything that maybe already inhabiting the rough wood? This wood is crude and unfinished.
My concern is that throughout its intended use, the wooden pallet may have been used in a facility that could have been unsanitary or it came in contact with some sort of mold or wood boring insects. If I ever bought a piece of furniture I would definitely have to make sure that it was made of brand new wood, especially if it was going to be inside of my home. Some of the lawn furniture that people have used as decoration or seating in their landscaping, like some I have seen in New Orleans, may be at more risk for moisture damage. I am sure you could treat it with a coating like you would do to a fence to protect it from the elements. I understand the draw of building your own furniture and all the glory of accomplishing the task, but in my opinion, if I spent a bunch of money on new landscaping being installed in my yard I would spend a little extra and get really nice furniture or decorative items. The landscaping decorations I have seen in New Orleans had many different types of materials from pallet style wood to high end wicker items in their yard. I always wonder what the next fad or trend will be and if I should even worry about trying to keep up with them. If I do something it is usually because I like it, and it doesn’t matter if it is “in” or not. If I like it then it will last a lot longer than a trend or fad especially when it is something large and expensive. I have never been one for “keeping up with the Jones’” but there are some trends that I actually do enjoy. Much like leisure suits in the 70’s and Hair styles in the 80’s, I enjoy some of today’s trends and some are just mind blowing to me. I will never be able to wear a flat billed hat or wear my pants around my thighs, but palm trees around my pool landscaping, I can do. Trendy paint colors and certain decoration items in my living room and bedroom are a pretty simple change as well. The trends I can see myself following are the ones that are easily dropped as quickly as they are followed.