This isn’t your typical step-by-step DIY “how-to-build-it” guide. This post comes from a pallet stage my dad and husband made for our son’s co-op preschool. Though I am what’s considered the “working parent” at the school, in true co-op spirit members of our family got together to create something for the learning and enjoyment of the children. Since I didn’t build it I will not offer the step-by-step commentary, but instead provide pictures documenting the process (in Part 1 of this post) as well as a shopping list with links for the supplies used.
This stage came out so sturdy the directer of the school suggested putting a plaque on it to commemorate the making of the stage, as it would be a creative play staple for many years to come.
We chose to make the stage from a pallet because the size was perfect for the space available in the room we were working with – but we also LOVE an opportunity to give new purpose to anything at all. When researching how to build the stage I found a lot of options for building a pallet stage with curtains, situated in a corner of a room with a simple curtain rod rigged in the 90° corner. We were not working with a corner and instead made a self contained stage with it’s own frame, rod, and curtains.
The images from the build are in Part 1 – Below is the supplies we used, including links and images.
DIY Pallet Stage Supply List:
Stage and Frame:
- Heat Treated Pallet (*see bottom of post for an example of the “HT” stamp)
- Curtains – repurposed from the preschool’s previous stage set-up
From Home Depot:
- 2 – 6 in. Zinc Plated Flat Corner Brace
- 100-Piece #8 x 1-1/4 in. Zinc-Plated Phillips Flat-Head Drive Wood Screw
- Sisteron Ocean Blue Wide Wale 18 in. x 18 in. Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Tile (10 Tiles/Case) – These are the tiles of the same carpet we used – we got ours off the roll in the flooring section of Home Depot (the place were you have a staff member cut off how much you need), but they do not offer this carpet on-line, so this is the closest link I can provide for reference. The roll is 6’ and we cut it by 4’ at $2.46 a foot – our total cost was $9.84
- Oriented Strand Board (Common: 7/16 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft.; Actual: 0.418 in. x 47.75 in. x 95.75 in.) – We were lucky to find an already cut piece of this in the scrap wood area, but if not we would have needed about half this board
- 1 qt. 6700 Indoor/Outdoor Carpet and Artificial Turf Adhesive
- 1 – 3/16 in. x 5/32 in. V-Notch Cove Base Adhesive Spreader
- 3 – 2 in. x 3 in. x 96 in. Premium Whitewood Stud
- 2 – ZMAX Galvanized 16-Gauge 2X Rigid Tie Connector
- 4 – 18-Gauge Galvanized Steel Angle
- 1 – Room Essentials™ Single Curtain Rod
Optional Addition – Wall Lights:
- 2 – IKEA KRAMARE – Wall spotlight, aluminum – We purchased 2 of these spotlights at IKEA (Costa Mesa, CA) but I cannot find them on-line for purchase from IKEA’s site right now – so I am proving an Amazon UK link (also currently not available) as a reference. You do not have to choose these particular lights by any means – I chose them because they are easily plugged into a wall (no wiring needed), have an on/off switch on the light itself, and look like a stage spotlight to me.
Many of the items are available for purchase online through the links we’ve provided – but you may prefer the old fashioned way! Either way happy DIYing!!
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* An example of the “HT” stamp to look for to ensure your pallet has been heat treated for wood-borne pests rather than fumigated with harmful chemicals