20 Awesome Ideas for Your Pallet House or Shelter

Being a prepper requires being able to be frugal and making your dollar stretch when you can. Not everyone can afford underground bunkers or expensive off-grid homes equipped with the latest and greatest features. Some of us barely have enough money leftover each month for food preps. Learning how to improvise and adapt is part of survival and prepping. You can build a shelter from just about anything including shipping containers and pallets. Pallets are inexpensive and often thrown away so it makes perfect sense to use for a shelter.


You can’t get much simpler than this. This pallet home is a one room cabin with a simple front porch and a rocking chair. He used a few pieces of sheet metal for the roof and a salvaged window.


The majority of this structure was built using repurposed pallets. You can see how the flooring and most of the walls use entire pallets to get the cabin off the ground. The decking is also made from pallet materials.


This structure takes on more of a modern look, but still utilizes the wood from pallets to construct the outside walls. Red is a bit bright for me, but the overall look is pretty cool.


Most everything in this rustic cabin is recycled including the paned windows, doors and roof. It’s a basic one room cabin with front porch appeal. You can create a nice trapping or hunting cabin without spending a boat load.


This is probably one of the better looking and most complete pallet houses I’ve seen. It’s loaded with solar panels, window planters, built-in benching and plenty of outdoor decking.


This is an interesting take on building a pallet home. This one is built around a tree and multi-level complete with a balcony on the 2nd floor and a porch surround on the bottom floor.


This storage shed could be used as a habitat or for general storage. It looks like maybe the pallets were sanded down quite a bit to achieve a less rustic look. The shed is finished off with shingled roofing.


This structure is different from most I’ve seen. It is built in a honeycomb shape leaving gaps between for ventilation. The top is flat but the exterior uses boards angled to deflect rain. The decking is a nice touch which also serves as the interior floor which helps get it off the ground.


This pallet shelter appears to have been claimed by man’s best friend! I really like the greenery planted on the roof and the angled metal roof. It appears the structure is supported on concrete blocks.


Maybe you’d like to bug out by keeping your cabin on wheels? This structure made with pallets is a small one room habitat with windows and a backdoor. The steps can be placed inside once you’re on the road again.


This shelter made with pallets would be useful for a horse stable. Ventilation is promoted with the openings in the pallet walls. The top of it is protected with sheet metal.


Nothing fancy about this particular pallet house. It resembles a shipping container home and laid out with a modern style complete with a back patio and front entry steps.


This is a double decker pallet-shipping container home. It also takes on a modern look completed with a sliding glass door and a covered balcony area on one end and an uncovered balcony on the other.


This is probably my favorite pallet home. It looks like there’s a mini sunroom with the use of the glass on the front. The cabin has a firewood seasoning shelter flanked to the right and small porch area.


This pallet house utilizes a slanted roof used for angling solar panels. The covered porch would be awesome screened in to keep the bugs out. I like the sheet metal accent on the awning as well – covering what looks like a bar for eating.


This pallet construction looks like it would serve as a great greenhouse with all the windows or a nice reading room, though a tick small.


You can’t forget the dogs! They need a nice shelter too and why not make it from pallets? It’s a perfect little shelter for our canine friends.


You never know when outhouses might be back in style – here’s one constructed with pallets complete with a crescent moon door and a window with what appears to be a blind to keep peeping eyes away.


Here’s a small pallet house with a glass door. The structure appears to be using 2×4 lumber for the studs instead of pallet material and OSB board for the roof.


Don’t forget the kids! This is an awesome fort/playhouse for the kids made mostly of pallets. It has a nice covered porch and a cool balcony. This design could be modified for a really neat cabin for adults too.

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