Here in Canterbury we have three wheelie bins. One for refuse, one for recycling, and one for green garden waste, which is all very good but where are you meant to keep them? They’re not exactly pleasant on the eye so I recently set myself the aim of building a shelter for them so they could be stored out of the way but still be accessible.
Whilst it’s possible to buy some very nice shelters, you’re looking at upward of £300 for a triple bin shelter, which is pretty steep, especially when you consider what it’s being used for. So my decision, and let’s face it the only decision for me, was to build it myself!
It’s pallet time!
I’ve been collecting pallets over the past few months with the aim of building…something, and so here was my opportunity. I had previously thought about building a shed from pallets but then went and bought one and boy am I happy I made that choice! Getting enough pallets and taking them apart is hard work, even for just a bin shelter.
The photo below is from near the end!
I had quite a few ideas running through my head by eventually I went for something quite plain and knew that it would be a bit organic in the design process too. Obviously the first step was measuring the space my bins would need and also adding room for maneuvering too and this formed the basis of my plan to build a frame and then cover with wooded planks from the pallets.
Here’s what I used for my bin shelter
- I’ve already mentioned the pallets and it’s hard to put a number on the amount you need. Get as many as you can!
- Wood for the frame. I used 2″ x 2″ lengths from the timber merchants.
- Screws and nails. Screws were for putting the frame together and the nails were for attaching the pallets. I generally get mine from either ToolStation or Screwfix. If you get yours from retailers like B&Q or Homebase then you’ll generally be paying double the price.
- I sunk the corner posts of my frame into the ground and used Postcrete quick drying cement to fix. It gets pretty windy around here so wanted it to stay where it was.
- Paving slabs. This ensures you can wheel your bins easily onto your path. I luckily had some perfectly sized ones already. You may also want some sharp sand to bed them on.
- Timber stain/preserver. This was the final thing to ensure my shelter stays there for years to come.
Putting it together
As I’ve already said, it’s was an organic process but get your frame together first. It may seem a little flimsy but once the pallet lengths are added on then it becomes very sturdy. Have a look at the photos on to see how I made mine and it may give you inspiration.
It’s not an easy job I I reckon it took me 2 days to finish, but I reckon part of that is due to me not having a rigid plan and making stuff up along the way!
It it finished?
Here is where I’ve got to so far.
Next up is to put some doors on so click the link to find out how I did that. If you have any questions then let me know in the comments below.