shipping pallet staircase stoop Lot 45 Copenhagen
photo: jesper ray

We’ve been getting an increasing number of emails from readers their shipping pallet improvisations, as they push they realm of pallet invention. A recent favorite: this swell, stylish staircase by Natasha Figueroa and her husband Dan Husted who live in an up-and-coping gallery district in Copenhagen, Denmark.

We have a private gallery/studio located in Kødbyen, which is the old meatpacking district. Lot45 is the name, and it is an old ‘skin-house’, where they used to hang the hides for curing. Since we did all the work ourselves, we kept the budget quite tight and try to re-use as much as we could. Seeing as the meatpacking district still functions, there are a lot of old pallets laying about. Dan designed and built this so that it can also function as a hang-out during openings & parties.

Their pallet staircase functions as an old fashioned stoop where their friends do indeed hang out…

pallet staircase Lot 45 Copenhagen
photo: natasha figueroa

Pallet staircase Lot 45 gallery Copenhagen
photo: natasha figueroa

…We are totally impressed…

shipping pallet staircase stoop lot 45 gallery copenhagen
photo: natasha figueroa

Thanks Natasha!!!!

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6 replies on “reader improv: fab shipping pallet staircase / stoop

  1. Bad design, unsafe, can trip over holes facing out on pallets.

  2. Wow. Beautiful design from a beautiful couple. Love what these two do…

  3. i agree, beautiful but impractical. re-use often necessitates alot of labor. i would suggest adding a toekick at the facing edge and overhang on the tread. most people’s feet are accustomed to “finding” the edge of a stair, and the holes on the vertical edge could catch a foot pretty easily.

  4. Those are valid remarks above. The only thing i would add – in Denmark (and much of the rest of the world) things are not built standard – stairs, doors, bathrooms, et cetera. This design would not work in the US, because people are used to standard sizing. Here, people look carefully where they step!

    Again, this is an inexpensive solution using on-hand materials in a private setting. I would suggest anyone looking to build something more permanent and heavily used should take the design to the next level, like the options Esteban suggest.

  5. Point taken, i guess that’s why the “international” building code only went national!! I do enjoy seeing the creative re-use of materials and applaud y’all for thinking outside the box. I hope it is encouragement for others to continuing to do the very best you can with what is at hand!

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