Making a wheelie bin shelter is a relatively simple and easy to do job that requires just a couple of basic tools. The shelter can be fairly stylish, ultimately practical and can fit in nicely with your environment. Make to any size and hide-away those unsightly bins from view.
My bins were previous hidden out of view by trellis work that had ivy growing to obscure them. However, the ivy was rampant and needed to be cut back regularly, a 'chore' that I did not look forward to in the least!
I've seen a number of ideas online on what pallets can be used for, and constructing a wheelie bin shelter was one of them, so I decided it was time for a change. Having removed the trellis and ivy I went about acquiring quite a few pallets. Some I managed to get from highway construction workers who were widening our local road and some from an industrial unit on a trading estate who left them outside for local collection.
Step 1 - Dismantling the pallets as far as needed. This I have to admit was the most difficult task as pallets tend to be extremely well constructed and made to last. Using a rotary saw with a blade that cuts through nails seriously reduced the work load. A claw hammer and bolster were used to prise the wood slats apart. A crowbar would have
been the best choice and a welcome addition to my tool kit but one was not to hand, so a little extra sweat and determination was needed in the dismantling process. The objective was to be left with just the outer pallet frame. With 3 pallets successfully dismantled it was a simple case of nailing and screwing them together edge to edge. (You can also re-use any decent pulled nails).
Step 2 - The roof was very easy to construct as this was simply a case of using some of the slats that had previously been removed from the pallets. The slope of the roof was archived by angling a piece of wood to the frame and screwing it into position. Nailing the roof to the frame made the unit rigid and strong.
Step 3 - The internal shelf was made with off cuts of wood and screwed into position. Quick and easy!
Step 4 - The last part of construction was to weatherproof the roof. A friend provided a left over piece of IKO heavy duty shingle roofing felt that served the purpose well. With some clout nails left over from a previous job of relining the shed roof, the job was complete!
The shelter does still need a lick of paint (A job for my wife who will no doubt use her artistic flair) and perhaps some doors may be added in time. I have to admit that writing this blog was an afterthought, hence the lack of detailed images, but because it completed so quickly (how many jobs can you say that of?) I just had to share it. The financial cost of the wheelie bin store, nothing! just time and some effort. So there you have it, a simple and highly cost effective way of building a practical and aesthetically pleasing wheelie bin store. Why not give it a go, I'm sure you're be equally happy with the end result.