Who knew you could make so many great things from old wooden pallets?!
As the weather heats up we're all trying our hand at garden DIY ideas and in particular, we're loving creating pallet outdoor furniture ideas. Indeed if you search Pinterest for garden furniture ideas using pallets you will be amazed by the creative ideas out there! What's even better is how inexpensive it is - plenty of local businesses will have pallets that they will give to you on the cheap or even for free (your local DIY/Hardware store is a good place to start) and if you can't source them this way then Gumtree and eBay have loads. So if you're feeling creative and searching for a DIY project, look no further...
Image Credit: Caitlin McGrath via Hunker
A simple list of items that you will need:
If you are planning to treat the wood or paint it, you may also need:
Your wood paint of choice (be sure to note the wood type of your pallet and discuss with your paint mixer which paint is most suitable).
Polyurethane Varnish (if you want to create a polish or shine)
Note before: Please check that your pallet is safe to use! Each pallet is unique and different woods take differently to treatment. We highly recommend that you check out this guide as to what woods are safe to upcycle as some can release harmful chemicals and toxins: Pallet Safety.
1. Wooden Pallet Daybed
Who needs to spend hundreds of pounds on daybeds when you can make one out of a few wooden pallets?! An absolute dream for those on a limited budget or for those who want to create a warehouse/boho look in their garden. All you will need to do is size-up your pallets according to what mattress you will be using (e.g. double, queen, king) and then source a number of pallets to hold your daybed mattress! You can stack the pallets on top of each other to create a higher bed and even attach wheels on the bottom to move it around ... just make sure you fix the pallets together!
It goes without saying that the pallets you choose will need to be identical in size and dimensions. If you can't source this from a local business/eBay then we highly recommend purchasing the pallets. No one likes a wonky daybed!
RSG Top Tip: To create an even coat of paint we highly recommend sanding the wooden pallets down - a simple hand sander should do the trick! To avoid breathing in harmful dust make sure you do this job outside and please wear a respirator.
2. Wooden Pallet Cocktail Bar Outdoor Furniture
In our opinion, a pallet bar is G E N I U S ! We love getting boozy at RSG and a house really isn't a home without a drinks trolley or cocktail bar. Easy to make, a wooden pallet bar is super sophisticated and stylish. All you will need is one or two wooden pallets measuring about 1.5 / 2 metres tall, a separate panel of wood for the bar top, some screws and hurricane straps .... easy! For a step-by-step guide, we highly recommend you check out how to build a pallet bar by 101 pallet ideas.
RSG Top Tip: Why not treat the wood for a sophisticated bar area? Talk to your local DIY store about the particular type of wood that you are using and they should be able to recommend wood conditioner and paint.
3. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Sofa
Another inexpensive way to create beautiful furniture is by making a pallet sofa! Easy to make and suitable for both inside and outside, this really is a win-win!
To create your sassy sofa, decide on what shape and size sofa you would like. Perhaps a large 'L' shape sofa? Or a day bed? Or cute two-seater?! Once you are decided, measure-up and either source pallets that fit your sizing requirements or cut them down (it's much easier to do than you think). Then get creating! Once finished, accessorise your pallet sofa with seat cushions, cushions, cosy throws and sheepskins for an inviting space. Hunker has a really great step-by-step sofa pallet guide on this for you to follow. Alternatively, check out this Youtube guide:
RSG Top Tip: Why not create a back to your sofa by fixing a vertical pallet to the back? If you combine this with wheels then the sofa can be moved around making it super versatile and adaptable to your home decor.
4. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Furniture Idea - Pallet Garden
For the green-fingered, this is the dream! Easy to put together on a sunny Saturday afternoon all you will need is one or two small-sized pallets, some mounting brackets and landscape fabric. To begin, line up the pallets on the wall you want to fix them to so you know where to fix the mounting brackets to on the wall. This will make it easy to simply slide the wooden pallet garden into place once finished. Next, place the pallet onto a flat surface with the open side (the back-side) facing up. Then layer the back and bottom of the pallet with landscape fabric and pull taught with nails and staples to prevent soil from spilling out. It may be also worth sourcing a waterproof barrier for the back and bottom of the pallet garden for extra protection.
Next, turn the pallet over and pack the pallet with soil until it's nearly full to the top. Finally, add the plants to the top and through the crevices .... we think a maximalist approach looks best! Mount to the wall and voila! - a beautiful pallet garden! For a more extensive and step-by-step guide, we highly recommend checking out Pallet Garden DIY by Amanda C, Hometalk.
5. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Furniture Idea - Coffee Table
Coffee Tables are the focal point of seating areas, so we think it's really important to source one that you love ... or in this case make one!
Using one or two pallets (depending on what height you would like your coffee table to be), get to work sanding it down and painting it with wood paint. We think a moody black would look super stylish and sexy. Attach caster wheels to the bottom of your coffee table or why not use hairpin legs? You can source wheels or legs online or at your local DIY store and most of them simply require screwing into place. To style your coffee table, check out our Coffee Table Styling Tips Blog.
RSG Top Tip: For a rustic and vintage look consider painting your pallet with only one coat. It will give the pallet a chic worn and weathered look!
Who would have thought that wooden pallets are the ideal storage solution?! Easy to adapt to your specific needs you need never buy a storage unit again!
To make a simple storage unit, all you will need is a small pallet, a saw and some nails. Decide on your chosen size and then turn your pallet over so that the back is facing up. In this case, the back is going to act as the front of your shelves. Then nail slats to the bottom of the pallet and in the places that you would like a shelf. So there we have it; a simple storage unit that you can adapt to your specific needs! You can even deconstruct a pallet if you require something totally different in shape - free wood is always a winner!
7. Wooden Pallet Wall Cladding
Cladding your walls with wooden beams and slats might be a challenge but the result is breathtaking, plus you get bragging rights for undertaking such a task!
To create, source a range of wooden pallets (no need to find identical pallets) and get to work removing the slats and nails. Remember, if you are filling an entire wall you will need quite a few ... we think around 15 minimum. Sand down the slats to create an even finish and then lay the entire design on the floor so that you have an idea as to where each piece will go. Think of it as a life-sized puzzle! Next prepare the wall for installation by adhering thin strips of plywood to the wall. It would be a great idea to paint this plywood black so that any gaps between the slats are disguised. Trust us, this little trick can work wonders! Once this is finished, nail or screw each slat to the wall and you're done!
8. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Furniture Ideas - Make Art
You don't just have to make furniture out of your wooden pallets, you can create art too! There are endless examples on Pinterest of how you can do this from wooden signs to quirky objects to beautiful wall murals ... seriously we could spend hours pinning! Check out our Pinterest Board, Fave Craft Ideas for wooden pallet art ideas.
9. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Garden Swing
Our inner kid is delighted by this DIY idea! So easy to make all you will need is two pallets, hurricane straps, nuts and bolts, some strong rope and gorgeous chair cushions to decorate! To learn how to create a pallet swing, we love this DIY Youtube Video by The Sorry Girls
RSG Top Tip: Polishing your Swing Chair with Polyurethane varnish will ensure the longevity of your DIY furniture ... particularly if the furniture will be outdoor furniture!
10. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Lighting
A total WOWZER. We are obsessed with pallet lighting. Yes, this one will require a little work and patience but we think you deserve a DIY crown if you successfully pull this one off! To create the lighting fixture of your dreams, source a pallet that is large enough to cover your desired lighting space (perhaps over your outdoor dining table?). Measure up the crevices and remove any cleats that would obstruct the flex. Alternatively, you could drill circular holes for the flex to slot through.
Now for the technical part. Ask an electrician to fit your light fittings and flex into your ceiling and then drill the pallet to your ceiling with the flex and fitting hanging through. Finally, dress the pendant with beautiful light bulbs (we love a mixture of different shapes and sizes) and there you have it - spectacular lighting created by yours truly!
11. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Furniture Ideas - Sun Bed
Enjoy those rays and the balmy weather from the comfort of your wooden pallet furniture sunbed. To make you will need four pallets and a few pallet scraps to form the base. Once you've assembled the wooden pallet you could even paint it in a stylish black or cool white to make your outdoor space stylish. A detailed guide on how to make a garden pallet sun lounger can be found on Apartment Therapy's Website.
12. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Furniture Ideas - Tree Planters
Cheap, inexpensive and weather-proof, why not create a pallet planter for your Azalea, Topiary and other garden trees? You will only need around 1-2 pallets for this project depending on size, and what's more, you could even get away with pallet scraps to create your tree planter.
Great summer fun for the kids that will keep them out in the garden rather than hooked to their devices, why not make a pallet tipi? This is more technical than some of the other options but it's a great weekend creative activity that you'll be proud to have made for years to come! You''ll need around 4-5 wooden pallets, some screws and a few hours on a sunday afternoon and that's really it! We found this downloadable guide on 1001 Pallets which will walk you through the process.
14. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Furniture Storage Ideas
Create handy outdoor storage for your chair cushions, picnic blankets, throws, logs, children's toys or anything that needs stowing away. Very inexpensive and, in some cases free if you can get your pallets donated from a local business this is an easy job to do one sunny weekend. 1001 Pallets has a handy guide to make a Wooden Storage Chest if you are interested in learning
15. Wooden Pallet Gazebo
Our next pallet outdoor furniture idea is a wooden pallet Gazebo! Now, this isn't an easy one so we recommend trying out some of the other DIY pallet ideas first to get a handle on what you're doing. You will also need quite a few wooden pallets for the job! However, once it's done it will last for many years to come and extend the time you can spend outdoors! You can furnish your gazebo withbench seats, seat cushions, festoon lights, outdoor rugs and outdoor mirrors for an ultra-unique space.
Garden fences can be really expensive, but there's an easy solution to this problem ... make a garden fence instead! You'll need to acquire a lot of pallet slats to make a pallet fence so this could take time and we recommend roping in a few friends to help you with this one too. For the step-by-step guide to create a DIY Pallet Fence we highly recommend checking out 99 Pallets Guide.
17. Outdoor Pallet Wood Log Shelter
Store your wooden logs away neatly in your garden or outdoor space with a wooden pallet outdoor storehouse. Relatively easy to do, you will need a few pallets, screws, roofing felt, saw, nails and a drill. We've found this helpful Youtube video to guide you through the process:
18. Outdoor Wooden Pallet Veranda
Want to revamp your garden this summer? Well, why not build a veranda? A definite money saver in both materials and labour if you decide to build it yourself, we've found this guide on how to create a wooden pallet decking on YouTube.
19. Wooden Pallet Outdoor Dog House
Create an outdoor wooden pallet dog house for your family pet to enjoy in the garden. Most dog houses are quite expensive and so a wooden pallet dog house is an inexpensive alternative. What's more, by using wooden pallets you are choosing a more sustainable and eco-friendly option to buying brand new. Now, we must mention that building a dog house is not for the inexperienced. It's essential that you have had some DIY practice and no how to handle tools. Moreover, we recommend roping in a family member or friend to help you with this project. You'll need between 3-5 wooden pallets and we recommend checking out this detailed step-by-step guide on how to build a pallet dog house.
20. Wooden Pallet Children's Playhouse
There's no doubt that you will be the parent of the year if you build your kids a Children's Playhouse With Wooden Pallets. A weekend DIY project that will require at least two people to construct, depending on the size you will need quite a few wooden pallets for this project! We would probably recommend 50 pallets plus to ensure you have enough. Once you've constructed your children's playhouse made from wooden pallets we'd recommend giving it some life with paint and accessorising with cushions, outdoor rugs and outdoor furniture. The kids will love it all summer long!
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