Unless you have been hiding under a rock, then you would know all about the current trend of upcycling old pallets into funky and unique furniture pieces for your outdoor patio.
At first, you may think that this would not be a good look! However trust us, by following some easy steps and having a few tools to hand, you can make an old, worn pallet into some fantastic patio furniture items which you will fall in love with!
Whether your backyard is full of colorful decorations or you’re into a more neutral vibe, you really can make pallet furniture fit in with your style.
There are so many different pieces you could make but of course, we have a select few which are just the
Firstly, let’s take a look at what tools you will need. It’s a good idea to have the below items in your kit:
- Electric powered drill
- Spirit level
- Weather-resistant paint
One of our favorite pallet furniture ideas is the pallet sofa. This is ideal for any social butterfly as you can create a social hub in your backyard! If you have a bare corner in your backyard, then you could make a corner sofa to provide a comfortable space for any social gatherings.
You will need to have seven pallets to achieve the look of a corner pallet sofa. We love a corner sofa as it feels a lot more cozy and welcoming!
To begin, we need to make the seats. You do this by putting one pallet on top of another and using your drill to secure the pallet to the other with screws. You want to repeat this process a second time to produce both sides of your corner sofa.
Once this is done, we need to connect both sides of the sofa. Place the shorter side of one pallet against the longer side of the second pallet. Line both sides up to create an ‘L’ shape. Once you are happy, check how level the seat base is by placing a spirit level on top of where you want to join both sides. If all looks okay, go ahead and secure the sections with screws.
Next up, it’s time to make the back of the corner sofa. This bit will be a little bit more tricky as you will need to use two and a half pallets. Grab two pallets and place them vertically against the shorter side of the sofa and the longer side to create a ‘V’ shape. Again, before securing, you will want to use your spirit level to check everything is looking good. Once you are happy with the placement, you can screw them to the base of your sofa.
Next, we need to cut a pallet in half to make the last piece of the back of your sofa. Your spirit level will have measurements along the side so measure halfway and mark with a pencil. Make a mark towards the top, middle, and bottom. Then use your saw to cut the pallet in half.
Lastly, place your halved pallet vertically against the base of your sofa. Repeat the steps from above to level and secure safely. To protect your pallet corner sofa from the weather and mildew, lightly sand the surfaces and paint it with a weather-resistant paint such as the KILZ Exterior Siding, Fence, and Barn Paint which comes highly rated.
As a little additional extra, place some large cushions on the seats to provide some extra comfort for your guests!
Our next option is to make a table out of your pallets. This is a cheap and easy way to make a table for your patio which will be perfect for when you have a barbeque or if you are just catching up with some friends in your backyard. Surprisingly, you can make a pretty sturdy table from only two pallets!
Your first step should be to cut one pallet in half to the size you desire. Cutting a pallet in half is perfect to make a coffee table. Then, you want to repeat this process on the second pallet too. Make sure to sand the edges and surfaces of your pallet next. Then, it’s time for paint!
If you like the wooden effect then feel free to varnish your pallets. Ensure that your varnish is suitable for exterior surfaces before painting. If you prefer a solid color, then you can go wild! Either paint in a neutral color to tie in nicely with any decor style or you could make a statement and go bold!
Now, you can get ready to secure both table halves to each other. To help you do this, we advise purchasing six fixing plates. We like these Hyever fixing plates as they are stainless steel so are super durable!
There you have it! A coffee table made from pallets which will save you a lot of money and fit in with any decor style in your backyard!
We hope that you have loved our awesome pallet furniture ideas for your patio! These are just two amazing ideas that your leftover pallets can be used for. There are so many more ideas out there which we hope to share with you all soon!
Remember to keep your eye out for anyone giving away pallets so you can try as many DIY pallet projects as you want. We find that people are always looking to get rid of them so you should have no trouble finding them.
Make sure that you have a standard tool kit on hand before starting a project and always wear protective gloves. It is so easy to injure yourself when wood is involved! Splinters can be avoided by sanding down any surfaces.
So, which project will you try first? The sofa or the coffee table? What about both? The corner sofa and coffee table are a match made in heaven and will make your patio look so inviting.
Let us know what your favorite idea is!