Saturday, April 7, 2012

DIY Outdoor Patio Furniture from Pallets

First off I would like to say "Happy Anniversary" to our house. We bought it last year on March 31st and we have already done a lot of work to it. It's so much fun to work on projects together.My husband is very good at a lot of DIY projects and he has done some amazing work around our house.

One of my favorite things about our house is the fenced in back yard and patio with a carport roof above. My husband and I spend many evenings sitting outside on our patio enjoying the Texas weather, before it gets too hot. We love to entertain, and I had bought a little patio seating set last year but it only seats 4 and most times we have more people over then that. That's where this project was birthed from and here is how I did it.

DIY Pallet Furniture



P.S. Meet our new dog Sophie

She's a keeper


What you will need for this project is some creativity a measuring tape, sandpaper possibly paint and of course pallets. My husband and I found our pallets on Craigstlist from a Coors light plant that ordered the wrong size and were trying to get rid of them. We got two truck loads of them almost brand new for $20. My husband has used some for kindling and to stack his firewood on. I used 15 of them for this project and we still have quite a few left for other projects.

This project cost me $40 total ($10 for the pallets, $25 for the paint and I have a lot leftover, and well say $5 for sandpaper and nails) If you would like to keep the cost down and like a more rustic look you can cut out the paint. The total time I spent on this project was probably 6 hours. About 2 hours to figure out my measurements and what I was doing and to cut all the pallets, 1-2 hours to sand. and 2 to paint.

The first thing you will need to do is measure your pallets and figure out if you will need to cut them or if you like the size already. My pallets measured 36"x45" 36" was still a bit wide for trying to sit on so we decided to cut them in half.

To cut in half I used a regular handsaw and cut down the middle to the side of the middle beam. You have to cut both sides. this is not hard. I did it to all 15 pallets in about an hour.

Here is what it looked like. The part I am going to use is the part on the left. It now measures 36"x24" I cut several pallets like this. I knew I needed 5 across but I didn't know how many I would need to stack to get the height for the seat that I wanted.

So I started stacking and I pulled up my patio chair to compare. I decided that three high was just right. So now I knew I needed 15 whew...time to get busy.

Here's all 15 of them stacked by three's,

Now to make the backs to them. This is one of the leftover pieces from the pallets I cut earlier.

I just pulled the backing boards right off. 

If you do it right it should take off the top and second boards.

This is what it should look like coming off.

TaDa

If your benches are going to be against a wall, simply prop it up against it. The blocks left on the back will help keep it stable.

As you can see I have an uneven space and also part of my bench that is not against a wall.

So I cut this little piece to go in the uneven space.

It fits almost perfectly.

For the bench not up against a wall I tried just propping it up but any gust of wind and it fell right over.

So I stuck two boards down to help prop it up better.

I don't have a picture of this but I just took a really long nail and hammered it through the wood blocks all the way to the pallet beneath. 

Now all that's left is to sand it all down. My pallets were pretty rough with a lot of splinters. I just sanded them enough to get rid of the splinters and smooth it out enough to paint.

If you're going to paint be sure to brush off all the dust.

I tried two different colors to see which I liked better and I decided on the dark grey.

I grabbed my paint and put on some music on pandora. It was a beautiful day out.


All done.




Here it is with out patio lights on.

With our other patio furniture.



Update:
As you all know, we recently welcomed a new member into the family, drew. He got in by marrying Hannah, and he brought a whole new skill set to our little family business. He builds stuff, and by that I mean really really cool stuff! The name of his business is Redeemed Restoration Furniture and he makes the most beautiful tables out of reclaimed wood taken from old barns. So what could we do? We put his tables on our website! So, if any of you are looking for a beautiful quality piece of furniture out of reclaimed wood? Drew's your man!
You can check out his work here.


57 comments:

  1. Love this clever idea! We use pallets for all sorts of things but hadn't thought of anything like this.

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  2. It is a very good idea. I don't have anything to lean my against though and I think I would want the backs a bit sturdier. Our pallets also come in different sizes so we would have to work with that as well.
    So far I have a pallet compost bin, pallet table, pallet duck house, pallet pig house and just this weekend a pallet fence.

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  3. Cute dog and awesome pallet furniture piece! Congratulations on your project! Is this your favourite part of your one-year-old house?

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  4. Wow, it is so cool. This is a perfect piece of furnishing you make a part of your Outdoor Patio Furniture. The furniture in these photo looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  5. WOW!!!! Your instructions are perfect and I cannot wait to get busy! My husband owns a shipping warehouse so it seems ridiculous for me not to try, right? THANK YOU so much for your wonderful instructions!!!

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  6. Wow, thanks for sharing this project, I will look forward to have it at my patio.

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  7. Very cool! Going to try this on my rooftop deck. I'm guessing you secured the pallets that you stacked on top of each other somehow?

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  8. Wow nice presentation. Your blog is so entertaining. Thanks for your post.
    Patio furniture

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  9. Thanks for the comments. The paint I used was Glidden exterior in Wild Truffle.

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  10. This is going to be my next project. Thanks,

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  11. I hate to sound naive when I ask this question but where are some sources one might obtain pallets?
    If I might have some ideas of where to go look I would follow up on some leads.
    I live in mountain home, Arkansas.

    Thank you,
    Karen McDonald

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    2. I went to craigslist to find mine. Sometimes if a company ordered too many or the wrong size they will sell them on craigslist for pretty cheap. Here is a link with tips on finding free reclaimed materials. http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2012/11/06/6-simple-tips-to-find-free-pallets-and-reclaimed-materials/ They suggest looking at Small Garden and Hardware Stores, Motorcycle Shops, Lawnmower and Power Equipment stores. I hope you can find some.
      Bethany

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  12. very clever idea and very beautiful for the garden or by the pool

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  13. great job!
    I have a question: did u leave natural the color of the bottom part so it shows the furniture comes from reused pallet?

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    1. I did leave the bottom part because I liked being the look of the pallets. Also it would have taken a really long time to paint all of them.

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  14. Really neat idea and great way to recycle too! I love it!

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  15. What did you use for the cushions? And are the cushions weather proof.? Love this very cool idea. Looking forward to this project. Also how did you get all the stacked pallets to stay together?

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    1. I actually don't have any cushions on the pallets. I just bought some outdoor pillows from Home Depot. I didn't attach the stacked pallets together at all. They seem to stay put just fine on their own. I like this too because it gives me flexibility if I need to move them around.

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  16. Thank you for the awesome ideal, better then that, thank you so very much for the step by step instruction.

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  17. Great Idea I am going to try this as soon as I get sometime off.
    Mary

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  18. Wow!!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been scouring the web to find a project like this. We have an odd shaped porch and this kind of layout would fit perfectly!

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  19. If people want to add cushions or throw pillows on, check your local thrift stores. Our local Hospice Thrift store always has a huge amount of different size throw pillows for only a couple of bucks. :-)

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  20. Ghetto furnishings, I love it..!!

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  21. Do you know about how much weight these can hold? I've never done anything with pallets so I have no idea how strong or weak they are - thanks!

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  22. Thanks for the info on this!! I've been wondering how to do the back!! I guess it's time to get to work!!!

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  23. Yes how much weight will they hold? And if you wanted to put coushins on them where would u get them to fit and have u made tables and chairs also

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  24. these looks pretty simple..actually staying in the patio is really great specially you can have some barbecue with your family and spend some time in sharing on your where about's..

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  25. I want to make these!!! Gorgeous!!

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  26. I just love furniture!! Thank you so much for this blog, I love all of the furniture and information. Keep it up,

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  27. Very creative use of that extra wood! Although... I still think I prefer my teak patio furniture :]
    -Jack

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  28. great idea i found a feed store that gives pallets away

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  30. Thumbs up guys you are really carrying out a great job.furniture stores in york pa

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  31. This is a great idea, my wife and I are going to take on the chaise lounge project, could you please re-post those pictures also? Thanks. #twothumbswaayyup

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  33. I absolutely love what your sharing! I could easily see this pallet couch on my deck. I can see a pallet collecting road trip in my very near future - luckily for me our local hardware/lumber supplier throws them out nearly everyday.

    Outdoor furniture

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  34. Thanks for sharing these, I love them! I think they would be perfect on my patio. I love the simplicity of them yet they are so trendy.

    http://www.5135540000.com/pool-and-spa-warehouse-patio-furniture-s/50.htm

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  35. These definitely looks like a good way to go with creating some modern outdoor furniture. I think people had the same motivations when stuff like wicker furniture came out too. I would love to get my patio looking this good, that's for sure.

    http://mh2g.com/Outdoor_Furniture_s/200.htm

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  36. This is awesome! I have secured 100 pallets and my husband and I shall be using this for my screen porch, I am SOOO Glad you posted this because we where about to purchase cinder blocks!

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  37. Your post is extremely helpful for me about the designer outdoor furniture. I will keep checking your blog posts in the future for more updates. Thank you for sharing this information.

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  38. I have made a bunch of things with duct tape, but I have never tried to make anything with pallets. I will have to make some patio furniture with all of the pallets that I am going to have. I am building a retaining wall next month and there are going to be quite a few pallets from it.

    Jason|http://dorightgardens.com/PatioFurnitureSets

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  39. I want to get some new patio furniture. I want to make the outside of my home just as great as the inside looks. I don't have very much money to spend, so making my own furniture would be great for me. I really like how these turned out.
    Gary Puntman | http://www.thinkoutsidegulfshores.com/

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  40. Thank you for the video! Several friends and I are making this a summer project!

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  41. Thanks so much.I just found one pallet in the street and dragged it to my flat.I have a terrace but it rains here all the time so its an indoor project. Pinterest here I come! Again!

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  42. Brilliant idea, I will try this in my house.

    regards

    Pecora Nera

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  43. Wunderbar. We will start our lounge tomorrow. Best regards from Down Under.

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  44. I would love to see some pads on that bench. I love the project but I really like it to be as comfortable as possible. Did you sand down the pallets before painting them? I noticed you brushed them off but I didn't notice if you sanded it or not. http://patioshoppes.com

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  46. Thank you for this detailed step by step on making these amazing pallet chaise lounge chairs.

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