Making Pallet Furniture

Making Pallet Furniture

First, let me start off by explaining, I am a BIG advocate for recycling. If it’s plastic, glass, tin, cardboard, or whatever, I try and find another purpose of using the material or container.  I’m sure I will cover many other cool recycling projects in future posts; items that you would normally throw away, but for this post I will share one of my favorite recycling projects.

My husband works for a machine shop where they have pallets of heavy metals.  The company was constantly disposing the pallets so,  he would bring a lot of them home and we would burn them outback for fire nights with family and friends…but pallets are not just used to crate materials, then dispose of, they can also be used for several different, useful, purposes.  I would see these pallets and see potential, but for a long time, nothing came to mind as to what I could do with them. There is a lot of wood just going to waste. What could I possibly make with an endless supply of wooden pallets?

I started off small.  I wanted to make a piece of furniture.  Something for a second floor porch my husband and I have off of our master bedroom.  With four kids, we have a limited budget, so I’m able to just go out and purchase a piece of outdoor furniture.  Plus, looking at these pallets, I wanted to make something for some time now…I wanted a cozy little love seat for the 8×8 deck that my husband and I sit out on, after hours, and sip a glass of wine.

I kept telling my husband to bring home the smaller-sized pallets.  I realized that the smaller ones were 24×24 in size and that is a perfect outdoor cushion size.  So, as I dug through the slowly growing pile we had outside, I found 6 in pretty decent shape. Three pallets stacked up on top of each other was the perfect height to sit, if calculating in a 3 to 5 inch thick cushion.  I found deck screws from a previous project my husband did and started screwing the pallets together using a cordless drill and a Phillips screwdriver bit.  *Before I screwed the pallets together, I made sure I pulled out and hammered down any exposed nails or screws.

After all 6 small pallets were screwed together (2 stacks, 3 pallets high), I then found a larger pallet that had a 48 inch length and decided that would be great for the back side of my love seat bench (seating pallets were 24 inch each, so 24 inches twice=48 inches). This next part, I needed to use a circular saw to cut straight through the one side of the pallet.  Cutting off just the one side, allowed me to use the single long side to screw into the bottom of the 6 pallets, giving it that added support.  Again, I screwed into as many places as I could, making sure that the pieces were snug in its new place.

The pallets were a little rough looking. I took an orbital sander and sanded the parts of the bench where any cushions or pillows would be touching. I also made sure to  sand the top of the bench, up on the back; where my guy could put his arm around me without getting a sliver.

After I gave it a quick sanding, I gently ran my hand along the surface that I sanded (trying to avoid getting a sliver), just to see if I needed to sand a little bit more.  It was all set! Next I took a look through my shed and found some leftover spray paint to give it an industrial look.

Then came the fun part.  I cleaned up my deck and then went shopping for cushions and pillows.  Viola!

With some added lights to set a romantic mood for the evening…it was more than I could have imagined.  I’m very happy with the end result.  I am definitely making pallet furniture again!

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My next idea is possibly a coffee table to go along with my new bench.  If I’m able to get my hands on the 48 inch pallets, and about 15 of them, I would make a huge bench for out by our fire pit.  That many would seat a lot of family and friends.

What are other good pallet-making ideas?  I am always looking for any and all ways to make something from nothing.  Please make sure to leave a comment on any ideas that you might have for pallets.



6 Replies to “Making Pallet Furniture”

    1. Thank you. I appreciate your comment. It wasn’t really that hard to do, it was just finding the time to do it and thinking of a plan on how they would all go together.

    1. If I had an over abundance of pallets, I might just do that. Unfortunately, I have a limited amount. I’m hoping my post could show others to make their own. Thanks for checking out my post;-)

    1. Thank you. Like I explained in the post, I have been looking at the pile of pallets for some time and had no idea what to do with them. I am quite happy with the result. Now I have a comfy place to sit on my own private deck.

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