Pallet furniture is great if you’re looking for outside furniture and don’t like your options. This is a less expensive way to pretty much create whatever look you want. It’s a good move to start online and figure out what you want to make. Then you start looking for pallets—that’s probably the most important step. You need good pallets, and you want to get them all at once so that they look the same. I’ve learned to stay away from construction-type pallets, and find ones that move soft materials or boxes aren’t all beat up from shipping. You can sometimes snag them like this from businesses. It’s good to ask if you can take them, but most businesses pay to get them picked up so they’ll be glad to have you whisk them away.
Start by measuring your space and drawing out what you want. Measure twice and cut once. I always lay out my furniture before I cut and secure it so that I can double check that it’s exactly what I want.
The tools you need: a screw gun, hammer, crowbar, framing joints, wood screws, and sand paper. Okay let’s get started.
1. Start by prepping your pallets: get rid of loose nails, which you can do pretty easily with the crowbar. Then remove what wood pieces you don’t want, although sometimes you can use them to your advantage. For example, these had wood pieces on the top that I left there to keep the pillows from sliding.
2. Once your pallets are prepped you can start putting the base together. Assemble it in its place so you don’t have to move it later. Put the small metal framing pieces in hidden places (you can hide them with the other pallets). Secure on the top and bottom, as it is the foundation of your couch.
3. Start stacking the pallets on top of each other and secure with screws using a screw gun (go heavy on the screws because you want it to stay put). Alternate the direction of screws and hide them by putting them slightly underneath the overhang.
4. Once you have constructed the base, secure the backs with more framing pieces and then put screws straight through the upright pallets into the base. Then use L framing pieces to secure the upright pieces.
5. Sand any rough pieces of wood with sandpaper.
6. Add cushions and enjoy!
A few more pro tips:
Sometimes finding cushions that fit what you made is tough, so if you find cushions you like, get them and then find pallets that fit them.
If you want to be fancy, add locking wheels to your couch to make it mobile and movable on your patio.
Add 4X6 arm rests for beverages and to add style.
Good luck and have fun!
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