This inexpensive DIY outdoor pallet furniture is easy to make and easy on your budget!
Here at Craft Create Cook we absolutely love anything we can make ourselves: crafts, delicious homemade recipes and awesome DIY projects! A few summers ago, I became obsessed with outdoor pallet furniture projects. I kept seeing them all over Pinterest and other blogger friends were posting their projects too. I was hooked. I started thinking of all the cool and unique things I could make using old pallets.
The first DIY project I wanted to tackle was an outdoor pallet couch for our front porch. I searched Pinterest for days on end. Looking for the perfect idea. Of course, Pinterest is just that, a place of awesome ideas. I didn't find the exact couch I wanted but I was able to come up with my own idea that would fit perfectly in the large empty corner of our covered porch.
First, I needed pallets. Lots of free pallets. I wasn't sure on how many I needed but knew I'd need at least 9-10 to start. I started by asking friends and family if they knew of any local places where I could get free pallets. Then I called my local Home Depot and Lowes but they actually sell them for $20 each OR return to the manufacturer. No thanks. I called our local Ace Hardware and they told me they left their scrap pallets on the side of the building and I could take them at any time. Score!!!
I grabbed my husband's truck and went in search of pallets. I found enough in a few days to get started. I also stocked up on about 10 cans black spray paint at my local hardware store. Using coupon and sale I spent about $30 total. I'm sure I could've used a different paint but I was new to the DIY world of pallets. Plus, spray paint is just SO easy.
Once I got home and unloaded the pallets I got to work. First, I laid down several old sheets on the garage floor and laid the pallets face up on the sheet. I began by spraying each top with one coat of black spray paint. Once they were dry I went back over with a second coat to get any spots I missed.
Once all my pallets were painted to my liking, I hauled them up onto the porch. I then stacked them 3 high and placed 2 behind on the long wall standing up and 1 on the short wall, as shown in the photos. Once I had all the pallets where I wanted them, I rummaged through the garage and found black zip ties. I used these to secure the standing back pallets along the wall.
Lastly, I brought up an old twin mattress we had in our basement and bought some new (cheap) sheets and cute coordinating pillows.
I also had some old couch foam (purchased cheap at a garage sale) that I wrapped in a twin flat sheet and placed in between the mattress and the pallet wall for extra padding.
When the project was all said and I done I spent about $50 total.
How to make Outdoor Pallet Furniture
- 9-10 pallets, in good condition
- 10 cans of black spray paint, or other paint of your choice
- zip ties
- twin mattress
- flat fitted sheet
- coordinating pillows
- foam padding (optional)
- flat twin sheet (optional)
- duct tape (optional)
- Spray paint each pallet to your liking and let dry. Repeat as needed.
- Stack the pallets to how you want them arranged.
- Zip tie the standing pallets so they stay put.
- Cover the twin mattress with a fitted sheet and set on top of the pallet bed.
Coordinate with pillows.
- If utilizing foam, cover with a fitted sheet and duct tape the edges so the flat sheet stays secured around the foam. Wrap the foam like you would wrap a gift. Place the covered foam behind the twin mattress as extra padding.
There you have it! An easy and unique pallet bed! We loves ours for lounging in the evenings. I love settling in a reading a book while the kids run around the yard.
You will also want to make some of our other pallet projects:
- DIY Pallet Wall Art
- 10 Unique Pallet Projects
- Pallet Projects 101 - How to Cut Pallets
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