8 Amazing DIY Pallet Furniture Ideas for the Outdoors

Who doesn’t love an impeccably furnished and polished garden? On one hand, you have your freshly cut grass and new blooms swaying in the wind, and on the other, there is a snug-looking sofa by the tree where you can sit down, read a book, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Creating a warm, green wonderland in your garden does not always have to be a costly affair. Let us help you get your creative juices flowing!

Grab a handful of wooden pallets and begin the journey of transforming your average garden into an oasis of scenery and comfort. The results are astounding. Take some time out and try some of the following DIY outdoor pallet furniture!

1. DIY Outdoor Pallet Swing

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For the love of summer and the blissful feeling it brings! The Sorry Girls has shared an awesome tutorial through which you can build your very own swing with two wooden pallets.

Of course, you will need a tree in your back garden with branches strong enough to hold this swing.

You will need:

  • Two wooden pallets
  • Sturdy nylon ropes to support heavy weight
  • Paints
  • Sand Paper
  • Saw
  • Drill and screws
  • Ladder
  • Some funky cushions

Cut one of the wooden pallet into half with a help of saw. This will be used as your back support. Sand both pallets and wipe them to completely get rid of any grime. Once the pallets are completely smooth, coat them with a paint. Line up the pallets together with a smaller piece behind the larger one, and drill screws into them. Now drill holes for the rope on the side and top of pallets, thread the rope out of holes and tie it tightly for maximum support. Make sure the rope you buy is strong enough!

For hanging the swing, it is important to choose a secure branch as pallets are heavy. Loop the ropes around the branch and secure them with a tight knot. Throw in some cushions for a final touch and your swing is ready to go! For full tutorial, visit The Sorry Girls DIY Outdoor Pallet Swing.

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2. DIY Pallet Coffee Table

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Perfect for warm sunny days or even bitter cold winter nights, a coffee table has many uses in a garden. Play cards with your friends, sip on a hot cocoa on a freezing morning or chill out with a glass of fresh juice on a sunny afternoon, the coffee table is a much-needed addition in your outdoor space. Design your own coffee table with a help of wooden pallets. If you need to move it out of the elements when not in use, fix four plate castors, one in each corner. Remember to use heavy duty casters preferably with rubber tyres big enough to roll over dips and bumps on the uneven ground surface.

You will need:

  • Two wooden pallets
  • Polished planks
  • Screws and drill
  • Glue
  • Paint

Optional: Heavy Duty Plate Castors

Clean off the wooden pallets and give them a glossy coat of paint. The color is up to you but white looks gorgeous! Next, attach the two pallets together by the help of drill and screws. Now comes the top! Arrange planks on the top and check whether they need to be trimmed or not. Once you have solved the puzzle, glue down planks and you have a superb table top. You only need a weekend to complete your coffee table. Call your friends over and show off your new table or simply admire your amazing DIY skills with a perfect cold drink in hand.

3. DIY Pallet Bar

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Having a bar right in your home has its perks. Whip up exotic drinks, host parties and be the envy of the neighbourhood! However if you want to build a pallet bar on your deck, 1001Pallets has a great tutorial!

You will need:

  • 3 pallets
  • colored deck stain
  • 1-inch plywood

After you are done smoothing the pallets, colour them with deck stains. Arrange two pallets in a vertical position and put one pallet horizontally between them. Screw them together with a help of drill. Now, attach the plywood on the top of the pallets to use it as a countertop. Voila! Your pallet bar is ready to serve you drinks! Put up bottles, glasses and mixers and begin polishing your bartender skills for your next party.

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4. DIY Pallet Patio Bench

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A welcoming bench can complete the look of your outdoor space with style. Set it up with a help of wooden pallets in any corner of your garden and jazz it up with colorful cushions and a throw. Sit and think about the universe, have a chat with a loved one while you look at the skies, and watch the sundown and birds heading back to their homes.

You will need:

  • Wooden pallets
  • Circular saw
  • Deck screws

Cut the pallet into two pieces to create bench seat and back. Stack the back pallet on the seat and attach it with the help of screws. Your bench is almost ready, but it needs some legs to stand on! Cut out for four wooden boards and fasten them to the bench via screws. On each side, place armrests and screw it to the top of the legs. Place some cushions and fuzzy throws. Now the bench is ready to receive you!

For the full tutorial, visit RKBlack.

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5. DIY Pallet Porch Hanging

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A dose of color can do wonders to a dull space. If you have a dreary porch that can use some brightening up, create a quick pallet hanging and enrich the spot with colors.

You will need:

  • Pallet
  • 4 Eye hooks
  • 3′ of metal chain
  • Colorful plastic pots
  • Drill
  • Vise Grip

To design a porch hanging, you can either use a raw pallet or a painted one. Put the pallet in an upright position with its slats oriented horizontally and insert eye hooks at each end with the help of a vise grip. Install eye hooks onto the ceiling in the same alignment as the ones on the pallet. Link the metal chain through the hooks and hang it by securing the ends. The pallet has been hung and it is time to add some colors! Take few colorful pots and plant pretty flowers of different kinds. Hang each pot on the slat with the help of S-shaped hooks. For full tutorial, visit Jenna Burger.

6. DIY Pallet Playhouse

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This one is a little tricky and quite lengthy! However, if you have kids and enjoy DIY projects, you guys will have a lot of fun. Build an outdoor playhouse from scratch and watch your kids’ gleeful expressions.

You will need:

  • A huge number of wooden pallets
  • Paint
  • Screws
  • Window glass and frame

For the playhouse, you will require a large number of wooden pallets. Break down pallets and cut off the stringers to separate each slat. Build the square window and frame it with some of the slats. Design the floor of the playhouse with pallets and top them with a particleboard. Once the floor is completed, frame the doorway, walls, and roof with pallets. Use a high-quality beam for the roof and finish the house with boards. Paint it up in vivid colors!

For full tutorial and accurate measurements, visit Instructables.

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7. DIY Patio Day Bed or Garden Sofa

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When you want to escape the stuffy indoors and take in a refreshing gulp of fresh air, a patio day bed comes handy. Lie down and gaze at the stars, listen to the sounds of birds and get your daily dose of vitamin D while you read a novel. It is works great as a sofa for outdoor entertaining, definitely cheaper than getting an outdoor sofa set.

You will need:

  • 4 pallets of same exact size
  • Paint
  • Mattress
  • Screws

Double stack the pallets and place them side by side. To hold the pallets in place, drill holes and insert screws. Attach wooden planks on the front part. The next step is to find a suitable mattress of the right size. You can either use an expensive mattress or use a foam, foldable one. Place a quirky sheet over it and a couple of pillows on the mattress. If your mattress is smaller than the bed, you can use the extra space as a side table for books, drinks, flowers, and scented candles! Visit Lovely Greens for full tutorial.

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8. DIY Pallet Side Tables

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Want to make an impressionable entrance that will leave your guests in awe? Try putting up pallet side tables at your doorside!

You will need:

  • Pallets
  • Drills and screws
  • Glue

Find pallets of various thickness ranging from ½ to ¾ thick. Deconstruct and cut them into pieces. After smoothing any rough spots with a sandpaper, assemble the frames into a square shape with pins and glue. Once the square is ready, attach horizontal slats. Now, attach legs with the help of screws. Your side table is ready to flaunt anywhere you want. Put it on a doorside with plants, next to the sofa on your patio or beneath the window. Follow the complete tutorial at Instructables.

With a little creativity, spare time and not to mention, wooden pallets, you can transform the look of your garden into a gorgeously inviting outdoor space. With just one addition, you will notice a huge difference. Grab some old pallets right now and start the DIY project! We would love to see what you’ve made so tell us more in the comments below.