How to make pallet garden furniture on a budget – a step-by-step guide

In this step-by-step guide, we show you how to make a garden bench using wooden pallets
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  • It’s only a matter of days now until we can welcome friends and family over to enjoy time in the garden! What more of an excuse do you need for some sort of backyard bash? But if you’re fretting about where everyone is going to sit, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this quick and easy pallet garden furniture make, which should last you through the summer and beyond!

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    In just a couple of hours, you can transform three unassuming pallets into a bench for two. Pick any colour you like, and decorate with coordinating cushions for the party-perfect snuggling bench that’s straight out of Love Island!

    pallet garden furniture bench

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    Create a dreamy spot to enjoy the sunshine in your garden with this budget-friendly pallet furniture make.

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    How to make pallet garden furniture – what you’ll need


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    • Wooden pallets
    • Garden furniture chalk paint
    • Small roller and tray
    • Paintbrush
    • Scatter cushions
    • Electric drill with screws

    1. Paint the pallets


    Image credit: Homebase

    There’s no need to do anything to prep these Homebase pallets, as they all come pre-treated, kiln dried and FSC accredited. Stir the paint thoroughly and then apply using a mini roller for an even finish. One to two coats will be needed, and you’ll need to leave the paint to dry for one hour before flipping the pallet over and painting the underside. You might need to use a brush for the harder-to-reach areas.

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    2. Secure the base


    Create the base of your bench by stacking one or more pallets to the right height.


    When you’re happy, secure them with screws and an electric drill.

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    3. Form the back


    Add another pallet propped in a vertical position create the back of your chair. Again, secure it in place with a drill and screws.

    4. Dress it for comfort

    pallet garden furniture bench

    Image credit: Homebase

    Homebase and many other retailers sell special pallet furniture cushions that fit perfectly on top of the pallets. Add colour with more scatter cushions, pot plants and paper pom-poms.

    If one bench isn’t enough, you could think about placing two side by side to accommodate more of your mates. Bring on the sunshine!

    Go one better and make a corner sofa…


    Image credit: Joanna Henderson

    Collect a cluster of pallets to build this outdoor take on a corner sofa, carefully deconstructing them and nailing them to a bespoke wooden framework. This classy look will take your timber garden furniture to the next level. Fashion a matching coffee table using the same method. Finish the look in style with sumptuous cushions to ensure this on-trend seating area is as comfy as it is stylish.

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    Is pallet wood good for furniture?

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    Pallet wood is good for furniture provided it’s not treated with chemicals. Many DIY retailers now sell pre-treated, kiln dried and FSC accredited pallets – so you know it’s safe to use. Of course you can upcycle wooden pallets sourced for free, just be sure to treat the wood to ensure the wood is suitable for outdoor furniture use.


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