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

In this step-by-step guide, we show you how to make a bench using wooden pallets

We’re in for another heatwave this weekend, which means a lot of us will be planning 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 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!

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


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

1. Paint the pallets


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.

Buy now: Kiln Dried Wood Pallets, £22.99 each, Homebase
Buy now: Rust-Oleum Chalky Furniture Paint Powder Blue (750ml), £12.99, Homebase

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


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Homebase sells special pallet furniture cushions that fit perfectly on top of its pallets. Add colour with more scatter cushions, pot plants and paper pom-poms.

Buy now: Cushion for Pallet Garden Furniture in Grey, £28.95, Homebase

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!

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