Moving into a new home, we have so much to do. I had no idea how much work being a home owner was. We bought a brand new house, our backyard was not landscaped….at all. It is dirt. This isn’t dirt that most of you would be used to…this is very fine sand. It is very unlevel as well. That is a whole issue in itself. We are tackling it one step at a time. We’ve drawn it out and are going to do one area at a time until it’s done.
Our first step was the fire pit area. The fire pit is simple. I bought one at Lowe’s for $59!! Super awesome deal and it’s going to get used SO.MUCH. We had thought about doing an in-ground pit, but decided above ground would be better in case we ever wanted to move it or decided we really didn’t like where we had it set up. This was perfect.
I wanted to have seating around the fire pit. We have a family of five and friends that like to come over and need places for sitting outside and around the pit. I decided it was time to put the huge stack of pallets I had acquired to use and create some benches.
Let me start off by saying that we have never built anything before. We are not master carpenters and don’t claim to be. These pallet benches ended up being easy to make and easy to correct mistakes you could make along the way.
Here’s how we did it:
- 3 Pallets of the same dimensions (this is important since you will be stacking them….if you can’t find 3, at least use 2 the same and I’ll show you how to make it work!)
- Circular Saw
- Self-drilling screws
- 1×4 piece of wood
- 2×4 piece of wood
- Optional: Paint or stain/varnish
One-by-one, stack three of the half pallets on top of each other. If you ended up with one that is off sized from the other two pallets, use one of the off-sizes as the bottom. This is where you really want to look at each pallet piece and choose the two that look the best and most even for your seat and back. The others are inbetween and the flaws can’t be seen as much.
Secure each pallet to the next by screwing them into each other. This is easier than you think. The slats are large enough you can use an extension and squeeze the drill in to put int he screws.
The back is created by standing one pallet upright. Using the drill my husband secured the bench with screws to the base, but we soon realized it wasn’t as sturdy as we’d like. We took a 2×4 and cut it to fit inside the boards on the pallet, screwing it into place, then using that to attach to the base pallets.
Now is time for the extra support for the sides. We wanted to be sure the pallets couldn’t come loose or shift, so we took 1×4′s and cut them to fit from the top back corner of the back piece to the front bottom corner of the base piece. Screw into place.
At this point you can either paint it or stain/varnish it. I went for the paint method. I used 3 cans of Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint and LOVE how it turned out! I added a few throw pillows from the outdoor furniture section of Lowe’s and how cute is that?!?!
If you make a pallet bench using my method, please share pictures with me! I love to see finished projects!
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