We wanted to create a second terrace in the back yard our house. However, since we live in rented accommodation the solution should be cost-effective. We have googled a bit and came across several ideas with pallets. We were very lucky and have purchased 25 pallets (10 EURO pallets and 15 others) for 30 EUR on eBay. The EURO pallets provided the basis for the corner bench. The other palettes were closed (no gaps between the bars) and therefore perfect for the terrace floor.

All in all we payed around 200 EUR - glaze was much as well as the seat cushions (IKEA - less then making them by ourselves).

Step 1: Material and Tools

Our material list:

  • 25 pallets: 10 EURO and 15 other with no gab between the bars in different sizes
    As you can see on the photos the EURO pallets where really used. But they will still do their job. And around one EUR for a EURO pallet is a really amazing prize.
  • Some kind of wood coating (glaze, wood-stain, ...) to protect the pallets
  • Screws and brackets

Our tool list:A

  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Pad sander
  • Brush or spray gun
  • Spirit level
  • Saw
  • Cable drum
  • Spade, shovel, rake (depending on where you will build up the terrace)
<p>The simplest and most impressive instructable I've seen yet- Planning this now!</p>
Oh, thank you very much! <br><br>If I would do it again, it would definitily not put it on raw ground again. The poor pallets are suffering a lot.
<p>Very nice project. But aren&uml;t you afraid the deck will degrade quite quickly when laying on bare soil?</p>
<p>You're right. I would recommend that.</p>
<p>I agree - I would certainly set, at minimum, a gravel bed down to put them on. But, overall, I like the idea!</p>
<p>if you fall lucky you could take cushions and back cushions of a sofa /chair thats getting scrapped .also you could use an angle grinder for rounding sharp edges of the pallets </p>
<p>will be making this for newly wed kids that just bought own home and are on a tight budget looking forward to their faces</p>
<p>This looks great, well done.</p><p>Q: By my calculations the seat will be approx 28cm high. This seems quite low to me, how is it to sit on? Would 3 stacked pallets work better?</p>
<p>I've seen 3 pallets work as well. I'm planning on doing three pallets when I do this later in spring.</p>
<p>Could you show pictures of how you screwed it together and where?</p>
This is fantastic! I am just now stumbling across this (a little late, I know!!) - now the question is can I wait until spring to make it?!? Thanks a ton for sharing and congratulations on becoming a finalist! ?
Awesome work, dude. This is one of my next projects :-)
<p>congratulations on becoming a finalist!! in pallet contest. i hope you win grand prize :)</p>
Thank you. It's overwhelming that so many people have a look at my tutorial. Let's see what will happen :-)
have been collecting pallets for some other project the wife has been wanting.<br><br>showed her this awesome project and BAM....<br>Starting tomorrow! !!<br><br>going to modify and add and in ground safe fire pit.<br>will post final photo of project<br>
<p>That's great. Can't wait for the photo.</p><p>Due to the fact that we live in a rented object we are not allowed to have a fire pit :o(</p><p>Currently we are searching for our own house and than we will start over again, maybe with a fire pit and other additions.</p>
<p>Nice project !</p>
<p>Seriously awesome! What a great idea for a rental property. Love it!</p>
<p>Fantastic! What did you use the cable drum for??</p>
<p>For the pad sander (or is the right word orbital sander or belt sander?) - unfortunately, the machine needed electric power :o)</p>
<p>Oh, I forgot to say:</p><p>We also used the pad sander to smooth the surface and remove rests of color from the EURO pallets.</p><p>Again, thanks a lot for the nice comments :o)</p>
<p>Good job buddy!!!</p>
<p>geil gemacht.<br>Daumen hoch. <br>LG</p>
<p>this is unbeliveable, amazing work sir!</p>
<p>thanks its very nice<br></p>
<p>Thanks a lot to all of you. <br>I really love the place, and spend most of this day outside reading a book on the bench. </p><p>Our lessor seems not to like the place much - he makes snappish statements about our corner. I guess somethink that is not expensive and all shiny doesn't fit for him. Too bad. </p>
<p>Gorgeous!! I can imagine the nice evenings you're gonna spend with your family and friends. Have fun, you deserve it after all the hard work :)</p>
<p>I agree too<br></p>
<p>Enter it in the pallet contest! You have a good chance of winning!!!</p>
<p>verry verry nice </p>
<p>light effect is perfect</p><p>awesome</p>
<p>this is truly amazing to be honest.</p>
<p>Thats great :)</p>
<p>Gorgeous! :D</p>
<p>I made it ;o)</p>

About This Instructable




More by bamseline:Dog LED collar improvement Low Budget BBQ Chimney Starter, IKEA Hack Your personal mini Instructable Robot cuddly 
Add instructable to: