Low Budget Pallet Outdoor Lounge

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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).

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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)

congratulations on becoming a finalist!! in pallet contest. i hope you win grand prize :)

bamseline (author)  sabu.dawdyyesterday
Thank you. It's overwhelming that so many people have a look at my tutorial. Let's see what will happen :-)
iad70729 days ago
have been collecting pallets for some other project the wife has been wanting.

showed her this awesome project and BAM....
Starting tomorrow! !!

going to modify and add and in ground safe fire pit.
will post final photo of project
bamseline (author)  iad70725 days ago

That's great. Can't wait for the photo.

Due to the fact that we live in a rented object we are not allowed to have a fire pit :o(

Currently we are searching for our own house and than we will start over again, maybe with a fire pit and other additions.

gpracchia1 month ago

Nice project !

Seriously awesome! What a great idea for a rental property. Love it!

tego11 month ago

Very nice project. But aren¨t you afraid the deck will degrade quite quickly when laying on bare soil?

cw871 month ago

Fantastic! What did you use the cable drum for??

bamseline (author)  cw871 month ago

For the pad sander (or is the right word orbital sander or belt sander?) - unfortunately, the machine needed electric power :o)

bamseline (author) 1 month ago

Oh, I forgot to say:

We also used the pad sander to smooth the surface and remove rests of color from the EURO pallets.

Again, thanks a lot for the nice comments :o)

dpiccine1 month ago

Good job buddy!!!

vladivastok1 month ago


dreiduke1 month ago

geil gemacht.
Daumen hoch.

Akin Yildiz1 month ago

this is unbeliveable, amazing work sir!

am31731 month ago

thanks its very nice

bamseline (author) 1 month ago

Thanks a lot to all of you.
I really love the place, and spend most of this day outside reading a book on the bench.

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.

nqtronix1 month ago

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 :)

I agree too

BikeHacker1 month ago

Enter it in the pallet contest! You have a good chance of winning!!!


lukeg011 month ago

verry verry nice

amekdala1 month ago

light effect is perfect


sabu.dawdy1 month ago

this is truly amazing to be honest.

Thats great :)

ASCAS1 month ago

Gorgeous! :D


bamseline (author) made it!1 month ago

I made it ;o)


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