Introduction: Low Budget Pallet Outdoor Lounge
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
- Cable drum
- Spade, shovel, rake (depending on where you will build up the terrace)
Step 2: The Terrace Floor
- Arrange the pallets on the ground to get the final form of the terrace floor.
- Play around and test different arrangements.
- When you found a satisfying arrangement
- mark the outline of the pallets. We used the spade to prick the grass sods along the edges of the pallets.
- remember which pallet was where – we made a photo of the pallets to help us remember the arrangement
- Remove all the grass sods from the area where the terrace will be. Prick small grass sods and remove them with the shovel.
- Use the rake to make a flat surface. Use the spirit level to check if its real flat!
- Build up the terrace floor by
- placing the pallets one after one always adjusting the heigth of the new pallet to the rest.
- screwing the new pallet to the other using brackets.
- Its better to do this together with a friend - its good to have dog for a helping paw :o)
- Use the pad sander to smooth the surface. Test with our barefoot feet if you dare.
- Use some coating (glaze) on the wood.
You're done with the terrace floor.
This took one day and a sun burn but it is worth it.
Step 3: The Couch
Each EUROpallet measures 120cm x 80 cm.
Three pallets build one element: Two pallets are used for the seat (one is on top of the other), one pallet is used as back rest.
Therefore, with 10 EURO pallets we could build a 200cm x 240 cm corner bench, 3 x 3-pallet-elements plus one for the back rest in the corner (see plan).
The pallets were screwed together using brackets. The elements were screwed together as well. But wait with the connection until the elements are on the terrace floor.
We arranged the elements and protected the pallets with a coating of glaze in a transparent white. That creates a strong shabby chic effect.
Step 4: Assemble Floor and Couch
We carried the pallet elements on the terrace floor and connected them in place.
There were three very small pallets left which we stacked on top of each other to create a table.
On the images you can see that some of the pallets were unpainted and that we had no seat cushions. We were running out of glaze and had no cushions bought so far. But after two days of work we really wanted to try out our new outdoor lounge.
We collected our old garden chair cushions and some cushions from inside to take a seat in the evening. With a candle and some solar lampions it was very cozy.
Step 5: Finished Lounge
We painted the rest some days later, and we bought some seat cushions which were normally used for garden chairs – upside down they fitted nicely on the pallets.
We thought about using some foam mattresses or special garden upholstery but both were too expensive. Additional we have no real shed to store the big size upholstery during rain or winter time.
We also added two bottle tiki torches at the corners of the terrace.
After one season the terrace floor got partly mossy and we need a high-pressure cleaner to get it all shiny again. But we still love the bech!