Picture of 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

Picture of 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)
tego11 year ago

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

nytowl520 tego110 days ago

I agree - I would certainly set, at minimum, a gravel bed down to put them on. But, overall, I like the idea!

david 162023 days ago

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

abennie2 months ago

will be making this for newly wed kids that just bought own home and are on a tight budget looking forward to their faces

mccartj54 months ago

This looks great, well done.

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?

jlemke1 mccartj53 months ago

I've seen 3 pallets work as well. I'm planning on doing three pallets when I do this later in spring.

dlan11125 months ago

Could you show pictures of how you screwed it together and where?

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! ?
rgillett212 months ago
Awesome work, dude. This is one of my next projects :-)
sabu.dawdy1 year ago

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

bamseline (author)  sabu.dawdy1 year ago
Thank you. It's overwhelming that so many people have a look at my tutorial. Let's see what will happen :-)
iad7071 year 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)  iad7071 year 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 year ago

Nice project !

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

cw871 year ago

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

bamseline (author)  cw871 year 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 year 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 year ago

Good job buddy!!!


dreiduke1 year ago

geil gemacht.
Daumen hoch.

this is unbeliveable, amazing work sir!

am31731 year ago

thanks its very nice

bamseline (author) 1 year 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 year 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 year ago

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


lukeg011 year ago

verry verry nice

amekdala1 year ago

light effect is perfect


sabu.dawdy1 year ago

this is truly amazing to be honest.

Thats great :)

ASCAS1 year ago

Gorgeous! :D


bamseline (author) made it!1 year ago

I made it ;o)