Introduction: Pallet Bench Project

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This is a simple pallet bench project I wanted to share with everyone. I was making this for a family night we will be hosting. Though it is a bit crude it does the trick and I like the raw finish.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need a few tools to get the job done. Drill, drill bit and phllips bit, hand saw (or power saw), 2-1/2 & 3 inch screws, tapemeasure, pencil, square & a sander. I used a 44x32" pallet, a 2x1x36" scrap wood for support& a 7' 2x4 for the legs.

Step 2: Cutting the Pallet As Needed

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The pallet I am using is 44 x 32 inches. I cut a small portion of the pallet to use for the back rest. With drill/screw gun drive 3, 3 inch screws anchored the back rest to the seat of the bench for support also to hold into place before I get the side supports on. You can use anything for the side supports.

Step 3: Side Support

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I also found small scrap 2x1 inch wood for side supports. To be honest I held them into place and marked the future pilot holes as well as marked the lines to cut the sides to fit then screwed them into place. I also had a small piece of 1x2-1/2 lumber I used as the bottom support on both sides. You dont have to follow this but I wanted to make sure it wasn't going anywhere. You could also use two pallets lumber to make this bench.

Step 4: A Lil Sanding

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Once the supports are in place I decided to give it a once over with a sander to clean up some of the rough edges before adding the legs.

Step 5: Attaching the Legs

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I wanted my bench to be 16" from the ground. I measured and cut each 2x4 at 16" then attached them to the sides both on the front and back for support. I used 4, 3" screws to anchor the legs to the bench.

Step 6: Finish and Enjoy

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When complete this should be a SOLID bench seat for your home. You can also add stain and a pad for more comfort. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Haters need not reply. 


Oldehawks10 (author)2017-01-24

Looks great. One suggestion that I see having made similar style is that the legs could use X bracing or similar support. Legs are the weakest link most often especially when moved to uneven ground

Spencer97TJ (author)2016-10-16


dnomi made it! (author)2016-08-29

Great project! Many thanks.

AndrewA111 (author)2016-05-16

Simple design. Nice work.

allenpeter (author)2015-06-20

Very Easy to Built.

veedz made it! (author)2015-05-24

a days work. jus gtta sand and treat

danny.stone.9022 (author)2015-01-15

hi.. al start off by saying i absolutly love this app.. :) i have seen a comment about tilting the back 5 degrees.. how could you do that..?

Fas1176 made it! (author)2014-12-08

thanks for the guide changed mine a little but your instructions got me started

qcman5 made it! (author)2014-11-12

I made mine just slightly different, but the idia and main plan was from yours

Loc0te (author)2014-10-07

love it! kids love it too

Loc0te (author)2014-10-07

took about an hour to make with a bit of personalisation and she's looking beautiful (there's hidden beer holders at the back)

omrygal (author)2014-07-15

Thank you from Israel :]

fcoffman (author)2014-05-21

Awesome!! This was my test bench I'm 6'4 384lbs and this could hold 2 of me! Thank you so much for the idea this is amazing!!

Atelier_Caricole made it! (author)2014-05-06

In a project in Brussels we made already 2 benches, we adapted the construction of the legs, to make them stronger.

Very pleased about the concept - simple and strong.

We used a lot of wood glue - in the end, its the glue that will keep everything together for a longer period. You need a good contact between the pieces, you this demands a more precise construction.

nmoisescu (author)2014-05-04

Very comfortable!! I made 2 of those for another table made from pallets ...but the legs definitely need to be stronger.
Great idea, great project thx for the tips!

Chadifornia (author)2013-06-03

Great to hear. Good luck and fun. Look forward to see the final project.

halli_00 (author)2013-06-01

What Did this cost? :)

Chadifornia (author)halli_002013-06-03

Nothing, I had everything but the screws would have costs a few bucks and the pallet was free. Good luck

bconsiglio (author)2013-06-02

This is a great bench. I've been looking for something simple and sturdy that used 1 pallet with few extras. I'm excited to get started. I'm going to make a few. I'll take pictures to share when I'm done so you can see what your work has inspired.

PaganRaven (author)2013-05-10

Of all the pallet chairs, this is the one I keep coming back to. I DO love this one and thinking how the upper back (on the back) would make a nice planter or even a small "table". Now to get the husband motivated! Very good 'ible!

Chadifornia (author)PaganRaven2013-05-15

Thanks a lot. I love the idea of plants behind it. I want to make changes to my next one like arms with cup holders. I have other stuff I'll be posting so check back.

Thanks again,

rhackenb (author)2013-01-25


kleinjahr (author)2012-05-20

Not bad at all. A suggestion, angle the back about 5 degrees from vertical, it'll be more comfortable. As someone else said, add arms. Nice wide arms keep the cold ones close to hand,

Chadifornia (author)kleinjahr2012-06-01

Thanks, I think your on to something with the arms with cup holders. May have to add those. My first go at it so the next one will have a few changes.

king-six (author)2012-05-08

Great project thanks. We put one today on beautiful place where bench was missing.

Chadifornia (author)king-six2012-05-08

Great view! Glad I could help fill that space. Enjoy

breumer (author)2012-05-04

That's awesom, if you have a shelf ,which is fixed at the bottom of the backrest ,you would be able to put plants in it.

Chadifornia (author)breumer2012-05-04

Good idea, Thanks. I think Ill add it on top of the back.

Judith756 (author)2012-04-30

Good use of an item that is given away everyday here on CL. Thanks for the idea. Now to put it to use.. :-).
Great pics also.

Chadifornia (author)Judith7562012-04-30


l8nite (author)2012-04-25

I like it, although, I think I would have made the legs higher and added arms instead of the angled pieces. To each their own right ! rustic works well in woodland settings or camp grounds so I can see a lot of people liking this

Chadifornia (author)l8nite2012-04-27

Thanks. Thats what I was thinking but I ran out of lumber. When I was done I had a 18" 2x4 left over. Haha Oh well I have one more pallet to see what else I can come up with.

l8nite (author)Chadifornia2012-04-27

ok, that makes sense ! I'm going to keep this in mind for a future project

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