Step by step instruction on how to make wood pallet furniture.

After moving to our new town home in South Carolina we needed furniture for our little screened in sun room. We didn’t have it in our budget to buy new so we decided to make our own wood pallet furniture. Scroll down to get detailed instruction and to leave us a comment.

One day, four wood pallets, $48 in materials, some left over paint & screws and here we go.

How To Make Wood Pallet Furniture

DIY Wood Pallet Furniture Instructions:

Step 1: Measure your room and figure out how many wood pallets you will need. We were working with a very small area so we only needed four pallets, cut in half and stacked four high.

Standard wood pallet sizes are 36 inch x 36 inch, 42 inch x 42 inch and 48 inch x 48 inch. By the way, wood pallets are sometimes referred to as ‘flats’. Be careful to remove all the nails that might poke through. Set aside the better pallets so you can keep them for the top where you will sit.  You can paint the pallets if you like.

Step 2: Stack your pallets to see how high you want to go, this depends on your personal preference. Make sure that the top pallet has secure boards on both ends.

Step 3: Cut foam cushioning and heavy upholstery fabric to the size of the top pallets. We used drapery panel we picked up on clearance at our local fabric store.

Step 4: Lay the foam on top of the pallet and cover with the fabric. Attach the fabric to the underside and the ends of the top pallet using heavy duty 1/2 inch staples.

Step 5: Set all pallets for one bench on its end and measure a piece of wood to cover them. Paint the boards, drill two holes in each and insert the ropes for the handles. Tie knots in the ends of the ropes on the backside of the boards.

If you want, you can burn the ends of the rope to prevent them from fraying. We had a small propane torch that did the job in no time at all.

Attach the boards to the ends of the pallets with deck screws to give it stability. Repeat this step for the other end.

Step 6: Attach fabric to the front of the pallet benches with light duty staples. This step is not necessary if pallets are being painted, it just add a nice finishing touch.

Step 7: Gather some pillows for back rests and enjoy your Wooden Pallet Furniture.

How to make Furniture from Pallets

DIY Wooden Pallet Furniture is an inexpensive way

to add attractive seating arrangements.

You can add Do It Yourself furniture to any sun porch, deck or even a sitting room. If you get the hang of woodworking and become really good, you can even build furniture for other people. You can then sell your DIY furniture on craft sites likes Etsy and potentially make a nice income from it.

porch furniture from wood pallets


We like the way our wood pallet benches turned out.

This was an easy one day project that we really enjoyed making and we will be sure to use. By adding the handles on the ends of the seats we will be able to move our pallet benches around. This will come in handy if we have company and need more seating space.

The wood pallet furniture possibilities are endless!

Make a coffee table, a reclining chair, a garden bench, TV stand and much more. Visit 1001Pallets to find and share wood pallet furniture ideas.

Have you made your own wood pallet furniture? Leave us a comment below, we would love to hear from you.

3 thoughts on “Wooden Pallet Furniture – DIY Project”
  1. I like that you mentioned wood pallet furniture possibilities are endless. I’ve been wanting to make something tasteful with pallets to help give my home a nice rustic feel. I’d love to get some used pallets and try your benches on my balcony and see how I like it!

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