Garden furniture can be very expensive and here's a simple idea on how to make free or almost free garden loungers using simple pallets.
I used 5 pallets and some wood scraps to make these two and that part was free. If you want to paint or add cushions (recommended!) that will be extra but all in all this cost me $10 for the red paint and that's it!
The basic idea of how to make these is to take two pallets of the same rectangular shape and stack them on top of each other, do the same with the second lounge chair. Then take the last pallet, divide it in half and add some wood scraps to construct two backrests that you attach to the stacked pallets with two screws. Minimal sanding and some paint and you're done.
I must warn you that the idea is simple but deconstructing the 5th pallet is pretty hard physical work but can be made easier if you have the proper tools and/or a muscular guy to help :)
Check out my blog for more photos and detailed instructions on how I went about it:
Commented on May 25, 2012
Thanks everyone for the love! Just to answer a few questions.. The loungers have been sitting
out in the yard for over a year now and they're still doing fine. Only time will tell how long they will last :)
You can probably stack more pallets to raise the height of the chair. The pallets I used weigh a ton and hold themselves in place on their own. The only thing I can think of that might mess things up is that the proportions of the chair might look funny? But try it by all means if it'll help your knees out!
When we use these we put cushions on them to make them comfy. At the time these pics were taken I didn't have any cushions yet and you see the construction better without cushions. An umbrella for the table is on the to-get list as well as a new fence :) Won't paint the spool table top since it's only there while waiting for the "real thing". It's all a work in progress at our place so nothing is perfect, please excuse the imperfections :)