A Two Pallet Chair ANYONE Can Build in a Jiffy!

2 Hours
Easy

I really wanted something unique to sit on outdoors. So rather than pick up a typical patio set at the hardware store, I hunted down two pallets instead and created my own outdoor sofa.
This thing took about 2 hours to build... It was that simple!
This quirky, double wide sized pallet wood ch
This quirky, double wide sized pallet wood ch
This quirky, double wide sized pallet wood chair is all decked out, ready for a great summer read.
Two pallets, 4 legs and two armrest boards ar
Two pallets, 4 legs and two armrest boards ar
Two pallets, 4 legs and two armrest boards are really all it took. So easy! The trick is to ensure you find two pallets that are similar in size.
Let's add more quirk to make it totally yours
Let's add more quirk to make it totally yours
Let's add more quirk to make it totally yours! This signboard was used as an armrest. Note how wide the board is... perfect for my coffee cup. Priorities here...
This leg has an antique level attached. This
This leg has an antique level attached. This
This leg has an antique level attached. This project is a little like 'Where's Waldo's Wild Additions?'
Pallet markings were celebrated by placing th
Pallet markings were celebrated by placing th
Pallet markings were celebrated by placing them in prominent places. Coffee bean sacks acting like large pillow cases were just tucked in place. No sewing required.
For the legs, a little bracing was required i
For the legs, a little bracing was required i
For the legs, a little bracing was required inside the pallet so the leg had something to stabilize against.
Tell me that isn't one big cool chair to curl
Tell me that isn't one big cool chair to curl
Tell me that isn't one big cool chair to curl up in! But let's add some comfort...
5" foam cut to size (new from a foam shop) wa
5" foam cut to size (new from a foam shop) wa
5" foam cut to size (new from a foam shop) was key for the ultimate comfort.
This is a pallet SOFA I made last year, decke
This is a pallet SOFA I made last year, decke
This is the larger pallet SOFA I made last year, decked out in total bohemian style craziness. The blog link shows you more detail on how to create these cool sofas. Happy sitting to you!
Funky Junk Interiors - Donna

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Craig Miller
    on Dec 3, 2015

    Do you offer diagram plans for your wide chairs and sofas? How does the foam and canvas hold up to outdoor weather? What products did you or do you use to seal both the wood and canvas from the weather to prevent rot and mold?

    • Hi @Craig Miller, I don't offer plans other than what's in my original blog posts. Link is above. I didn't seal the wood with anything. My furniture sits under cover on my patio and thus far, seems to be ok! I bring the padding and fabrics in when the weather is damp to avoid mould issues.

    • Mindshift
      on May 3, 2018

      Do a search for "waterproofing fabric sprays." In addition to ScotchGuard there are products from 303, RustOleum, Trek7 Aqua Armor, and Thompson's to name just a few.

  • Cindy
    on Apr 25, 2016

    I see someone else kind of asked the same sort of question I have, but do you have patterns available? I am a nurse and this is NOT a strong area for me but how cute would that be on my front porch? I would love to make something like this for indoors as well. I am building a tiny house and I want it rustic looking. I am trying to find ideas for a couple chairs that would be comfy but reasonable and Im looking at doing a white wash look for paint. How do you make the cushions hold up for outdoors?

    • Sov5898210
      on Jun 4, 2016

      optionally, you can get outdoor duck material. I've seen it go on sale "periodically" for 50% off regular price. I've picked it up for as little as $6 a yard. Measure your cushion depth and width and height. If you sew, even a "little" make the covers like a big pillowcase that slips over the cushions leaving it open in the back (or side). Order a little extra so you can tuck it in the back. The fabric usually runs in 54" to 60" wide. If you tell the staff at the fabric store what you plan to do, they can help you w/ yardage. If they get soiled, you can slip them off and throw them in the wash, but you can get scotchguard to protect from stains. This will afford some protection in the outdoor elements but suggest if you get rain, bring the cushions indoors, cover w/ a tarp, or store in a weather proof bench as foam can absorb a lot of water... I've actually made simple slip covers for my sofa where the dog sleeps b/c his toenails have torn up part of my sofa cover. I did my entire sofa top cushions for about $22.50 and they were a little more complicated b/c they are "T" cushions.... Foam can also be purchased at many fabric stores....or consider inexpensive bed pillows for either both back and bottom or just back of bench. If you want an easier way, try buying cushions on sale at big box stores. Many sell cushions for outdoor furniture in various colors and prints. .. or consider inexpensive dog beds. Some are filled with cedar chips (less comfy) which deter bugs and if you have to refill them, cedar chips can be purchased for < $5 a big bag.

      , Sirreilly Wagsalot on his spot on the sofa
    • Cindy
      on Jun 4, 2016

      such clever, helpful ideas, thank you so much, I most definitely appreciate it

    • Hi Cindy! My original blog posts showcase a little more of this info, but in a nutshell... Try searching in HT or Pinterest for pallet furniture or furniture plans... there is so much out there! I don't do plans myself, just showcase lots of detail on how I did it. For cushioning, there are two types of foam one can purchase... indoor and out. I did choose indoor because it was much more price efficient. I just choose to bring it indoors if we get a run of bad weather. My patio is also under cover which greatly helps.

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