How do I build a small back porch with steps using pallets?

Cheryl Surtees
by Cheryl Surtees

My back concrete steps are coming away from the house and i have no railing. I need dteps a raling and small porch, out of heavy duty pallets, if possible 😁

  7 answers
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 17, 2020

    Hi Cheryl, here's another lovely tutorial that will give you some ideas on how to build your porch -

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jan 17, 2020

    Hi Cheryl, hope this information helps you get your porch and stairs build. Good luck with your project. › pin

    Diy deck, Diy porch, Deck railings - Pinterest

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 17, 2020

    You can disassembled the pallets and possibly use the wood. However, I would caution you to be mindful that pallet boards are not thick and may not hold up under foot traffic for the treads. You might have to double the boards so they would be sufficient.

    I would recommend buying the wood for those considering the possible liability if you were to have a board break plus I'm unsure if your insurance company would consider it to be up to code. Homeowner companies are doing surprise inspections regularly here in Alabama looking for a reason to cancel policies or raise premiums.

  • William William on Jan 17, 2020

    Another thing is building codes regulate steps, railings, etc. You may need to pull permits. Check with your local building department.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 17, 2020

    Since I deal with Building Codes professionally, for 30 years now,

    you need to go to your local City or County Building Dept and get their free Handout on their Requirements for Decks/Balconies/Stairs.

    It will show you the mandatory requirements for building the steps, the landing requirements (yes the top and bottom must have landings equal to the width of the door) and the handrail assembly. It will show pictures of these items’ details.

    Pallet wood is not meant to hold up to the weather, nor is is structurally-rated for framing. Therefore, plan on using it sparingly and only after you’ve primed & painted it with 2 coats exterior grade paint.

    It might be more cost effective to repair your existing concrete steps.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Feb 06, 2020

    I would advise against that - how about a paver patio instead?