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Hey everyone!

Karen and I weren't quite done with our house yet, and one of the things we needed was a comfortable couch. Before building this we had no place to sit at all since we had just moved in.

Let me show you how we went about building it. The process is simple. First you buy pillows or square sponges as well as a glue gun and some pallets. Also pick up the type of material you want to cover the sponges for the cusion.

I got my hot glue and began to glue it all together to create the couch pillows. There will be pillows for the bottom and the side pillows. We will then take the pillows and place them on some painted and sanded pallets. 

Let's start with the pillows. Cut the fabric to size and simply glue it with your glue gun and then fold it over and glue it so the fabric covers the whole sponge. 

We first made one that was extra long to be the cushion for where you sit.
Then we did this process a few times over with the other size cushions we wanted. So we did it for a bunch of side pillows for where our backs would lean against and we did so by measuring the fabric as well as the sponges to fit. Fold and glue as you did before.
We finally had all of the cushions ready!

They are a bit rough at the edges so we don't want anyone getting splinters especially since we are all sitting on them. I sanded the surface with the electric sander, but the edges and spaces were easier to do by hand and allowed me to reach every nook and cranny.
After the pallets were smoothed by the electric sander, it was off to painting the pallets.

Karen painted the pallets in white which will go great with our room. It will go nicely with the black fabric on the pillows as well. So excited to show you how it came out and looks in our living room! 

We finally took the cushions and painted pallets up to the living room for assembly. It was simple.

We just stacked two pallets in three piles and added the cushions and pillows! It is so comfortable! Please share and subscribe if you liked this video and please comment what you think :)   Total cost of the DIY pallet Couch was only 70$!
Here is how it ended up looking.
Enjoy the video to see the whole process from beginning to end.

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  • User User on Sep 24, 2017
    Where did you get the foam?

    • Slava litvin Slava litvin on Sep 24, 2017
      Bought it in a home deparment store ..
      its called coral in Ecuador . Idk where you’re from but you can even buy it on amazon

    • Mary Mary on Sep 24, 2017
      I just ordered some foam cushions for a project off of Ebay

    • User User on Sep 24, 2017

    • Pauline Pauline on Sep 24, 2017
      Joanne's sells foam.

    • Holly Harwood Holly Harwood on Sep 24, 2017
      Some areas have foam rubber shops. There's one in El Cerrito, CA. Also, factories will sometimes sell leftover cuts for cheap.

  • Renee Vlna Renee Vlna on Sep 24, 2017
    What kind of glue did you use to make the cushions

    • Slava litvin Slava litvin on Sep 24, 2017
      regular hot glue

    • Holly Harwood Holly Harwood on Sep 24, 2017
      I assume they used fabric glue. You could also staple the fabric like we did in the 70s or use a stitching awl to sew vinyl, canvas or denim by hand.

    • Holly Harwood Holly Harwood on Sep 24, 2017
      I'm wrong. They used a glue gun, which generally come with sticks of glue to use.

  • Pam Morris Pam Morris on Sep 24, 2017
    How do you keep them from sliding away from the wall when you sit?

  • Edith M. Harless Edith M. Harless on Sep 24, 2017
    Where did you find the perfectly spaced pallets ? They look great,but all the pallets I find are never two alike.

    • Slava litvin Slava litvin on Sep 25, 2017
      we went to a construction store. they use the pallets for shipments.. $3 each

  • Saulvaldez Saulvaldez on Sep 25, 2017
    Can you share how long it took the both of you to complete the project? Two days? Three days? I'm sure it took some time to sand the pallets and paint as well as wait time for the paint to dry?

    • Slava litvin Slava litvin on Sep 25, 2017
      the cousins took us around3 hours to complete, the pallets took us another 4 hours to clean/paint and then we let it dry overnight. assembling took around 20 minutes.
      so total like 7-8 hours of work (not including going shopping for everything.)

  • Annette Annette on Sep 25, 2017
    Do the pallets on top ever shift?

  • Jea9459718 Jea9459718 on Nov 05, 2017
    Where did you get the cusions...
    and what was the density?

  • Angela Angela on May 30, 2018

    I was wondering if the pallets stay put on the wood floor, and if you put some rubber rug mats on the bottom if it would deter scratches.

  • Lena Parker Lena Parker on May 12, 2020

    Where did you get your pallet from and are these the one that you can use as furniture

    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on May 15, 2020

      He/She says the name of the place in the video.

    • Trish106 Trish106 on May 15, 2020

      Go to or ask for wanted pallets someone always have them. They are almost always free.

      I have one person that says if you take the last one to please email so he can replenish.

    • Paula Paula on May 18, 2020

      Most of the garden centres have pallets that they are happy to give away for free.

  • Faith Faith on May 15, 2020

    do you nail the pallets as well before you sit on it

    • Laura Capaldo Laura Capaldo on May 17, 2020

      When I did this project a few years back I screwed them together. It kept them in place e better I felt than nails.

  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on May 15, 2020

    Wondering why you didn't trim the boards even with rest at the bottom part on

    the floor. Also if could put a 1/4" thick solid board to cover the boards where your legs come down in the front of the couch.

    • Trish106 Trish106 on May 15, 2020

      By covering the front with boards stops dirt and dust collecting under.

    • Annie M. Annie M. on May 16, 2020

      I would think to rest possibly your drink or cups. Or put a pillow there when you want to lay down.

      Make it work for other uses!😊

    • Dickie L. Dickie L. on May 21, 2020

      Maybe it's a place to sit drinks or something

    • Vickie Langley Vickie Langley on Apr 16, 2021

      I think she was asking about the longer boards on the floor. The three longest ones on each end

    • Andi Andi on Apr 16, 2021

      I really don't think its that noticeable, and I think they both did an awesome job, making thier couch.

      I remember my first apartment, I would have loved to have made this, again you both did great, wishing you much love, laughter and happiness in your new place! 😊

    • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Apr 17, 2021

      Dickie had an idea I hadnt thought of that the extension beyond the cushions could be a place to put your drinks. Good idea.

  • Lisa West Lisa West on May 21, 2020

    I live the look of pallet furniture. My problem is how do you keep spiders from moving in to the couches? That has been my biggest fear and the reason why I haven't built one. Is there spray to use safely for inside if you have kids and animals? Yes I have such a phobia of spiders. After living in Missouri I have seen what the brown recluse can do to some one. Black widows are not nice either.

    • Stephanie Dickson Stephanie Dickson on May 23, 2020

      Peppermint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle will keep pests away. My brother was bit by a Brown rescluse and it was pretty rough. I'm not a fan either! I grew up in Florida with mosquitos! Ugggg I hate those buggers!

    • Barbara Lux-Smith Barbara Lux-Smith on May 23, 2020

      You definitely need to plant mint in pots and, if you don't have cats, essential oil in mint (spearmint or peppermint, it doesn't matter) and spray your window sills, corners and inside your cupboards. Spiders hate the smell of mint. You can make your own household cleaner spray with Dawn dishwashing soap, mint essential oil and water. Clean your floors and nonporous surfaces with it. I haven't seen a spider in almost a year! Good luck!

    • LorriLJ LorriLJ on May 25, 2020

      Spiders can live under normal couches and chairs also. My mom has her house sprayed outside and it keeps them away from outside and in.

    • V V on Jun 25, 2020

      This bug spray last for 80 days. It worked well for my daughters wedding, outside and in a tiered amphitheater with grass in between. I’ve used it inside too.

      i can’t seem to post the picture so the recipe is:

      -3 cans stale beer

      -3 cups Epsom salt

      -large bottle of cheap mouthwash.

      Mix together and dissolve salts. Put in spray bottle.

      i made a gallon and sprayed on Wednesday and the wedding was on Friday.

    • Tammy Tammy on Apr 17, 2021

      Look up things spiders hate. I think it is peppermint oil. Treat your yard or house for bugs and sprinkle the oil. That should help.

  • Margaet may Margaet may on Apr 17, 2021

    Best of all, pallets are free. Since they “grow” just about everywhere, getting a few to throw in the back of the car is a simple job – right? But before you start collecting pallets, you may want to consider that some pallets can be dangerous: Chemical spills and treatments can make some pallets hazardous to cut, burn, or even touch. The bacteria from food, chemical and animal waste is also a major contributor to pallet toxicity. Plz use pallets outside...not inside for your lived ones. Free is not free from toxins.

  • Mary Howard Mary Howard on Apr 17, 2021

    This is nice, but looks half done. Were you going to add more or is this the finished product?


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  • Ella Ella on Apr 18, 2021

    Thanks for the good info, one never knows does one?

  • Sue Sue on May 25, 2021

    If you're worried about the pallets you get...ask your local grocery store if you can have there's, especially from the produce dept.