People make furniture out of pallet wood, or signs, or huge America flags.
We inherited some pallets when we bought our house, and we got more when we did our stone driveway.
Don wanted to get rid of the pallets, but I had other plans for them.
Meet our DIY pallet deck.
Last summer, it looked like this:
Our “backyard jungle” and a pallet deck.
It truly looked like a jungle with tons of vines growing up the trees, and it still does a bit.
Our backyard needs so much help, it’s going to take either years or a lot of money to make it over.
It would be great if we could just hire a landscaper to do over the whole backyard, but that’s not in the budget.
It’s not our priority to spend money on our backyard. I have focused on the front yard and a small container garden on the side of the house so far this summer.
As always, my motto is that being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t make some improvements.
It doesn’t have to cost much to improve your backyard a little bit every year.
Anyone can make a pallet deck — you can usually get pallets for free since people always want to get rid of them. Just look for them on Craigslist, or contact a local store that regularly gets items delivered on them.
A nice backyard deck is definitely on our wishlist and something Don wants to build for us, but since that wasn’t happening for a while, I wanted to make a temporary one.
So last summer, Landon pulled together four pallets we had lying around — I figured we might as well make use of them — and built a pallet deck out of it.
We added leftover plywood sheets to the top, an extra outdoor rug, and plastic chairs.
I know, fancy.
Two weeks ago, I bought a 9×9 outdoor mat on sale for just $20 from the Christmas Tree Shops, and now it looks like this:
The rain runs through it, and it dries fast, so it’s pretty durable for outdoors.
The umbrella is actually a beach umbrella — it’s much lighter than a market umbrella and only cost $15 (also Christmas Tree Shops).
I wasn’t crazy about how heavy most umbrella stands are, plus they are also pricey, so I found this one made out of plastic (Target, $10) that you fill with sand — only that I don’t have to fill it with anything because the beach umbrella is so light.
Last year I filled it with some water to make it a bit heavier.
I plan to enjoy our pallet deck this summer and fall quite a bit, and maybe I’ll even make it bigger.
This is definitely one easy way to make an instant deck if you want one.
What do you think of our makeshift deck?