Our Backyard DIY Pallet Deck With $20 Outdoor Rug

by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 23, 2016

Pallet deck, DagmarBleasdale.comIf you have been on Pinterest in the last few years, or read DIY blogs, you have seen how popular DIY pallet projects are.

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:

pallet deckMuch better!

022aThe outdoor rug was advertised as a “patio mat,” but when it arrived, it was called a “camping mat”, was folded twice, and came in a bag with a handle and four plastic stakes.

017aI actually didn’t mind because as you can see, it works out great that the stakes are holding the outdoor mat in place.

The rain runs through it, and it dries fast, so it’s pretty durable for outdoors.

031aThe potted plants are weeds that planted themselves, ha!

028aI bought this table online last year for I think $200, and the metal retro chairs were on sale for $10 at Target.

The umbrella is actually a beach umbrella — it’s much lighter than a market umbrella and only cost $15 (also Christmas Tree Shops).

023aI 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.

030aThe nice thing about all the items I bought for this DIY pallet deck setup is that they are all very light and can be put away in minutes.

inexpensive pallet deck with outdoor rug, DagmarBleasdale.com

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?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela @ Setting My Intention August 1, 2016 at 8:32 PM

I love it! Great job using what you have and being creative. We want to try and make “garden decking” in our backyard eventually.


Stacey July 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Smart idea! Your little spot is perfect out there in the shade. There are so many pallets floating around in this world. I think it’s neat that people find smart ways to use them. Your deck is lovely. :)

Happy Thoughts of Home. Pinning.


Shirley July 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

Beautiful makeover. I like it last year too! Love outdoor dining! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.


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