Pallet Deck that Took 10 Minutes to Built
If 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 pretty or some improvements.
It doesn’t have to cost much to improve your backyard a little bit every year.
DIY Pallet Deck Tutorial
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 pallets.
A nice backyard deck is definitely on our wish list 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 and I pulled four pallets into our backyard, and we pushed them together to make one platform.
The pallet decks I see on Pinterest have the gaps in between the wood planks filled in, but what we did was much easier: we simply added a leftover plywood sheet to the top of our pallets, and a few interlocking [easyazon_link identifier=”B00J8SLW16″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”dagmarblecom-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]floor decking tiles like these[/easyazon_link] to fill in the spot that was left over, so there was no carpentry involved.
We added a left-over outdoor carpet, our plastic table and four chairs on top of it, and we had our first version of a pallet deck.
This summer, the deck got a little upgrade: I bought a [easyazon_link identifier=”B01IWX8U30″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”dagmarblecom-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]9×9 outdoor camping mat[/easyazon_link] on sale for just $20 from the Christmas Tree Shops, and now it looks like this:
The rain runs through the mat, and it dries fast, so it’s pretty durable for outdoors.
I bought this table online last year for I think $200, and the [easyazon_link identifier=”B01COZ1AZW” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”dagmarblecom-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]metal retro chairs[/easyazon_link] were on sale for $10 at Target.
The umbrella is actually a [easyazon_link identifier=”B017E1TEHC” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”dagmarblecom-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]beach umbrella[/easyazon_link] — it’s much lighter than a market umbrella and only cost $15, compared to the heavy market umbrellas that can cost a lot more and harder to handle.
I wasn’t crazy about how heavy most umbrella stands are, plus they are also pricey, so I found [easyazon_link identifier=”B01LYVGFC4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”dagmarblecom-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]this one[/easyazon_link] made out of plastic that you fill with sand or water — 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.
We plan to enjoy our pallet deck this summer and fall quite a bit, and maybe I’ll even make it bigger and add two more pallets.
Making a deck out of pallet is definitely one easy way to make an instant deck if you want one, even in a small backyard.
What do you think of our makeshift deck?
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