DIY terrace project turns pallets and paint into a garden paradise

The pallet is and remains something like the Swiss army knife for hobby carpenters. Nothing is so versatile and adaptable as these transport helpers made out of wood and nails. If you are lucky enough to be able to find a reliable source of used pallets (new ones are a tad on the expensive side), then the world of home and yard design is wide open to you. Here's how you can make an amazing summer lounge out of pallets. Whether you use it for relaxing, sunbathing, get togethers, or celebrations, your summer is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Here's a sneak peek at what you'll be aiming for in this project. Let's get started!

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Preparing a diagram before you begin can be very helpful. This way you can judge how many pallets you’ll need. In our example (a terrace 14 foot by 20 foot) this was the list of materials needed:

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  • 20 pallets size 3 ft 4 in x 4 ft for floor
  • 3 pallets size 3 ft 4 in x 4 ft for table
  • 12 pallets size 2 ft 6 in x 4 ft for bench
  • 8 pallets size 3 ft 4in x 4 ft cm for high fence
  • And a few cut-off pallets for lower fence. 

Using an angle grinder and some sandpaper, smooth out the worst irregularities in the wood. You don’t want any splinters in your rear, right?

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Then it’s time to get painting! It goes on super easily with a spray gun if you have one. But of course, the old fashioned way with brushes works just as well. If you have kids, it could be a fun way to involve them in the project.

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White is simply the best summer color. It shines brightly and is perfect for matching with other colors.

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Time for a break: let everything dry out!

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Garden fleece works perfectly as an underlay for your summer lounge. It will keep plants from growing through the gaps and rain water won’t collect underneath.

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Place the first layer of pallets on a surface of 13 x 19 ft to build the floor.

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Then add the back and side walls, as well as this comfortable little seating corner.

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It’s slowly starting to take shape!

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Here is a closeup of how the walls are fastened. All you need are a couple metal rods and some wire to tie everything together. Or some nails and a trusty hammer will also do the trick to keep the construction nice and sturdy.

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Sawn-apart pallets function perfectly as a fence for the front. You can embellish this later with some vivid greenery.

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And when everything is all set up, it’s time to decorate. Colorful pillows and a few cushions for seating are just the beginning.

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A few plants lend the whole project some wonderful natural color.

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Here's how the finished product will look: inviting, comfortable, and colorful.

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This will be your new favorite spot for the whole summer. Whether for breakfast…

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relaxing in the sun…

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or for a refreshing drink with friends.

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Everyone will be loving this gorgeous, comfy outdoor space.

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And in the evening, when the sun goes down, candles and fairy lights provide the perfect tranquil atmosphere.

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Send your invitations for your next cocktail party now. The best seats will be gone in no time…

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Have fun with your new favorite hangout spot!

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We're sure you'll really want to get to hammering now after seeing these pictures! Just use it for inspiration and build your own terrace as you like!

Share this great idea with all your friends. They’ll love this project as much as you will.

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