Pallet Projects: Part 2 Bench Seating


This photo should be no surprise or reveal to you guys, as you might recall seeing it back when I shared our porch painting-eh-shenanigans (disaster/recovery). We made these pallet benches back on Memorial Day in almost no time at all. One thing I have yet to make for these guys is a set of cushions. I’m trying to figure out the most affordable way to put these together but am still at a loss (a roll of foam costs over $50 and outdoor fabric is pricey). If anyone can give me clues on how to make these for under $100, I will feature it on the blog and shower you with thank yous and maybe write you a song or something.

Ok, let’s get started.

My inspiration began at a local coffee shop, Seeds Coffee (one of my favorites in the area, seriously worth a visit guys), when I saw this in their outdoor seating:

Seeds Coffee in Birmingham, AL

Adorable. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo — I snapped it with my phone. I love how relaxed and functional it is. It’s also pretty fantastic that we can recycle pallets while simultaneously getting free wood. Many pallet benches stack pallets to create the bench, but not the case with our design. If you’re having a hard time collecting pallets, no fear, because you only need 2.5 pallets per bench for this DIY.

DIY Pallet Benches

Each bench we made is a different size. The smaller one (on the left) is 38 1/2 inches wide, while the wider one is exactly 4 feet. To prepare the back of the bench, you simply remove one plank from a standing pallet. We removed the third from the bottom, putting the seat of our bench at 14 inches off the ground.

DIY Pallet Benches

Telling you measurements is a little tricky, because they vary depending on the pallet you’re using. Measure the thickness of your standing pallet’s vertical planks. Look at the picture below for a clearer instruction.

DIY Pallet Benches

Whatever thickness that is (on this pallet, it is 3.5 inches), that is the length you will want between the last board of the seat portion of your bench and the end of the plank beneath it (that you will attach to the standing pallet). To get the seated portion of your bench ready to attach to the back of your bench, determine how deep you want your seat. We liked having 2 feet of sitting space; it felt like a luxurious amount of space to relax on, without being awkwardly big. Whatever depth you choose, measure to that depth, and then pull the remaining planks off. Once removed, trim the vertical boards so that they are the proper length from where they intersect the horizontal boards to the end (in this case, 3.5 inches, although this is much better explained by the photo above).

DIY Pallet Benches

Slide the seat portion into the space you prepared on the back portion and attach with screws. It’s starting to look like a bench now. Right on.

Measure from your seat portion to the ground (ours is 14 inches). This is how much of your third pallet you will need to create the bottom front portion of your pallet (to support the seat).

DIY Pallet Benches

Attach this section with screws to the seat portion of your bench.

Lastly, for a touch more stability and support, you want to add a board on the bottom between the front and back on each side. This board should be the depth of your seat (2 feet) plus the width of your vertical board (3.5 inches), so our supporting boards on the bottom are 27.5 inches long each.

DIY Pallet Benches

And let me take a brief intermission here to say: Stop laughing at my Photoshop skills.

You will want to cut 2 of these per bench from your remaining pallet wood and attach with screws. And then ba-da-da-da-da (McDonalds tune, duh), you’re done!

Can’t wait to get Part 3 and 4 to you soon of our pallet projects. If you haven’t seen it, go check out Part 1: Coffee & Wine Shelf. Thanks for all the love, my friends. Happy bench-making, and as always, comment for any questions you might have.

Pay a visit to Part 3: Nursery Bookshelf



  1. I am so impressed with these projects! Have you looked in thrift shops for cushions that you can cover? I am always amazed at the what you can get if you look past the item’s initial appearance and consider how you can change it. (i.e. purchasing a large men’s shirt for the fabric, or an old garment for the gorgeous buttons, etc) Maybe you can find some cushions with really ugly fabric that you could cover.

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