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How to Use Wooden Pallets Outside

How to use wooden pallets outside How to use wooden pallets outside
The weather in Arizona is finally starting to cool down and your backyard is, once again, becoming your go-to place for relaxation and fun. Whether you’re sitting outside and reading a book or hosting an outdoor dinner party, backyard furniture and accessories are always a must.

Buying outdoor furniture or patio décor can cost a pretty penny, especially if you are wanting something durable and stylish. If you are looking to add some new pieces to your backyard but don’t want to spend a fortune, wood pallets are always a good option for DIY projects that are easy for your wallet!

The options for using wood pallets in your exterior décor are limitless! For everything from dainty decorations to heavy duty lawn furniture, wood pallets are the perfect option for transforming your outdoor space in just a few easy steps.

Before taking on this project, be sure you have done your research and know what types of pallets you will need, also keeping in mind how to choose pallets that are safe and sturdy to use.

Some of the different types of exterior decorations we will go over include:
• Porches
• Patio furniture
• Swings
• Wooden Fences
• Flower Boxes


Don’t feel the need to read that first bullet point over again, we did indeed say that you can create an entire backyard porch out of wood pallets! If you have been looking at the option of adding a wood deck to your backyard, you know just how expensive this project can be. There are an overwhelming amount of options to choose from, and the cost can be more than you would like to pay.

If you love DIY projects and are ready to take on this task yourself, do it with wood pallets! They are a perfect alternative to taking on a big and costly porch building project. What if we told you you could build a porch in just four easy steps? eHow explains what you’ll need and the steps to follow in order to build your wood pallet porch.

Patio Furniture

Patio furniture is another aspect of exterior décor that can cost a large amount of money. Trying to shop around online and in stores can be exhausting, and if you are just looking for a simple and inexpensive option for patio furniture that will look nice and hold up to the elements, wood pallets are your go-to!

Like all other wood pallet projects, these chairs and tables are simple and cheap to make. You can either make individual chairs, couches to lounge on, or tables to relax by. You can even do all three of these things and create a complete lounging area entirely out of wood pallets!


There is nothing like a porch swing on your patio or in your backyard to make you feel truly at home. This simple upgrade to your outdoor space can make such a difference in the overall feel of your exterior décor, and with wood pallets, it is actually a feasible DIY project!

Anything from the basic porch swing to an elaborate porch swing/hammock combo is possible. Take that extra step of turning your backyard into a place of peace and relaxation and add a wood pallet swing for your family to enjoy!

Wooden Fence

Who said your dream of having a white picket fence in your yard was unrealistic? You can get the classic look for your lawn in the easiest way possible. Whether you are wanting to fence your entire yard, or just create a unique decorative piece in a specific section, this easy fence project is perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of tradition to their outdoor space.

You can even take this project a step further by painting it one uniform color, or maybe even make it into a fun project for the kids by letting them hand paint the fence (literally)!

Flower Box

There are endless ways to include DIY gardens into your yard, but if you have limited space or just looking to add a few greens into your life, flower boxes are the easiest option!

This particular DIY project for your yard really is as easy as 1,2,3! By simply removing the flat wooden pieces from the pallets and cutting them to the sizes you desire, it only takes a couple of nails from there to give you the perfect flower box.

If you want to jazz this project up a little bit more, you can stain or paint the pallets to match the ambiance of your yard. Now you have the perfect spot to grow a few flowers, vegetables or herbs!

How to Make your Pallets Weather Resistant

One step that everyone must include in their DIY outdoor pallet projects is making the pallets water and weather resistant. Especially if you are using these items for patio furniture, it is important that you take care of them so they will be long lasting and able to survive the harsh weather that Arizona is known for. Though it doesn’t rain often here, we do experience strong monsoons, so this step is definitely a crucial one.

Surprisingly enough, most wood products are made to be biodegradable. Even though that is great for the environment, it’s not so great when your wooden porch swing breaks on you! It only takes a few simple steps to treat and seal your outdoor wood furniture, so once you finish creating your wonderful DIY project, be sure to take these extra steps:

1. Sand the wood
2. Choose the right finish
3. Seal completely
4. Recoat regularly
5. Protect from the elements

Sand the Wood

Before doing anything, be sure to sand down your pallets as much as possible. This easy step will make your paint or stain adhere to the wood much better and give you longer lasting results.

Quick tip: This is much easier to do before you build your final product!

Choose the Right Finish

This step alone will add months onto the life of your wood patio furniture. Any type of stain or paint will work, but paint traditionally protects wood better from the elements because it is a fuller treatment that provides more coverage than a clear stain.

Seal Completely

Do not leave any bit of wood untouched! Be sure that you are getting every nook and cranny when you are painting or staining your pallets. The more coverage you can provide for these items, the more durable they will be when standing up to the elements.

Recoat Regularly

Since it is virtually always sunny (and hot) in Arizona, it’s best to recoat your wood projects multiple times a year to minimize wear on them. The more protection you provide them with, the longer they will last.

Protect from the Elements

If it is at all possible, it is best to place your wood projects in an area that is shaded and protected from sun, rain or dust. Even though that is not always a realistic option, the more you can keep your furniture out of harm’s way, the better off it will be. By simply placing it in a shaded area, you can add many years onto the life of your DIY project!

The Perfect Backyard

There are so many quick and easy options when it comes to fixing up your backyard. As this article indicates, wood pallets can be used for nearly any type of backyard project you can think of, big or small! In addition to the options mentioned here, there are many other types of upgrades you can make for your yard using any number of recycled products. Be sure to do some research on your own and check out what Imperial has to offer for your backyard!