A few summers ago, my mom and I had the idea to transform our back patio with this couch. While buying a couch similar to this would have cost a fortune, making it ourselves was cheap and a fun accomplishment.
- Roughly 10 pallets
- Spray paint
- Foam inserts
- Outdoor Fabric
- Throw Pillows
How We Did It
We found some old pallets from a nearby business that they let us have for free. I would recommend trying to get all identical pallets, the ones we got were all slightly mismatched which made it more difficult.
Six pallets were used to make the base (3 stacked 2 high) and we cut the remaining pallets in half to use as back and arm rests. Once we had the frame of the couch we started sanding the pallets down as much as we could and then began to spray paint them. We took the easy way out and only spray painted the parts that would be visible, which made us save around two cans of spray paint that would have otherwise been used.
With all the pieces ready to go we nailed the cut pallets to the sides, making the arm rests. One pallet that was divided in two made the back rest, which we slid into place on the furthest planks of the base and nailed properly. We kept the base pieces free from nails so that we could move them individually. This is important if you live in a place where you are going to want to put the couch in storage during the winter.
Finding foam for the cushions was difficult. After looking all around town and not finding anything that would work, we ended up buying a lot from an online craft store which put our project on a brief hold for them to be delivered.
We also found this beautiful outdoor fabric online that made the piece much more eye catching.
Once we had the foam, fabric, and plywood cut and ready to go, we began to make the cushions. We made two large cushions for the base and three smaller ones that slid in as the back rest. In order to do it properly and get the fabric super tight we needed two people; one to staple and one to pull the fabric as tight as possible. This was one of the hardest parts of this project, mainly because the fabric we chose had a vertical pattern so we had to try our best to not let it get crooked while still being tight.
Throw pillows added the finishing touch and we were finally done. We have had this couch for three years now, and it has held up beautifully and makes our backyard the perfect place to entertain.