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Looking to upgrade your sofa but don’t have a big budget? Save money by making your own DIY Pallet Sofa with this handy tutorial! See for yourself how to turn old pallets into your own personalised and comfy sofa, a perfect match with your living room or garden!

DIY Pallet Sofa Tutorial

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Tools and materials

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial tools and materials

The tools and materials that you’ll need to make this DIY pallet sofa are as follows:

Cost, time and difficulty

This project is rated medium difficulty as it requires a certain level of skill when it comes to handling the electric tools. If you use manual tools to cut and dismantle the pallet, it will be easier.

The approximate price of the materials is around £100, if you already have the tools needed to make the sofa. This biggest expense is mainly for the cushioning for the sofa seat and backrest, meaning it will be reduced if you use something you already have! You can find the other tools in this suggested basket here.

On another note, to make this sofa from pallets as per the tutorial, you will need a couple of days work to complete everything, including assembly and varnishing. This time may even increase if you use manual tools, or pallets in a particularly bad condition. The more deteriorated these are, the longer it will take you to get them fit for purpose.

How to make a DIY Pallet Sofa

Step 1: Cut the pallet to the size of your cushions

This first step is important if the pallet you have found or bought doesn’t match the size of the seat and backrest cushions. You won’t need to do this if you’re using custom-made cushions.

In our specific case, the pallets measured 120 x 100cm, so we cut the one for the base to fit the size of our cushions. To do this, we followed these steps:

  1. Mark the size the pallet will be cut to.
  2. Cut the pallet slightly bigger using the reciprocating saw.
  3. With a circular saw, cut the pallet’s crossbeam to the desired size.
  4. Screw the extra boards that you cut in step 2 to the edges of the pallet, as well as to the front and back.

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Step 2: Dismantle the pallet

The next step is to dismantle the pallet using the reciprocating saw or the  crowbar or lever (the first option will be quicker than the second)

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Step 3: Sand and plane the pallet and boards

Next, sand the pallet using an orbital sander. This type of sander is the most suitable when it comes to sanding pallets, as its rectangular shape is ideal for the boards that make up the pallet.

However, if the wood is very rough or has many imperfections, it will be a good idea to use a plane instead. This allows you to file down the boards, and after a couple of strokes with the plane, the wood will be completely smooth and flat.

It’s extremely important that before you use the plane, you remove all nails that may remain in the boards, to avoid damaging the plane’s blade.

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Step 4: Cut boards for the legs, back and armrests

Once you have sanded all the boards, use the mitre saw to cut them as the legs, back and armrests. The sizes are as follows:

  • Use cross beams from the pallet to make the legs as these are the sturdiest and strongest. You will need 4 measuring 50cm long.
  • 2 pallet boards measuring 84cm will be joined to the top of the legs as armrests.
  • 3 pallet boards measuring 75cm long will be screwed to the back of the pallet. You will use two more boards measuring 120cm long to complete the backrest.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial mitre saw

Step 5: Varnish the parts

Before assembling the legs and backrest, varnish both the pallet and the loose boards. In this way you can more easily reach all the nooks and crannies, because once everything has been assembled, it will be a lot more complicated.

For this, you should use an oak stained varnish. Not only does this help to protect the wood but it also adds a nice touch of colour.

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Step 6: Assemble the legs, backrest and armrests

Once the varnish has dried, assemble the various parts of the sofa

  1. Legs: screw the cross beams using a couple of coach screws to the 4 edges of the pallet. To ensure all of the legs are the same length, and the sofa isn’t crooked, we used a block of wood as a guide.
  2. Backrest: screw the 3 boards measuring 75cm to the back of the pallet. The ones for the sides should be screwed to the legs too.
  3. Armrests: attach a board measuring 84cm long to each side, joining the top to the legs.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial assemble back rest

En la siguiente imagen se puede ver el resultado final una vez se hayan montado todas las piezas.

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Step 7: Add the cushions

Fnally, add the cushions to finish the transformation of a pallet into you very own DIY pallet sofa! Note that the cushions we used for the backrest have ties at the rear to allow you to attach them to the wooden slats.

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thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial finished project

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

If you enjoyed making your own DIY pallet sofa, why not have a look at our other pallet DIY tutorials?

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Unsure where to hang your garden tools and accessories to keep them tidy and ready to hand? Fortunately, this is one of our easy pallet projects! Not only does the tool organiser look great, but it’s also simple and cheap to make. Pallet’s about time you got started on it 😉

Tools and Materials

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Most easy pallet projects, including this one, need these tools and materials:

 

Cost, Time and Difficulty

It will only cost you around £20 to keep all of your tools and implements organised, as long as you already have the tools required. In this sample ManoMano shopping basket you’ll find a selection of the tools and materials used to make this organiser.

A morning should be enough time to complete this DIY project. However, keep in mind that depending on the protective coating you use for the wood, this completion time will vary according to the drying instructions.

The difficulty level for this project is low. In fact, this is the ideal project for anyone starting out on their first DIY pallet project, which is why we’ve listed it under easy pallet projects 😉 

Easy Pallet Projects: DIY Outdoor Tool Storage

This pallet organiser features an extra storage space at the back. Therefore, the top section has been used as a planter while the central and bottom sections are for storing garden tools.

Step 1: Sand the pallet

The first step is to sand the pallet with an orbital sander, both the top and back. Also sand the 3 extra boards – which you can take from another pallet.

If the pallet is in very bad condition, we recommend starting with a coarse grain paper to remove splinters and flaws. Next, give it a once over with a medium grain sand paper. This will give the pallet a more uniform, smooth finish.

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Step 2: Cut and drill the extra boards

In order to increase the storage spaces on the pallet, we’ve screwed in some extra pallet boards at the back. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Cut the boards to the width of the pallet. You can use either a mitre saw or a hacksaw.
  2. Screw the boards on to the back of each crossbeam on the base of the pallet.

This will create 3 spaces on the back which can be used to store small tools and implements, or even as a planter.

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Step 3: Protect and decorate the pallet

The next step is to protect and decorate the pallet with varnish. Varnish penetrates the wood and protects it, but as an open-pore coating, it also allows the wood to breathe and can help regulate the internal moisture. That’s why it’s ideal for protecting any wood to be used outdoors.

When applying varnish, you will need a minimum of two coats to allow the product to penetrate the wood fully and properly protect it.

Varnish is also available in a variety of colours and shades, meaning it is decorative as well as protective. In our case, we chose a white colour.

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Step 4: Attach hooks

The last step is to attach several hooks to the pallet to be able to hang your tools. Specifically, we used:

  • Hooks to hang the hose
  • U-shaped mounts to hold a spade and rake
  • Various coat hooks
  • Handles to hang S-shaped hooks from

Meanwhile, it’s a good idea to use plastic or stainless steel hooks and mounts to provide protection against outdoor weather conditions.

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Once you’ve completed these steps, all you need to do is drill some holes in the wall to hang your organiser pallet and start organising your garden tools and implements, keeping them nice and handy. (Although, nothing is as handy as The Handy Mano 😉 )

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The top section is perfect for a few plants or flower pots, adding a touch of life and colour.

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Got some pallet wood left over? Make good use of it with these other pallet projects:

How to Make a DIY Pallet Trolley

How to Make a Coat Hanger from Pallets

Folding DIY Pallet Chair Tutorial

Do you need somewhere to hang your jacket but don’t want a run-of-the-mill coat hanger? Maybe you already have a hanger but it’s too small. This DIY project will show you how to make a unique coat hanger from a pallet.

Coat or wall hangers are really useful. They take up little room and keep your jacket or bag within handy reach. However, it can be difficult to find a hanger that’s creative and unusual. That’s why we have come up with this project to make your own wall hanger using pallet boards.

This hanger looks great thanks to its various ‘hidden’ hooks. In other words, at first glance it looks like an item of decor, but the individual parts can be turned around to make them into  hangers. This allows you to keep all of your accessories to hand when you’re leaving the house.

Tools and materials

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The tools and materials you will need to make this wall hanger from a pallet are as follows:

Cost, time and difficulty

If you already have the tools needed, then the approximate price of this project is less than £30. To get an idea, in this link you can view the ManoMano shopping basket with some of the tools and materials used.

This DIY project is ideal for beginners, as it’s actually easier than it looks.

You will need 6 hours to complete it, i.e. you can finish it in just one morning or afternoon. This amount of time will vary mainly according to the state of the pallet used, and the drying time of the varnish or paint you choose.

Wall hanger from a pallet step by step

One of the best things about this wall hanger is that you save time by not having to dismantle the pallet. Meanwhile, if you don’t have any to hand, check out this link on where to find wooden pallets for cheap or free.

1- Cut the pallet

The pallet boards we are going to use measure 16cm long. That’s why there’s no need to dismantle the pallets first – just cut them with the jigsaw. This will also mean you avoid having to fill the holes left by the nails.

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Next, use the mitre saw or a handsaw to cut each plank to the same size, in this case 16cm in length and 7cm wide, except for the two end pieces, which are 9cm wide.

When you have evened up all of the pieces, cut 2 sides to a 40º angle, giving them a trapezoid shape. Leave the two 9cm wide pieces as they are, as well as 2 of the 7cm pieces.

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To summarise, following these steps you should have:

  • 2 boards measuring 16cm long and 7cm wide in a rectangular shape.
  • 25 boards measuring 16cm long and 7cm wide, with 2 edges cut to 40º
  • 2 boards measuring 16cm long and 9cm wide in a rectangular shape.

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Step 2: Sand the boards

The next step is to sand the pieces using the sander. In this way, you can remove any imperfections, along with the damp stains pallets often have.

It is always a good idea to use a face mask for this stage. Otherwise, you may inhale the remains of any coating and fungus on the wood.

Coat Hanger from Pallets pallet diy do it yourself rack hangers

Step 3: Drill holes in the boards

Once sanded, drill holes in the boards. To do so, draw a dot at the centre and 2cm from the edge that has been cut to an angle. Then, use a no.6 drill bit to drill a hole through which the 5mm aluminium bar will pass.

A useful trick to prevent the wood from splintering when you drill it is to cover it first in masking tape, and put another (scrap) piece of wood underneath.

Coat Hanger from Pallets pallet diy do it yourself rack hangers

Step 4: Varnish and paint

The next step is to varnish and paint each piece. To create an attractive contrast, each piece has been painted in wenge colour, except for 5. These 5 have been covered in metallic silver spray paint.

Coat Hanger from Pallets pallet diy do it yourself rack hangers

Step 5: Assemble the hanger

The final step is to assemble the wall hanger, divided into the sub-steps outlined below:

  1. Cut the aluminium rod to size. To do this, make sure you cut it to a length that fits all of the boards you have drilled holes in.
  2. Insert the boards, beginning with a rectangular one, then each of the trapezoid pieces, and finally, the other rectangular board.
  3. Screw the plank to the lower bottom part of the hanger.
  4. This plank not only stabilises the structure, it also serves as a buffer to stop the trapezoid pieces when they are moved into position.
  5. Attach the boards that finish off the ends (the 9cm wide ones) using wood glue.
  6. Use coach screws to reinforce the mounting.

Coat Hanger from Pallets pallet diy do it yourself rack hangers

Once you have completed all of these steps, the hanger is ready to be put up on the wall. To do so, attach some angled brackets to the back piece and screw these to the wall.

Coat Hanger from Pallets pallet diy do it yourself rack hangers

In the next picture you can see the final results. The combination of the pallet’s rustic finish together with the metallic details makes this a truly original hanger. What’s more, with the exception of the two end pieces, each of the parts can be turned to hang a jacket,  bag, your scarf etc – as you please!

colgador de pared con tablas de paletWhat do you think about this DIY wall hanger made from the boards of a pallet? If you like furniture made from pallets, then be sure not to miss:

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

Pallets undoubtedly offer a cheap and accessible solution when it comes to making your own furniture. If you’d like somewhere to display your wine and wine glasses, this tutorial will show you how to construct a practical and elegant solution in the form of a pallet wine rack.

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Tools and materials

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To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

In addition, these materials will be needed:

Cost, time and difficulty

If you already have the tools, then the approximate price of materials is less than £30.You can purchase some of the tools and materials used via this sample shopping basket.

This wine and glass rack can be completed in a single morning or afternoon, although the timing will depend on your current DIY skills. This project is recommended for DIYers with some previous experience, as the difficulty level is medium.

Step by step wine rack from a pallet

To make a wine rack from a pallet and enjoy a little glass of wine as recommended for our health, just follow the steps below:

Step 1- Dismantle the pallet

First, dismantle the pallet to use the planks. There are different ways to do this, as shown in this link about where to find pallets for cheap or free. In our specific case we have used planks left over from other pallet projects, meaning we only had to partially dismantle them. To do so, we took the following steps:

  1. Secure the pallet planks to the workbench using screw clamps.
  2. Use a chisel and hammer to lever out the support blocks.
  3. Cut the screws using a rotating tool.

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Step 2- Sand and fill the planks from the pallet

In total you will need 6 planks measuring 65cm in length for the shelves, and 3 measuring 45cm in height for the sides. Once you have the pieces cut they need to be sanded to smooth the surface and prevent splinters, as well as filling all holes as necessary.

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Step 3- Assemble the shelves of the rack

The next step is to assemble the shelves of the rack. The top and middle shelves are made of two planks attached at a right angle using nails. For the bottom shelf, follow these additional steps:

  1. Join the plank measuring 650 x 180 x 180mm to the back of the shelf
  2. With the mitre saw or hand saw, cut 7 pieces measuring 7cm wide.
  3. Nail each piece to the plank leaving a space of 2cm between each one.

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Step 4- Assemble the sides

The sides should be around 10cm thick and 45cm high. If the pallet boards are not wide enough (as in our case), you will need to cut a plank of wood to size. Otherwise, it will not be possible to make a hole large enough to hold a bottle of wine.

Begin by screwing the right side to the rack. You will make two holes in the planks used for the left side:

  • A smaller one using a 25mm flat drill bit for wood, designed to hold the bottle
  • A larger hole using an 8cm holesaw drill bit to hold the body of the wine
  • Next, screw on the left side with the small hole.

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Then, with a mitre saw, cut 2 pieces measuring 12cm long and 10cm wide. These pieces will be screwed to the plank with the large holes. Lastly, screw on the left side, as per the picture below.

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Step 5 – Varnish

Once the whole rack has been assembled, apply a protective coating to the wood. To do this, use a wenge-coloured varnish. This gives a dark shade to the wine rack that helps to conceal any flaws on the pallets. It also adds a nice rustic touch.

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Step 6- Attach the copper pipe

Finally, attach the copper pipe to the first shelf to store more bottles of wine. To do so, screw on a plastic clip to each end and insert a pipe measuring 70cm long and 12mm in diameter.

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Once you’ve completed all of these steps, all that’s left to do is hang the rack on the wall.

pallet wine rack stand rustic shelf the handy mano manomano pallets copper

Thanks to this wine rack you can store your best bottles, as well as glasses, corkscrews, bottle stoppers etc. This makes everything handy, letting you enjoy a glass of wine whenever you like.

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What do you think about this wine rack from a pallet? Have you ever thought about making a shelf like this? If so, now there’s no excuse – just find a pallet and get to work.

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This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

Bikes can be a little cumbersome in an indoor space. Given their slightly… bulky nature, it can be difficult to incorporate them into a space naturally, and having them simply leaning on a wall often isn’t a viable solution, as they can be knocked very easily. These inventive solutions can be easily DIYed, and are not only practical, but aesthetically pleasing bike storage ideas.

DIY Bike Storage Ideas

1. Simple and affordable

This quick solution involves attaching two large dowels to the wall. You can then use these to hold the frame of your bicycle.

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 2. Bike Wall Storage using Hangers

Make a sleek and modern storage stand using none other than simple hangers . You’ll need to use a strong adhesive to hold them together, such as gorilla glue or E6000  This would also work with wooden hangers, just make sure you use a wood glue. It may also be an idea to reinforce your stand with screws or nails.
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3. PVC bike storage rack

This, again, uses very few materials and is therefore a great option if you don’t want to splash out. Simply take a large PVC pipe, and cut down at an angle using a hand saw or a jigsaw. Smooth down the edges with sandpaper so it doesn’t scratch your bike, attach to the wall, and voila!

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4. Multi-functional shelf stand

There are so many variations on this simple idea. In essence, what you need is a cube shaped wooden shelf, with a cutout to allow your bike to sit. It can also be made of one initial shelf, and a wooden extremity underneath for your bike. This bike display stand is great as it functions as a shelf, meaning it doesn’t look out of place or strange when your bike isn’t inside the house. It’s also pretty customisable (depending on your experience, skill, or just personal taste) which is nice!

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5. Pallet bike stands

You can use pallets in many ways for bike storage ideas. If you’re looking for a indoor bike storage, you can mount a pallet on the wall and attach hooks to this to support your bike. Alternatively, for a bike floor stand, simply lay down two pallets (you can attach them for reinforcement) to support multiple bicycles upright.

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6. Wall hooks/animal heads

Like the look of animal heads but don’t want to commit? This is one of our more quirky bike storage ideas as these bike stands allude to this style, while also serving a practical purpose. For the first, you’ll need a wooden plaque and a handle contraption. For the second, take free reign with strong wire or cable, pliers, and a few pipe saddle clamps.

7. PVC Bike storage rack

PVC is incredibly affordable as well as being flexible. Depending on the lengths and fixtures you buy, you can customise your stand to fit your needs – whether that be one bike or five.

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8. Wooden bike floor stand

These two stands both look very sophisticated, and the first two even allow you to use your bike like you would an exercise bike. They can be constructed from scrap pieces of wood, and the construction is relatively simple. For the first, the main complication is in carving a semi circle for your bike to rest on (if you own a BMX bike, that is).

10 Interesting DIY Bike Storage Ideas bike rack indoor display stand hook cool wooden woodThis ‘Z’ structure is slightly more complex but makes for an interesting design. 

This wooden stand can be made with layers of plywood, bent into the correct shape. You’ll need a connecting piece underneath to hold your stand together. This has the added bonus of being space saving, as it’s very small, and can be moved around easily.

9. Wall mounted wooden storage

This first stand is made from layers of wood, cut into the desired triangular shape. The layers are glued together, and the sides sanded. Alternatively, this could be made from wooden planks eg. 2x4s, which may be a little less time consuming to complete. Either way, the design is cool and unique!

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10. Homemade bike work stand

This is ideal if you need a bike floor stand or bike repair stand but don’t want to splash out on something you may not use very often. To build this, you’ll need a base piece of wood, some piping (an iron plumbing pipe will work well), connecting fittings and fixtures, and a clamp (or a pvc piece cut with a latch attached).

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We hoped these helped in your hunt for a bike rack, and provided some options that may direct you in some way.  Not in the DIY mood? We have a simpler option too if you’d rather the easier way out!

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