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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

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial finished

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.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial prepare wood

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)

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial dismantle wood

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.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial orbital sander

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.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial varnish

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.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial complete no cushions

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.

thehandymano mano DIY pallet sofa tutorial add cushions

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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Pallet Table DIY Tutorial

If you fancy creating a summery beach style in your bathroom, why not have a go at making this upcycled pallet cabinet? The wood we’ve used is reclaimed from an old pallet and is sanded down to create a smooth driftwood-like finish. You can scale up the pallet cabinet to whatever size you’d like for your bathroom. We have used the sides and planks of the pallet to determine the overall size and this finished cabinet is 430 x 325 x 110mm.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano finished

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial

By Cassie Fairy

Tools and Materials

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

Hand saw
Wrecking bar
Hammer
Mitre box
Palm sander
Drill with drill bits
Router with cutting bits
Screwdriver
1 x Pallet (the width of these planks is 73mm, you will need to adjust your measurements if the slats of your pallet are wider or narrower than 73mm)
700 x 800mm x 3m plywood sheet
Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander in course, medium and fine grits
Wood glue
6 or 8 x 65mm corner braces with screws
4 x mirror corners with screws
2 x magnetic catches with screws
2 x 75mm Butt hinges
20mm nails

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is £15, depending on the tools you already have. You can access the shopping cart of some of the tools and materials used through this link.

This project is quite simple and is therefore suitable for beginners. Depending on your DIY skills, this project shouldn’t take longer 4 hours to complete.

Measurements:

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano measurements

Step 1: Cutting the planks

Use a handsaw to cut the surface planks away from the sides of the pallet. Cut across the first plank parallel to the inner edge of the supporting beam at the side of the pallet. Measure 322mm from the first cut and mark a line across the plank. Saw off the plank at this point to create a piece that measures 322mm x 73mm. Repeat until you have 6 planks. Finally, cut one or two extra pieces at 270mm long to use as shelves inside the cabinet. Use a palm sander to sand down all the planks until the edges are smooth and it resembles driftwood.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano cutting planks

Step 2: Cutting the edges

Use a wrecking bar to prise the remaining ends of the planks off the supporting beam. This beam will become the frame of the bathroom cabinet so pull out the nails or hammer them in. From this piece of wood cut two pieces 325mm long and two pieces 430mm long. Use a mitre box to cut the ends at 45 degree angles with a handsaw. Use a palm sander to smooth all the surfaces.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano cutting edges

Step 3: Cutting the back and front

Measure out two rectangles on your plywood sheet. The back piece should measure 320mm x 422mm and the front piece should measure 260mm x 370mm. Use a saw to cut out these pieces and carefully sand around the edges

Step 4: Making the door

Lay out the driftwood planks side by side. Apply wood glue to the front piece of ply and place on top of the planks to create a door for the cabinet. Use small nails to hold the back in place and allow the glue to dry thoroughly. Once the glue is dry, drill a hole in the centre of the door to hold the router guide arm in order to cut a circle. Use the router to cut away a circle from the centre and sand down the inside edges.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano making door

Step 5: Assembling the cabinet

Apply wood glue to the angled corners and use a metal brace in each inner corner to support the frame. You can add one or more shelves inside the cabinet frame using more metal corner braces to support them. Apply wood glue to the back edges of the frame and position the plywood backing before nailing into place.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano assembling cabinet

Step 6: Attaching the door

To finish the pallet cabinet, attach a square mirror tile (or use a recycled mirror from an old frame, like we have) to the inside of the door, behind the circle, using mirror corners. Add magnetic catches to the inside edge of the frame and add the magnets to the back of the door in the corresponding positions. Attach the door to the frame using two butt hinges.

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano attach door

Finished pallet cabinet:

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial thehandymano mano mano finished

This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts about her home DIY projects, upcycled finds, low-cost recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a low lovely life on a budget.

Check out our other pallet projects:

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Pallet Table DIY Tutorial

There are so many different projects that you can do with pallets, but sometimes the hardest part can be painting them perfectly to finish off your project! That’s why we came up with our top DIY pallet painting tips to help you get a flawless finish each time!

DIY pallet painting tips

DIY Pallet painting tips the handy mano mano pallet painting tips sander

  1. Remember that each pallet is unique and might take paint differently. Firstly, you need to make sure that you have a safe (and non toxic) pallet, you can check that by viewing our pallet sourcing guide here.
  2. Pallet wood can look so so great with a bit of roughness, but, the smoother the surface, the easier it is to paint! Use an orbital sander or sandpaper (80 grit works fine but aim for 120 girt or higher if you’re looking for uber smoothness) to find your middle ground.
  3. Once you’ve finished sanding, remove all of the dusk with a slightly damp washcloth to thoroughly clean the wood.
  4. If you think that your wood may be too porous, you can opt to prime the wood at this stage to make it even smoother!
  5. If you’re looking to get a really vintage like look on your pallet, then add one layer of paint and then sand the wood again. Continue this until you’ve got your desired effect!DIY Pallet painting tips the handy mano mano pallet painting tips stain brush
  6. Once you’ve finished painting, make sure to wax or seal it to make the paint job last longer.
  7. If you stain your wood, then make sure you choose a colour a shade lighter and keep adding the stain until you get your preferred colour. Remember that it’s much easier to add stain to wood than it is to remove it, so you’re better of working your way up!
  8. As you apply the stain, keep an old T-shirt next to you to make sure you catch any drips from the wet edges and blend in any brush marks
  9. Make it shine with a varnish  or polish at the end! We recommend this step especially for outdoor pallet projects.

Feel ready to take on the world with your new knowledge of DIY pallet painting tips? Why not give these projects a go first? 🙂

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Need a new table for your kitchen? If you’re a fan of rustic chic and you don’t want to spend too much, then roll your sleeves up and learn how make a DIY Pallet Table yourself.

Pallets are so easy to find and versatile that you can create anything with them, from small pieces of furniture to large items.

DIY Pallet Table

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished

Tools and materials

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial tools

To make your DIY pallet table you will need the following tools and materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

This project can cost less than £40 depending on the tools you already have. If you need to purchase some of the tools and materials used, you can browse this sample shopping basket.

This DIY project has a medium difficulty rating. This makes it perfect for anyone who already has some experience working with pallets and wants to practice! If you want to see more projects with a similar level of difficulty, check them out at the bottom of the article!

How to make a DIY pallet table step by step

Making this pallet table took a full day’s work. This amount of time may be reduced by attaching the pallet boards horizontally or vertically, rather than diagonally.

Step 1: Dismantle the pallet

The first step is to dismantle the pallet. To do so, you can use either a crow bar or lever, as well as a reciprocating saw with a blade suitable for both wood and metal. If you opt for the latter, you can have all of the boards ready in just 5 minutes.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut pallet

Step 2: Cut the boards at a 45 degree angle

To make the work surface or table top we chose to attach the pallet boards diagonally. Not only does this give the table a different look, but it also allows you to get rid of the parts of the boards with nails.

The quickest option is to cut all of the boards to a 45 degree angle using the mitre saw. If you don’t have one, then use a mitre box and hand saw.

The number of boards you need will depend on the length and width of your table, as well as the width of the pallet boards. In any case, you should figure in that the central plank is twice as long as the side planks.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut at 45 degree

Step 3: Make the table top

Once all the pieces have been cut to size,attach them to a panel of MDF measuring 120cm x 60cm x 10mm. To ensure they are firmly attached, first glue them in place using mounting or wood glue then once dry, strengthen the joint by using the nail gun to add some small nails.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial make table top

Lastly, sand the entire table top using an orbital sander. This allows you to even out the surface and get rid of any splinters or imperfections.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial orbital sander

Step 4: Cut the leg parts

It’s important to keep in mind that the table legs will not only support the weight of the table top itself but also all of the kitchen items and appliances placed on top. For this reason, we recommend the cuts you use for the table legs are no less than 2 centimetres thick.

Besides the legs, you will also need some other parts to reinforce the table top. Use a mitre saw to cut the following pieces:

  • 4 planks measuring 90cm long for the legs of a high-top kitchen table, or 70cm long for a standard height.
  • 2 planks measuring 20cm long, and 2 x 55cm long to reinforce the table top.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial cut leg parts

Next, use the pocket hole jig to make the necessary holes in order to screw the 120cm and 55cm planks to the tabletop. If you don’t have access to this jig, you can alternatively use angle brackets.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial use pocket hole jig

Step 5: Assemble the legs

In this step assemble the table legs. To do so, join the two 90cm planks at a 90 degree angle using the same joinery system as before. Next, screw these on to the interior of the frame that reinforces the table top.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial assemble legs

Step 6: Varnish and seal the table

The final step is to varnish and waterproof the wood to protect it from stains and dampness. To do so, we used coloured varnish to add a touch of colour and protect the table at the same time.

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial varnish table

Finally, after, following each of these steps, your DIY Pallet Dining Table should look something like this!

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished

 

DIY Pallet Table the handy mano mano tutorial finished with bowl

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!

Hungry for more pallet DIY’s? Look no further… 😉

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Pallet TV Stand DIY Tutorial

Want to change the look of your living room for cheap? Learn how to make your own pallet TV stand with this tutorial! Not only is it a straightforward DIY project, but you’ll be able to put your feet up and enjoy your new view afterwards – perfect!

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY complete

Tools and Materials

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY tools and materials needed

To make this pallet TV stand, you’ll need the following materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

This pallet TV stand is very cheap to make, with the price of materials being no more than £40 depending on what tools you already have. In this link you can access the ManoMano shopping basket where you’ll find some of the tools and materials used.

This DIY project is ideal for those who are beginners when it comes to making pallet furniture. While some of the tools used need a certain level of practice, manual tools can be used in their place to make the whole process more simple, albeit longer.

On another note, to make this pallet TV unit takes around one day’s work (approximately 10 hours).This time will vary depending on the state of the pallets. In our specific case, the boards had many surface imperfections, meaning it took us 3 hours just to get them sanded.

How to make a Pallet TV stand

When it comes to making a TV unit it is important to make sure it has sufficient storage space. This allows you to house your entire entertainment system, as well as DVDs, games etc.

That’s why our pallet TV stand features a shelf with a height of 15cm, ideal for storing your DVD player and streaming devices. The lower shelf space is 35cm high to allow different types of storage.

Step 1- Dismantle the pallets

First, you need to dismantle the pallets to be able to use the boards as shelves. To do so, we used a reciprocating saw, which allows you to cut and separate the boards from the blocks. An alternative to this would be to use a crowbar or other lever, although this requires more brute strength and time.

Note that it is important to use a saw blade which is suitable for both wood and the metal of the nails. Otherwise you run the risk of breaking or warping the blade.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY dismantle wood

Step 2- Sand the boards

Once you’ve removed all of the boards from both pallets, sand them to remove roughness and imperfections. In our case, we used an orbital sander or belt sander, which gives a fine finish to large surface areas.

To complete this step, first attach a sheet of course grain (40) sand paper, then give a fine finish with a sheet of 120 grain.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY sand boards

Step 3- Assemble the structure

To assemble the structure for the unit, which serves as a frame for the pallet boards, cut various planks of wood to the following lengths using the mitre saw:

  • 8 planks measuring 70cm
  • 12 planks measuring 37cm

The next step is to join these planks using the pocket hole jig.

An alternative option, if you don’t have one of these jigs, is to use brackets to join the planks. In both cases, follow these steps:

  1. Due to the width of the planks, make just a single hole at either end of the 37cm planks using the pocket hole jig. If you’re using brackets, screw them on to the ends.
  2. Next, screw the upper plank 2cm from the top edge of the 70cm plank, the middle one at 15cm from this, and the lower one at 36.4cm. If using brackets, screw these to the 70cm plank at the same distances.

On another note, when assembling the frame, it is important that both the diagonal pocket holes, as well as the mounting brackets as the case may be, are on the upper facing section. This allows them to remain hidden under the pallet boards once these are attached to the shelves.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY drill together

Repeat these steps until you have 4 frames, as per the image below.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY complete frames

Step 4- Paint the parts

Before the final assembly of your pallet TV stand, paint all of the parts. To do this, we chose a mix of matte black paint for the frame and matte white paint for the shelves. This combination gives the TV unit a more modern look, but you can choose any colour to suit your living room.
We also used spray paint to paint the planks, as this makes it much easier to reach all the nooks and crannies of the frame and gives a sleeker finish. For the pallet boards, you can use either spray paint or paint applied with a roller, as in our case.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY paint parts

Step 5- Assemble the TV unit

The final step is to assemble the unit. To do this, attach the boards to the four frames using a nail gun, starting with the lower shelf and working up to the top.
Between each support frame we have left 3 spaces of 36.4cm, which together with the width of the planks, adds up to the total 120cm length of the pallet boards.

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY put together

Finally, and after all of these steps are complete, your pallet TV stand will look like this:

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY finished living room

manomano the handy mano pallet tv stand DIY finished

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