How to Build a Pallet Bench

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How to Build a Pallet Bench -- and it's easier than you think! Build one this weekend with the full tutorial from One Artsy Mama on

How to Build a Pallet Bench
by Amy from One Artsy Mama

Have you ever built a piece of furniture? I never thought I could, until I made this Pallet Bench last summer! I’m Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I am always in search of projects that are affordable, simple, and fairly quick to create. On my blog, I share everything from furniture up-cycles and DIY projects to Hand Lettering tutorials in the hopes that even people who don’t feel particularly crafty will see that they really can create fabulous things! Today, I am so excited to be here to share my bench with you so that you can see how honestly do-able it really is and maybe try it for yourself. It only takes a few supplies to make, and it’s the perfect addition to your outdoor


2 Half Pallets
2 Quarter Pallets
2 2×4’s, cut into 6 20 inch pieces
3″ screws
Hammer and nails



Step 1: Insert your 20″ pieces of 2×4 into the short sides of your half pallets and secure with nails.

Pallets are “open” on two ends, which makes it tricky to attach them together in certain ways because there’s nowhere to put a screw. We have to close up those ends by filling them with a piece of wood that fits right in that slot.


The best way I found to do this is to nail them using one of my favorite tools, the cordless RYOBI AirStrike Brad Nailer, from both the top and the bottom of the pallet. Of course, you can always use a standard hammer and nails instead, but I’m all about quick and easy, so the Brad Nailer is my go-to tool.


Step 2: Place your remaining 20″ pieces into one open end of each quarter pallet.

This is the same thing you did for the half pallets, but this time we’re only concerned about one side because it makes a nice arm rest. If you want to close in the other sides, feel free to do that too, but I chose to leave mine open because my husband suggested that it would help the bench to sit better in the yard where it’s not completely flat.


Step 3: Position one quarter pallet face down against the side of the half pallet that will be the seat and add three 3″ screws to hold it in place.

This is the “trickiest” part because it’s about getting the angle right. We just played around with it and eyed it up. The back corner of the seat hits the very top of the bottom slat and the front hits the very top of the second slat. You also want a little bit of overhang; the bench seat comes out farther than the arm rests.


Step 4: Repeat on the other side.

Flip your bench over and position the other quarter pallet. We actually used the side of the house to help us line it up; we pushed the bench up against the corner to help us see where the other pallet needed to be to make things even. This time, though, don’t insert your screws all the way. Leave them loose so that you have a little “wiggle room” to slide the back in.


Step 5: Slide the final pallet in place and secure with 3″ screws.


That’s it! Four pallet pieces and a couple of 2×4’s become a fun bench! It’s actually more like a love seat size, which is pretty fun and perfect for the spot in our rose garden.




Since the bench is uncovered and outdoors year round, I knew that I wasn’t finished until I sealed and protected it from the elements. I also knew I wanted to stain the wood because it wasn’t all the same color to begin with, plus I wanted a darker finish. For this part of the process, I decided to use Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Penetrating Timber Oil because it stains and waterproofs, all in one coat. Before you start to stain, make sure you thoroughly sand your project to get rid of any splinters, rough edges, and unwanted markings.


Then, all you need is your choice of color {I picked Redwood}, a brush, a disposable paint pan and liner, and gloves. I shook the can well, poured a small amount of timber oil into the paint pan, then carefully applied it to the wood. I started on one side of the bench and worked my way across the front to the other side and finally the back.


The key to getting a nice finish is to use the timber oil sparingly…a little really goes a long way. Only apply a thin coat at the rate the wood can absorb it, which is pretty quickly. Any spots that have excess product or look especially wet may end up tacky. You also want to avoid drips. The process wasn’t difficult at all, just a little time consuming because there are a LOT of surfaces on a pallet!


Once the staining and sealing is complete, let the bench dry for 8 hours, then it’s ready to use! Add your favorite pillows or cushions and enjoy!


Total Cost: Approximately $120
Half Pallets – $32 each
Quarter Pallets – $15 each
Sealer/Stain/Brushes – $25

Time: One afternoon to build, one afternoon to stain

Pallets: Crates and Pallet
2x4s, screws, brushes: Home Depot
Airstrike Brad Nailer from RYOBI
Timber Oil: Thompson’s Waterseal
Pillows and Cushions: Shutterfly


What do you think, friends? It’s easier than you’d think to build your own bench, right? Is this something you’d enjoy having and using in your own outdoor space? Thanks so much for letting me share my project with you today; I hope you’ll stop by One Artsy Mama for more honest inspiration for everyday life!


Thanks so much for sharing, Amy! Such a cute addition to your garden. 

Remodelaholics, you’ll love Amy’s pallet-style hand painted wedding signs — and if you want to learn to hand-letter your own, check out her awesome beginner tutorials!

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