DIY: patio furniture

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DIY: patio furniture
Wood pallets make interesting DIY patio furniture. (wood. drum and pallets image by L. Shat from

Patio furniture can cost as much as living room furniture, and because it is exposed to the elements, might not last as long. Wood shipping pallets are a readily available and sturdy material that can be turned into attractive do-it-yourself outdoor furniture. A coat of sealant helps to weatherproof your furniture as does covering the cushions with canvas slipcovers.

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Things you need

  • Seven wood pallets
  • One piece of glass cut to fit the top of a pallet
  • 16 hinges
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood sealant
  • Paint brush
  • 2 pieces of foam, 7.5 cm (3 inches) thick
  • 4 metres (4 yards) canvas fabric, 150 cm (60 inches) wide
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) elastic, 2 metres (2 yards)
  • Large safety pin
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Self-stick felt circles

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    Build the bases

  1. 1

    Sand each of four wood pallets and coat with wood sealant. Allow to dry.

  2. 2

    Stack two pallets on top of each other. Use the drill to attach two hinges on each long side, with one side of each hinge on the top pallet and the other on the bottom pallet. This will secure the pallets to avoid slipping. Repeat with two more pallets. These are your seat bases.

  3. 3

    Stack the remaining three pallets and attach the hinges. Two hinges will attach the bottom and middle pallets and two will attach the middle and top pallets on each long side. This will be your table base.

    Assemble table

  1. 1

    Have a piece of glass cut to fit the top of the table base. Request a finished edge and rounded corners.

  2. 2

    Attach felt circles to the table top, one on each wood slat.

  3. 3

    Set glass on top of table base. The felt will help keep the glass from slipping or getting scratched.

    Cover seat cushions

  1. 1

    Have 7.5 cm (3 inch) wide foam cut to fit the top of each pallet base.

  2. 2

    Cut the fabric in half widthways. Press each piece before working with it for best results. Press a 6 mm (1/4 (inch) hem, and then a 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) hem on all sides of the fabric pieces. Sew around the 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) hem, leaving a 7.5 cm (3 inch) opening on one side.

  3. 3

    Attach the safety pin to one end of 1 m (1 yard) of elastic. Thread elastic through the opening in the fabric's hem and feed through the casing. Sew the ends of the elastic together. Use needle and thread to hand sew the opening closed. Repeat with second piece of fabric and elastic.

  4. 4

    Insert foam pad into the fabric covering. The elastic will allow the fabric to wrap around the foam and cover all sides. This type of covering will allow for easy washing or changing of slipcover.

  5. 5

    Place a covered foam pad on top of each seat base.

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