DIY Project: Pallet Sofa Makes for 5 Star Naps

How-To Repurpose / Refurbish

Once in a while there’s a project that’s so clever, you almost want to clip on a tool belt and get to it immediately. This pallet sofa ticks all the boxes when it comes to creating something from practically nothing and is a perfect addition to any game or media room, apartment, or urban/industrial loft. Moreover, if you’re in need of extra napping space, rumor has it, this sleeper is 5-star worthy.

Pallet sofa as easy as 1-2-3. You can even store games, books, and magazine inside. DIY idea and photo:


• 6 wood pallets (Where to find? DiggersList, paint/warehouse/hardware/feed & pet supply/grocery stores)


electric sander (optional)

• paint

Various paint brushes

Flexible foam (1.8-3.0 pounds p/cubic foot is best, at least 4″ thick)

• furniture fabric & notions

• a trusty sewing machine

• flat brackets and screws


1. Sand all outer surfaces of pallets, paying special attention to the edges and corners.

2. Paint pallets in desired color and allow to dry.

3. Measure top surface of each pallet to determine the amount of flexible foam you’ll need cut to size.

4. Cover seats and back cushion in desired fabric. (see box cushion how-to video)

5. To secure the pallets, screw a flat bracket onto back of top and bottom pallet (on each end), then another onto top front and back of each pallet group to secure together.

6. Place cushions and lounge or snooze away.


I’ve been asked on several occasions how much fabric to use and/or how to make outdoor sofa cushions. Here is a FABULOUS tutorial by “A Beautiful Mess” (one of my favorite blogs!)…check it out!

*Optional: if you do not wish to sew, use pre-fab cushions and/or pillows.

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Written By Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, brand ambassador, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.