DIY Project: Pallet Sofa Makes for 5 Star Naps

How-To Repurpose / Refurbish

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

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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.

Supplies:

• 6 wood pallets

24" x 24" x 5 1/2" Recycled Wood Pallet

24″ x 24″ x 5 1/2″ Recycled Wood Pallet

• Sandpaper

3M Garnet Sandpaper, 9-Inch by 11-Inch, Assorted-Grit, 5-Sheet

3M Garnet Sandpaper, 9-Inch by 11-Inch, Assorted-Grit, 5-Sheet

• paint

• Various paint brushes

Wooster 5239 Gold Edge Wall Brush 3 Pack

Wooster 5239 Gold Edge Wall Brush 3 Pack

• Flexible foam (4″ x 24″ x 72″ high density upholstery foam is best, at least 3″ thick)

4" x 24" x 72" High Density Upholstery Foam

4″ x 24″ x 72″ High Density Upholstery Foam

• furniture fabric & notions

• a  sewing machine (I LOVE my Singer!)

Singer Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine

Singer Stylist 7258 Sewing Machine

• flat brackets and screws

Tools:

• electric sander

2 Amp 1:4 Sheet Sander

Ryobi 2 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander

Instructions:

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.

UPDATE:

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.