Lately hubby and I have been working HARD on getting our living room looking its best. Not really for any reason, just because it’s fun for us and it makes our home feel cozier.
Recently I’ve become totally hooked on Pinterest, and have found so many DIY and Craft projects that have completely inspired me. One thing in particular I’ve been inspired by is repurposing pallet wood. Here’s an example:
Hubby and I put our heads together, and we decided to make a bench using pallets right by our front door (in the living room) where we could sit down and take off our shoes. So now I’m so excited to not only show it to you, but to walk you through what we did step by step. It’s not hard work at all, it’s just time consuming and tedious. So don’t be afraid to try it out yourself. YOU CAN DO IT!
BTW, before I start with these instructions I want to let you know that there was A LOT of guesstimating and hardly NO measuring.
Tools & Materials You’ll Need
- Pallet wood: scour your area for pallets that are no longer wanted. We found a man a few blocks down the street from us who makes and deliver pallets to companies. He was more than happy to get rid of the ones he could no longer use of no charge to us. SCORE!
- Several 1 x 2′s: we already had these on hand that we were reusing from another project so we’re not sure exactly how much you’ll need. The bench we made turned out be be almost 6′, so if you’re intending to make one that size then get at least 4 times that amount. Always err on the cautious side.
- Skil Saw
1. Cut a 1 x 2 to roughly 65″ long (remember you can make this any length you want, you’ll just have to adjust accordingly). This will be your brace for the bench.
2. Screw into the wall using drywall screws 17″ above the floor measuring from the bottom of the wood (a Leveler would be handy here but we didn’t have one).
We had an outlet in the way so we improvised and worked around it. We’ll probably lose one plug, but this happens to be an outlet we never use anyway.
3. Now cut 2 more 1 x 2′s to 15″ long and cut one piece on one side at a 45 degree angle.
4. Drill your pieces side-by-side into the anchor offset from the end about 13 inches (remember we guesstimated a lot so use your best judgement).
You’ll want your angle cut to be the outer piece of wood.
Here’s what it looks like from the top.
5. Repeat step #5 on the opposite side.
6. Cut 2 more short pieces of 1 x 2′s with once piece having one side with a 45 degree cut. The one with the 45 degree angle needs to be secured right in front of the original brace. Secure the other one right on top of the 2 offset a couple of inches from the end.
If you look closely you can see that there’s a 1 x 2 against the wall, another one in front of that and another one on top of both.
7. Cut another 1 x 2 at 37″ long with 45 degree angle cuts on either side and connect to the bottom of 1 x 2′s you just hung, making a cross beam.
8. Cut 3 more 1 x 2′s at 16″ and connect to cross beam underneath the top 1 x 2′s & behind the cross beam.
You can see here that the leg is right under the top piece and behind the cross beam.
Here’s hubby in action (ooo la la! I love watching my man hard at work ;))
This is what it should look like at this point.
9. Now create a center piece at 15″ and secure to the very center of the frame.
10. Use 3 pallet slats from a 3′ long pallet (if your pallet is still in tact then undrill 3 slats). No cutting is necessary unless you get your slats from a larger pallet.
11. Paint or stain whatever color you desire.
12. Drill into the center part of the frame.
13. Now for your corner pieces. This is where things get a little tricky. Measure the width of 1 of your pallet slats that you just drilled down. It should measure at 4-1/2 inches wide. That means your angle pieces will be 3-1/4 inches wide.
14. Get another slat and cut one side at a 45 degree angle. Then put in place against the wall where you’d like to secure it and mark the spot you’ll need to cut your other angle so it’ll match up with the other slats:
Here’s what it should look like now.
1. Find some fabric that strikes your fancy and get between 1-2 yards. I got 3 yards because I wasn’t sure how much I would need and I ended up with more than enough to do another project (coming up later ;)). So 1-2 yards should be plenty.
2. Hold your fabric up to one side of the bench and cut according to height and length leaving at least 1″ extra space on each side. Again, I didn’t measure any of this, so you’ll be doing a lot of guesstimation.
This is the fabric I chose. Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!
3. Sew the side on the side of the wall and the bottom.
4. Repeat steps #’s 2 & 3 on the other side and don’t forget that it will be sewn on the opposite side as the other piece of fabric you just did.
5. Hold your fabric up to the middle part of the bench and cut according to the length leave at least 1″ of extra space on bottom and sides.
6. Now secure the middle piece to the bench in between the legs and the front slat using your staple gun.
7. Then secure the side pieces remembering to have the finished sides right where the wall is.
DONE! Now it looks like we have a floating bench!
Here’s my totally unglamorous self trying it out. It’s very secure, I promise.
Here’s what I love the most about this:
I now have a space to store our gloves, umbrellas, and hats.
Try it! And then tell us about it bellow!
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