We love our pallet table and it gets used all the time in our garden. Last year, when we were in lockdown and basically everyone with a garden was buying garden furniture, we really struggled to find a decent garden coffee table to go with our sofa.
They were either all sold out or cost the same as a diamond encrusted hot tub filled to the brim with champagne.
And this year hasn’t been much better…
Everything seems to have been thrown at us to stop putting our finishing touches to our home. Pandemics, Brexit, ships stuck in the Suez Canal! There are either huge delays on goods getting to the UK or the prices have sky rocketed. This is where this blog post comes in handy. It’s time to DIY!
We had leftover pallets from when we had our gravel delivered for our last garden revamp, so we decided to turn these pallets into a table. They were the perfect size and made for outdoor use. I had seen many other bloggers and instagrammers create wonderful pieces of garden furniture out of pallets so I decided to give it a go.
Some of the genius creations I have seen made out of pallets include garden sofas, pallet tables, benches, bars, shelves for your plants or even a pallet swing.
The nature of the pallet means they are extremely hardy, perfect for outdoor use and extremely adaptable so anything goes.
You can even buy pallet sets online to make in your garden, although I would discourage against this as pallets are so easy to find and most of the time, free! Check your local Facebook Marketplace to start with. Or even your local garden centre or DIY Store.
In our last garden, the revamp was inspired by my love of Ibiza (and the fact that we couldn’t go there, so decided to bring the Med to Sussex) so I wanted to stick to a blue and white theme. I wrote about my Mediterranean themed garden revamp here.
It is so quick and easy to do, I never really thought to write a DIY blog about it. However, I get so many questions about how I created the pallet table every time I put it on my Instagram feed, I thought I would write a quick how to.
DIY Pallet table instructions
You really won’t need many materials or equipment to make it. I guess it depends on what you want it to look like. This is how we did it…
What you will need
- A Pallet! Originally, we had two pallets stacked on top of each other but as I wanted to keep the table relatively low, we used just the one pallet once the wheels were added.
How to create a pallet table
First prepare your pallet by making sure there are no nails sticking out or sharp items by removing them. Then roughly sand down your pallet to give it a smoother finish.
Decide on whether you want to keep your pallet in its natural state or paint it. We wanted the table to be the same colour as our fence, so we painted it Cuprinol Iris. There are so many fabulous outdoor wood paints to choose from now, you could paint it any colour of the rainbow!
I only painted around the edges and down the sides as we fixed tiles to the centre so there was little point painting the whole pallet. Painting also helps to protect the wood.
Once the paint was dry, I then fixed castor wheels to the bottom of the pallet. Again, there are plenty of castor wheels to choose from and depending on how high you want your pallet, you can go from 25mm up to 250mm.
We went with 200mm castor wheels from castors-online.co.uk. They are extremely easy to fix, just screw the top plate into the corners of the pallet. You can then move your pallet table around the garden easily, just make sure you get castors with brakes on or you may find your pallet moving around of its own accord!
It’s up to you whether you put something on top of your pallet once it’s done. To begin with, we weren’t going to put anything on top and just use trays to place food and drinks on top of the pallet. However, we found that we played a lot of card games with the kids outside and were forever losing our Uno cards down the gap, so this is when the idea came to put tiles on top!
Tiles are the perfect choice for outside. A bit like pallet wood, they are extremely hardy and can withstand any weather situation, so I started looking for blue mosaic style tiles to place on top. We ended up going with the Melia tiles in blue from Wickes as they matched the Iris paint perfectly and tied in with our Mediterranean theme.
The Melia tiles com in a pack of 25 and they fitted perfectly on top of the pallet, as if they were meant to be. For the first 6 months, we didn’t even glue them onto the pallet. They are so heavy that they very rarely moved, so we didn’t feel the need to. However, just before we moved, I decided it was best to glue them down to the pallet so that we didn’t lose or break any.
I’ve used Gorilla glue to stick them to the pallet and they have lasted well, through a stormy winter and heavy rain. Even if one does come lose (they haven’t yet) it is quite easy to re-glue them back onto the pallet.
That’s how simple it is! It cost me £80 in total, £60 for the caster wheels and £20 for the tiles. The pallet came free with the gravel and the paint was leftover from the fence.
I love this pallet table. It is still one of my favourite things in the garden and we get a lot of use out of it!
There is so much inspiration online now when it comes to using pallets to make furniture or accessories for your home, there’s something for everyone!
There are also plenty of DIY tutorials on YouTube and books you can buy (including the one below by Nikkita Palmer), find your nearest free pallets through Facebook Marketplace and get DIYing!