Convert 2 Recycled Pallets Into a Chair in 5 Steps [infographic]

Stacked wooden pallets - DIY pallet chair

Editor’s Note: If you’re new to the world of upcycling pallets, please check out this link, which will give you more information on selecting pallets that are safe for use. For more information, please contact us by email and we can refer you to additional resources.

DIY Pallet Furniture

From Visually.

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1. You Will Need…

  • 1 x wooden pallet with 14mm thick planks
  • 1 x wooden pallet with wing nuts (6 x 50mm)
  • 58 x woodscrews (4 x 30mm)
  • 8 x woodscrews (5 x 60mm)
  • 1 x tube of wood glue
  • 1 x wood saw
  • 1 x crowbar

2. Prepare the Pallets

Take the pallet apart using a crowbar and make sure to remove all of the nails. Sand down any rough patches to avoid splinters.

3. Cut the Pallets

Using the 14mm pallet, cut:

  • 6 x seat slats – W:600 x H:70 x D:14mm
  • 4 x back slats and 1 x underseat slat – W:568 x H:70 x D:14mm

Using the 16mm pallet, cut:

  • 2 x frame legs – W:680 x H:70 x D:16mm
  • 2 x back frame – W:485/470 x H:70 x D:16mm
  • 2 x legs – W: 315/290 x H:70 x D:16mm
  • 4 x blocks W:70 x H:50 x D:70mm
  • 2 x inner frame – W:370 x H:70 x D:16mm

4. Assemble

  • Lay out the frame legs and leg pieces. Pre-drill and countersink five holes at even spacings on the inner leg piece. Make sure that two of these holes are over each front leg piece. Now screw the pieces together.
  • Screw the blocks into the corners of the leg pieces from the outside using the 60mm screws.
  • Fit the first five seating slats to the leg frame, leaving a 5mm gap between each. Ensure each screw goes into the centre of the frame beneath. The back frame of the chair will fit between the fifth and sixth slats—but don’t screw the sixth slat on yet—wait until the back of the chair is assembled. Fit another slat to the underneath of the blocks.
  • To assemble the back frame, attach the back frame planks to two blocks using 2 x 60mm screws on each. Lay the pieces down and then screw the first back slat to the front. Once this is secure, screw on another two back slats.
  • Turn the back piece over and screw the fourth back slat into the blocks at the top.
  • Fit the two parts of the chair together so that the back sits approx. 110 degrees to the seat. Mark out screw holes for the last (sixth) seat slat and check it is centred to the holes on the frame.
  • Clamp the seat and back pieces together and drill a hole through both with a 6mm drill bit.

5. Decorate

Inspired By: 

  • DesignSponge
  • Lifehacker
  • Designboom
  • Inhabitat
  • Apartmenttherapy

Created by

Images and Instructions – Studiomama

To learn how to make your own bed out of reclaimed pallets, visit DIY Platform Bed: Create Your Own Queen-Sized Bed from Reclaimed Pallets»

image: Pixabay

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