I’ll hazard a guess that, being Sunday of the first May Bank Holiday, you’ve aleady been to the garden centre. Or at least thought about it. (For the Americans in the audience, Bank Holidays are magical free national holidays, like Memorial day Labor Day - and in May there are two, one at the beginning and one at the end). I’m in the latter camp - I haven’t done a thing about my outodoor space, but I know it’s high time. We need to be in a good position to take advantage of the days we might be able to sit outside this year, you know, in case they come.
And so, while I usally spend all my time thinking about sustainable and eco-friendly interiors, I’m turning my gaze outside for the next few posts. Today I want to share some thoughts on something that might divide the audience a bit: pallet furniture. I know it may dredge up images of college / university days gone by, but bear with me on this one - it can be chic.
I’ve also been thinking about pallets lately because I’ve had a delivery of some heavy cast iron radiators and to my delight, they came on a pallet. To my neighbours’ delight, the pallet is sitting empty outside the front of my house (still). As fate would have it, I also came across some wicked photos of what a friend did with them.
So here we have it folks, this fine pallet sofa and table belongs to my fellow Cardiffian, Lisa Valentine, who happens to have a lovely eponymous online home store (it’s seriously good, go have a look!).
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How gorgeous does Lisa’s set up look?!
What a great example of reusing something that would have been thrown out. Our outdoor furniture can and should be eco-friendly just as our interiors.
To be clear, I have yet to actually try making anything with the pallet I have, or any others for that matter. I’m a long, long way away from my garden looking like Lisa’s. But I have started to collect a few resources and ideas about what I could do, so I thought I would share them here.
Here is an epic Youtube video, probably the best I have seen about how to make a pallet sofa and you can download a how-to manual.
Here is a long post all about how to source the pallets. I also hear that storage units like SafeStore also often have pallets they’re trying to get rid of. And Gumtree (in the UK at least) has a whole section dedicated to free pallets.
I don’t have many powertools myself, which I’m hoping to correct soon. But until I get my own circular saw, I have been using the NextDoor app to fidn neighbours who will let me use theirs - it’s been a brilliant way to meet people too!
Ok, so I’ll leave there for now and will update this once I’ve made something with my pallet. Next week I’ll share some more ready-made eco-friendly outdoor furniture ideas. I’d love to hear if you’ll be trying any outdoor DIYs this summer or have made your own pallet furniture?