How to make an armchair with 2 pallets

This is a rustic idea to make an armchair with only 2 recycled pallets. In this case, the pallets were purchased from a wholesale business that discards many pallets every time new merchandise arrives, and many of them are in very good condition.

Particularly these pallets were not in an optimal state, because they were exposed to the elements for weeks and were affected by several rains and by the sun, but the final result worked and was fun. Of course the model can be improved, and better models have been published, this is only a sketch of an armchair, but very effective for those who want to build one in their patio.

Necessary materials:

– Saw – Hammer – Nails – Electric planer and/or Sandpaper (optional)

Step by step to make this “Armchair-Palet”

The method is to assemble one pallet with the other. Step by step this simple dynamic will be understood. These are the two pallets, the one on top we will call Pallet 1and the one below Pallet 2.

First we saw the two side boards of Pallet 1, from the middle. The non-sawn part is the upper part of the chair where we rest our backs.

Here we see the first side board removed.

And here both side boards removed.

Now we go with Pallet 2, what we do is remove the internal tables from one half, so that the lateral ones remain:

Here we see Pallet 2 with almost all the internal tables removed. This is going to be the space where Pallet 1 will be assembled.

Pallet 2 prepared:

We return to Pallet 1, what we do now is remove the two central boards, so that the plugs of Pallet 1 do not collide with the boards.

Retired boards:

Well now we go with the assembly of the pallets, but before this, we are going to proceed to cut diagonally the lateral central blocks of Pallet 1, so that when they are assembled the blocks do not collide with the boards of Pallet 2.

This is the view of the side cue:

We cut the taco diagonally as mentioned above:

Perfect, we’re almost there! Now we present both pallets. Pallet 1 above, and Pallet 2 below. Next step is to fit one with another so that they are left as an “X”:

Assembled pallets:

It is almost taking shape, notice that both pallets rest their edges on the floor. In this case we put some plugs on the back of Pallet 2, to adjust the height.

Then you have to reinforce the structure a bit and if you have access to an electric planer and / or sandpaper, you can make that old pallet a bit newer and nicer.

The difficulty of the planer is the nails, by not disassembling the pallet this can be complicated for the machine since a protruding nail can break the machine. But those parts can be worked out with sandpaper. Here we see the difference of old board and planed board:


May it be useful to make even better models!