If you've hired a contractor to do some remodeling around your home, they're likely to have pallets of materials brought in to get the job done. You can use these old pallets to create a great colorful chaise lounge. This guide explains the steps needed to not only create a wonderful place to enjoy the summer breeze, but also a way to recycle pallets that your contractor might not have a need for any longer.
Step 1: Procure Your Tools and Supplies
To create this chaise, collect four pallets, along with these tools and supplies:
- coarse grit sandpaper
- a box of long wood screws with a matching drill bit
- a drill
- a medium paint brush
- your choice of colorful paint
Step 2: Sand the Pallets
Sand any rough edges on the pallets with the coarse grit sandpaper. Expect to spend at least an hour looking for rough spots on the pallets, and sanding them down, to ensure that there are no splintering pieces of wood on the pallets.
Step 3: Connect the Pallets
After the sanding is complete, place two ends of the pallets together with the top of the pallets on the ground, or floor if you are working in the garage. Make sure that you have the shorter ends of the pallets together, so you can have what looks like two sets of long pallets.
Insert the drill bit into the drill and begin screwing the two pallets together by screwing one screw each into the top and bottom of the ends of the pallets, where the two meet. Do the same for the other two pallets.
Step 4: Paint the Pallets
Turn the pallets over and grab the paint and paint brush, and proceed to paint the top, sides and bottom of the pallets. Allow the paint to dry and then add another coat if you want a darker color.
When you are finished painting and are happy with the look, move the two sets of screwed together pallets to the desired area of your yard. Then simply lay one of the pallet sets on top of the other. There is no need to add legs to this chaise.
Step 5: Lay Down the Colorful Pad
The final step in creating your recycled outdoor chaise is to simply lay your colorful pad or pillow on top of the pallets and enjoy the relaxation.
Expect to spend several hours on this project. Because you are not connecting the top section to the bottom section, you can remove the top section and either sit closer to the ground or have a nice area for your children to enjoy. Ask a contractor (such as one from Colorado Industrial Wood Products) for more ideas on what you can do with leftover pallets.