Pallet wood outdoor sofa reveal

Pallet wood sofa, coolest and comfiest outdoor furniture ever! |

You might say I have a special place in my heart for pallets these days. This pallet wood outdoor sofa reveal showcases my favorite place to sit!

While this sofa is a little bit more involved to build, there is also a simple chair version below that took only 2 hours to make with two full pallets!

If you like your outdoor furniture a little more unique, this is the post for you!


Part 1: Pallet wood sofa reveal and wood slice button tutorial – you are here

Part 2: How to build the pallet wood sofa tutorial is HERE

Part 3: How to build a pallet chair in 2 hours is HERE

Pallet wood sofa, coolest and comfiest outdoor furniture ever! |

 2013 pallet sofa revision

Changing the look of this pallet sofa is fun, and easy! Here, the burlap bags were loosely wrapped around the seat cushion, topped with random loose pillows. 

Learn how to make the big burlap pillows HERE.

Learn how to make the little grain sack pillow HERE.

The pallet wood chair ANYONE can make in a couple hours via funkyjunkinteriors.netHow to make this 2 pallet chair is HERE

How to make branch buttons on a homemade pillow, part of a pallet wood sofa reveal |

How to make wooden buttons

When I found this fab post on Pinterest on how to make wood slice buttons, I knew I had to try.

By Shrimp Salad Circus

Thanks for your inspiration, Lindsey!

How to make branch buttons on a homemade pillow, part of a pallet wood sofa reveal | funkyjunkinteriors.net1.

1 /  Using a compound miter saw, 2 sized branches were sliced. I found out pretty quick that bigger was better this round.

2 / A drill bit and cordless drill were used to create two holes.

How to make branch buttons on a homemade pillow, part of a pallet wood sofa reveal |

3 /  2 types of twine were doubled up, then sewn onto the pillow.

How to make branch buttons on a homemade pillow, part of a pallet wood sofa reveal |

How to make branch buttons on a homemade pillow, part of a pallet wood sofa reveal |

How to make branch buttons on a homemade pillow, part of a pallet wood sofa reveal |

4 / This pillow case was made with a piece of found canvas with rivits at a thrift store. I placed a regular bed pillow inside the canvas, then folded into the shape I desired. The loose, folded over areas were hand sewn to stay intact.

Cute! The perfect woodsy touch!

Pallet wood sofa, coolest and comfiest outdoor furniture ever! |

How to make this pallet wood sofa

Part 1 – Reveal post – you are here

Part 2 – Wood pallet sofa – visit tutorial post HERE

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

A combination of 2×4’s, 3×3’s, and all sorts of random found pallet boards were used for the entire project, rating the wood  free. I LOVE free. And the challenge to make it all work.

pallet wood sofa with a drill handled toolbox for an outdoor porch or patio |

It’s totally comfy as all get out, sturdy as a rock and large enough for the two of us. Which was the REAL reason for making it.

pallet wood outdoor furniture sofa Funky Junk Interiors

I’ve already spent a few evenings out there reading my book with my coffee. Perfect for those hot summer nights. Gotta love arms that accommodate a coffee…

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

A mix of warm whites along with a painter’s cloth keep it light and bright for summer yet not too fussy.

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

My first intention had been to create an old gate look for the back, but the random boards were a rather quirky twist I was taken to mid stream… so I left them.

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

Equally quirky arms keep you from yawning. πŸ™‚

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

Ah… my little visitor means the photo shoot was taking too long.

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

Well, come on in then, dog!

The aftermath of a long ongoing project are numbered stickers that end up where they don’t really belong…. nice upside down 6 ya got there, Jenna. πŸ™‚

And then… “Mom, can I sit down yet?!?”

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

How to make this sofa is HERE

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

pallet wood sofa for an outdoor porch or patio |

I think we’ll call this one a wrap. And a success! We all love this thing!

how to build a pallet wood outdoor furniture sofa Funky Junk Interiors

Part 2 – How to build this pallet wood sofa is HERE.

The toolbox tutorial can be found HERE.

More of my pallet wood projects (there are LOTS) can be found HERE.

And find out if your pallet wood is safe HERE.

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143 thoughts on “Pallet wood outdoor sofa reveal

  1. That is so awesome. I need to convince hubby that we need a couple of these in the backyard. I love those buttons. I’ve been wanting to make some of those.

  2. Hi Donna, I love your blog, but don’t comment often…but I had to with this! It’s absolutely gorgeous!!! I wish I had the talent, skill and the resources you have because this is something I would LOVE on my patio. Seriously, beautiful.

  3. this project is incredible! i absolutely love everything..even your pets at the end! so glad you have a new little nook for kids, pets, and you to enjoy πŸ™‚

    very impressed with this and showing my husband..fingers crossed πŸ˜‰

    katie@little things bring smiles

  4. That pallet bench is incredible, Donna! You really did a jam up job on this project. I love every little detail. Will certainly be showing this one to Mr. Buckets, so he can get his wheels turning. I’m sure we will be seeing this project in some magazine very soon.

  5. Looks so inviting. What a great place to relax with a good magazine and cool drink. Now which Magazine will this pop up in?

    I’ve gotta find a source for pallet wood!

  6. Well, I LOVE it! You are amazing with those palettes. I guess it’s time I started looking on craig’s list for some. You’re so inspiring. And..I thought that’s what Pinterest was for. To actually MAKE the stuff you’re inspired by.

  7. Hi Donna, Amazing!! I LOVE it!! I NEED to make something out of pallets. I even did a blog post with about it, with a bunch of pics from Pinterest. Well it looks like I’ll be adding one more to my board. ; ) Great job. ~ Catie

  8. Donna, I think you’ve out done yourself! In one word AMAZING! Love everything from the buttons to the critters and your son. What a cool addition to your deck.

  9. You totally rock!
    Is there no end to your innovative designs?
    The comfy part sold me… if I could get my hubby to help, we could totally dress up our “nakie” patio, and actually relax back there πŸ™‚

  10. I gotta say…my favorite of all times…I guess cuz it can be sat on!
    Wonderful job!…I am thinking of making one the size of a baby crib mattress…vinyl so the drop cloth cover slips off & a bit water proof!
    Thanks as always for inspiration!

  11. I could pull something off without Hubby’s help, since he’s way better with a tape measure and saw than (he is with) our one year old daughter.
    No sense in torturing her πŸ˜‰

  12. Oh my goodness, I love it! I have been thinking of building my own outdoor bench, I love that you used scrap wood, it looks amazing. And the pillows??? Love! I want to curl up on your chair!! haha!

  13. I think I’m going to have to pin this… πŸ˜‰ hehe…

    This is simply gorgeous! I especially love, love the button pillow. I want one.

  14. That is fantastic! I sure love your style and FREE materials are so good and right.

    It looks like you all are enjoying the bench and I know you’ll spend lots of time out there relaxing.


  15. Yet more super cool projects! Love the buttons and the pillows, I might have to give both a try, if the DH would let me near HIS tools for the buttons.

  16. Hello Donna,
    I have been telling my hubby for years that you can built cool stuff from old wooden pallets. I can’t wait to show him your blog post. Nice work!
    Smile, Paula

  17. Donna! I love it all. You did a fabulous job. And those buttons are too cute! I’m glad you found those and shared them with us.

  18. VERY KEWL!!! So keeping this in mind for one of the shade gardens. Have to change up plans due to hubby cleaning out basement and getting rid of some future furniture fix ups πŸ™

  19. Thank-you everyone! Your comments are very encouraging! Playing around with the idea of making a chair as well but need to find the right cushion first. (that’s the big secret by the way!)

    More info coming soon.


  20. Donna! You just keep getting better at the Pallet inventions. I LOVE it! What a cozy place to hang out. You need to pitch a book on all the cool things that can be made with Pallet Wood and the directions. It would sell like gangbusters!

  21. wow. this is totally beautiful. I love the buttons, and the pallet couch. I would like to see how you constructed the couch, it would be cool to make one myself!

    I found you on younghouselove, and my name is Whitney… I also have a blog & I would love it if you would follow me! I think we have similar interests, and I have a goal of getting 100 followers by 2012.

    Thanks! Whitney (I will be checking out your site again!)

  22. I love those wood buttons…who comes up with these genius ideas?!

    I just made a PB inspired bench for my deck with old junk wood. I’m a proud “Donna” student. πŸ™‚

    Now I’ve gotta go back and add some buttons made from tree branches. πŸ™‚ Lisa~

  23. nothing short of FABULOUS! This is the cutest piece of furniture I’ve ever seen.

    love that pillow too! and oh my goodness…do i have some brances to make buttons out of! Sweet…my hubby’s gonna love you Donna πŸ™‚ I now have another project for this weekend, have to get it done early though (before dawn), 107 here right now and supposed to get hotter.

  24. Oh my Gosh! If you could ever design one big enough to lie down on….I will try to make one for outside. You are the best!! Well done. Can you imagine old red blanket pillows for the winter? Ann

  25. complete fabulous-Ness! Love the last picture with your son and pets enjoy the newly completed project -ENJOY πŸ™‚

  26. Hi Donna,
    This is a great project and such a wonderful use of old pallet wood! You’ve outdone yourself on this one!!
    Love those buttons too.

  27. Okay, you are just incredible!! This is just so fun and cozy and woodsy looking. It really is great!!! You’re style is so fun. I absolutely LOVE it!!! And yes, a sofa arm that does not do it’s job of holding a coffee cup, is just not an arm worth having. πŸ™‚

  28. I have just recently started following your blog, and I must say, I am hooked! And I certainly have access to wood pallets. I like most of your funky ideas, and might copy some in the future. That is, if I ever get done with my growing list of projects!

  29. I have a half-done bench thrown out back cos it just was all wrong. And now I see this! arrgh! dare not read your next post cos then I’d have to pick it up again. This is so gorgeous, the whole set-up and You’re torturing me!

  30. As usual Donna, you have created another fabulous and quirky item. Love love love those buttons! Definitely adding both these projects to my idea journal.

    Thanks for the non stop inspiration!

    ~ Tracy

  31. me too! love it ~ so unexpectedly clever to have a comfy cushioned chair out back. You always do such a nice job with your building, your craftsmanship is flawless. oh, and the little wood buttons – totally charming πŸ™‚ xo, Diane

  32. That’s amazing! Love the wood buttons (great future project idea) and the bench.
    I made a dining table out of a pallet last week- (with a lot of help from my dear hubby!) Don’t you just love free wood?
    If you want to see it, you can go to, although my pictures are not nearly as beautifully taken as yours. πŸ™‚
    I think I might follow you! πŸ™‚

  33. LOVE it!!!! The bench, the button’s….all of it looks GREAT!!!
    Question….the little “tool box” How did you attach the handle? Is it just open across the top where the handle part is?….so you can’t really lift it up by the handle….or is there something across there that I can’t see?

  34. A friend of mine got me hooked on your blog. We both fell in love with this sofa. When the place we work at said they had pallets for the taking, I decided that I was gonna go for it and make one too! It took me two weekends and I had to borrow a saw. I have never built anything like this and was so excited when it was finished! I still can’t believe I did it! Thank you for the inspiration! Gotta run…I’m on to my next project ! πŸ™‚

  35. I love it!! I wish I was created enough to be make one or two for my backyard! They would be perfect under the tress to sit back and relax! Amazing!! Fantastic job you could of imaged everything you can make out of a pallet.

  36. Beautiful job on this! The pillows with the buttons, the pictures of the pets and kids, it’s perfect! Congrats on winning the Talent Scout Party magazine feature! This is a winner for sure!

  37. Wow!! Great bench! I can’t wait to make one just like it. πŸ™‚ Okay, now I HAVE to ask… WHAT did you use for a cushion??? Like you said, that’s the “big secret”. I’m dying here, so please don’t leave me hanging! lol

  38. OMG!!!!! My dog is the spitting image of your dog right down to the pink nose!!!!! She is a Husky/Akita mix and her name is layla!!! A bit fluffier but it’s a little freaky!!!

  39. I am totally going to try with but use our crib mattress as the cushion!! I need an outdoor comfy lounge place since my little boys want to swing and jump on the trampoline all day! πŸ™‚ Thanks Donna! You’re the!

    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  40. Its gorgeous Donna! We have quite a few pallet boards too and I have a handy husband, so this would be great! I adore your home-made buttons of your pillow!!!! So cute!
    And it just looks so cozy..any room for one more?
    Have a great day!

    Deborah xo

  41. Nice! The sofa’s wonderful. I’ve made buttons from driftwood and from branches for a years now. Never tied them off in quite that way though. Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. One of those “duh, why didn’t I think of that moments” (smacks head). Just make sure that the branches (buttons) are well dried before putting them next to fabric you care about. πŸ™‚

  43. Posts like these make me really, really, really wish I had a backyard and some shade trees of my very own so I could curl up and read … and pick up sticks for buttons. πŸ™‚ Love the sofa idea, Donna.

  44. This is so wonderful. I get free pallets from the local newspaper company. I’m going to try this. This would look wonderful on our country porch. Our wicker couch and chairs are falling apart. I love the cushions too. I just hope I can do this. I have ham fabric bags and old money bags from a bank years ago. I’ll turn them into cushions or pillows. Hope this turns out great. You did a beautiful job. Thank you for this fantastic idea. Can’t wait for more ideas you produce. Gives me something to do. πŸ™‚

  45. That is most lovely sofa ever! Now to find me a pallet or two. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent to everyone. I also love the burlap pillows.

    Merlynn H. Wierzbicki
    Redding CA

  46. I Completely LOVE your website. Its such a pleasure to see what you have created. I want to make these sofa or chair and I am reusing couch cushions that the frame is in poor quality but I will recover the good cushions with fabric. It will make a great conversation piece.

  47. Hi where did you get those bags from I just love them im from Oakland, Ca . The whole couch is just awesome im going to try and make one. Thanks

  48. Just love all your projects, and this is certainly right up there at the top! You are so creative and inventive-a great combination. Thanks so much for sharing your work!

  49. I saw this and had to have it! Hubs surprised me This weekend πŸ™‚ im so in love with your pillows and color pallet. Where did you get them?

    • Wow, lucky you! πŸ™‚ The burlap pillows are just coffee bean sacks that were stuffed with large pillows. The rest are odds and sods from here and there, it’s been years so I’m uncertain from where. And I’m not sure what you’re referring to with ‘colour pallet’…

  50. I meant the colors you chose of the light creams you used for the pillows and to cover the bottom support cushion . I love the checkered pillow and the one with the buttons. You did a great joy of tying them together. Did you get them at world market?

    • Lindsay, sorry I didn’t explain that better in the post! The button pillow was made with a piece of canvas I landed at a thrift store, wrapped around a regular pillow.

      The checkered pillow was from a thrift store.

      And I understand what you initially asked now… you meant the colour palette… not wood pallet! haha

      I rarely shop retail, so what you see on my blog are generally thrift store finds. I’ll edit my post to reflect that. Thanks!

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