Enhance any sized garden shed with this easy DIY pallet shed porch! Simply set into place, then decorate!
Decorating the rustic garden shed that was rebuilt last summer has turned into quite the backyard activity lately!
Catch up with the shed design series:
View the Garden Shed sign addition HERE
You may remember the latest addition where a tall vertical garden shed sign and black flowerbed edging was added. The added features really finished off the side!
But I never did finish the front of the garden shed.
While it’s already cute with the window boxed fern and galvanized containers for decoration, I was waiting to either land the right wood or pallets to create a pallet porch to give the shed a little more presence. A pallet wood porch could also become the perfect spot to place the planters on for easier lawn mowing too!
Using new lumber to build a shed front porch was of course an option, but I felt it would have looked too new with all the other reclaimed wood siding used on the garden shed.
So I patiently waited for whatever was to ultimately come my way.
Landing the perfect wooden pallets!
And then I found them!
Dozens of pallets can be had from most piles. But the fact that I found leftover pallets of the exact same size was the key this round!
6 smaller pallets were stacked along the curb just a few houses down from me. I was on my bike at the time, so I sped home to drive right back with the truck and a tape measure.
And you guessed it… into the truck these little mini pallets went! I was about to finally get that little pallet shed porch for a garden shed yet!
So if you too have a rustic garden shed or that special wooden shed that could use a little front porch entrance to pretty-it-up for the summer, this idea may work for you too!
Here’s the instructions: (easy for beginner builders!)
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Build a pallet porch for a garden shed
Decide what your pallet porch will do
1. Determine what you want your pallet porch for a garden shed to do. Then collect the right sized pallets or build it to suit the shed frame or side walls.
My own main purpose was to give the pallet storage shed more presence. However there was one other factor I needed to work around.
This little garden shed actually holds firewood. The goal was to be able to open the shed door with a wheelbarrow nearby so the firewood could be easily loaded.
These smaller pallets fit the dimensions perfectly! They were the depth of the door swung open, so the wheelbarrow could remain on the ground without requiring a ramp. Perfect!
Just make sure your own pallet porch can manage the stability required for gathering garden supplies, etc.
Clean and sand?
At this point, in most cases I pressure wash any reclaimed wood then give it a good sanding once dry. The before and after can be astounding! However it can also remove patina so you need to gauge what’s more important to you.
A really good example of how wood turns out after being pressure washed is at: Adirondack Pallet Chair Makeover.
Or click the video above to watch a short pressure washing before and after!
In this case, I decided to leave the pallets as-is. If I ever drag the pressure washer out for another task, I will likely hit the pallets to give them a quick once-over. However I did like the patina as-is and wanted to enjoy them just the way they are for a spell.
I’ll just have to be really careful to always wear shoes until the pallets are prepped moreso.
Read: The easiest way to clean reclaimed wood HERE for more info.
Level the ground
2. Level the ground in front of the pallet shed with a shovel.
Using a shovel, the ground in front of the shed was eye-leveled, then scraped to remove the moss, weeds, grass and to level the soil.
Place and level pallets
2. Place pallets into desired location to resemble a deck.
I decided to lay the pallets right on the ground instead of using concrete blocks. I don’t mind if they eventually rot. I’ll just replace them with others when that time comes.
But I do plan to keep my eyes open for an easy fix that perhaps the pallets can sit on that won’t have them rotting quite as quickly. I’ll update this post if I find something.
Ideas to keep the pallets from wood-rot:
- slice some small logs like thick coasters, then place them under the pallet footings
- lay down landscape fabric, then top with a layer of gravel
- secure some heavy gauge construction plastic under gravel
- place down some small cement footers
- pressure wash, sand, then seal the wood with an outdoor durable wood product such as tung oil
3. Place a construction level on top of the pallets to determine if they are level.
Working with one pallet at a time makes it easy to lift the pallets to adjust the soil underneath until pallets are level in all directions.
And that’s about it!
You could use wood screws to secure them together, but mine are without.
Ready to see how cute this little pallet porch for a garden shed turned out?
The finished pallet porch!
And that my rustic garden shed loving friends, is how I built the world’s easiest pallet porch in the land!
I didn’t even pressure wash them… yet! And I may not. I rather like them as-is myself!
I think the pallet shed porch really adds that special something that was missing!
Doesn’t the porch look homey?
And the scale and size of these pallets couldn’t have been more perfect!
At one point I had debated on adding another row to create a larger porch, but it would have interfered with the wheelbarrow loading. And I feel I would have needed to add more wood on the top to better support the pallets for more walking.
However as a front step, the pallet slats as-is provides enough structure, strength and the perfect built-in drain holes!
The perfect pallet porch for planters
Not to mention the perfect place to hold a fern in a galvanized planter bucket along with other planter potentials!
No more yard trimming around these planters! The porch pallets offer a flower bed border for easy upkeep with a yard trimmer.
Quaint front porch look!
I have some visions of perhaps planting some additional flowers or plants in the clay pots and galvanized planters, however I certainly don’t mind the low upkeep with just the perennial flower bed and 1 fern as is!
The grapevines growing over the shed and the tall sumac tree behind the shed take over plant-wise nicely all on their own anyway. And the mossy flower baskets provide a little pop of plant green as well!
Kinda has a potting shed vibe with the empty planters, doesn’t it?
Check out when I gave the garden shed a Potting Shed theme HERE
Find the Garden Shed stencil HERE
Yep. I really think this pallet porch was just the right touch!
Which tie in so nicely with the pallet adirondack chairs as well!
So is the little pallet garden shed finally complete?!
But currently as a simple pallet firewood shed, it’s working! Because nothing beats free storage… or should I say a free porch!
Now I think I need to build a bench somewhere so I can sit and stare at it… because it’s fun to look at!
Fun addition right?! Think you’ll beef up your own garden shed with a pallet porch of your own?
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