Quick the sun’s out and it might have disappeared again by the time you read this so I wanted to rush in and show you this, because if you’re anything like the rest of us you will have seen the sun, realised you hate your garden furniture, realised you haven’t got a squillion pounds to spend on a new set and gone back inside to wait for the inevitable rain.
But wait, there is this. This is garden furniture from Homebase that is basically kiln dried wooden pallets that you can buy for £23 a pop and you can build your own furniture. And ain’t that a clever idea? The sofa as pictured below would cost you £230 (without the cushions) but you could build a smaller or simpler one.
If you wanted this one then there are also cushions to fit as shown below. You have to buy the fixings and the pallets don’t come with instructions but it’s fairly easy to see how this sofa has been assembled.
And if you’re still not sure the top and bottom of this post has pictures by Reena, aka @hygge_for_home on instagram, who made her garden furniture from old scaffolding planks which cost between £5 and £10 a plank. She then commissioned a carpenter to build the seating for her and it has weathered over the years. Add some throws and cushions and the odd sheepskin for those chilly evenings.
What do you think? I think it’s a clever way to acquire affordable garden furniture that you can also customise to any awkward or small spaces that you might have, without needing to hire a carpenter as you can fix the pallets together yourself. The pallets are treated and are ready to be painted, waxed or finished however you choose. If you check the link above you will also see ideas for a table, a wall planter and and sort of plant/tool/drinks cupboard. Basically, buy a few pallets and see what you can make.