How to make a pallet sofa

To make a
pallet sofa
very fashionable in the decoration of terraces, but also in interiors, is not difficult. A few simple tips, some skill and imagination will be enough to make your dream design come true. We can give you a hand on the custom-made mattresses, but we will leave that for later. Let’s start at the beginning:

The number of pallets varies depending on the height and length you have in mind. With six or eight stacked two by two you can make an L-shaped one (this model will allow you to create a bookcase between the pallets where you can place books or magazines). But two or even one is enough, especially if space is limited.

Pallet sofa
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Before assembling the structure, it is necessary to sand the outside of the pallets to remove any protruding splinters and nails. Afterwards, we apply a varnish sealer and let it dry. Depending on the style of decoration you choose, you can opt for the tone of the wood, in which case we recommend giving a coat of varnish, or coloring the boards.

Pallet sofa
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Pallet sofa
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On the surface of the pallets in contact with the floor you can glue a piece of neoprene to avoid damaging it. To ensure that the pallets remain grouped together, it is necessary to screw a support (such as a flat bracket, for example) that joins them at the top and bottom of each end (you can find them at any hardware store). This same task is repeated on the top front and back of each group of pallets.

This step is a must if you plan to put wheels on your pallet sofa. Some people, however, choose to leave the pallets loose, especially when, instead of stacking them in pairs, they opt for a single height.

pallet sofa
Pallet sofa

Once the structure is in place, we need mats and cushions to finish the job. It is often quite difficult to find
cushions, upholstery or custom-made cushions or cushions
to make the sofa comfortable and functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. Many choose to make the mat from foam rubber and fabric. Others place what they find -a mattress, several cushions, etc.- with a size, density and shape that do not always fit the surface, which can be disproportionate or small, detracting from the beauty and comfort of the pallet sofa.

pallet sofa
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In addition to this drawback, there is another one: not all materials are suitable for outdoor use. They must be resistant to the sun, friction with the ground and humidity -especially if you want to place it near a swimming pool. It is also desirable that they are easy to clean.

To avoid these problems, many of our customers ask us for custom upholstery, cushions and mattresses for their pallet sofa with materials and colors also chosen according to their singularities, since in Fiaka Ambient we are specialized in customization.

pallet sofas
Pallet sofas with mats and cushions by Fiaka Ambient on the Oniris terrace.
Pallet sofa
Pallet sofa made with Fiaka Ambient mattresses.

This option will allow you to adapt the size and density of the mattress and cushions to the dimensions of the pallet sofa you have built. You can also choose not to cover the entire structure and leave a small space at one end to create a small table by placing a glass on the pallets that you can fix with transparent silicone.

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