Rustic Bench Made From Wood Pallets

My husband and I have been having fun working on projects together and creating things from wood pallets we got from a friend. A couple weeks ago we made shelves that came out pretty good. You can look at the project here. Then we made a sign with our family name on it that I really like. You can look at that project here. This last weekend we made a bench. He actually made it and I took pictures! We needed a bench with a place for shoes for our entryway. We have white carpet, so I try to enforce the “take your shoes off rule” and it’s easier to have people do this when there is a place to sit to take their shoes off and a place to sit to put them back on. The bench serves this purpose and I really like the way it came out. I do want to make a cushion for it that I’ll get around to making and posting soon. Here is how it looks right now.

pixlrHere are the steps my husband took to make the bench.

IMG_5132Because we have made the shelves and the sign using wood pallets, they are all broken up. He cut the section above to begin with the seating portion of the bench.

IMG_5137He hammered the ends to another piece of wood to create a somewhat ladder.

IMG_5149He filled in the wide open spaces with pieces of wood the same size leaving small openings between each slat.

IMG_5160-001He measured 18 inches for the legs and cut.

IMG_0354Using wood screws, he attached the legs to the inside portion of the ladder seat part of the bench. He used wood screws to attach supports for the legs.

IMG_5195He hammered two slats of wood to the supports of the legs to create a shelf.

IMG_0356He spent the most time sanding. The wood from pallets is pretty rustic and when you pull it apart it tends to get even more rustic so the sanding helps smooth the roughness.

IMG_0357He applied two coats of a brown colored stain. This works for our house since we live in the mountains. If we lived at the beach, I wood paint it white! Then he sprayed it with a clear gloss lacquer.

IMG_5196The final product

IMG_5207I think it will look better with a cushion but I really like the way it came out.





  1. It looks so great! Love your pallet projects!

  2. Cheri Jones says

    I love it!! It’s just what I was looking for. I also love his cute blonde assistant in the walker!

  3. I love it! I’d love to have something like this at the end of my kitchen.

  4. The bench looks good not to mention very useful. I am seeing an increasing number of projects using pallets.

  5. I love this!! 🙂 I love to use old pallets to build nice things. Unfortunately I just moved to another country and now I don´t have the tools to build such things 🙁 .

  6. Love it!
    Featuring you tomorrow!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and for featuring me! I just discovered your blog and am really enjoying looking through it. You’ve done a great job. Thanks again!

  7. Such a cute bench!! I really love it, aren’t pallets great!

  8. This is awesome! haha, it’s almost like the wood pallet was newly discovered once Pinterest was developed. Now everyone is making everything with it. Genius. Would love for you to share this at our Blog hop!

  9. Absolutely love your wood pallet bench. Looks amazing! -The Six Sisters

  10. It’s gorgeous! Love! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  11. That looks great! I wish I was handy at wood working! Looks like you could do lots of fun custom stuff with wood pallets!

    • There are so many fun things you can make with wood pallets. I just have to talk my husband into helping me make them! Thank you for stopping by.

  12. So cute!! What a sweet hubby to create this for you! Come link up your post at my party Centerpiece Wednesday

  13. This turned out great. I would love one of these in my mud room!

    We would love you to share this or any of your amazing posts at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It starts Friday’s at 6pm, hope we see you there!


  14. I love this idea, and it looks amazing!

  15. This is the perfect bench for an entry. I love it, what a creative and clever design. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. I highlighted this post tonight in my blog for centerpiece Wednesday
    Karin 🙂

  17. Just as cute as can be…you did a great job.
    Over from Mostly Homemade…

  18. I lost my comment…
    this is a great bench. Love it.
    over from Mostly Homemade

  19. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    What a perfect little entry bench!

  20. Everyone is making things with pallets. I have to make something. I feel left out. You did a great job with your bench. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party that is going on now.

  21. Kelly,

    I think that it turned out great and I love the shelf underneath where you can store shoes! Thanks for linking up at the Inspiration Gallery!


  22. Is this entire bench made from the pallet wood or was additional wood purchased? How many pallets were used? I love this…’s beautiful!

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  24. Thank you for featuring my project! I’m enjoying reading through your blog and will link up again!

  25. Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog! This is such a compliment- I love your blog!

  26. Thanks for featuring the pallet bench and for hosting the party!

  27. Thank you so much for hosting the party and for featuring me!


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