Build your own pallet sofa! Free step by step tutorial from Ana-White.com
2 Pallets - the long narrow pallets work best. Tacoma's pallets were 24" wide x 48" long
2 1/2" exterior self tapping trim screws
For Tacoma's pallet sofa, we cut 4 - 2x4 @ 20" long PER ARM. You can make your arms any height/width that works for you.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
We started by stacking the two pallets together. The pallets we worked with stacked level, but you may need to shim the pallets to get them to sit square. Pallets by nature are imperfect, so do not expect your pallets to exactly line up.
There's two ways you could do this - you could build the arms in place, or build the arms first, and then attach. Because we wanted to test the arm height, we decided to build the arms in place. 4 screws per pallet per arm really tightened things up and secured the two pallets. You can also glue the two pallets together, or screw to make sure they don't go anywhere.
Definitely make things easy on yourself and predrill holes and use a countersink bit.
And then attach the top support board. You could use a 1x here as well, we used the 2x4s because Tacoma had some that her friend gave her from taking down a wall. You are the boss of your project. Do what you want!
And then we added a nice armrest to finish things off!!! Done deal!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.