If you’re looking to update your backyard space to get some enjoyment out of the beautiful Australian weather, you probably think you’re going to need to spend a fortune to buy great outdoor furniture. If you go with standard, new store-bought outdoor furniture – you’re probably right. An alternative to spending a fortune is to get the power tools out of the back shed and get into the pallet furniture trend. If you can find a local store that discards them, the materials are mostly free and with a little bit of TLC, you can create an enviable outdoor space to entertain the neighbourhood.
You’ll probably need some seating to start off your backyard room. There are so many great tutorials out there depending on the type of seating you are after, from benches to outdoor lounges, stools and more. Our personal favourite is a recycled version of a classic vintage style that is perfect for an Aussie backyard – the Adirondack Chair. The beauty of this is that you have so many options. Paint it, leave it raw and sand, stain the wood, layer with cushions – you can customise this piece and mix and match them with other furniture of your choice.
If you’d like some greenery, but don’t have the space for a full garden, try this quick and simple pallet vertical garden. It’s a great idea for herbs and flowers and doubles as outdoor art. It’s an especially great idea if your space is a small courtyard with little plant life. It’ll cool the space down and make it feel more comfortable.
What about if you want the dream deck but can’t afford to outlay the thousands to get it installed professionally? It may not be as high of the ground, but this pallet deck will ramp up your outdoor space and create a nice platform for all your DIY furniture.
The most important thing that a good Aussie backyard needs is an Esky to keep beverages and nibbles cool and close at hand. However, the blue and white plastic doesn’t always do the best job of matching your decor. This DIY deck cooler is not only the answer to your immediate problem of nowhere to keep your drinks, but it’s also very aesthetically pleasing and, if you make it lower and wider, doubles as extra seating!
With your outdoor space almost completely accounted for, another key factor is storage. If you can get the gardening tools stored in clean and smart way, more space is created for furniture and activities. This simple pallet storage idea is a clever and clean way to get the tools out of the way, but in a way that they’re still easily accessible for yard prep and projects.
Something for the Kids
So we’ve given you a heap of ideas for the grown ups to enjoy but what about the kids? We’re always looking for additions around the home to keep the kids occupied, especially for when guests are over. Even when we do find something the kids will enjoy, it’s pretty rare to find a solution that also looks nice and won’t break the bank. Well, we’ve found an absolute gem with this DIY pallet sand pit for the backyard. It’s simple, trendy looking and the doors enable you to close it up in bad weather and keep the critters out.
There you have it. Some cost effective ways to update your backyard that will get your guests talking. Once the basic carpentry is over, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your little slice of heaven.