{Tutorial} Wood Pallet into Kids Bench

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Ok, this may have been the hardest tutorial I’ve ever done. I just couldn’t figure out the best way to explain the steps, and make it clear!
But here we go!

Kids Bench from Wood Pallet


  • A Wood Pallet
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Wood Stain
  • Hammer (for pulling off the extra slat)

I made the mistake of staining the pallet first, then cutting it into pieces. I wouldn’t recommend this way, because then you will have to re-stain where you cut. And if you’re lazy like me, staining twice is just way too much!
Timeout Bench from Wood Pallet
So, we started by cutting the pallet in half. Then, one of the half’s we cut again. So we had 3 pieces. One was 1/2 the original size, the other 2 were 1/4 the original size.

From here, you will pull off the bottom slat from the 1/2 piece. You will need this for the seat part of the bench.

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Now, put the 1/2 piece, and one of the 1/4 pieces standing upright.

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You will then screw the last 1/4 piece, to both upright sections, with the slats lining JUST above the front legs. This will ensure that the extra slat you attach will be the same height.

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We didn’t like the extra gap at the back, so we cut it down a bit

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Once you screw the 3rd 1/4 to the front and back, attach the extra slat to the front legs.

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Now you will stain it, and then add a cute banner if you’d like. I was gonna put “Timeout” across the back. But since it has now become a favorite bench, being on timeout is not a punishment. So we may just leave the cute banner on it instead!

Timeout Bench

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  1. I absolutely love this and want to make one!!!! Thanks for the tutorial

  2. It think it is a great tutorial! I can’t wait to make one. Thank goodness I have a stack of pallets next to my wood pile all ready to be made into something wonderful! 🙂


  3. That is so cool! I wish I had a pallet source. Awesome bench!

  4. You are a genius!!

  5. Very cool!

  6. Genius! 😀

  7. This is so cute! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  8. What a wonderful idea. Cant wait to try this! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! I hope you’ll be back next week!

  9. Decided to feature this one on Thurs! Thanks for linking up!

  10. Great job on the bench! I found you over on Ucreate!

  11. Too cute! This is one of the best pallet projects I’ve seen!

  12. What a great idea. I definitely need to get my hands on some old pallets! I’d love for you to link up this (and any other ideas you’d like to share) at “One Creative Weekend” on OneCreativeMommy.com.

  13. This is such a great idea. I have a pallet just waiting to be turned into something. Thanks!

    Kristiina @ Typical House Cat

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