Thrifty DIY: How to build a garden deck using upcycled pallet wood

If you fancy saving money on decking but still want to get a good result in your garden, head over to the Safestore blog where I’ve shared the full step-by-step guide to make this pallet deck for yourself.

We had a scrubby area in front of our garden building – the kind of space where grass just doesn’t grow – do you have anywhere like that in your garden? We’ve been living in our home for 3 years and I’ve never known anything to be able to grow in this space so I wanted to do something with the area to turn it into a usable part of the garden.

But we simply didn’t have the budget for brand new decking – or for any of of the garden makeover, for that matter! We built our own garden table and benches out of scaffold boards and used pallet wood to make planters. And that’s when we started to think about DIYing a deck.

We had been able to get hold of multiple disused pallets and after a quick calculation, we figured that we might have enough to make a whole decked area using pallet wood. We set about disassembling the pallets to see just how many good planks we would have available.

The process of laying the decking was surprisingly speedy once we got started and I took plenty of photos of each step, which I’ve shared on the Safestore blog along with all the instructions to DIY the pallet deck.

What do you think of the finished project? I’m certainly happy with how it turned out – the angled deck makes the most of the space we had available and now I’ve got a nice spot sit outside and enjoy a cup of tea. I’m sure it’ll last a decent amount of time thanks to the pressure treated base we laid under the decking, and I’ll be sure to report back with the results!


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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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