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. One thing to say is PLEASE take care when walking on a pallet deck in the winter because it gets much more slippery than other types of decking wood when wet.

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!



If my DIY projects or money-saving articles have helped you please consider supporting the 'My Thrifty Life' blog to enable me to create new content. I really appreciate every donation and it allows me to continue helping readers to live a lovely life on a budget ๐Ÿ™‚


Please take care, stay safe and use common sense when following the advice, projects, recipes or ideas from Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk. Please read our Terms and Conditions, our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for more information. Thanks!

Posted by

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.

11 thoughts on “Thrifty DIY: How to build a garden deck using upcycled pallet wood

  1. Based on my opinion the decks require a larger initial investment, but have higher resale value than patios. These raised structures can increase the value of your home.

  2. Hi Paula, I can’t remember exactly, but I think it was from Screwfix. You can get them from most online tool retailers. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Jerry, glad you like this project! Take care when walking on a pallet deck in the winter because it gets much more slippery than other types of decking wood when wet. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Love the deck you’ve made! We’re on a tight budget and have been looking to make our own little deck area out of upcycled pallet wood, the link you posted with instructions has been so helpful for learning how to treat the wood so it stands up better with the rough weather we can get. Very helpful info, thanks so much…

Share your comments, tips and ideas...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.