Transform Your Backyard with Upcycled Outdoor Furniture

Transform Your Backyard with Upcycled Outdoor Furniture

BenPublished: July 5, 2024
Transform Your Backyard with Upcycled Outdoor Furniture

Creating a beautiful backyard doesn't have to be expensive. Of course, you can go that route and rack up the costs really quickly, but it’s reassuring to know that we can all have a nice backyard without breaking the bank.

Upcycling is a creative and sustainable way to furnish your outdoor space. By repurposing old items, you can create unique and charming furniture that adds character to your garden or patio.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for upcycled outdoor furniture, along with step-by-step guides on how to make each piece perfect for your backyard.

Comfortable and chic pallet wood sofas.

Backyard Upcycled Sofa from Pallets

Pallet wood is a versatile material perfect for building sturdy and stylish outdoor sofas. Here's how you can make one:

Materials you’ll need.

  • Wooden pallets (6-8 depending on the size)

  • Sandpaper

  • Outdoor paint or stain

  • Screws and a drill

  • Outdoor cushions

How to make this sofa.

  1. Prepare the pallets: Start by sanding the pallets to remove any rough edges and splinters. This will ensure a smooth finish and prevent injuries.

  2. Paint or stain: Choose an outdoor paint or stain to protect the wood from the elements. Apply two coats, allowing each to dry thoroughly.

  3. Assemble the base: Place two pallets on top of each other and secure them together with screws. Repeat this for the number of seats you need.

  4. Create the backrest: Attach another pallet vertically to the back of the base pallets using screws. For added stability, you can add angled supports from the backrest to the base.

  5. Finishing touches: Add comfortable outdoor cushions and pillows to your new sofa for a cozy and inviting look.

Funky and functional tire ottomans.

Ottoman Made from Used Tires

Old tires are a pain to get rid of. Fortunately, they can be transformed into stylish ottomans that are perfect for outdoor seating or footrests. Here's how to make the most of these chunks of rubber.

Materials you’ll need.

  • Used tires

  • Rope

  • Hot glue gun

  • Outdoor fabric (optional)

  • Plywood circle (optional)

How to make these ottomans.

  1. Clean the tires: Wash the tires thoroughly to remove dirt and grime. Let them dry completely.

  2. Wrap with rope: Starting at the center of one side, glue the end of the rope to the tire. Continue wrapping the rope around the tire, applying hot glue as you go. Make sure the rope is tightly wound and covers the entire tire.

  3. Optional top: For a flat surface on top, you can cut a circle of plywood to fit the tire opening. Cover the plywood with outdoor fabric using a staple gun or glue.

  4. Finishing: Place the ottoman in your desired spot and enjoy a funky, functional piece of furniture.

Rustic and charming wine barrel tables.

Upcycled Wine Barrel into Patio Table

Wine barrels make excellent outdoor tables with their sturdy construction and rustic appeal. There’s a reason there’s such a market for these old barrels. However, if you have some already and not sure what to do, you might want to upcycle them into tables to grace your outdoor space.

Materials you’ll need.

  • Wine barrel

  • Sandpaper

  • Outdoor varnish

  • Circular glass or wooden tabletop

How to make this table.

  1. Prepare the barrel: Sand the wine barrel to smooth out any rough areas and remove any loose paint or stain.

  2. Varnish: Apply an outdoor varnish to protect the barrel from moisture and UV rays. Allow it to dry completely.

  3. Add the tabletop: Place a circular glass or wooden tabletop on the barrel. If using wood, make sure to varnish it as well.

  4. Secure the top: You can attach the tabletop to the barrel with screws or adhesive pads to keep it in place. You can forego the top altogether and just use the top of the barrel.

Practical and stylish crate storage seats.

Crates Turned into Seating and Storage

Old wooden crates can be turned into storage seats that are both practical and stylish. Here’s how to make them:

Materials you’ll need.

  • Wooden crates

  • Sandpaper

  • Outdoor paint or stain

  • Hinges and screws

  • Outdoor cushions

How to make this crate storage.

  1. Prepare the crates: Sand the crates to smooth out any rough edges. Paint or stain them to protect against the elements.

  2. Attach the lid: Use hinges to attach a wooden lid to the top of the crate. This will allow you to use the inside for storage.

  3. Add cushions: Place outdoor cushions on top of the crates for comfortable seating.

  4. Finishing touches: Arrange the storage seats in your outdoor space and enjoy their practicality and charm.

Unique and decorative upcycled chair planters.

Old Wooden Chairs Upcycled into Planters

Turn old wooden chairs into unique planters that add a touch of whimsy to your garden. Here’s how to make this happen—

Materials you’ll need.

  • Old wooden chairs

  • Outdoor paint

  • Plant pots or liners

  • Potting soil and plants

How to make these planters.

  1. Prepare the chairs: Sand and paint the chairs with outdoor paint. Let them dry completely.

  2. Remove the seat: If the chair has a solid seat, remove it to create an opening for the planter.

  3. Add the planter: Place a plant pot or liner in the opening. Fill it with potting soil and your choice of plants.

  4. Finishing touches: Place the chair planters in your garden for a unique and decorative touch.

Upcycle to make the backyard of your dreams.

Upcycling old items into outdoor furniture is not only environmentally friendly but also allows you to create a backyard paradise that reflects your personal style.

With a little creativity and some basic tools, you can transform everyday objects into functional and beautiful pieces for your outdoor space. 




Ben is a certified nutritionist with a special interest in sustainable cooking. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies, which gives him a unique understanding of the connection between food and the environment. With years of experience working in organic kitchens and writing about sustainable food practices, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. His insights guide readers on how to make their outdoor cooking experiences more eco-friendly.