Who doesn´t want to hang around, relax and just don´t do anything sometimes? I prefer to do that on my balcony. It´s awesome as I can spend time outside and kind of in nature because I live next to a forest. In addition I don´t need to get dressed, get out and always think I forgot something.
I had common balcony furniture but I really wanted to lay down sometimes. So I decided to build a lounge out of pallet. You can find a lot of manuals online but I have to admit I´m lazy, so I´m going for an easy version.
- First you need to find a spot
I had the luck of choosing my balcony. The walls are gone be my back, so I could skip that building part. If you plan on a free standing version, I can recommend a back.
Here, it´s the other way around, with a free standing version you have all the possibilities. In my case, the balcony is very long but not very wide. Still more than enough place for me.
Pallets don´t discriminate, they come in all sizes. Try to find pallets that fit your measurements which will save you a lot of time. I found pallets which are 60 cm wide and 80 cm long, perfect for my balcony.
- The building
You don´t need to be a craftsman to do it. Trust yourself and go for it. I even choose not to nail or screw the single pallets together, in which way it´s easier for me to separate them again and storing them in the cellar for winter.
I used nine pallets in total. Six remand untouched and were placed with the long side against the wall. Three of them I saw in half to produce the “L” shape. That´s the place a store all the stuff when I relax like music player, something to drink, a book or whatever.
I just stored the pallets on top of each other. For the last layer to fill the spaces I used the left over lath form the part I saw off.
- Make it cozy
I own two season blankets, just in case someone stays over. I took the blankets and put them into comment sheets. I folded them 2 times and got a comfortable cover. Take some pillows for the back and off you go. No need to buy new stuff for that, go with your resources. I even found a way to use the space at the end, I had some containers for plant starting left. I put 3 pots in it and started my basil.
Get yourself a book and tea or whatever you enjoy most and relax on your new lounge!