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Decking on a budget, how to make a deck for next to nothing


This tip has been
contributed Judith Smith

can make free garden decking from old pallets found dumped or
begged from shops.

decking made from pallets

made one from 4 pallets.

3 x
pallets were put lengthwise, side by side. I fastened them safely
together at the back and front with old pieces of metal with holes
for screws in them. 

Any damage
can be repaired with wood from the fourth

then covered front and sides with long lengths of old boards to
keep them firmly together and painted with left-over fence paint.

can finish off with any kind of railing/fencing/rope you need to complete
the look. 

used 5 x 4ft metal poles (which were part of a dismantled child’s’ swing)
and concreted them around the pallets at corners and middle of the

I then strung the old plastic rope from the swing from one pole to
another using old curtain rings (sprayed gold) as rope holders.

Let the
plastic rope swing down between each pole and you have an instant
‘classical’ look to the edges of the pallets/decking.

rope and curtain ring fittings on budget decking
finials and rope used on budget decking

I finished the end of poles off with old plastic doorknobs painted
gold to look like finials.

have put a solar light on to the back post of the ‘decking’ just to give a
glow on an evening.

wanting to put railing/fencing around the area could easy make something a
lot more professional than mine but I wanted to construct it using
only old materials to see how much recycling I could do and at the time of
construction I was also looking to save as much money as possible. Even
the bolts used on the curtain rings were recycled old rusty ones from a
friend which I cleaned up. Decking boards could be put over the pallet
wood for a more streamlined finish also.

Total cost: £2 for long screws and nails, £1
for gold spray paint, £1 for quick set concrete. 

Time taken to construct
1 hour 20 minutes. 

Instant decking which is at least 15-20cms (9-12 ins)