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Upcycled meditation platform from old wooden pallets

For a while I’ve been thinking that it would be nice to have somewhere quite and tranquil to sit in the garden. So as today was glorious and sunny, I set about creating a meditation platform from a few old wooden pallets and an upcycled cotbed mattress.

The finished result is a lovely serene platform to sit and watch the clouds float by!

Meditation Platform

A lovely place to sit and relax.

Ingredients for an upcycled pallet meditation platform

To build, I used:

  • 2 wooden pallets
  • 1 old cotbed mattress
  • 2 terracotta pots
  • 2 lavender plants
  • 6 log discs

Preparing the pallets

I found two wooden pallets at a local garden centre – they were in a big pile of “Free Wood”, an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Once I’d got them back to the house, they needed a bit of sanding down to ensure that all the rough edges and splinters were gone. Make sure any nails are firmly hammered in too.

Finally, I gave them a coat of Cuprinol Coastal Mist garden paint so that they will (hopefully) last a little longer when exposed to the elements.

Painting the pallets to make them weatherproof

Painting the pallets to make them weatherproof

Preparing the seat

The seat is simply an old cotbed mattress which we no longer needed. It’s the perfect size for one or two people (big or little) to sit.

We got 2 meters of PVC fabric with a nice peacock feather print. The material is quite hard wearing and is wipe clean. However, to keep it nice we will store it inside.

Love this peacock print fabric!

Love this peacock print fabric!

Rather than sewing, we simply cut the fabric to size and used a Heavy-Duty Glue Gun to fix into position. A trick picked up from watching too many episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race!

The cotbed mattress given a new lease of life!

The cotbed mattress given a new lease of life!

Putting it all together

Once the pallets had dried, I put them in a shady spot behind our shed. This is tucked out of the way, and is protected from the wind on one side by a fence.

Pallets in place!

Pallets in place!

The mattress is simply placed on top, with a lavender plat either side giving off their lovely scent. Plant pots lovingly decorated by the toddler!

The lavender smells lush

The lavender smells lush

An finally, the log discs finish it off wonderfully.

Now I can sit and peacefully contemplate the world and unwind.

All done!

All done!

It’s also a great place to read books with our toddler as it’s out of the direct sunlight. From our meditation spot, we can sit and look up at trees and watch the birds go in and out of their nests, underneath our sunny cloud!

A sunny cloud!

A sunny cloud!

Now I have somewhere to sit and meditate! If you’ve not done it before, Headspace is a great app for getting started with meditation – it provides guided meditations that you can follow through on your phone via their app – definitely worth checking out for all busy parents!

So, not bad for some free wood and an old mattress! If you’ve made anything great from pallets, then get in touch in the comments!


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7 comments for “Upcycled meditation platform from old wooden pallets

  1. May 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

    What a lovely spot! I have only ever tried meditating inside but have often thought that it would feel different if I was in the garden. This looks perfect and re-uses old pallets which is even better. Thanks for posting 🙂

    • May 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

      The birds and noises make it a different experience!

  2. Kate Orson
    May 29, 2016 at 10:03 am

    this is lovely. I’m not the most crafty person, but this is so simple even I could do it! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂 #justanotherlinky

    • May 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

      I’m sure you could! It’s great to have somewhere quiet to relax outside.

  3. May 30, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    This is such a cool project! And I just adore the lavender touch. What a relaxing spot to enjoy meditation, nature, quiet time, and more. Thank you for sharing with #ShareTheJoyLinky!

  4. May 31, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    This looks lovely, what a brilliant idea! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  5. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    June 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

    This turned out so lovely! What a great job. I love seeing things get upcycled & this turned into such a cozy hideaway. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK

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