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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
An finally, the log discs finish it off wonderfully.
Now I can sit and peacefully contemplate the world and unwind.
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!
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!