Pallets in the Garden

Build a Swimming Pool Out Of 40 Pallets

Summers have just come, and what have you decided to withstand those scorching summer days? Have you got the perfect solutions to avoid getting roasted by the hot sun? Have you planned something special to bear that sweltering afternoon summertime heats? Tend to raise the water-fun like taking outdoor showers, swimming in water pools, and playing with those garden sprinklers by making some DIY setups, and these all ideas will really rock to keep your bodies no-sweat and cool!

We are here with this pallet swimming pool project out of 40 Pallets to share with you that will all help you to have your own garden or backyard swimming pool while having not too much in your wallet to spend! 40 pallets and a water pump, and the tarp will be the main supply items for the entire pool installation. You can get the perfect wood reconditioning and cutting apparatus and the latest perfect hardware for all lasting fittings and overall assembly of pool parts! Follow the given DIY pallet pool installation tutorial given below and get the necessary tips and tricks for precise and accurate pallet swimming pool installation!

It would all demand a bigger stock of pallets if you want to install your own garden swimming pool; the most required supplies have been listed below!


  1. 40 Pallet Boards ( Where to Get Pallets for Free? )
  2. Gaffa/Duct Tape Pool Liner 9m x 7m
  3. Plywood
  4. Steel Cable
  5. Metal Plates to Stabilize the Corners
  6. Clarke Spe800 Rated Pump
  7. Plastic Pipes for Water Transfer
  8. Coach Bolts with Nuts
  9. 75mm Steel Screws
  10. 2 Inches Nails
  11. Sanding Tools
  12. Cutting Tools
  13. Metal Brackets

Build the pool boundary first by getting packed pallets in vertical alignments, chose the smooth area of your garden or outdoor for installation of the swimming pool, and check a little also for that particular outdoor space’s environmental conditions! Here complete but sanded pallet skids build vertical wooden walls that give a square shape pool boundary!

The interior has been covered with plywood sheets, which creates a filled look of interior wall and hence would also help prevent the leakage of pool water! The most sensitive part of a pool is always the bottom corners that create more water leakage; here, thicker wooden bottom corner supports have been installed to avoid water leakage issues!

As water keeps its surface-level equal, so your pools should be all balanced to avoid any inconvenience later; use the leveling tools after installation of a specific pool part or portion! Do make sure that edges have all been fastened tight and are precisely balanced!

To stabilize the corner, which is to handle a lot of water pressure, use the metal plates and put the heavy-duty steel screws in the plat holes straight to the wooden surface to install the metal plates! Get metal plates with bigger holes in them if you want to go for a nut and bolt formulation!

After a water fill, the whole pressure would be on the pool walls, so you should take into account the stability of pool walls first; here, it has been solved by installation additional braces or tilted wooden supports that are actually the robust pallet planks!

L-frames have been installed first that hold well the tilted support in their well supporting angled position, and edges of these wooden supports have been made sharp so they sit conveniently over the L-frame and have been secured there using screws!

The tilted side supports may not look very well in their exposed form and may affect the overall swimming pool’s appearance. Additional wooden units have been made using pallet slats that cover this angled wall supports beautifully!

After adding a complete roof to pool wall braces, you will get a sloped wall as shown that will also give the decorative edging to the entire pallet swimming pool!

There are stair steps installed to one side of the pool by using more pallet skids to reach the diving point! After making the stair steps, fill up the rest of the area along the poolside! This will give you the additional wooden platform, which can be used as a poolside, and you can also place pool chairs there and the loungers!

Add the whole pallet boards for poolside roofing as shown, and just create a filled look; add more pallets if there is a danger of injurious collapsing of that additional pool deck!

The stair steps can stay last there if you just secure them with heavy-duty hardware! So be attentive toward a safe stair-step installation!

Uncut pallet skids would be all amazing to install the stair steps as shown, and all you need is to secure them better with appropriate hardware!

It would dismantle a lot of pallets for nice coverage of those sides of the poolside as there are all the single pallet slats you are to use for this purpose! Keep the pallet chocks or dices to do additional decor projects like you can make amazing candle holders, shelf centerpieces, and Memorial Day’s gifts out of these pallet dices or mini cubes!

To support the pool wall and provide more inner grip to installed pallet boards, the steel wire has been passed through vertical pallet skids and has been made tight till the all walls get tight, an amazing idea to make the walls strongly held together!

Now just make an inspection to check for the mistakes and make sure you have assembled all neatly with hardware; it would be all better to spend some time for a complete overhauling of your pool!

Cover the top of boundary walls by putting the pallet slats flat over them and just spread a waterproof plastic fabric cover over the pool floor!

The poolside deck made of whole pallets also provides space to store some of your good under it, and you can also standing beside to chill up by having those beverage mugs in hands!

Apply the necessary varnish or stain coats to pool walls and all wooden surfaces for extreme outdoor weather protection, and this will extend the life of the pool for sure!

Now the final step, cover the entire pool interior with a pool cloth tarp to get the pool interior all waterproof, and after it, you can go for a water fill to pool!

Cover the entire pool interior with a tarp may be a tough task to do and can even take a lot of time; keep the patience and do it in precise ways! Remove the creases and just stretch the tarp cloth finely to pool wall edges after covering up the whole pool interior finely!

The most precious task of this entire pool installation, securing the tarp cloth ends to pool sidewalls and corners, go with sandwich formulation, sandwich the plastic fabric ends between two wooden layers, one is already there, and install an additional one using the pallet slats again!

Add slats and hold them in place by adding nails to each; after a roundup of all corners, you will finely gain a neat and water proof coverage of the pool interior, and now you can go for a water fill to pool!

Also, set up a pump nearby and use the plastic pipe to let the pumped water reach the pool interior! Suggest a different corner of the pool for the water pipe installation, as shown!

First, make a little test, fill the half or less of the pool with water and check for leakage; if you have any issue, just solve it and then go for a total and complete filling of the pool with water!

Now you can gather around the poolside with your whole family and can dive into the pool to feel less hot in summers; here is how the pallets can help you to pass your summertime in a great fun-way!

You can copy this project to have a swimming pool in your backyard, at your patio with pallets, and even turn it into a home deck pool by suing more pallets! Also, check the other pallet pool projects we have shared on our sites to learn a bit more before you take a creative start!

Build by: Mark Lucking


Engineer, Co-founding partner of 1001Pallets. I earned my Engineer degree in Aeronautics & spatial telecommunications and navigation systems from INSA (Toulouse, FR). I worked as a sub-contractor for Airbus Aerospace & Defense for more than 12 years; I was the guy who worked on the black box inside the aircraft that give its exact position, useful if you want to land in the right place :). Since September 2015 I'm full-time working on & I'm passionate about recycling, vintage & refurbished things; I'm always amazed by the creativity of people around the world and how with their two hands and some imagination they can transform almost anything into beautiful objects, I also love to explore flea market in search of the "unfounded" object. I'm also a kind of a geek, and I'm behind the technical aspects of &, so if something is not working as it should, it's all my fault, and you should contact me for debugging purpose. In my spare time, I love going in the countryside, hiking in the mountains, drinking a delicious glass of wine with my friends and traveling to explore the beautiful places of this earth and meet other people and cultures.

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