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Build Your Own DIY Outdoor Furniture

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It’s getting a little warmer, so it’s time to start thinking about our outdoor spaces!  I’ve wanted some outdoor furniture for my deck for a long time but it’s pretty expensive and with so many projects, I couldn’t get around to building them…until now!  I built this outdoor couches in one afternoon with less than $100 in lumber.  I sanded and stained them the next day and they were all done!  You guys–DIY outdoor furniture is the way to go!

diy outdoor furniture

For my diy outdoor furniture, I found these plans online and they were extremely easy to follow.  I thought about doing a sectional which was our original plans, but all the sectional plans I found seemed to require a lot of time, which I didn’t have.  Plus I liked the idea of no one having to sit in the corner which can be an awkward spot, especially in company.  I will build a table for that corner in the future and then people can have a spot for their drinks or whatever.

Click here to see the plans!

DIY Outdoor Furniture:  Supply List

(affiliate links, see my disclosure)

For One Couch

Step 1:  I got the lumber the night before and made all my cuts the next day.

Step 2:  You start by making a base, similar to the ones I make for storage shelves.

Step 3:  Then you make two arms and attach them to the base.

Step 4: Lay six boards across the frame and screw them in.

Step 4:  Finish with one more board in the back, attached with a Kreg Jig.  The rest of the frame was assembled quickly, using self-tapping screws.  Seriously, it could not be easier!

The next day it snowed.  Yes, that’s life in Utah!  One day it’s 60 degrees and the next it snows.  So I had to wait until it melted to stain it.  I purchased this new stain by Rustoleum called Carbon Gray.  I kind of bought it on a whim but as I thought about it later, I decided I wanted the couches to be dark gray.  I was hoping that the Carbon Gray stain would be dark, but I didn’t have high hopes.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the can and started staining with it and got this gorgeous dark gray color!  I seriously love it.

I also purchased some Thompson’s water sealer but I’m going to have to wait to seal it until the nights are a little warmer because it said that it will become tacky if the temperature is lower than 50 degrees at night.

The cushions were the easy part!  I knew that Better Homes and Gardens makes deep seat cushions at affordable prices so I headed to Walmart and purchased my cushions in a neutral gray.  I also purchased the deep seat back cushions that matched. The fabric is a great outdoor fabric that has a 5-year no-fade guarantee.  I’m going to get some of that sticky velcro and put it on the cushions and the frame so they don’t blow away.

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This is just the start for my little outdoor space!  I am so excited to add a few more pieces of furniture and some plants, and maybe a fire pit.  We have such an amazing view and we haven’t been able to really enjoy this space yet until now.  Building this DIY outdoor furniture was actually really easy and fast.  I put the couches together in one afternoon and stained them another afternoon.  You could easily do it in one day!

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100 Comments

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks Stephanie!

      1. what are the measurements for the boards to make the base of the sofa? What length? I think this looks great.

        1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

          All the measurements and instructions are on the website I linked to. Thanks!

          1. I can’t find the measurements, give me a link. please help

          2. I don’t see any links to another site with the full measurements and instructions. Can you please add/provide that link? Thanks!

          3. I went and bought everything to make this and do not see measurements… help

          4. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

            I used another site for the actual measurements and instructions, I linked it within the post.

          5. Megan Goldie says:

            I cannot find the link can you send the link to me? Thank you.

          6. Stephanie says:

            I still don’t see an links. Can you please post link in this reply? Thanks!

          7. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

            So sorry, even though the link was in there, the color of the link didn’t stand out at all so you couldn’t tell it was a link. I’ve linked it more clearly so others can find it. It’s in the post after the second paragraph.

          8. Hi I’m trying to make this today, can you check the links and re-post? When I click on them it says nothing found.

          9. The link is not found? What are the measurements?

          10. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

            I’m sorry about that! I fixed the link so it should work now.

  1. What!!! Way to go, girl! This looks so high end. Love the dark stain and the fact that the cushions fit perfectly! You guys will get so much use out of that, I’m sure!! Great job!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thank you so much!!

  2. Wow!!! I’m so impressed with how these look. Thank you for sharing. I’m on my way to Walmart and Lowe’s. 🤓

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thank you and good luck!

  3. Connie DeMille says:

    I usually never comment {sorry about that} but I wanted to thank you for posting this. I’ve been trying to decide what to do about outdoor furniture and now I know exactly. But for some reason it never would have occurred to me to build it. You have made a difference today. Thanks!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Awesome! Do it! You’ll be so happy. 🙂

  4. Karen Holt says:

    They look fantastic! Great job and instructions! Thank you!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thank you and You’re welcome!

  5. HOw much did the cushions cost? Love your ideas!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      The cushions are about $30 a piece but it’s hard to find quality outdoor cushions for any less. 🙂 Thanks!

      1. Elizabeth says:

        What sized cushions (dimensions! Did you purchase for the seating?

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thank you!

  6. Love your space, and the DIY sofas!!
    Pinning to show my hubby.
    What a great idea 🙂

  7. Beautiful furniture & outdoor space! I’d love to build something like this on our patio (well, I’d love for my husband to build this – I must learn how to do this myself!). The backs look pretty low though, have you found this to be an issue at all?

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      It’s not an issue, it’s just a support for the back cushions!

  8. LIke the idea…………………having difficulty downloading any specific dimensions. Help!

  9. Wow! Your outdoor set looks amazing. Love the color stain. Looks like an expensive set! I love that no one would know you didn’t buy that.

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thank you!

  10. What are the dimensions of the base you made in Step 1??

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      You can find all the dimensions of the furniture in the plans that I linked to.

      1. I have tried and tried to click the link… still not finding dimensions… disappointing. :/

  11. Love the look! Especially the light color make shift coffee table paired with the darker furniture. Where did you get the wicker storage table? Thanks!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks! It’s from IKEA.

  12. What type of wood did you use?

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Just good ol’ pine!

  13. My husband says it’s a go! They look great! What are the dimensions of the cushions? Thank you for your great inspiration!
    Shannon

  14. Katherine says:

    I was wondering which color cushion did you use? Thanks!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      I’m not sure if it has a specific name…it’s the light gray ones!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Yes, it’s a low back. But if you’re worried you can always add another board.

  15. you are so good at what you do. I’m almost hesitant to try out of fear that it won’t come out looking as fabulous as yours did!

  16. I have helper coming over today help me build this! Love it! 😄

  17. I love the do-it-yourself solution to creating an inviting outdoor space. You don’t have to spend a fortune, if you have great design, high quality materials and the right tools. Be sure that you understand which material is best, not just for your functional needs, but for your particular climate. Different types of wood do better or worse under the same conditions and may be easier or harder to clean and maintain. Do your homework.

  18. Love the project. Wanted to build these ourselves. Just tried to click on the link for the cushions and it didn’t lead me to the Walmart ones you bought. Are they easy to get ?

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Hmm, I’ll look into that. I just got them in the store rather than buying them online. I think I had to go to a couple different Walmarts to get them all.

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