September 8, 2020

DIY Patio Furniture

I can’t wait to share all the details with you on my handmade patio furniture! This is my first really big project but it was honestly really simple. It would be perfect for a beginner!


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I used these free plans and also invested in a new Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig kit because I knew there were going to be a lot of pocket holes in this project. It was so worth the investment and I’m excited to use it for future builds!


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This was my first project that I did from start to finish on my own. Using the miter saw always scares me a little bit but I’m much more comfortable with it now! The great thing about this project is that all the cuts are straight cuts (no angles to worry about!) and you don’t even need another person to hold pieces as you screw them together. After a few days of cutting, drilling and lots and lots of sanding, we had a full, unfinished set!


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I got my cushions on FB marketplace and built the furniture to fit them. If I could do it over, I would have gotten a larger set of cushions but it’s a little too late for that. 🙂

I’ll probably buy some beige outdoor fabric and make covers for these so that the tones match a little better with the stain I chose.


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But overall, I’m so pleased with it! It took me about 5 days from start to finish, in between virtual schooling and being a mama, but I bet it could be knocked out in a weekend if you didn’t have as many interruptions. And here are some specifics if you would like to build this yourself!

Plans: Couch and Chair (I just printed the free couch plans and used them for both builds. I’ll share my exact cuts below.)

Lumber:

2” x 3” @ 8 ft (to fit 22” wide cushions, I used 16 boards)

1” x 3” @ 8 ft (You’ll need 5 boards)

Kreg Jig

2.5” Pocket Hole Screws (I used about 160)

Power Sander

Sanding Pads: I used 60 grit and 120 grit

Valspar Semi-Transparent Tintable Exterior Stain and Sealer – tinted PineBark (1 quart)

Stainable Wood Filler (1 oz)

Painting supplies: Foam roller and foam brushes

Outdoor Cushions (If I could do this all over again, I would probably choose these cushions!)

If you use the 22” x 24” cushions like I did, you’ll adjust your cuts as follows:

COUCH

2” x 3” boards:

  • 4 pieces @ 24 1/2″ (for side frames)

  • 2 pieces @ 25 1/2″ (for side frames)

  • 5 pieces @ 44″ (for back & front frames)

  • 8 pieces @ 22 1/2″ (for side & bottom frames)

EACH CHAIR

2” x 3” boards:

  • 4 pieces @ 24 1/2″ (for side frames)

  • 2 pieces @ 25 1/2″ (for side frames)

  • 5 pieces @ 22″ (for back & front frames)

  • 5 pieces @ 22 1/2″ (for side & bottom frames)


Thanks for following along! If you make these, be sure to share your pictures with me! 😀

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  1. Christina says:

    Nice job, the furniture looks great!

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