Roundup: DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

By: Mollymc Apr 26, 2012

created at: 04/25/2012

Um, have you tried to buy outdoor furniture lately? It's expensive! So, rather than wait 'til the end-of-season sales roll around, take matters into your own hands. Here are seven awesome DIY ideas for you.

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DIY outdoor sofa

The fantastic Ana White designed her version of a Restoration Hardware sofa for only $30 in lumber! I think it would look beautiful stained, as well.

hanging swing daybed

Ok, one more Ana White project! I couldn't resist sharing it. If you have rafters or beams to hang this from, I forsee never getting up all summer long. 

DIY Pallet Sofa

There are LOTS of DIY pallet projects out there, but this one is my fave. Why? Because you can't see the dang pallets. Let's face it: they're ugly, people! Nina at Stylizmo just stacked two and added throws and pillows. Easy peasy.

DIY pallet succulent table

Here's another pallet project gone right. Matti at Far Out Flora reconstructed one, adding legs and a trough for succulents. I'm kind of obsessed with it, truly.

DIY Hammock

If your sewing skills are up to par, you could create this DIY hammock from Going Home to Roost. The throw pillow makes it for me.

cinderblock bench

This certainly isn't for everyone, but I love how this cinderblock sofa almost takes on a kid-like quality. It's like it's built out of legos! I'd probably toss a cushion across the bench seat, but I love the plants organically growing out of the back.

DIY Chair Swing

How great is this chair swing?! I love the bright yellow paint job and these chairs can easily be found at thrift stores and garage sales. Simona built a platform for the ropes to thread through, which seems to be sturdier than some methods I've seen where the rope is threaded through the chair seat itself.

Any of these strike your fancy? Which one would you most love to walk outside your back door and find?

 

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@Samantha - from the orginal website:
 Cement Blocks
(A combination of Full Blocks with raw ends, Full Blocks with Finished Ends, and Half Blocks)

For the Concrete sofa, you'll need:
25 Full/Raw
14 Full/Finished
8 Half
 

I dearly wish bloggers would put a clickable link when the copy something from another website...and giving credit is only polite!

the address is:  http://borganic.net/projects.php?subj=2&category=5&project_id=309

Love the Table with the built-in "Flowerbed" so simple yet Eye catching....on my to do list

AS FOR THE CYNDER BLOCK BENCH. I WOULD JUST SIMPLY USE CYNDER BLOCKS FOR THE SIDES OF BENCH AND RUN WOOD THROUGH THE CENTER AND BACK FOR A NICER LOOKING AND PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE COMFY BENCH. PUT A CUSHION ON AND SOME PRETTY PILLOWS.. 

Has anyone made the cinder block bench? I want to know how many blocks of the big and the small would this require. I could figure out the design just need to know how many to buy.

That swinging bed is to die for! Just looking at it makes me feel all relaxed and never want to go to work again. This realy makes me want to see what <a href="http://www.outdoorsupplier4u.com/Chairs">discount outdoor patio furniture</a> I can find, and do with it! Thanks for the awesome post!

I am going to make the cinder block sofa with the plants growing in the back. That's genius! I am also going to make swings out of chairs...I wish I could think of everything myself but since I can't I'm glad there are other people who can and who share.
I am going to make the cinder block sofa with the plants growing in the back. That's genius! I am also going to make swings out of chairs...I wish I could think of everything myself but since I can't I'm glad there are other people who can and who share.

Cinderblock couch, leads to a chair, side tables. Love the weatherproof factor.

We've had wonderful success with pallet projects.....they are far from ugly! I believe the trick is to deconstruct them and use the wood like regular store bought wood. The texture is so awesome!

I agree with the whole pallet craze! They are ugly! I've loved the little yellow swing for a while! I slo love the first couch that you show. All these are pretty cool. I'm going to have to check out the hammock DIY.

Such great ideas, really like the cinderblocks. We made a garden table with reclaimed roofing timber and the old glue stains gave it an amazing finish. Check it out http://remadeit.co.uk/2011/09/outdoor-dining-table-2/

created at: 04/28/2012

I love the bed swing and the cinderblock bench.  It would be really fun if it was painted or stained as well!

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