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Roundup: DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

by on Apr 26, 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.

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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  1. I LOVE the YELLOW CHAIR SWING. I may try build one. Thanks for all the GREAT ideas. 🙂