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12 Incredible Pieces of DIY Outdoor Furniture

With something for the absolute beginner and expert alike, these 12 DIY outdoor furniture projects will transform your patio or deck.

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Garden BenchFamily Handyman

Garden Bench

With simple design and elegant lines, this beautiful garden bench is the perfect place to sit and enjoy your backyard. And the design is strong and stable, and the curved seat adds a touch of originality to the look. This DIY outdoor furniture project requires moderate skills, for example making biscuit joints with a biscuit joiner, although a router makes a good alternative if you don't have a biscuit joiner. This bench can be completed in a weekend, and costs between $100 and $500 to build, depending on your choice of wood.

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Umbrella tableFamily Handyman

Umbrella table

Sipping a cool drink in the shade of a patio umbrella is the ideal way to spend a hot afternoon. And this stylish umbrella table (and how to build a table story) will set your umbrella off beautifully and provide a stable base to avoid accidents when the wind picks up. The base is made from plywood and No. 2 cedar, with the top made from knot-free cedar or pressure-treated deck boards. And the cost varies depending on your materials. Follow the complete plans to learn how to build a table base like the one shown here. You'll need moderate skills to complete this project. For example, using pocket screws and operating a miter saw, but you should be able to finish it over a weekend.

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Stone-Top Patio TableFamily Handyman

Stone-Top Patio Table

Fitting neatly into the smallest of backyards, this little DIY outdoor furniture patio table will hold your drinks, your latest vacation reading or even a delicious snack. It takes a mere three hours from start to finish, and you only need basic tools and a miter saw to get the job done. Your choice of tile top will dictate the price. The table shown cost less than $30, but you've a wide variety to choose from for the top, including slate, granite, limestone, marble or decorative tile. Prices range from $5 to $20+. Good skills with driving screws are required for this project, including using a counter-sink.

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Tile-Top TableFamily Handyman

Tile-Top Table

Combining woodworking, metalwork and tiling techniques, this Italianate tile-top table makes a lovely addition to any deck or patio. The top is made from plywood, with mosaic tiles added for a Mediterranean feel. Adding the tiles is simple when you follow our expert tiling tips. The legs are hand-bent metal. Full instructions are given, but you'll need to make a gig to ensure accurate shaping. This is a straightforward DIY outdoor furniture project but it will take you several days. And the instructions tell you exactly what to complete each day. It will cost between $100 and $500.

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Polished Stone-Top TableFamily Handyman

Polished Stone-Top Table

If you bought this superb polished table in a store, it would cost you a fortune, but our detailed instructions will help you make one for less than $100. And it looks like highly polished stone, but no-one would know it's actually made from concrete with a wooden base. Also, you can embellish the top with leaf prints, like the table shown here, or personalize it with glass or mosaic tiles or imprints of seashells. Although it looks tricky, this project is suitable for a beginner, but you'll need to allow several days to complete each stage of the concrete process.

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Fire TableFamily Handyman

Fire Table

Just imagine snuggling round this sophisticated fire table as the sun goes down, sipping on a mug of hot chocolate or something stronger. And this intermediate DIY outdoor furniture project involves several skills, including woodworking, masonry, metalwork and some mechanical. Also, it needs some advanced tools and will cost between $700 and $825 to make. The table features an inset burner, with a hidden gas tank, and will provide enough heat to warm your hands, though probably not enough to truly fend off a chilly temperature.

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Adirondack Chair and Love Seat

Adirondack Chair and Love Seat

With its classic design and sleek lines, this Adirondack chair and love seat project not only looks gorgeous but is completely customizable to your own dimensions. And the curves are designed to cradle your back. But because the slope is gentler than the traditional Adirondack style, you won't have to struggle to get up out of this chair. This chair and love seat set is made from pressure-treated pine, and you can paint or stain it afterwards to customize this DIY outdoor furniture even further. Also, you can vary the back design, choosing from curved, gable or round styling.You'll need basic tools and it only costs around $20 to $100 to make these stunning outside wooden chairs!

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Perfect Patio Chairs

Perfect Patio Chairs

If you're looking for how to make a chair that's lightweight and can be moved around easily, then look no further than these DIY patio chairs. These smartly cushioned chairs are extremely comfortable, and the arms are designed to be wide enough to rest your drink or a small snack plate. And if you choose pine, this project will cost around $60, while cedar will increase the cost to $90. Suitable for a beginner, this DIY outdoor furniture project only requires a little experience and basic tools. The instructions are detailed and include skills such as how to use a speed square to ensure that the legs are plumb.

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Patio Combo With Built-In End TableFamily Handyman

Patio Combo With Built-In End Table

Relax and enjoy your outdoor space with this DIY patio furniture consisting of a sofa and chair. You can adjust the size completely to make it fit perfectly onto your patio or deck, and both the sofa and chair have arms that double as trays for al fresco dining. And you can make your own cushions to fit. Or you can buy store-bought ones and learn how to add ties to outdoor cushions here! Deceptively simple to build, this DIY furniture project is made from pressure-treated wood, so remember to lay your timber flat while it dries thoroughly, to avoid warping. This project can be completed over a weekend and will cost between $100 and $500.

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Simple Folding ChairFamily Handyman

Simple Folding Chair

These folding wooden lawn chairs are the perfect project for a complete beginner. And it boasts a very simple design, with a carrying handle cutout in the back for easy portability. Also it has an interlocking design where the seat fits into the back. This DIY wooden chair requires mainly basic woodwork tools, although you'll need a table saw and a belt sander for best results. It costs $20 to $100 to make, depending on the wood you choose. The chair shown is made from cedar, but you could also use Cypress fir or pressure-treated wood. You can build a chair like this in a day, easily.

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Arbor With Built-In Benches and PlantersFamily Handyman

Arbor With Built-In Benches and Planters

Combining comfort, privacy and practicality, this arbor with built-in benches is small enough to fit onto almost any deck or patio. And the corner design features integral seating, built-in planters so you can enjoy your fragrant blooms. Also a trellis screening is there to protect you from prying eyes or the sun's rays. This arbor is built from pressure-treated wood, and you can customize it with your choice of paint or stain to finish it off. It's a multi-day process, but can be done over one weekend if you decide not to stain it. This DIY outdoor furniture project is simple to build, (although you will need to know how to drive toe screws perfectly), and will cost around $250 to make.

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Grill GazeboFamily Handyman

Grill Gazebo

For the ultimate in DIY outdoor furniture projects, why not challenge yourself with this grill gazebo? It can be fully customized to include bench seats, lighting, built-in coolers, wine glass storage and more. And it will accommodate most standard grill sizes (see our guide to choosing the best grill fuel source), yet it's compact enough to fit onto a small deck or patio. This is a large-scale, multi-day project requiring moderate skills. Our grillzebo is made from Western red cedar, but you could save around $400 by using pressure-treated lumber instead.