15 Awesome Plans for DIY Patio Furniture
Upgrade your patio with DIY furniture. It may seem daunting to try to build your own furniture but we'll show you the way with plans for each piece.
Cedar Potting Bench
This super-simple potting bench will make your gardening projects much more enjoyable—and it'll help you stay organized, too! Get the plans here.
Build a Wooden Bench for Less
Need outdoor seating in a hurry? This simple bench, based on author and ecologist Aldo Leopold's classic design, can be constructed in a couple of hours, even if you are a novice woodworker. All it takes is two boards and 18 screws, for a cost of less than $25. You'll find the simple how-to instructions here. Have you ever wondered if you can stain pressure-treated wood? The answer is, yes. Here's how!
Arbor and Benches
Build this simple seating/planter/arbor project to create a quiet, private space in your yard or on a deck. It provides shade and comfort as well as a welcome screen from neighbors. You can install it on an existing patio or build it on your deck. Get the full plans for this arbor and benches here.
Add Seating with a DIY Wooden Bench
For large outdoor gatherings, copious seating is a necessity. This outdoor couch can fit several adults, and oversized arm rests act as end tables for drinks. Before getting started, you'll want to pick up the cushions for the couch first; depending on their size, you can make any adjustments to the cut list necessary for the perfect fit. Once you have the cushions, all the materials you need can be found at local home centers. We used treated lumber, but you can splurge for a naturally rot-resistant wood like cedar or cypress. We've got the full plans here.
Next, check out the Trex patio furniture worth splurging on.
Gather Round a Fire Table
A fire table is a beautiful addition to your outdoor living space—and an invitation to gather around. It's also a stylish centerpiece that gives you a great opportunity to showcase your DIY prowess. Click here to find out how to build it.
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.
Polished Concrete Table Top
Although it certainly doesn't seem like it would be a quick project, this gorgeous concrete table-top builds faster than you'd think. And it's an excellent introduction to working with finished concrete. Follow the plans for a complete how to for building this table, including how to make table legs from wood. The longest part of forming a concrete top is building the form. But once you've mastered that skill the rest moves along easily. Working on a smaller scale—such as the DIY coffee table shown here—allows you to put custom detailing into the DIY table while also providing your guests with a beautiful conversation piece on which to rest their drinks.
Pedestal Picnic Table
If you'd like a more refined picnic table, one that will fit right in at a dinner party for adults as well as at an afternoon barbecue with the kids, here's the design for you. The Craftsman style is timeless and no one has to sit with a table leg in their way. Learn how to make this table yourself with no nails or screws visible in the top.
Elegant Outdoor Table
Build this attractive, durable stone look-alike table in a day, using inexpensive concrete products available at many home centers. You simply mold and pour the top, then assemble the wooden legs. When sealed, it's stain-resistant and can be used indoors or outside.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make an Adirondack Chair and Love Seat
This Adirondack chair and matching love seat are designed for outdoor comfort. It's one of the wood projects designed for easy assembly, so that a novice can build them. And you can build them from inexpensive, durable wood that, once stained, looks beautiful. Learn how to make an Adirondack Chair and Love Seat.
Wouldn't it be nice to have all your gardening tools and supplies in one handy location? This pine hutch holds long-handled tools like shovels, rakes and hoes on one side, and smaller tools and supplies on shelves on the other side. Follow these simple project plans to build this good-looking garden hutch.