Made outdoor furniture for the first time
By - bonbonitis
We were looking for outdoor furniture for our patio and I wanted something that doesn’t have a straight back (back and seat at 90 degrees). I didn’t want to do Adirondack style either, just a bit loungy. I really liked a design on Arhaus but they were $1500+ just for one chair, and over $4k for the sofa. All the diy videos that I saw had straight backs, so I went ahead and designed it on Sketchup. I used Douglas fir 2x4s for the wood. It was a huge learning process. I used arborcoat exterior stain for staining them and did 2 coats of exterior spar varnish for added protection.
how comfortable do you find it with the recline? I've been curious about the straight back vs angled back support.
Norm Abrams prefers an angled back so it must be the truth.
Oh totally orders of magnitude better
Wow! These are so stylish and comfortable looking. You did good!
This looks awesome! Roughly how much did it cost for the lumber and how long did it take you?
Thank you. I think I ended up buying 20-22 pcs of 2x4x8 doug fir studs at around $9-$10 a pc, so roughly around $200-$250 for lumber. Stain was around $50. It took me way longer than I’d like to admit since I was working 4-8 hours on the weekends. Adding up the hours, it was around 60 hours 😬
Well done! And you'll never find patio furniture that nice for that price! At least not in Ontario lol
We were looking at making our own furniture, but the lumber cost wasn't the issue - the cushions were lol. Just bought a set instead, don't need another project right now
Dude what's up with that?? Cushions are insanely expensive!!
I work in the custom upholstery business, most of the price comes from the cost of foam. The stuff is ridiculously expensive if a upholstery company is using something of quality. Fabric can also be pricey too ranging from $3 a yard to $21 a yard. The reason stuff from a place like Ikea is so cheap is because they do not really use solid foam, they just layer up dacron which is cheap fluffy material.
Hi, do you know where one could find distributor of Kapok or horsehair? Or online?
I have a Kapok roll pillow for 20+ years. It's still me favorite as support for my painful leg when I sleep.
And I have several small throw pillows from my grandparents in Europe filled with horsehair. They are the best for hot weather to sleep on and they never collapse.
So for indoor shit cheap pillows are much better than poly fill. Also you can get cheap memory foam twin mattresses for cushions or memory foam mattress toppers and cut to size. Maybe for outdoor there’s a way to treat the stuffing, but it’s much cheaper than buying the raw material from a craft store or online. For the covers, basic sewing is a good skill for anyone to have and it saves money.
Just do it! If it doesn’t work out, you end up buying outdoor cushions. Worse that can happen is you spend $60-$70 on an experiment
Thanks. Not anywhere lol
Ugh. So sick of these prices.
And the cushions?
These look gorgeous!!! Did you purchase the cushions or make them?I’ve been looking to make chairs like these but then get lazy about looking at cushions lol
Thank you! Bought the cushions and cushion covers from ikea. I knew what cushions we were getting, so the dimensions were all based on those.
Oh awesome! I will have to look these up :) thanks!
Smart...great idea I probably would not have thought of.
Try to locate a free recycle sofa set on freecycle.org there are tons of people who get rid of sofa sets. Some of the older ones have better fillings. You could just recover them.
Do you have any plans? We have existing patio furniture that looks like this and I wanted to build a wider couch to go with it. Maybe share the Sketchup with the class? :)
My sketchup plan was just for the side since that’s the trickiest part of the build. Not sure where to upload the file here, but here is a photo of the plan with all the dimensions you’ll need.
I’m assuming the seat is a 15° angle off parallel to the ground?
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Awesome job! What color specifically did you use for the stain? I just built some furniture for the outdoor as well and trying to decide if I paint or stain it, I liked yours!
Thank you! The stain was Oxford brown semi transparent
This looks great. I’m going to steal your plans lol. Hopefully I’ll be able to start it in a few weeks.
Go for it!
these are beautifully done and look extremely high end, really superb job!
Thank you so much!
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These are amazing, great job! Do you happen to have plans? Could you walk us through your process a little bit?
Posted the plan in a different comment. I got the 2x4 and rip cut both sides to get a cleaner and less ‘construction wood look’. I built the first chair as a trial run to see if this would even work. Then I created a cut list for the rest of the furniture. Most of the joints were pocket hole joints. So I got the armor auto jig which made the pocket hole creating process insanely fast. The back and seat were the easy parts since they are all 90 degrees. The sides were the trickiest since one side is 15 degrees and the other is 5 degrees, but I had the sketchup for that.
It's all incredibly well done, I am supremely jealous. Thank you for the information!
You’re welcome ☺️
What were the angles you had to cut?
5 degrees at the front and 15 degrees at the back
Where did you buy the cushions?
Ikea froson cushions
Where did you get the pergola?
It came with the house
Looks fantastic! Very modern
Is your shade structure just bolted into the pavers? I always thought that since the pavers can shift and move that's not the best solution.
I’m not sure how deep they go. They came with the house. But gotta tell you that it survived really windy New England days. So i think it worked out fine.
i love the design, and the notch for the seat support is nice to see. however, i'm guessing the slats are joined to the frame using pocket screws? hopefully some thick dowels? if not doweled, this really needs to be a mortise and tenon. not sure how this will hold up to the weight of people sitting on them.
Thank you! Those are joined using pocket screws. I filled up the holes using wood putty
Do you have plans?
Posted in an earlier comment
This looks great! Nice work!
those are awesome!
Awesome work! You should be really proud. Gave me some great inspiration. Also thanks a million for sharing and giving so many details and plans. Very appreciated
this is awesome! Did you follow plans or a video you could share?
Made my own plans. Shared it in a previous comment
I too would like to know about the cushions! This is beautiful.
This looks amazing. I’d love to own them myself!
That looks awesome. I’d have never guessed it was 2x4s. 😀
Well it looks awesome thanks for sharing
Thanks for sharing. That is a beautiful looking set right there!
This is absolutely inspiring. I plan to do something like this for my first project. Thanks for sharing details, bless you!
Looks high end
Great job on the patio set! May I ask how you attached your armrests to the seats for your chairs and couch?
I like the style and the colors! great job!
can you share the sketchup file?
Beginner my ass! This looks incredible!
Looks great! I just built a patio and now am looking at what furniture I want on it, as well as a roof of some sort. Also curious about what trees you have planted back along your property line, Yews?
I think they’re pine. The previous owner planted those
Gorgeous.. So much better than vertical backs. How and with what did you make your pillows or did you recycle from another old sofa set?
Ikea outdoor cushions