How to Make Outdoor Patio Furniture for Cheap

Building your own outdoor patio furniture is a cost-effective and rewarding project. John from John Builds It guides viewers through the process of creating affordable and durable patio furniture, providing a custom solution that fits your space and taste.

For a visual guide, you can watch the build video at the end of this article.

Materials Needed:

  • Cedar wood (preferred) or pressure-treated lumber (budget-friendly alternative)
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Outdoor cushions

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • Clamps
  • Sandpaper or sander

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Planning and Material Selection:

  • Choose cedar wood for its durability, aesthetic appeal, and resistance to outdoor elements. Alternatively, use pressure-treated lumber for a more budget-friendly option.
  • Measure the space where the furniture will be placed to determine the dimensions of the pieces you will build.

2. Cutting the Wood:

  • Cut the cedar wood to the following dimensions:
    • Legs: 4 pieces at 24 inches each
    • Armrests: 4 pieces at 26 inches each
    • Seat frame: 4 pieces at 48 inches each (front and back)
    • Seat slats: 10 pieces at 50 inches each
    • Backrest supports: 4 pieces at 30 inches each
  • Ensure all cuts are straight and square for a clean assembly.

3. Assembling the Frame:

  • Begin by assembling the seat frame. Attach the 48-inch pieces to form the front and back of the seat, using wood screws and glue for a secure hold.
  • Attach the legs to the seat frame. Pre-drill holes to prevent the wood from splitting and use wood screws to secure the legs in place.
  • Attach the armrests to the top of the legs, ensuring they are level and secure.

4. Installing the Seat Slats:

  • Attach the seat slats to the seat frame, spacing them evenly. Use wood screws to secure each slat to the frame.
  • Ensure the slats are flush with the front and back of the seat frame for a neat appearance.

5. Adding the Backrest Supports:

  • Attach the backrest supports to the seat frame at a slight angle for comfort. Use wood screws and glue to secure the supports in place.
  • Attach the backrest slats to the supports, spacing them evenly and securing them with wood screws.

6. Sanding and Finishing:

  • Sand the entire furniture piece to remove any rough edges and ensure a smooth finish.
  • Apply an outdoor wood finish or sealant to protect the furniture from the elements.

7. Adding Cushions:

  • Place outdoor cushions on the seat and backrest for added comfort. Ensure the cushions fit well and are secured if necessary.

By following these steps, you can create beautiful and functional outdoor patio furniture that rivals expensive store-bought options. John’s detailed instructions make this project accessible to woodworkers of all skill levels, demonstrating that with a bit of effort and creativity, anyone can build custom outdoor furniture.

John’s approach to DIY outdoor furniture is not just about saving money; it’s about creating something unique and tailored to your needs. Embrace the DIY spirit and enjoy the satisfaction of building your own patio furniture.

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