Build an Outdoor Sofa
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Whether you need a break while working in the yard or are simply relaxing on the patio, a sturdy outdoor sofa will come in handy. This intermediate-level DIY project will help you build one of your own in just an hour or two.
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- Measure, mark and cut the 10 2 x 4-inch x 8-foot boards using a circular saw according to this cut list and diagram.
- Seven 72-inch wood sections (seat boards)
- One 75-inch wood section (bottom back board)
- One 79-inch wood section (top back board)
- Two 24-inch wood sections (arm rests)
- Five 21-inch wood sections (cross pieces)
- Four 22 ½-inch wood sections (legs)
- Lay the two 72-inch seat board sections horizontal and parallel standing on their 2-inch sides.
- Place two of the 21-inch cross piece sections vertically standing on their 2-inch sides between the two seat boards and flush with the ends.
- Clamp in place.
- Secure the 72-inch seat boards to the 21-inch cross sections by using a 1/8-inch drill bit and pre-drilling two holes through the 72-inch seat boards and then using two 2 ½-inch screws in each end.
- Align a third 21-inch cross piece vertically in the center of the frame, pre-drill holes and attach with screws.
- Finally, split the remaining difference in half on both sides of the center cross piece for the fourth and fifth 21-inch cross pieces, pre-drill holes and attach with screws.
- Attach the five remaining 72-inch seat boards flat and evenly spaced about 1 ½ inches apart on top of frame using one screw into each cross piece beneath.
- Stand frame on long end.
- Align the two 22 ½-inch legs flush to each side of the frame at 8 ½-inch from the bottom of the leg to the bottom of the frame, pre-drill two holes and attach with screws.
- Flip frame over and repeat on opposite side.
- Stand sofa on legs.
- Secure the two 24-inch armrests to the top of the legs, flush with the inside of the legs, by pre-drilling and attaching one screw in each end.
- Lay sofa face down.
- Align the 79-inch top back board so that it is flush with the top of the hand rails.
- Pre-drill and attach with 2 screws on each side.
- Then using one screw on each side, pre-drill holes and attach the 75-inch bottom back board 1 ½ inches below the top board.