10 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas


The warmer weather makes it easier to enjoy the outdoors, so you can use your deck or patio as an extension and living space. These 10 DIY outdoor furniture designs will give you a cozy feeling and reflect your personality. There’s something for everyone, so you can be sure to find the perfect project on your next weekend.

Outdoor Furniture: The Best Materials

You want your masterpiece to be able to withstand the elements. Before you start creating outdoor furniture from scratch, let’s discuss the material options and their finishes.

Certain woods are naturally resistant to decay. These are the best outdoor wood furniture options:

  • Cedar
  • White oak
  • Redwood
  • Cypress
  • Teak

DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Side table with patio paver roof

This simple side table is made with three 2’x2’x8’ lengths of wood and one 16″x16” patio paver. You can brighten up your porch with inexpensive pine or paint it. Stenciling a design onto the top of the table will give it a final touch.

DIY outdoor chair

A chair is essential for your bright new table. You will need six lengths 2″x2’x8′ framing timber and two 1″x3’x8′ lengths to make a matching chair. You can make the perfect spot for reading with some pre-made outdoor cushions. Angela Marie Made has all of the details.

Tire ottoman and rope

Style Me Pretty Living has a unique ottoman that can be used to rest your feet. You only need an old tire and some rope. You can use a glue gun to make this socks that will keep your feet warm and add additional seating on your deck.

Sling chair that is quick and easy to use

Are you not a fan of an upright chair with cushions? A sling chair might be more your style. Although this design is more difficult than the previous one, it will be well worth the effort. This folding chair will look stunning for many years if it is made of a durable wood.

Game table

This easy game table will add fun to your porch. The base’s urn-shaped planter doubles as storage and can be used to store game pieces. The wooden top can be painted with tic-tac toe or any other game board you like.

Adirondack chairs are easy to use

An Adirondack chair under a maple tree or on your patio is the best way to say “Relax.” You don’t have to settle for plastic chairs that break in the wind when you can make your own sturdy chair using TOH’s Tom Silva’s help. Make two chairs and share the breeze with a friend.

Modern lounge chair

This modern cushioned lounge chair can be made in a contemporary style. You can either buy ready-made cushions, or have them custom made.

Poolside bar

A pool party is incomplete without some liquid refreshment. Hillside Design Studios has created this poolside bar with just a few pallets. You can also buy new lumber and stain it to match your outdoor furniture.

Mobile grill cart and preptable

The DIY grill cart doubles as a prep desk. The cart has casters that allow you to move it around, pull handles for hanging towels and a lower shelf for your barbecue supplies. You can choose to cover it with a wood that is resistant to moisture or a pine finish painted or stained.

Easy outdoor dining table

This super-easy-to-make outdoor dining table is perfect for hosting a great barbecue party with your friends. This modern table can be made in a matter of minutes using only 2x4s, paint, stain, screws, and a few other items. If you have more time and some wood, you can make a few benches.

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