Build: diy outdoor sofa
Build an outdoor sofa using 2x wood scraps and top it with Ikea cushions for extra outdoor seating.
A slight modification of Ana White’s outdoor sofa I choose to eliminate the arms making more of an open bench feel.
It’s plenty deep, in fact I would make it about 3″ shallower next time.
The cushions are Ikea Hallo series: one chaise pad and three back cushions.
This sofa was built mostly with 2×6 teak boards and other scraps.
Total cost to build this outdoor sofa: $85 (all cushions).
How to build an outdoor sofa:
2 – 2×6 @ 68″ (front & back support)
2 – 2×4 @ 18″ (front legs)
2 – 2×6 @ 30″ (sides)
2 – 2×4 @ 35″ (back legs)
1 – 2×4 @ 68″ (back top support)
1 – 2×4 @ 16″ (middle support leg) *cut to fit
1 – 2×6 @ 70″ (seat support) *cut to fit
12-15 – various 1x @ 22″ (seat slats)
1 – 1×6 @ 72″ (back top support)
1 – 1×4 @ 72″ (back bottom support)
14-16 1×3 @ 12″ (back slats)
Step 1: Attach front legs to front support using Kreg jig pocket holes, glue and 2 1/2″ screws.
Step 2: Repeat process for back legs and back support then attach to sides to make box.
Step 3: Add seat support. My teak boards had a notched groove perfect for the support piece, secure with pocket holes from underneath.
Step 4: Attach top back support and seat slats.
Step 5: Attach middle support leg.
Step 6: Construct back support again using pocket holes.
Step 7: Place back support in position and secure from back at top and base.
Step 8: Seal with Minwax Helmsman exterior grade clear satin poly, 3 coats.
Step 9: Soak the legs in poly then flip the sofa upside-down and let dry.
This will seal up the open wood on the legs which is most susceptible to water damage from sitting on the ground.