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DIY Outdoor Couch

Our sunroom really needed some cute outdoor furniture, so I came up with plans to build a DIY outdoor couch! This was my first piece of DIY outdoor furniture that I’ve built and I love it!

DIY outdoor couch

I love how our outdoor couch turned out and I’m excited to share the step by step tutorial!

Cushions Used & Cushion Options

The couch was designed to fit with two sets of these beautiful, outdoor cushions (the Sevilla Replacement Cushions), which I’m loving so far too! Look out for the sales on them, I got them 50% off!

If you use different cushions than the ones above, make sure to adjust the below cut measurements! And make sure to order your cushions first before building in case they go out of stock!

A reader found these similar size cushions which are the closest in size that I have seen (they are 28 x 28″, the ones I used were 28.75 x 28.75″).

And this store has other outdoor cushions to choose from as well, but again measurements would still need some adjusting.

Here are a few more cushion options here and here as well.

The seat cushions I used are 28.75″ long x 28.75″ wide each.

Free Printable Build Plans

Also, get the FREE printable build plans here for this outdoor couch. *If you have already subscribed, you can find this printable in the Free Printable Library.

One of the best features about this DIY outdoor couch is that it only cost $30 in lumber to build!!! The exterior stain I used was an additional $15, so a total of $45 for me to build it!

I built a matching DIY outdoor chair and DIY outdoor coffee table to go with the couch and complete the set!

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How to build a DIY Outdoor Couch:

Materials:

Tools:

**If you use different cushions, make sure to adjust the below cut measurements!

The final size of this DIY outdoor couch is 26″ tall x 62 1/2″ wide x 30 1/4″ deep.

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VIDEO TUTORIAL:

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1. Make cuts for outdoor couch frame

Use a miter saw and make the following cuts from the 2x3s:

  • 4 pieces @ 24 1/2″ (for side frames)
  • 2 pieces @ 30 1/4″ (for side frames)
  • 5 pieces @ 57 1/2″ (for back & front frames)
  • 8 pieces @ 27 1/4″ (for side & bottom frames)

Note, if this is your first time building , check out my 6 easy tips for getting started with woodworking!

2. Assemble DIY outdoor couch side frames

Add two pocket holes with the Kreg Jig to each end of two of the 27 1/4″ pieces.

Tip: See my how to use a Kreg Jig post for an easy, step by step tutorial and video tutorial on how to use the Kreg Jig!

add kreg hole to both ends of wood board

Mark 10″ up from the bottom of one of the 24 1/2″ pieces (on the edge of it). Attach one of the 27 1/4″ pieces perpendicularly to the 24 1/2″ piece at the 10″ mark.

Make sure to attach it so the edge of the 27 1/4″ piece is flush with the top edge of the 24 1/2″ piece as shown in the below photo. I used a scrap 1×2 and paint stick underneath of the board to help with this part!

Attach longer boards to shorter boards to start making side couch frames

Then attach the two together with 2 1/2″ Kreg screws. Repeat this process on the other side of the 27 1/4″ piece. Once complete your side frame piece will look like this:

two short boards attached to long board to start forming outdoor couch side frames

Next, attach one of the 30 1/4″ boards to the top of the frame with 2 1/2″ deck screws and so they are countersunk beneath the wood surface (you will fill them with wood filler later).

I forgot to get deck screws, so I just used Kreg screws instead, which works too!

To do this, I used a 3/8″ drill bit and drilled a shallow hole, just deep enough to cover my screw head. Then, I drilled my pilot hole inside of that larger hole with a smaller bit for the Kreg screw. Lastly, I drilled in my Kreg screw to attach the two boards.

drill pilot holes to assemble top of outdoor couch side frames

Repeat on the back of the side frame piece and then your side frame is complete!

Assembled DIY outdoor couch side frames

Repeat the above process to create the second side frame piece for your DIY outdoor couch.

Also, the steps for these side frames are exactly the same as the matching DIY outdoor chair. I created a how to build an outdoor chair VIDEO if you want to see the steps in a video tutorial form!

3. Add side slat boards to side frames

Now it’s time to add the horizontal slat boards to the side frames. This step is totally optional. These slats are more a decorative feature than structural. I think they make the DIY outdoor sofa look really cool and will help prevent throw pillows from falling out the sides!

Measure the exact distance between the two legs of the side frames and cut three 1x3s to this size. The measurements should be close to 27 1/4″ but since we’re working with framing lumber, they will probably be a little different.

Each of my three slats were a little different in size, so make sure to measure exactly where the board is going. The boards should be spaced out 1 3/4″ from each other:

Add side slat boards to side frames

Attach the 1×3 slat boards with a brad nailer and 2″ brad nails.

Add side slat boards to side frames with brad nailer and brad nails

wood side frame with wood slats for DIY outdoor sofa

Repeat the above process for the second side frame.

4. Assemble bottom frame of DIY Outdoor Sofa

Add pocket holes to both ends of the remaining 6 boards @ 27 1/4″ AND to the ends of the 5 boards @ 57 1/2″.

Then use Kreg screws and attach four of the 27 1/4″ boards perpendicularly to two of the 57 1/2″ boards as shown in the below photo. Make sure the 57 1/2″ boards pocket holes are facing the inside.

Space the 27 1/4″ boards about 6″ part and attach the first and fourth board about 14 1/2″ up from the side board ends. Note, you will add the other 2 boards in soon, but not yet so you can easily fit your drill in the space and attach this bottom frame to the side frame in the next step.

attach bottom frame of couch together with kreg screws

5. Attach bottom frame to outdoor couch side frames

Attach the bottom frame to the side frames using 2 1/2″ Kreg screws and 10″ up from the ground (as shown in photo below). It helps to place the side frame flat on the floor and have a second person hold up the bottom frame on top of it.

Attach bottom frame to outdoor couch side frames

Once both side frames have been attached to the bottom frame, go ahead and add the last two 27 1/4″ boards on the bottom frame (from step #4). If it’s difficult to get them in place, use a hammer to tap them in place better.

finish adding in bottom frame boards couch build

6. Add back frame boards to DIY outdoor couch

Turn the outdoor couch on its side and use Kreg screws to attach the remaining three, 57 1/2″ boards to the side frames to create the back frame of the couch (space the boards about 2 3/4″ apart).

Add back frame boards to DIY outdoor couch with drill and kreg holes

Flip your couch back up and your DIY outdoor couch build is finished yay!!!

Back of DIY outdoor couch before staining

Front view of DIY outdoor couch before staining

7. Fill holes, sand, and stain

Fill the 4 screw holes and nail holes in with stainable wood filler. If you haven’t sanded your boards yet (I like to do most of my sanding before starting), go ahead and sand them well.

For tips on sanding wood, check out my easy guide on how to sand wood.

Finish off your project with exterior wood stain! I used Valspar semi transparent exterior stain in Pine bark. It was one of the only exterior stains I could find that came in a quart size and not a gallon size. And it only took one coat!

Check out my tutorial on how to stain wood for a beautiful finish and the best way to apply stain!

After staining, let your couch dry for a full 24 hours, then add the cushions, and enjoy!!!

DIY outdoor furniture an outdoor couch in sunroom

Here’s another angle of it!

DIY outdoor sofa

I loveeee this DIY outdoor couch so much, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and the low cost! In the spring I’d like to build a matching chair set to go with it!! How fun would that be?!

Update: I built a matching DIY patio chair and DIY outdoor coffee table to go with the couch!

So, what do you think of this build? It fits great in small spaces and it has really helped to start transforming our sunroom into an enjoyable, cute, and functional space. Next up, I need some kind of wall art to go above it!

If you make this DIY couch, please share it with me on social media @angelamariemade or #angelamariemade! *You can also share your build in our Woodworking for the Home facebook group, be sure to join! 

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DIY outdoor couch with cushions and without cushions and stain

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Mary Jane Smith

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

My son and I used your plans/tutorial to build a SECTIONAL and BED SWING for his Back Porch!! Thank you for sharing!! I’m not sure how to send a pic, but love for you to see the finished project.

Angela Marie Made

Thursday 12th of November 2020

That's awesome, you can send me a picture at my email [email protected] I'd love to see how it!!!

Cassandra

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Thank you! Couldn’t be happier with how our couch turned out. Easy to follow tutorial!

Angela Marie Made

Sunday 25th of October 2020

Thank you very much!! I'm so glad that it turned out great!

Amber

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Hello- Are the 1x3 just decorative or provide support? My local stores are out of that size. Can I make this without that detail for now? Thanks in advance for your help.

Angela Marie Made

Monday 12th of October 2020

They are mainly decorative, the bottom one does help keep the cushion in place. You could substitute with 1 x 4's as well if they have those.

David Lynch

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Hi Angela, thank you so much for sharing this. My wife and I made this as our first woodworking project. We have finished making the couch but unfortunately the cushions are sold out (I know you said to by the cushions first 🤦🏻‍♂️). We are having a hard time finding other similar cushions for a reasonable price. Do you know if anyone used 24” or 25” cushions? Would it look terrible?

Angela Marie Made

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Congrats on your first project!! The 28" x 28" cushions are the best alternative option. I think that the 24" or 25" cushions would be too small but you could get creative to make them work, I have seen a couple people build out a mini table to put in between.

Nichole

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

What kind of brad nailer do you have? Not sure which one to buy

Angela Marie Made

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

I have the Ryobi Airstrike found here: https://amzn.to/2sxeXwR. I have had this for 5 years and it has held up great.

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