DIY Modern Outdoor Sofa

1 Material
2 Days

This Modern Outdoor Sofa is made from 2x4 and 1x4 cedar boards (pine could be substituted) and has a nice set back for a super comfy feel. The cushions are custom made just for the sofa. Watch the video below for the full build details and visit the blog post where detailed plans are available.

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diy modern outdoor sofa

Layout your board and arrange them from darkest to lightest boards. Cedar is very prone to have different shades.

Label your boards so you'll have similar colored sides while leaving lighter pieces for the back or bottom.
diy modern outdoor sofa

Assemble the arm sides from 3 pieces of 2x4 cedar each.

Attach the arm sides with a base piece running between them.

Build the seat base from cedar 2x4's
diy modern outdoor sofa

Attach 1x4's for seat slats to hold the cushions.

Attach the seat base to the side assemblies.
diy modern outdoor sofa

Build the seat back and attach the slats.

Attach the seat back to the base.

Make your own custom sofa cushions using your fabric of choice. For the full details on this build and available plans go visit the blog post below!

Suggested materials:

  • Cedar  (lumber yard)

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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1 question
  • Mary Howard
    on Feb 12, 2017

    Was the Cedar stained? I do know how the weather can age a beauty like this.

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  • Julie Mullins
    on Feb 18, 2017

    WOW what a great job way to go

  • Ellen Beener
    on Feb 27, 2017

    It is really nice BUT, you need many advanced power tools and the knowledge of woodwork. This should not be considered for Moderately skilled people. This takes experience in working with tools.

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