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Outdoor Couch

Modern style meets DIY cool in this sturdy cedar sofa! With just some 2x4 boards, you could be seating in style this summer!

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Cut Your Boards:

Cut all of your boards according to the cut list. A circular saw, chop saw, or compound miter saw is recommended for cutting.


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Build Seat Frame:

To make the seat part of this sofa, we are basically going to frame up a mini floor. Just attach 5 of the 25-1/2” long 2x4s to 2 of the 72” long 2x4s, spacing about 16” apart. Use 2-1/2” exterior decking screws. This completes the seat frame.


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Arms:

Attach arm rests (28-½” long) to legs (25-½” long) with 2-½” exterior decking screws. Build two arms.


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Arm Middle:

Attach another 25-½” long board to the center of the arm, 14” up from bottom, with 2-½” exterior decking screws.


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Arm Tie-In:

To finish the arms, add another 25-½” long board underneath the arm middle. We’ll use this board to tie into the seat framing in the next step.


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Attaching Arms to Seat:

Attach the seat framing to the arms with 2-1/2” exterior screws, through the arm tie-in boards.


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Seat Slats:

Attach seat slats to seat support frame, with 2-½” exterior decking screws.


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Back Support:

Attach the final 72” long 2x4 board to the tops of the arms, at the back. This time use a pocket hole jig set for 1-½” thick boards, and 2-½” long pocket hole screws.


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Kmm4
Kmm4

Built it! Love it! Can you share any info on the cushions that fit best with it?!

karlah
karlah

Kmm4 - Did you find cushions? Just finished the frame and trying to find cushions. :)

Kmm4
Kmm4

Karlah, they were so expensive! Hah, the cushions would have cost just as much as a brand new seat with cushions, kind of frustrating. But it looks cute and homemade so oh well. We used the cheapest we could find from At Home, the ones that included the top and bottom as one, and had to add some extra throw pillows for added comfort since the back seems to dig in when you sit! Still enjoy it though. Wish she would include the measurements of the cushions she used so it would have been easier to find. They may be custom as the standard cushions fall a little short.

RachParker
RachParker

Considering this! Standard outdoor cushions?

Greg_N
Greg_N

How many 2x4's planks should be purchased?

RYOBI NATION
RYOBI NATION

Hi, Greg- There is a link just before the steps that allows you to download the plan, including a shopping list. According to that list, you'll need 11 2x4x10's. If you build the couch, we'd sure like to see it!

karlah
karlah

Just finished the frame - love it! Any recs on good places to find cushions?


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Project Information

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials Used:

  • (11) 2x4 @ 72"

  • (13) 2x4 @ 25-1/2"

  • (2) 2x4 @ 28-1/2"

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