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Outdoor Sofa with Wide Armrests


AGennis
AGennis
AGennis
AGennis

This is an outdoor sofa inspired from Ana White's 2x4 Outdoor Sofa:
https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/2x4-outdoor-sofa

I built the couch out of cedar, and I made several modifications. The first change was necessary, I changed the dimensions since my sofa cushions aren't the same size as Ana White's cushions. My seat cushions are 5'' H x 23'' W x 25'' D, and my back cushions are 29'' W x 18'' H x 5'' D, thus my sofa's overall dimensions are: 80" W x 28" D 29" H. The second change was for comfort, and it was simple to implement, I changed the armrests from 2x4's to 2x6's which are wide enough to act as a small table, wide enough to hold a dinner plate. The last change was for comfort, but more involved than the other two, I added a back to the design. It included three more planks the same length as the seat planks, one plank as long as the entire sofa with cutouts so it sits only 2" above the armrests, and two vertical planks behind to support the sofa's back.

The gaps between the seat planks are 2 1/4". I'm not concerned about the size of the gaps, since I have seat cushions. If you wanted to close the gaps, you could add one or two more seat planks. One additional plank will reduce the gaps to 1 3/8" each, and two additional planks will reduce the gaps to 1/2" each.

Wood:
2x6x8' - 1 plank
2x4x8' - 1 plank
2x4x10' - 1 plank
2x4x12' - 6 planks

Cuts:
2x6x20" - 2 each
2x6x26.5" - 2 each
2x4x23.5" - 9 each
2x4x25.5" - 4 each
2x4x69" - 9 each
2x4x80" - 1 each

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Outdoor Sofa with Wide Armrests

by AGennis
Jul 21, 2020

This is an outdoor sofa inspired from Ana White's 2x4 Outdoor Sofa: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/2x4-outdoor-sofa I built the couch out of cedar, and I made several modifications. The first change was necessary, I changed the dimensions since my sofa cushions aren't the same size as Ana White's cushions. My seat cushions are 5'' H x 23'' W x 25'' D, and my back cushions are 29'' W x 18'' H x 5'' D, thus my sofa's overall dimensions are: 80" W x 28" D 29" H. The second change was for comfort, and it was simple to implement, I changed the armrests from 2x4's to 2x6's which are wide enough to act as a small table, wide enough to hold a dinner plate. The last change was for comfort, but more involved than the other two, I added a back to the design. It included three more planks the same length as the seat planks, one plank as long as the entire sofa with cutouts so it sits only 2" above the armrests, and two vertical planks behind to support the sofa's back. The gaps between the seat planks are 2 1/4". I'm not concerned about the size of the gaps, since I have seat cushions. If you wanted to close the gaps, you could add one or two more seat planks. One additional plank will reduce the gaps to 1 3/8" each, and two additional planks will reduce the gaps to 1/2" each. Wood: 2x6x8' - 1 plank 2x4x8' - 1 plank 2x4x10' - 1 plank 2x4x12' - 6 planks Cuts: 2x6x20" - 2 each 2x6x26.5" - 2 each 2x4x23.5" - 9 each 2x4x25.5" - 4 each 2x4x69" - 9 each 2x4x80" - 1 each