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Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space with These 21 DIY Furniture Ideas

Planning a backyard makeover to design your space for outdoor parties? With the right tools and materials, you can create and design inexpensive outdoor furniture for cookouts and backyard get-togethers. Check out these 21 DIY outdoor furniture ideas!

Upcycle Your Ottoman

DIY Outdoor Ottomans Stacked. Photo by Instagram user @peakproducts

Photo via @peakproducts

Put your feet up with a DIY ottoman! You can easily make an outdoor ottoman with materials you have around the house, such as an old tire, some rope, and furniture legs. You could even sew your own ottoman pouf using outdoor fabric and polystyrene beads.

Build a DIY Coffee Table

Provide a coffee table where you and guests can set down beverages and snacks during an outdoor party or while relaxing in an outdoor living room. For an inexpensive DIY option, build an outdoor coffee table out of a few 1×4 and 2×4 wooden boards and finish the table with your favorite stain. Or you can design an alternative coffee table with pallets, concrete blocks, a planter box, and some paint!

Put Together a Patio Chair

Make sure there’s plenty of seating on your outdoor patio with DIY accent chairs! With some lumber, wood filler, and stain, you can build the perfect DIY outdoor chair to complement other outdoor furniture. Don’t forget to include some cushions and pillows to show off your style and add more comfort!

Make DIY Adirondack Chairs

Show off your DIY skills by assembling Adirondack chairs! You can create these classic outdoor chairs out of 2x4s, upcycled pallet wood, and more. Keep in mind that you’ll want to stain your DIY Adirondack chairs to protect them while outdoors—and you might consider painting them fun colors, too!

Add Sling Chairs

Whether you’re looking for a comfortable seating option for your deck, patio, or pool area, consider adding sling chairs! With some dowels, weatherproof fabric, and other inexpensive materials, you can build a DIY folding sling chair for quick and easy outdoor seating!

Include a Rocking Chair

Need the perfect outdoor chair for relaxing? Add a DIY rocking chair! Create a rocking chair out of old pallets or using cedar. Just be sure you treat the wood so that it’s protected from all kinds of weather. Then, you can use your rocking chair as seating by a fire table, on your porch, or on a patio as a fun accent piece.

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Recline in Loungers

Relax after a long day or soak up the sun in your backyard with loungers! These DIY lounge chairs are perfect for setting up next to a pool or under a large umbrella. When building your lounger, make sure you include an adjustable backrest so you can sit up or lie down as necessary!

Design an Outdoor Bench

Storage Bench Open on a Patio. Photo by Instagram user @merbau_designs

Photo via @merbau_designs

An outdoor bench is a classic and easy way to add seating to your patio, deck, or backyard! Build your DIY outdoor bench with repurposed wood, then stain the bench to help protect it from the elements. You can also add hinges to the top to create an outdoor storage bench!

Opt for a Couch

Large Outdoor Sectional on a Deck. Photo by Instagram user @west_and_co

Photo via @west_and_co

For the ultimate outdoor living room, don’t forget to install an outdoor couch! You could make a loveseat or a large sectional—whatever fits the space! To build a DIY outdoor couch, you’ll need materials like 2x4s, 4x4s, and a UV-resistant stain for the untreated wood. You can even create an outdoor pallet couch!

Relax with a Daybed

Dog Laying on a Hanging Daybed. Photo by Instagram user @hugheshomediy

Photo via @hugheshomediy

Make room on your patio or in your backyard for an outdoor daybed! Once you construct your DIY daybed, make sure to add a stain or varnish to protect the frame from any water damage. Complete this cozy relaxation spot with a cushion, hanging lights, blankets, and pillows for the ultimate summer retreat!

Hang a Swinging Chair

Hanging Swinging Chair in a Backyard. Photo by Instagram user @lalphotodesign

Photo via @lalphotodesign

Give your outdoor living space or back deck some extra flair with a DIY swinging chair! You can make a hanging canvas lounge chair, or you can go with a hanging macrame lounge chair. Regardless, be sure to use sturdy materials to safely install your swinging chair!

Go with a Hammock

Looking for a fun seating option for your outdoor oasis? Add a hammock! You can fasten a hammock between two trees or build your own DIY hammock stand if you’d like it to be freestanding in your yard. When creating your hammock, pick a fun, washable fabric and add some decorative pillows for the total relaxation spot!

Kick Back on a Porch Swing

Make the most out of your back porch or covered deck with a porch swing! To make a DIY porch swing, you’ll want to use sturdy wood, thick rope or chains, and cushions with washable outdoor fabric. Once you’ve safely hung the porch swing, decorate it with a throw and colorful pillows.

Build an Outdoor Dining Table

An outdoor dining table is a must-have if you like to host backyard parties or eat meals outside when the weather’s nice! You can go with a simple wood dining table or a DIY classic picnic table. Add a few chairs or a bench and an umbrella, and you’ll be ready to dine outdoors!

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Include an Outdoor Bar

If you need a spot to enjoy cocktails on a patio or deck, set up an outdoor bar! Whether you choose to use pallet wood, concrete, or 2x4s, you can make your own DIY bar table with as much seating as you’d like. Plus, this outdoor furniture is versatile, so you can even use this spot for additional outdoor dining space!

Make Your Own Console Table

Planning an outdoor party but not sure where to put the food, drinks, or decorations? You need an outdoor console table! Using a variety of lumber, strong ties, bolts, and locking screws, you can easily create an industrial-style console table. Take it a step further by attaching wheels on the bottom so it’s portable!

Create Shade with an Umbrella Table

When hosting outdoor parties or enjoying a meal on the patio, you can keep the sun off everyone with a DIY umbrella table! Construct a small side table with an umbrella out of several pieces of lumber, deck screws, and plastic bins. Or build a budget-friendly picnic table with an umbrella hole out of 1×6 deck boards and 4×4 pressure-treated lumber that’s resistant to insects and moisture.

Set Up a DIY Fire Table

Backyard Fire Table. Photo by Instagram user @jilld421

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Instead of digging your own fire pit, build your own fire table for a great addition to your backyard living space! To create your DIY fire table, you’ll need a burner kit, cedarwood, steel, and concrete for the countertop. You can even set up your fire table to use propane for quicker use!

Gather Around a Fireside Bench

Fireside Bench near a Fire Pit. Photo by Instagram user @mmadswoodshop

Photo via @mmadswoodshop

Have a fire pit in your backyard? Create the perfect gathering space by setting up a fireside bench! Make a curved outdoor bench out of pressure-treated lumber, and be sure to stain it for weather protection. Once you’re done building, don’t forget to add a few pillows and a blanket for those chilly nights!

Incorporate a Tree Bench

If you have a large tree in your backyard, you can create more seating by adding a tree bench around the trunk! To build your DIY tree bench, you’ll need wood pallets, a drill, miter saw, and garden spade. You might also consider adding some cushions on the bench for more comfortable outdoor seating!

Consider a DIY Bar Cart

Poolside Homemade Bar Cart. Photo by Instagram user @darling4foxes

Photo via @darling4foxes

Need a spot to store drinks outdoors? Create the perfect drink station with a DIY bar cart! Build your own outdoor bar cart out of weather-resistant cedar. Don’t forget to add shelves for storage and put wheels on the bottom to make it transportable!


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Update Your Backyard 21 DIY Outdoor Ideas