Weekend Projects: 5 DIYs to Improve Your Outdoor Space

You needn't spend a great deal of money or time making DIY outdoor furniture to bring comfort and convenience to your deck, porch, or patio.

With June officially having kicked off the summer, we look forward to a season under the sun. But if your deck, porch, or patio is lacking basics like tables and chairs, now is your moment to get busy with DIY outdoor furniture projects aimed at making your time outdoors both convenient and comfortable.

 

1. CREATE STUMP STOOLS

DIY Outdoor Furniture - Tree Stump Stools

Photo: marthastewart.com

A “natural” accent for any outdoor living area, variously sized tree stump stools are the ultimate in versatile DIY outdoor furniture. Whether you plan to sit on them or to use them as side tables—or both—making a complete set is neither expensive nor time-consuming.

 

2. MAKE A SWING

DIY Outdoor Furniture - Porch Swing

Photo: ana-white.com

Ana White, self-described homemaker (emphasis on “maker”), built this swing from standard dimensional lumber. Here, it hangs from a tree limb, but if you’re more of a bench person, simply adds legs to the design. Either way, it’s easy to imagine whiling away the weekend on this invitingly oversized seat, isn’t it?

 

3. BUILD A BENCH-BAR COMBO

DIY Outdoor Furniture - Potting Bench

Photo: thewoodwhisperer.com

There are so many exciting DIY outdoor furniture projects on Ana White’s blog, including a simple cedar potting bench. Easy to build, even for those with limited woodworking experience, the bench doubles as a bar or barbecue area for summertime get-togethers in the backyard.

 

4. TILE A TABLE TOP

DIY Outdoor Furniture - Tile Table
Photo: centsationalgirl.com

Cut, glue, and grout your way to stylish DIY outdoor furniture! To achieve a light and lively table top like this one, round up some wood boards and some glass tiles, then get to work following Centsational Girl’s handy how-to.

 

5. POUR A CEMENT TROUGH 

DIY Outdoor Furniture - Concrete Trough Planter

Photo: curbly.com

If you’re curious about, but wary of, experimenting with concrete, this trough-style planter would make a terrific starter project. For one thing, these instructions from Curbly couldn’t be clearer. Plus, your modern and minimalist result may be used in more ways than one: A patio planter today becomes a drinks cooler tomorrow, just in time for your Independence Day party!