10 Doable Designs for DIY Outdoor Furniture

The weather is warm—it’s finally time to start making the most of your outdoor space. You can transform your yard, deck, or patio into a true extension of your home if you can create the right ambience—and furniture is key in establishing the mood. Unfortunately, outdoor furniture can cost a bundle. This year, DIY your own to save money and really customize your outdoor space. Check out these awesome DIY outdoor furniture projects that set the tone for a perfect summer oasis.

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  1. Hammock

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    How often have you dreamed of lazing through a summer afternoon in a hammock? That dream can be a reality sooner than you think. Head over to The Merrythought, and let Caitlin show you how you can make one from a canvas drop cloth. Then, grab a book and a lemonade, and settle in for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.


    Related: Genius! Instant DIY Hammock

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  2. Adirondack Furniture

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    Nothing says summer like the classic Adirondack chair. You can make your own with stock lumber—or save a bundle, like Saved By Love did, by using scraps from your local home center. Once your creation has been graced by a gorgeous chalk paint finish, who will ever know the difference?


    Related: Adirondack Chairs—10 New Classics for Today

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  3. Fold-Out Bar

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    Sipping summer cocktails just got a lot more convenient. This fold-out bar tucks away to almost nothing when not in use. Open it up, and refreshment is at the ready. Head over to Turtles and Tails to see exactly how to make this handy bar part of your outdoor decor.


    Related: 17 DIY Mini Bars to Mix Up Your Home Decor

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  4. Reclined Movie Seats

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    Drive-in movie theaters are, sadly, a thing of the past. But you can still enjoy a flick under the stars—in your very own backyard, in your very comfortable outdoor movie theater seats. See how Stacy Risenmay does it over at Not Just a Housewife. These are so quick and easy, you’ll want to make a dozen or more.


    Related: 10 DIY Lawn Games to Bring the Amusement Park Home

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  5. X-Brace Side Table with Concrete

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    This little side table is super easy and super cheap to make with stock lumber and a bag of concrete. Jamison, the Rogue Engineer, has broken it down for you and provided a free plan. You’ll be setting drinks on your new table by the end of the weekend.


    Related: 8 Unique Ways to Build Your Own Table

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  6. Bench

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    Build a simple yet elegantly modern outdoor bench with 2x4s and screws. No, really—it's just that easy. Toss some cushions on it, and it becomes an outdoor sofa, ready to seat a crowd. Everything you need to know for this project is available at ana-white.com.


    Related: Top 10 Classic DIY Projects for the Outdoors

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  7. Concrete Table

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    Outdoor industrial chic can be yours with this compact concrete side table. All you need is a few 2x2s and a concrete mix to bring definitive style to your space. Visit Storefront Life for the how-to.


    Related: Cement Your Place in History with These 9 Easy Concrete Projects

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  8. Pallet Coffee Table

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    Pallets are the perfect fodder for DIY furniture. Their solid structure and shape makes them ideal for a wide range of projects—including a backyard makeover. That's exactly what Aniko from Place of My Taste did with these cast-off pallets. Get the 411 on this super functional and attractive coffee table at her blog and make one for yourself.


    Related: 15 Shipping Pallet Projects for the DIY Home

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  9. Tire Swing

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    Yes, you absolutely should consider a tire swing to be furniture. Make a fab one like this with the help of Sean from Nothing but Bonfires. Be prepared to fight with your kids over who gets to sit in it.


    Related: 10 Playful Examples of Swinging and Swaying Furniture

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  10. Daybed

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    If you think daybeds are only for the indoors—think again! This sunny spot is the best place to cozy up with a cup of morning coffee. It's surprisingly simple to put together a daybed like this for your porch or patio. The base is nothing more than four pallets. See how Tanya at Lovely Greens made it happen, and get ready to kick back and unwind.

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