Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional - Armless Piece with Corner/End Option

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/31/2019 - 20:42
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Build your own outdoor sectional with 2x4s and customize your outdoor space.  These free plans are easy to follow and you won't need any special tools - just a drill and a saw!  

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white cushions on a brown outdoor sectional farmhouse style feel

 

 
 
 
 

Reader submitted photo by TammyLinskey

Start small... go big!  With this simple outdoor sectional piece plan, you can make an outdoor sectional as big (or small) as you need, as your budget or schedule allows.  Build a couple sectional pieces this year, add on next year - the options are endless.

Easy to Build Corner Piece

It's easier than ever to turn corners!  We've updated the plans so all you have to do is add an arm piece to the basic sectional piece to create corners for your sectional.

diagram of outdoor sectional piece with corner modification

Standard Outdoor Cushions

Each sectional piece (including the corner) fits a standard 25" x 25" deep seat cushion, up to 5" thick.  For corners, you may need two back pillows.  

If you purchase the cushions in sets with both backs and seats, consider purchasing another set, and using the spare seat cushion on an ottoman.

outdoor sectional diagram showing cushions

The plans for this matching ottoman (can also be used as a coffee table) are here.

Updated Plans

This plan has been updated to include all 2x materials and a simplified design.  If you need the old plans you can find them here:

The new, updated plans are below.  

ana white plans outdoor sectional

Dimensions
dimensions diagram for outdoor sectional piece with corner
Dimensions displayed in the diagram - fits 25" x 25" cushions

Preparation

Shopping List

We recommend exterior suitable wood 

 

SHOPPING LIST FOR ONE SECTIONAL PIECE

  • 3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 50" long
  • ~65 - 2-1/2" long exterior self tapping wood screws

SHOPPING LIST FOR ONE CORNER LEG PIECE

  • 1 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 4 feet long
  • ~15 - 2-1/2" long exterior self tapping wood screws
Common Materials
Cut List

CUT LIST FOR SECTIONAL PIECE

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 24" - seat frame
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 22" - seat frame
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 13-1/2" - front legs
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 27-1/2" - back legs
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 25" - top
  • 7 - 2x4 @ 22" - seat slats
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 25" - seat trim

CUT LIST FOR CORNER LEG

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 27-1/2" - legs
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 28-1/2" - top
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 23-1/2" - seat and seat apron
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Make sure you are working on a clean level surface. Predrill and countersink you screws. Take a square after each step. Be safe and have fun. And use glue.

Instructions

Step 1

Use 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws to assemble the seat frame, two per joint.  Exterior wood glue is recommended.

Step 2

Attach legs to the frame from the inside, two screws per joint and glue.

Step 3

Attach top to sectional piece with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 4

Lay outside and center seat slats down and screw down, two screws per joint, with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 5

Evenly space remaining seat slats and screw down.

Step 6

Attach 2x2 trim to the seat slats and legs (where possible) to finish off end of seat.

Step 7

The corner can be used on either side (pay attention to the seat apron board being placed on the inside or outside).  

Build the corner, then attach to the sectional legs with 2-1/2" screws.

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Comments

Christine (not verified)

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 05:34

Another thought I had on the foam is look at foam mattress toppers that you could cut to size. Sometimes buying the whole thing and cutting yourself can save some money!

Fishing413 (not verified)

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 05:45

Thanks for the great plan! We are going to put in a paver patio by the pond and I was trying to think what would go well on there. BINGO! I see the corners are larger to accomodate for the side cushions and arm rest. Will those plans be made avauilible as well? Thanks so much.

Virginia's Loo… (not verified)

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 10:49

ANA- you know how much I love you and your blog BUT this is a hate mail comment!!! COULD YOU NOT HAVE POSTED THIS PIECE prior to me buying a set for my screened porch ............... I BEGGED for a sectional for our screen porch but it wasn't in the budget. I have already made several of your pieces and know for a FACT I could build this for less than I paid for my furniture out there now..... Do you think if I craiglisted the furniture the hubby would notice.... OH well...I have my wishlist prepared for next year!!!! Thanks for all you do...You have inspired me to go beyond where I feel safe! As I say never underestimate a woman who thinks she can!

LilyWest (not verified)

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 10:54

When your directions say to use the 2" or the 1 1/2" screws - how many am I using at a time? I know this may sound like a ridiculous question, but if I drill pocket holes - do I use one pocket hole or two and what is the spacing between the two? I am just curious about making it as sturdy as possible. Thanks!

Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 11:05

Thanks all for your comments! Make sure you read the last two steps, I talk about how to connect sectional pieces and also a simple modification if you are worried about your back cushions falling through (trust me, that was a concern of mine too!)

As far as screws go, I don't give specific information because I trust that you are smart and that you can use your best judgment. You always need at least two screws, and often that's plenty. Your pocket hole jig (at least the Kreg Jig) has two holes on the jig correctly spaced for drilling two at the same time.

Gotta say, I'm dying to build this myself! Ugh!

Ana

deborah (not verified)

Mon, 05/17/2010 - 14:58

I am going to build this for our family room soon..my husband is having severe back pain and needs a taller higher? seat (from the floor to the cushion) I don't think it would be hard to add a couple of inches to the height would it? I'm gonna paint mine black and cover the cushions in drop cloth fabric :)) It will be next month, but I'm going to get this done. Thanks so much!!!

Bethany (not verified)

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 06:28

I thought I'd post this on both parts of the sectional posts:

I modeled this up with an addition - a couple of end tables that could serve as extra seating, tables, or if you built them to size, they could fit into the empty part of a "U" shaped configuration to make a giant outdoor "daybed/lounger" - at least that is how I'm planning on configuring my sectional!!! You can check out my idea (there are two pictures) on the suggestion board of the KOW flickr group:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1333045@N24/?added=2

jill (not verified)

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 04:43

Ana, I must say, YOU ROCK!!:) I posted something like this on your facebook page for plans request and never thought you would get around to it after seeing all the other plans people had posted. You must feel overwhelmed!! I just wanted to say thank you. I know you hear it all the time but you are so inspiring! I have been thinking about the outdoor cushion thing and someone had mentioned to buy only the outdoor foam to prevent mold and help to dry quicker after rain. I think you could also buy regular foam and then purchase an inexpensive vinyl table cloth and make a cover out of that for cushion first then proceed to make the regular fabric cover. Also, you could sew 3 sides and sew velcro on the end and close up like that. Kinda like wrapping a present... Then they would be easy to remove to throw in wash when they needed it. Just a couple ideas:))
Thanks again for all you do:) I HAVE to check you blog daily. I'm addicted!