Simple outdoor sofa and chairs

Submitted by Bamafan50 on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 17:50

The sofa was my first large DIY project that required a fair amount of construction. It took me about a week working a few hours a day. I followed the plans as they were listed but made a few adjustments to accommodate for the size of the cushions. I used regular pine and then cheap lumber for the slats, lesson learned. Way too much sanding and it still didn't have the finish I was hoping for.  

For the chairs: I used a mix of plans from the Bristol outdoor lounge chair (Ana's) and the simple outdoor sofa. I chose to use all sect pine for the chairs, after the hard time I had with the cheaper wood I chose to use on the sofa.  I was much happier with the end result.  I used 1x3's mostly and then added 1x1 composite molding as an accent around the base.

I looked long and hard for cushions before I started the project based on the recommendations from others. I took me a while but I finally found Somewhat affordable outdoor sunbrella cushions at Lowes. These are the Allen + Roth deep seating sunbrella cushions, which I highly recommend. They are very comfortable and dry quickly after it rains.

Estimated Cost
The cost for both the sofa and chairs was close to $800 dollars. However, the majority of the money was spent on the cushions. At about $98 dollars a set, the sunbrella cushions cost me about $530
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Sofa - pine. Chairs - select pine
Finish Used
Rustoliium oil based glossy white with two heavy coats. If I had it to do over again, it would be latex followed by poly
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

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