2x4 Outdoor Sofa

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 03/16/2019 - 13:11
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Build your own outdoor sofa with just 11 2x4s.  Ana White plans include step by step diagrams and shopping and cut list.

We also have a plans to convert this sofa to an outdoor sectional, a matching outdoor coffee table plan, and outdoor wood finishing secrets.

outdoor sofa sectional made from 2x4s with blue cushions
outdoor sofa stained chocolate brown with white cushions and matching coffee table

Build your own outdoor sofa!  You'll just need some 2x4s and screws!  

Turn your outdoor sofa into a sectional with these plans:

We also share our outdoor wood finishing secrets in this post.

dimensions diagram for outdoor sofa
Dimensions shown above. Recommend: Build to suit cushions


Shopping List

11 - 2x4x10’ (prefer cedar boards)

150 - 2-1/2” to 3" long, self-tapping exterior decking screws  (#8, #9 or #10 will all work) 

Cut List

RECOMMEND: Build to suit cushions.  

9 - 2x4 @ 72”  (or cushion width x times 3)

13 - 2x4 @ 25-1/2” (or cushion depth plus 1-1/2")

2 - 2x4 @ 28-1/2” (or cushion depth plus 4-1/2")

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Miter Saw


Step 1

Cut the seat framing boards with compound miter saw or similar.

Screw together with self tapping screws.

Step 2

Now for the arms.

Cut the boards.

Attach longer 2x4 to two of the shorter 2x4s with screws.

Step 3

Screw together with screws.

Step 4

Screw together with screws, also attach to board from step 3.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach seat boards to top of seat frame with 2-3/4" screws.

Step 7

Screw back piece at an angle into the arms with 2-3/4" screws.  You can also use pocket holes.

Step 8

Some builders add a middle row to the back/sides to help keep cushions in line.

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Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:11

Hi! I previously made two of these sofas into a sectional (amazing, easy, everyone loves them) and I'm planning on adding a third this weekend to make a u shape sectional.  My question is: Do you have a cut list for the 11 2x4's?  I used more than 11 each time. and I also had alot of waste...


Mon, 08/05/2019 - 00:58

Hey Anna just a quick one , how many 2x4s do I need to build both the two arm and one arm pieces????


Fri, 07/12/2019 - 21:03

Cut your 9 2x4x10 at 72” first, then use scraps for 25 1/2

use the 10th 2x4x10 to cut the 4 other 25 1/2

the last 2x4 could be only 6” as you will cut your 2 last at 28 1/2

That’s 10 - 2x4x10 and 1 - 2x4x6 with 11 scraps (9x 22.5 - 1x19 - 1x15)

it is plenty! 



Sun, 06/23/2019 - 12:09

Your cut list is deceiving. If I’m building to suit specific cushions I don’t need 13 pieces that length. 4 of them still need to be the length of the height of the arms. Kind of a pain in the ass when you’ve pre stained/sealed based on the cut list and then end up with pieces that won’t work.