Are you tired of the same old garden furniture items? Are you a person who doesn’t really like traditional furniture? Then today’s article is a must-read for you. The garden furniture ideas we’ve gathered here aren’t only incredibly cool and unusual, but also great for DIYs. So if you like to get crafty and make your own furniture, these ideas are definitely going to provide you with some inspiration. Without further ado, let’s have a look at 6 unusual and cool garden furniture ideas you can make by yourself.
DIY Projects: 6 Cool Garden Furniture Ideas
1. Grass Furniture
As weird as it may sound, you can create furniture items out of grass. At least that’s the impression everyone’s going to get. In fact, you’ll only be covering already existing furniture with grass. This DIY is not that easy to complete. Still, if you’ve been charmed by the image below, then it’s worth the effort. You don’t have to make an entire furniture set if you think this is too much work. You can go for the easiest item in the picture which is the coffee table. We don’t think you can’t deny how well these items look together. We especially love the fact that even the pillows decorating the couch and armchair are made of grass.
If you don’t really have a green thumb and think the idea of planting actual grass over furniture is odd, you can also use artificial grass. For instance, we recommend the LITA Realistic indoor/outdoor Artificial Grass that you can purchase here. Using artificial grass is also simpler since you can just attach it to the furniture and that’s it. In the case of real grass, you’re going to have to wait for a while before you can actually enjoy the furniture. Plus, the maintenance is also going to take up more time. Regardless of the method you decide to go with, both DIYs will look amazing. So it’s up to you how much time you want to spend in the garden, tending to your furniture.
2. Tire Table
Tires are some of the most versatile objects that you can recycle and use for furniture and decoration purposes. You can use tires as planters, as garden borders, and even as tables. For example, in the image below, two tires were placed on top of each other in order to serve as support for a piece of glass that is going to be the table you’ll gather around in the garden. You don’t have to use glass as a topper, especially if you have children and you fear they might break it and hurt themselves. You can use any type of material from wood to metal, as long as you balance it properly on the tires. The shape of the material doesn’t necessarily have to be round either. In fact, if you want to make a larger table, you can use more tires and material.
In the case of the DIY above, the tires were painted green in order to provide the table with a dash of color. The great news is that you can use any color you want, or even keep the tires as they are if you’re into a more natural look. What you must remember is that the two tires have to be secured together. This will prevent people from knocking over the table and spilling everything. Other than that, as long as you use your imagination, you can come up with some truly unique and cool garden furniture ideas for tables made of tires.
3. Corner Bed
Do you lack space in your garden? Are you constantly looking for cool garden furniture items to fit in tight spaces? Then you’re going to love the idea of building a corner bed where you can spend entire days reading or simply relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Taking advantage of the corner of your house is a really ingenious idea for people who lack space. Usually, that space is empty which is why you should add a comfortable corner bed. Building one won’t take that much time. Plus, you can decorate it in many cool ways which is a great added benefit.
All you need are some planks to build the frame of the bed and a mattress to fill the empty space. Then, everything becomes a matter of choice. For instance, in the picture above, you can notice quite a few decorative pillows. They make the entire sitting area extremely colorful, comfortable, and homely. This can be your private oasis of relaxation or a reading corner that you surround with your favorite books. The choices are endless. Here’s where you can find a cool set of 4 decorative pillows.
4. Plastic Crate Bench
Speaking of cool garden furniture items that serve as sitting areas, how about this bench made of plastic crates? This is perhaps one of the easiest furniture items to make. You only need some plastic crates that you might already have around the house (or that you can buy for an affordable price). As in the case of the previous DIY, the accent is placed on how you choose to decorate the furniture instead of what it’s made of. The fact that the base is so basic doesn’t mean you can’t work with it and turn it into something spectacular or unique.
As you can see, in the image above, the plastic crates were covered with some flat cushions to start with, and then topped off with decorative pillows. The only thing you have to be aware of is that this bench might be slightly uncomfortable if you don’t use thicker padding. For instance, in the same picture, you can notice that the cushions are doubled, ensuring a more comfortable sitting experience. Finally, we should also mention that we love the way the pattern on the bottom of the crates looks in contrast with the white cushions. Not only does the color of the crates draw attention to the entire bench, but their design also ensures a unique and cool garden furniture item.
5. Concrete Chair Planter
Perhaps one of the most creative garden furniture ideas in today’s guide, this one aims to create a furniture item that also serves a completely different purpose. It is also a planter. Concrete blocks make great planters, as you can see in the image below. They’re quite roomy, so you can grow a wide range of plants there, but they’re not so big that the plants take away from the charm of the chair. After all, the main attraction here is the fact that you have a chair made of concrete blocks.
The blocks are easy to put together, so this DIY won’t take a long time to complete. Plus, you can arrange them the way you see fit, either giving the chair another shape or changing its size. One thing you have to pay attention to is the direction in which you place the blocks. Make sure that the hole where you’re going to plant your flowers is on the outside of the chair. The plants on the back and sides of the chair are more noticeable. As a result, we advise you to choose something that will truly stand out.
In terms of the comfortability of this chair, it’s quite clear that concrete blocks are not that comfortable to sit on. Which is why we recommend you place tall pillows on it. That is if you actually want to use it as a chair and not just as a decorative item. If you don’t plan on actually sitting in it, then you can simply follow the model in the image above. Place a single pillow on the chair, just to bring some color to it.
6. Hammock Chair
Finally, the last cool garden furniture item we’d like to talk about today is perfect for people who love relaxing in hammocks. How do you feel about combining the relaxation potential of a hammock with the stability of a chair? If there are moments when you don’t want to lie in a hammock, you can use this hammock chair to sit upright and read, study, or simply have a conversation with someone over a glass of lemonade. In order to fashion this hammock chair, you need a sturdy piece of cloth, a thick and reliable string, and of course a wooden frame to hang the hammock from. The pillow you can see in the image below is up to you, but we think you should add one. This will make your stay in the hammock more comfortable.
Summing Everything Up
As we hope we managed to prove in today’s guide, you don’t have to settle for traditional garden furniture items if you don’t want to. There are plenty of unusual, unique, and cool garden furniture ideas that can inspire you. Moreover, they’re all the more impressive due to the fact that you can make them by yourself at home. So not only are you going to adorn your garden with furniture that no one else has, but you’re also going to save money in the process.