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7 DIY Patio Furniture Ideas for a Personalized Backyard

DIY garden projects are a great way of having a personalized backyard. You can have a backyard that looks great in a unique manner, without being identical to that of your neighbor. If you want to get creative, today we’re bringing you a couple of useful DIY patio furniture ideas.

DIY Patio Furniture Ideas to Inspire You

1. Timber Side Table

This is a great idea if you’re not a fan of the mass-produced outdoor coffee tables. Moreover, you can brag about the fact that you did it yourself. Here’s what you need:

What You Need:

  • Green-treated pine timber;
  • Belt sander;
  • Measuring tape;
  • Circular saw;
  • Pencil;
  • Electric drill;
  • 8 wood dowels;
  • 2 clamps;
  • Wood glue.

How to Do It

The process is not a complicated one, but you will need some patience with it. First, you need to cut 4 identical timber pieces. A 20” length should be enough. With the pencil, mark 6” down from the top of each timber. Then, mark 2” in from the bottom of the opposing center. Cut according to the oblique marks. Do this for each of the timbers.

Next, drill 2 holes in each leg, big enough for the wood dowels to get in. Glue the dowels in the holes and clamp the timber legs together until they’re dry. Connect all the legs with the help of the wood dowels. Lastly, use the belt sander to even out the surfaces. Now is the time to make all the legs equal and to smoothen out the surfaces.

2. Pallet Daybed

A daybed is one of the most comfortable DIY garden ideas. They’re great for welcoming your guests, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee or spending your cozy evenings. Thankfully, this DIY patio furniture idea is not difficult to make.

What You Need:

  • Pallets;
  • Drill;
  • Bolts;
  • Casters;
  • Sander;
  • Outdoor treatment;

How to Do It

First, you should make sure that you have safe pallets that haven’t been treated chemically. Even if you use a mattress, the chemicals in them can be damaging over time. Depending on the size of the pallets, you might want to stick together two or more of them, case in which you need the bolts. The next step is to sand down the entire surface. Nobody wants to ruin their DIY patio furniture project with splinters, right?

Next, set up the casters and pin them with bolts. They are important in case you want to move the daybed. Most probably you will since you want to enjoy shade or sunlight. If you want to attach arms to it, you can either go for some trellis or pipes. Finally, make sure you use some outdoor treatment for the pallets, otherwise, they will rot. Paint them in your favorite colors and you’re set.

3. Farmhouse Dining Table

A dining table can turn out to be so much more if you do it yourself. You can omit the farmhouse look if you don’t like it, and go for a modern or even elegant one instead. Regardless of the final aspect, you will need the following tools.

What You Need:

  • Sliding miter;
  • Circular saw;
  • Drill;
  • Lumber;
  • Deck stain;
  • Sander;
  • Wood sealer;

How to Do It

First, you need to cut the timber in the sizes you need. It’s up to you how large, tall or short the table will be (you can even make a special one for your kids). However, make sure the legs are equal. Next, you should be using the sander. This step is not compulsory, you can also go for a rugged and raw look. Use the circular saw and the sliding miter for cutting and drilling holes. Screw the legs together to the table top.

Next, use a wood sealer and a deck stain to protect your table. The choice of colors is entirely up to you, depending on the rest of your furniture and decorations. Alternatively, you can use some extra lumber for a foot rest at the base of the table, but this is optional.

4. Bistro Set

Yet another one of the best DIY patio furniture ideas is to create your own bistro set. If you love food or simply eating outdoors, this suggestion is great for you.

What You Need:

  • Bistro set;
  • Paint roller;
  • Foam brushes;

How to Do It

This is perhaps the easier project you can do yourself for your backyard. You should decide from the start if you want to use a bistro set ready-made or you want to do it yourself as well. In this case, you can follow the steps from the previous suggestions to build the chairs and the table.

Once you have the set ready, you only need to paint it. To make it look colorful, you should paint some areas white, while the rest should be colorful. Go for crazy and intense colors: blue, yellow, orange, etc. You don’t have to consider necessarily the rest of the colors in the garden, you may even keep it all white. Use the paint roller for the white areas for a smooth process. For the small and colorful areas, use foam brushes. Keep some paper handy so that you won’t paint too much next to the delimitations.

5. Patio Bar

Repurposing old furniture is a great way of saving up and being proud of your DIY work. Check out this great DIY patio furniture suggestion.

What You Need:

  • Potting bench (or anything that could serve as a bar);
  • Plastic sink or pot;
  • Towel bar;
  • 3-sided channel trim;

How to Do It

The process for this idea is very simple. You should make sure that the bar (if it’s a repurposed one) is safe and stable. We did not include on the list of materials the extra ones you would need if it’s in a bad state. After you’re sure it’s a good piece of furniture, you can get on to repurpose it. Use a plastic sink to place in the sink hole of the potting bench. Add ice to it to keep your drinks cold. Set up a towel bar on the front side as well.

Next, add a three-sided channel trim to the bar. You can use it to hang glasses or other bottles if you want. Finally, you only need to paint the bar in the colors you like. You can even use various colors. If you need a bigger space, you can stick together two potting benches, for instance.

6. Rope Tire Ottoman

This original DIY patio furniture idea is great for sitting back and relaxing in your backyard. It is also mobile, so you can set it whenever you want. Check out the requirements.

What You Need:

  • Tyre;
  • Nylon rope;
  • 12 nuts and 12 bolts;
  • 3 casters;
  • 10D nail;
  • Pen;
  • Hammer;
  • Construction adhesive;
  • Screwdriver;
  • 2 metal pizza pans.

How to Do It

First, you will need to arrange three casters on a pizza pan placed with the face up. Space them evenly on the edges. Use the pen and mark the holes for the casters. Take the casters aside, and with a hammer and nail punch the holes. Attach the casters with the help of the screwdriver. Turn the pan over and use the nuts to secure them in place.

Then, place a ring of construction adhesive around the edges of the pan. Turn it with the casters up and set it to the center of the tire. Let it dry and flip the tire over. Place some adhesive on the edge of the other pan as well and attach it to the center of the tire as well. After it dries, place a small circle of adhesive in the center of the pan too.

Finally, use the rope to form a coil. Place it in the center on the adhesive, and then continue coiling the rope in a circle. As you go further, add some more adhesive where needed. Wrap it all the way to the base of the tire and then cut off the end. Wait 24 hours for it to dry.

7. Patio Cushions

Our last DIY patio furniture idea consists of patio cushions. They are easy to make and you can personalize them as you wish. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve sewing.

What You Need:

  • Rag rugs;
  • Office clips (large);
  • Cotton fabric;
  • Special fabric glue;
  • Pillow stuffing.

How to Do It

First, measure the rug and cut a piece of fabric of the same size. Now is the time to fray the fabric if you want, by pulling the threads. Put the fabric on the rug and spread the fabric glue around the edges. Leave a 5” gap on the side so that you can place the stuffing inside. Use some heavy books to press the rug and the glue together. Leave overnight to dry.

The next day, stuff the pillow by starting with the corners and the edges, then fill up the center. When you’re done, put some glue again on the edges of the opening. Make the edges stay together with a large office clip. When it’s dry, you can use the cushions in your backyard.

Conclusion

These DIY patio furniture ideas are easy to do and have a special charm. Moreover, you will have a unique backyard without all the mass-produced items you find everywhere. The best part is that it can be an activity for the entire family.

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Bonnie Enos

I spend my time in my garden trying to create the greatest outdoor space possible. My garden is my happy place and where you will always find me on a nice day. I take my experience and share it here for you to read!

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