This step by step woodworking project is about outdoor sofa made from 2x4s plans. If you want to build comfy outdoor furniture you don’t have to spend thousands on expensive items, when you can build it by yourself using 2x4s and screws. This is a 24″x72″ sofa that will generously accommodate 3 people. If you have a higher budget, invest in weather resistant lumber. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
Outdoor Sofa made from 2x4s Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 30 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 32 3/4″ long BOX
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 16 pieces – 22 1/2″ long SEAT
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 9 7/8″ long, 16 pieces – 20″ long, 1 piece – 79″ long BACKREST
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Weekend
2×4 Backyard Sofa – Video!
How to build an outdoor sofa from 2x4s
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the outdoor couch. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to cut the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble everything tightly. Make sure the edges are flush and and check if the corners are right angled.
Continue the project by attaching the aprons. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and then secure them to the sides with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.
Next, you need to fit the 2×4 cleats to the frame of the outdoor sofa. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats and then secure them to the sides with 2 1/2″ screws. Fit the cleats 1 1/2″ under the top edge, so you can fit the slats.
Next, cut the slats from 2×4 lumber and place them to the cleats. Cut a wood block at 1 1/16″ and fit it between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fit the 2×4 slat to the top of the back legs, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock it into place.
Next, you need to make 20 degree bevel cuts to both ends of the back slats. Use a good miter saw to make the cuts.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats. Fit the slats to the back of the outdoor sofa, as shown in the diagram, and insert the 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place.
Next, cut the end backrest slats, as well.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain over the components. Lay the cushions (see my recommendation on the materials list) to the outdoor sofa and enjoy your time in the garden.
You should also check my 2×4 outdoor chair HERE. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.
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