Ottoman or Accent Table for Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional

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This simple woodworking plan is an ottoman for our modern outdoor sectional collection, and can also be used as a coffee table or accent table.  You'll just need a drill and a saw to build.  Step by step plans with diagrams, cut list and materials.  

Check out the matching sectional plans and learn how to finish wood for outdoor use.


Reader submitted photo by CSPIRES64

We love this solid wood outdoor ottoman with it's sturdy (and easy!) construction, and stylish modern good looks.  It's the perfect sidekick to our simple modern outdoor sectional plans

diagram showing simple modern outdoor sectional with ottoman

NOTE: This plan has been updated to use less materials and be easier to construct.  The original plans are here if you need them.

dimensions diagram for outdoor ottoman plans
Dimensions shown above, matches dimensions of the Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional Plans


Shopping List

1 - 2x2 @ 50"

3 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (recommend cedar or outdoor appropriate)

60 - 2-1/2" long exterior self tapping wood screws (deck screws or similar)

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 22" - seat frame

2 - 2x4 @ 19" - seat frame

4 - 2x4 @ 13-1/2" - legs

6 - 2x4 @ 22" - tabletop boards

2 - 2x2 @ 25" - end trim


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw


Step 1

Build the seat frame by attaching the seat boards together with 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws, two per joint.

Step 2

Attach legs with 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws, two per joint,from the inside of the seat frame into the back side of the legs (it's good to screw at a slight angle - this will help prevent any wobbles

Step 3

Layout tabletop slat boards, evenly spacing.  Screw down.

TIP: You can measure and mark out the screw holes for a neater final finish.

Step 4

Attach 2x2 trim to the ends of the tabletop slats and also to the tops of the legs.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Since your ottoman is already prefinished, go ahead and do a touchup coat over any exposed screws. You can fill screw holes with a wood filler or paintable silicone. Sand lightly and paint. Add your outdoor sealant.


Kandace (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 09:57

ok. I've been wanting something like this for my living room. Similar to the LACK Ikea tables but I wanted REAL wood. I think I may give this a go but push the slats together so my kids can use it for a coloring surface easier!!
THANKS AGAIN!! I have WAY to many TO DO projects! Stop posting such awesomeness!!

Christy (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 10:18

My list of things to build is crazy long at this point - but at least we live in Florida, where we can use outdoor furniture almost year round. :)

Ana, can I add something to your list of plans? It'll be simple, I promise (says the girl who doesn't make furniture plans)!!! :)

I'm planning to redo my bedroom in much the way that John and Sherry did here:

Can you put together a plan for those closets? Pretty please?? I'll heart you forever (ok, I already heart you forever, but still) :).


Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 12:06

Katrina, there is no reason Trex wouldn't work strucutrally, but you will have open exposed ends to consider with Trex.

MW Gillette

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 15:50

Hi Ana,

I brand new to your sight but what I see so far is great. In the photo for this post is a set of chairs. I see something similar in another post but but they have four slats and these have five.

Is there a set of plans for the chairs in this photo?