Outdoor Sectional with Coffee Table

Submitted by HeidiT on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:35

My FIRST furniture making project ever! Previous woodworking project was a sorry-looking wall shelf made in high school shop class. The plans for this project were VERY easy to follow! Thank you, Ana!

Once I set up the sectional on our screened porch, I realized I really wanted a coffee table. So, I used the Accent Table for Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional plans as a guide. I lengthened the side and underneath supports to accommodate a longer top (46 1/2" for side supports and 45" for underneath supports) and made 13 top slats, instead of only 6 for accent table. Finished coffee table measures 48" length x 23 1/2"width x 17" height and used 7 boards, plus a scrap 17" piece leftover from sectional pieces.

Project Costs for 4 armless sections, 2 corner sections & coffee table (Maryland):

40 1x4"x8' common boards
2 boxes 2" dipped wood screws
1 box 1 1/4" dipped wood screws
bottle of wood glue
Quart of Kilz outdoor primer
Quart of Benjamin Moore "Ben" Low Lustre Exterior paint in Bittersweet Chocolate
Four Rolston 2-piece and Two Rolston 3-piece replacement outdoor cushions in Beige from Target (now discontinued). (Biggest chunk of cost, $520)

TOTAL = $~765

P.S. Find and buy the cushions first! It took me a long time to find them online. And when I went back to reorder more, after I decided to make sectional bigger than I originally planned, they had discontinued the corner sections. So, I just used a 2 piece cushion for one end. I actually like the way it looks (see pictures).
P.P.S. Our dog especially loves to sleep under the sectional...

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
one coat Kilz indoor/outdoor primer (hides pine knots better than regular primer)
two coats Benjamin Moore BEN Low Lustre Exterior in Bittersweet Chocolate
Recommended Skill Level



Sun, 09/14/2014 - 22:18

Hello! I LOVE your build!! Did you happen to modify the size of the armless sections? I want to make two chairs (instead of a sofa) for my porch but am having a hard time finding cushions that will fit. Ana states that a 20x20 cushion will fit but everything I have found online is larger than 20x20.  I found the same ones you used but they are larger than 20x20. Are you willing to share your dimensions? Thanks so much!!! I can't WAIT to start on this set!!!


Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:48

Sorry for the delay in responding!  I had no idea anyone had commented...  Anyway, you have probably finished your project and moved on to another one by now.  But, in case you are actually waiting for me to respond still (I hope not!) the cushions I used are bigger than what was suggested, but I squished the ends in between the two back pieces.  That actually worked out better because it holds the cushions in place, rather than having them slide around.  Good luck!