Outdoor loveseat - love it!

Submitted by herzo1852 on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 13:40

The wood for this project cost me about $50 from Lowes (and this was combined with making a 3ft square table and another love seat, so in total for all 3 was about $145).

I didn't add the trim pieces (I felt they were unnecessary and more likely to come apart or fall off), I used only 1x3 for the slats on the seat and back, and 1x4 for the seat back top rails. I used 2x3 for the legs because the 2x2 was horrible quality and I used a 2x3 for the front cleat, which I think makes it stronger.

I also didn't attach the back the way the instructions say as I thought all those screws would look ugly, so I fashioned a wooden corner brace to hold the back in place, and used metal corner braces and screws (in 3 places, UNDER the back rest 2x4) to hold the seat back still and then only 2 screws to hold the bottom of the back in place. I added photos of these changes to help you see what I did.

One HUGE TIP - assemble the frame (minus the slats) and stain / paint that part, THEN stain and polyurethane the slats before attaching - it's horrible to try to stain or paint with the slats in place as there are too many tiny gaps to fill!

All in all, I think this plan of Ana's is brilliant - it's simple, rustic looking and yet looks great on my deck - I will take a photo of the 2 sofa and table as soon as the second sofa dries enough to finish assembly.

First sofa took me a little longer as I was getting used to the Kreg, second sofa has taken me about 6 hours in total so far.

One issue I do have is that I think I would use a 2x4 for the top rail of the seat back, simply because the 1x4 has a tendency to split easily.

If you make this project, you won't be sorry, it looks awesome!

Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Untreated pine.
Finish Used
Rustoleum Kona stain (the 75% faster variety NOT the normal Kona - it doesn't go on as dark!).

Any polyurethane in clear finish to finish it off!

The cushions are from Lowes and cost more than the 2 loveseats and coffee table combined - they cost $160 as I bought 4 (Garden Treasures 46.5 x 25, item no: 332404, normal price $49.98, but I got them on 20% off), they fit perfectly!
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate