Simple White Outdoor Sofa and Loveseat

Submitted by Peoriajess on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:48

I built this set from the plans of the Simple white outdoor sofa. I did make a few changes to meet my needs. My original idea was to make 2 sofas but after doing some measuring I realized a loveseat would be better so I just took about 24" off of the length. I also did add slats to the arms, just to give it a different look. I found this project to be pretty easy with the plans that are provided and I used the link that is attached to the page for sew mama sew to make all of the cushions! I built the side table from the plans for the Ottoman or Accent Table for Simple Modern Outdoor Sectional although I made the table larger width wise (24 x 24) to fit nicely between the sofa and loveseat.
The only thing I would do a bit differently if I were to build it again would be to use a slightly better grade wood so I would have to use less wood filler and sand less ( That is what took the most time ) otherwise this could have been finished in half the time it took me. This is a great project that really transformed my back patio!

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Dutchboy exterior white gloss
Recommended Skill Level


sgilly02 (not verified)

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:29

Fantastic job. It looks nice enough to be "inside furniture". I love the slatted arms, too.
I'm in total agreement with you about using a better grade of wood for some of my projects. For the time it takes to make the "cheap" wood paintable (forget staining it with all the filler and glue marks), it is so worth it for me to spend a bit more and have a finished product that looks so much better and took much less time!
Again, I love your finished project! Great job.


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:58

Are you concerned about using pine for outdoor use? I would like to do the same but I am not sure how to protect the wood from the elements here in Wisconsin. Any ideas would help


Tue, 04/10/2012 - 05:37

Thanks so much for the compliments! I have used pine in other outdoor projects and have found that if you use a good quality exterior paint they are protected enough to endure the weather. I live in Illinois so I know what you mean about the elements but so far they have made it through just fine :) just use 2 coats of paint and make sure all of the exposed pine is covered with the paint. I also put plastic protectors under all of the feet so that no water will be absorbed that way. Good luck!


Mon, 08/26/2013 - 14:06

So I need new furniture inside the house and your photo has convinced me to build these for my living room. I've got a smaller home (670 sq/f) so it's a challenge to find furniture that fits- two loveseats of this design would fit well in our space. Beautiful job, well done, and thanks for the push I needed to get started.


Fri, 11/08/2013 - 07:29

To attach the side slats I countersunk long thin wood screws to the top and bottom rails. I put one screw at the top and bottom of each slat then filled the holes with wood filler. To be honest, if I were to do it again I would definately have used a Kreg (which Anna recommends for most projects) because it would have been a lot less time consuming. The sanding of the wood filled holes took a long time to get filled and sanded just right so there was no sign of the holes. Good luck!!!


Sun, 11/10/2013 - 05:10

Thank you! I hope to have side arm slats installed tomorrow. I am going to 'frame' the slats with 1x2's and then insert the framed set into the arm. :-) we'll see how it goes.