Outdoor Loveseat - Modern Comfort Collection

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 16:40
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build your own outdoor loveseat.  Our free plans make it easy!

Loveseat has a reclined seat and back and wide armrests for ultimate outdoor comfort.  Sturdy 2x construction.  Works with standard 25" x 25" deep seat cushions.

Also check out our matching Outdoor Chair and our matching Outdoor Sofa.

outdoor loveseat plans

PHOTO BY HILLARYLOUISE

What Type of Wood to Use?

We recommend cedar wood for building this sofa.  You can also use standard 2x lumber if it is fully sealed (painted or stained with an exterior grade finish, or a variety of reclaimed wood.

Where to Get Cushions?

There's alot of great options for cushions.  You can easily modify this plan to fit almost any size cushion, but we recommend "deep seat" cushions.

  • This plan is based off a 25" x 25" x 5" deep seat cushion and a 25" x 22" x 5" deep back cushion (most popular option Amazon affiliate link).
  • You can also use a 24" x 24" deep cushion with minimal modification, but will need to make the distance between the arm rests 2" less.
  • If you use 24" deep x 22" wide cushions, you will need to make the distance between the armrests 6" less.
  • Back cushions should match width of the seat cushions, the pillow height should be between 18" and 25" to cover the wood back rest.

Updated Plans

This plan has been updated from the Simple White Outdoor Collection to feature wider arm rests, easier to build, and a sturdier 2x construction.  

Dimensions
suitable for 25" x 25" x 5" deep seat cushions
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

3 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long

3 - 2x2 @ 5 feet long

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

About 50 - 2-1/2" self tapping exterior wood screws

About 50 - 2-1/2" Kreg Screws, exterior grade

About 20 - 1-1/2" self tapping exterior screws

Cut List

4 - 2x4 @ 22" - legs

2 - 2x4 @ 34" - arm rests

2 - 2x4 @ 31" - arm supports

2 - 2x6 @ 31" - arm supports

2 - 2x6 @ 50-1/2" - bases

1 - 2x4 @ 50-1/2" - back

1 - 2x2 @ 50-1/2" - back rest top

6 - 2x4 @ 23-3/4" - back slats

1 - 2x6 @ 54-1/2" - back base

2 - 2x2 @ 54-1/2" - seat slat cleats

8 - 1x4 @ 23-1/2" - seat slats

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw

Instructions

Step 1

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on top of each of the legs.

Attach to the arm rest from underneath with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Leg is shown upside down.

Step 2

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x4 side supports. 

Attach to the insides of the legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Leg is shown upside down.

Step 3

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x6 end aprons.  Also drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes along one edge.

Attach inside the leg, flush to the outside, pocket holes hidden on insides, with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Leg is shown upside down.

Step 4

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x6 and 2x4s shown.

Attach with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws to the legs, all pocket holes are on the insides, or facing downward.

Step 5

Attach the back slats to the top 2x2, spaced evenly in between.  Start on the outside and work inward.  Attach with 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws.

Attach to base with 2" overhangs on each end, keeping spacing same and slats paralllel.

Step 6

Place back inside seat frame and attach to sides and the back with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 7

Add 2x2 cleats inside the seat frame with 2-1/2" self tapping screws.

Step 8

Place seat slats inside the loveseat and screw down with 1-1/2" screws.  Only one screw is needed per joint.

Comments

emmarosemc

Thu, 06/09/2011 - 07:37

Too hot to make this right now, I vow to have the entire set built by next summer though, I might wanna learn how to sew too...
Ana you always know how to fill up my to do list! And thank you for that, Im much more useful than Ive ever been

ferbit

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 14:27

I think it looks really great with 2x3's! Thanks for the modification! Heading down to a cedar lumber place to see how much it's going to cost! :) I'm going to start with a the chair (using 2x3's for the arms) and see how it goes! :) I'd love to make the whole set... if I can afford it!

Thank you Ana!!!

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 09:13

I am hoping to attempt at modifying slightly into a small sectional (building 2 of these and L shaping them together) one side of each will not have an arm rest so they will join together in an L - if that makes sense lol.

I also want it a little more simple and was thinking of not doing the back rest portion w/ the slats(step 9)...Do you think I need to modify the height of the arms? Or should the back be fine at 23.5" in height? I wasn't sure if it was high enough to support sitting comfortably. I think once cushions are on it will work, but wanted to ask. Sorry if I don't make sense.
Thanks so much! LOVE all your stuff on here and have a list of things I want to make :)

Abigail Bowne (not verified)

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 13:53

Hi! I have this half built and have a question on attaching the last step. How exactly does the back of the loveseat get attached to the base? I can't seem to find that in the plans. I must be missing it somehow.
thanks! abs

Abigail Bowne (not verified)

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 15:01

Just a side note for anyone else making this- the "cuts" list the back piece as 48 inches across but the diagram (and I believe the final correct length)is 46 1/2 inches.
Great to put together- enjoyable project!
-abs