Weatherly Outdoor Loveseat

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An outdoor loveseat project plan featuring X back, double cushions, and an armless design that works with the Weatherly Sofa to create a dream sectional.  Uses standard 24" x 24" deep seat cushions, available everywhere.

While the paint dries on the sofa, thought I would post the loveseat plans for you all looking for ways to add comfort and style to your patios and decks this summer.

I am so glad that I built the sofa - made quite a few mods and changes to make this set of plans easier to build and stronger.  Also, this set of plans is highly inspired by Pottery Barn's Weatherby Sectional, but because 30" x 30" cushions are very very expensive, I opted to use standard 24" x 24" cushions.  If you can find the 30" x 30" cushions, you can easily modify this plan to fit those cushions.  I might suggest adding a center leg for added support if you do choose to use larger cushions.  Another big change from Pottery Barn's Weatherby Sectional is I made this plan to be standard seating height - so this could work as a bench at a table.
Later this week when I post the Sofa plans (with photos yay!) I'll go into more details.  Also, for those of you looking for something a tad simpler . . . I've got one more outdoor lounge collection in the works that I hope to post next week, so stay tuned for that.
Got a paint brush with my name on it, so gotta run.  Have a great day!

Dimensions for the full sectional are shown above. Step 1 shows loveseat dimensions.


Shopping List

3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long (slats)

3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 
4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length
Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

4 - 1x2 @ 20 13/16" (both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends parallel to each other)

8 - 1x2 @ 10 3/8" (both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel to each other)
4 - 2x2 @ 12 1/8"
2 - 2x3 @ 45"
1 - 1x2 @ 45"
2 - 2x2 @ 33 1/2"
2 - 2x6 @ 45"
2 - 2x6 @ 23"
2 - 2x2 @ 13"
2 - 2x2 @ 45"
9 - 1x3 @ 23"
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Designed to fit standard 24" x 24" cushions, this loveseat is 48" wide, 33 1/2" tall (without finials) and 27" deep overall.

Step 2

Start by taking all four longer back pieces and nailing two of the shorter pieces to them as shown above with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. You should end up with a total of four of these.

Step 3

Then make Xs out of the pieces from step 1. Attach with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 4

Now add the sides. This is not super structurally important, so I glued and nailed mine - and there was no issue. You could use the Kreg Jig™ - but the pocket holes are going to cross, and I had some issues with screws overlapping. You will need to drill your pocket holes in the 2x2s in this step

Step 5

Step 6

Now attach the top with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 7

And the legs. Shown above is the Kreg Jig™ pocket holes, but you could also use 2 1/2" screws countersunk from the legs (That's what I ended up doing, and it worked great!)

Step 8

Now the sides - use the Kreg Jig™ as shown above or again, 2 1/2" screws countersunk with glue.

Step 9

And the front legs. Use the Kreg Jig™, set for 1 1/2" stock and 2 1/2" screws. TIP: If you find your boards splitting out on you, sometimes using a shorter screw of setting your Kreg Jig™ for smaller stock (for example, 3/4" stock and 1 1/4" screws) can minimize the splitting.

Step 10

And finally the front.

Step 11

Now the cleats.

Step 12

And finally lay the slats.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


Nora (not verified)

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 14:04

You are awesome... I was trying to see how I could come up with a way to update your plans to do this one... I loved it when I saw the PBbcatalog.. Awesome job... Can't wait for the sofa plans...


Mon, 02/06/2012 - 12:10

I'm using this idea to build some custom patio furniture by our new pool. Thanks for sharing.

Eric (not verified)

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 10:57

Is there a plan for the virtual arbor in the picture as well?

JordanMorris (not verified)

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 10:33

I love your plans Ana, but is there any way I could ask you for an estimate total cost to build these were? Lumber/hardware/etc.. just what you bought? I find so many cute plans but I shy away because I don't want to start it and end up finding out it's way more than I bargained for, lol :(


Mon, 05/19/2014 - 08:07

So I am using these plans but adjusting for 27.5 x 27.5 cushions found at west elm. One thing I noticed if you use the plans above for 24 x 24 cushions, the total length of the seat comes out to be 49" (45" 2x6 plus (2) 2x2s for legs). Is there supposed to be an inch difference between the total length of the seat and the combined length of two 24x24 cushions (48")?

I adjusted the 2x6 cuts to be 52" (back and front) and 26.5" (sides) to account for my 3.5" difference with my cushions and the 24x24 used for the above project. Finally, one note is to NOT use pressure treated 2x2s because they are actually 1.5x1.5 which will mess up the dimensions if following the dimensions above verbatim.

Love the plan but looking to understand if the 1" difference is intentional or not.


Mon, 05/19/2014 - 09:44

bkay8686, This question is actually fresh in my mind since I am just finishing up building and modifying this design to fit the 22 x 22 Pier One cushions that I bought over the winter. If you are building an armless loveseat as part of a sectional, you are going to want the combined cushion length to equal the combined length of your boards, INCLUDING the frame. In other words, you ultimately want the cushions to go flush over the 2 x 2 frame, your 2 x 6's need to be cut shorter (reduced by the width of your 2 x 2s) to accommodate this, and adding an extra inch would be awkward (accordingly, I think Ana's plan measurements anticipate 2 x 2s that actually measure 1.5 x 1.5). HOWEVER, if you are trying to build from the plans with the armrest/side-piece, the cushions will actually fit inside the armrest, so to speak. So in that instance, the 2 x 6's should be cut to your combined cushion length. Does that make sense?


Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:13

Oh...I almost forgot, in terms of depth, the cushions on both the armed and armless plans fit inside the back of the couch, but are flush with the front. So if your west elm cushions measure at 27.5, the width measurement of your 2 x 6 added to the front 2 x 2 should equal 27.5. (depending on the width of your 2x2s, the combined measurement of your sides will equal 29-29.5).