DIY Garden Seat / Outdoor Hut With Cover

Introduction: DIY Garden Seat / Outdoor Hut With Cover

About: I love Laser cutting, 3D printing and other forms of CAD-CAM

This was an idea from a garden centre. I have decided to recreate that but with some differences. Hope you enjoy.

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For mine, the cost was only around £20 as I was using scrap wood ect but had to buy some new screws and a spade!!!


The hut is still standing as of the time I am writing it and still gets used lots.

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Step 1: Chose and Clear Your Location

I had a corner in our garden that doesn't get much sunlight and most plants didn't grow there but there was still some prep to do. Some plants to be pulled up and a tree stump to be removed (I used a small axe)

Step 2: Level Your Ground

My location was slightly angled so I had to level it. In our garage, we had part of a bag of builders sand that I used to level the ground out.

Step 3: Make and Place the Side Walls of Your Seat / Den

Make the side walls by mounting the wood on smaller support pieces at the back. We were using the t+g system and some were damaged so we had to repair. We used a knife and a pair of long nose pliers.

Dig a trench the length of the wood and place the side in. As we were digging the trench for one side of the wall, we came across some flagstone that we had to break off and remove before adding that wall.

Make sure that the side is level.

Tightly pack the soil back around the wall to make sure that it stands up level.

Repeat for the other wall.

If you have to cut the wood, make sure you mark it and specifiy what is the 'waste side' and cut at that side of the line. Draw your line straight using a set square.

Step 4: Make and Fasten Your Back Wall

For the back wall, measure the distance between your two side walls and cut planks to that length.

Then, fix that to the two side walls with pins or long screws. (Make sure that they are level though or you will have a problem.)

Go either up to the top, or as high as you can go.

Step 5: Make Your Roof

We used a square Versailles pannel that we cut in half.

Then, hold one side at the angle that you want and then pin it to the side. You might want someone else to help you. Do the same for the other side. Add a support at the back so that the roof doesn't fall down.

Add smaller pieces of wood from the underside to hold the roof together as well.

Step 6: Add Beading and Dectorive Backing

At the top, we added some shou sugi ban planks by pining into the roof edges. We also added a decrotive tip.

For the back, we used a Herringbone design with Merbau blocks. We intentianally left gaps for explansion and the enterence of the creeper that was growing there.

Step 7: Add the Seat

First, make sure that you have enough wood. We had to take apart an old Punch and Judy box that we had made before.

For the seat, we had a small length of 2 by 4 that fitted at the back. We drilled holes from the back and secured it with some screws.

Then, make sure that you are at the same level, add some brackets to secure the main seat. Screw the seat at the back into the 2 by 4 and also into the hinges.
We added a decrotive front. Use the same idea as for the walls with the small trench but make sure that it lines up with the front of the top of the seat. Screw down from the top into the front making sure that it holds well.

Step 8: Add a Floor

For our floor, we placed 3 beams that we leveled with rough concrete flags and then screwed the floor boards to. Then, we measured the length of the gap at the front and placed some oak there.

That was the floor complete

Step 9: Add a Protective Cover

We had a tarp that had been lying around for some time and decided to use that to make sure that water didn't get into the front of the seat when not in used.

Get some screws, hold the tarp tight and then fasten with some screws part in so that you can still take it off as well.

Step 10: Enjoy...

Step 11: Optional Extra...

For an extra, we had some spare cable and an old extension lead that we adapted so that there was power from our outdoor socket when we wanted to use it.

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    Elaina M
    Elaina M

    2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your first instructable !! Looks like you had a great time building it, and quite a lot of fun enjoying it in Step 10 !


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks very much.
    My sister loved it as well as me!!
    She was v happy abt being my model.
    Thanks for your kind comment Elaina M.
    Hope you stay safe and well,
    Luke Hayes...