Easy Outdoor Sofa From 2x4s and Two Power Tools!

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Introduction: Easy Outdoor Sofa From 2x4s and Two Power Tools!

Hey Guys!

I made an outdoor sofa from 2x4s and I tried to keep the build as simple as possible so anyone can build one. Watch my build video and follow my step by step instructables to make your so you can enjoy Summer!!! ☀️

Why it is the most easy sofa build?

- No pocket holes

- Only straight cuts

- Only 2 power tools ( Drill and Circular Saw )

- Made with 2x4s and 1x6s

- Complete material and cut list

- Step by Step Instructables with free plans included

To make the build easier, some screw will be visible so to make them less visible, I use GRK trim screws. They are high quality screw, made for outdoor projects, and the head of the screw is smaller than average to help them be less visible. I think the result will prove you that it can still look pretty good with visible screw and after all, it is an outdoor project! 🙂

Supplies

[6x] 2x4x8

[1x] 2x4x10

[2x] 1x6x8

GRK 2"½ trim screws (box of 100)

GRK 4" trim screws (8x)

Regular 1"½ trim screw (box of 100)

Wood glue (Optional)

Step 1: Cutting List

Here is the cutting list, all measurements are also on the picture so you can have a visual of the material at the same time. I also added a sketch up picture of the material and cut lines on the 2x4s so you know what to cut on each piece of wood to end with minimal waste, you will end up with one 2x4 of 12 inches long.

Don't forget that real dimensions of a 2x4 is 1.5 x 3.5 inches.

Cutting List 📋 :

[5x] 2x4x47''

[4x] 1x6x47''

[4x] 2x4x27''

[6x] 2x4x24''

[4x] 2x4x22.5''

[4x] 2x4x20.5''

Step 2: Center Part of the Sofa

I start by assembling the center part of the sofa.

I put two GRK 2"½ trim screw on each end of the four 22.5 inches 2x4s. They will be visible but the trim head of these GRK screws help to make a clean finished look.

Step 3: Making the Sides

The sides of the sofa are really easy to make.

Two 27" pieces and two 20.5" pieces for the contour. Then i fill the inside of each side with three 24" long 2x4s. The first two 2x4 from the top are just there for the look, but the third one will hold all the weight of two persons so it need to be fixed differently.

- The first one use only wood glue.

- For the second one, i drill two trim screws at an angle for the front side, and two screw from the back of the sofa for the backside, because anyway the rear of my couch won't be visible.

- For the third one, i use bigger GRK trim screw. Two screws on each side of the 2x4.

Step 4: Assembling the Center With the Sides

I assemble the top of the center part with the top of the third 2x4 we just installed with the bigger GRK screws. To to do, I simply put the sofa on the side, so I don't need any clamps to hold both pieces in the right position.

Then , I put a couple screw to fix both parts together. I repeat on the other side!

Step 5: Testing!

How can't describe this photo! You mush watch the video! But i told you, this sofa build is STURDY! And we still need to complete the back, that will make the sofa more sturdy!

Step 6: Back of the Sofa ( Part 1 )

I'm adding a piece of 47" to the back that I screw with two GRK screw on each side. I use a piece of plywood and a clamp to hold my piece in place while I screw it.

Step 7: Back of the Sofa ( Part 2 )

For the last two pieces, I joint them together with 5 GRK screw. Then, I joint them to my sofa with some GRK screw, two from the sides on each side, and one at an angle from the back, again for both sides.

Step 8: Sanding!

Because I said it is a two power tools project! Than mean I have to sand by hand! But, you can cheat and use an electric sander! 😅

Step 9: Detailed Pictures + Cushion Sizes

Here's some detailed pictures of the finished sofa! You can add stain or paint to protect your project, i will do it later on mine. I have a roof on my deck so it won't rain on it.

Step 10: FREE SKETCH UP AND FREE PLANS

I will release, here, in the coming week, my sketch up file and also more detailed plans to make this sofa!

Also a picture of each cut you need to make in each pieces to end with minimal waste!

Stay tuned!

Step 11: Cut List to Reduce Waste!

I want to help you reduce the waste in this project, so here is a free cut/location cut list. So you know exactly what cut to make on each pieces.

Step 12:

Thanks for watching my instructable! 📝

For the video, it's here : https://youtu.be/UwWsIr1mp_8 Make sure you leave a comment and don't forget to subscribe! 🙂

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    18 Comments

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    JohnW51
    JohnW51

    9 hours ago on Step 12

    This is a nice project and simple enough for most anyone to build. However, a chair or sofa is much more comfortable if the back is tilted about 100 to 110 degrees from the seat. This minor adjustment would be relatively simple to implement and make for a more comfortable sofa or chair.
    You did an excellent job with your material cut list and the video demonstrating the build.

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    Pavlo6666
    Pavlo6666

    11 days ago on Introduction

    You are so talented! You explain things and make it look so easy! Thank you for the video!

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    SEB TECH DIY
    SEB TECH DIY

    Reply 6 days ago

    Thank you Pavlo! :)

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    DennisT33
    DennisT33

    Question 11 days ago

    Do you have suggestions as to where to get outdoor cushions for this?

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    SEB TECH DIY
    SEB TECH DIY

    Answer 6 days ago

    Hi Dennis, i bought them last summer at my local Rona ( it's a Lowes division ). 24"x24" cussions are really commons around here, this year they are thicker but it would work. I paid around 20$ for each cussions. Should also build that sofa last year when lumber was 4x cheaper lol but it will go down in couple months so!

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    garfieldgurl
    garfieldgurl

    11 days ago

    Very cool! I love its simplicity. Your well-written instructable is clear and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing!

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    SEB TECH DIY
    SEB TECH DIY

    Reply 6 days ago

    Thank you! :) Hope it help anyone build one!

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    SEB TECH DIY
    SEB TECH DIY

    Reply 6 days ago

    Thanks! :)

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    royharper
    royharper

    11 days ago on Step 1

    I am most impressed with your ability to find so much STRAIGHT lumber in 2x4s. I could shop all day, visiting 3-4 lumber yards, and not find that much straight lumber. Good job!

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    SEB TECH DIY
    SEB TECH DIY

    Reply 6 days ago

    Haha yeah they are not easy to find. Best thing is to find a fresh opened bundle, ideally in an exterior lumber yard, it is easier to find some straight 2x4s. But then, when you arrive home, you need to start your project because if you wait overnight they will mostly be all warped!

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    lorenkinzel
    lorenkinzel

    Reply 11 days ago

    Yes, it's difficult to get straight lumber but the shorter you cut the pieces the straighter they get. An 8' 2x4 with 1/2" bow in it is only out 1/8" once cut to 2' pieces. Save the straightest ones for longest needs.

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    SylW2
    SylW2

    10 days ago on Step 11

    Love this and your instructions are very clear. Thank you

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    Elaina M
    Elaina M

    10 days ago

    This is a beginner project - thanks for sharing. The result is really beautiful and simple :)

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    SEB TECH DIY
    SEB TECH DIY

    Reply 6 days ago

    Thank you! :)

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    AI_Man
    AI_Man

    8 days ago on Step 3

    About time some one showed basic carpentry skills. GOOD FOR YOU!!

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    SEB TECH DIY
    SEB TECH DIY

    Reply 6 days ago

    Thank you, trying to make some basic projects so anyone can build it! :)