A Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional made of cedar boards, with comfortable cushions, beautiful for an outdoor space.

how to  make a Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional - L Shaped Couch

This outdoor sectional sofa, a Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional is made of cedar boards, with comfortable thick cushions. Also, if you have a skinny deck, you can make these DIY Skinny Deck Gardening Beds! This is reposted from May 2017.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

This sectional sofa offfers warmth and texture for an outdoor space, if you’re looking for an L shaped couch. Make it yourself for about $350 in two pieces. Grab the links to the cushions below! Affordable and excellent quality!

Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

Friends! My husband is guest-posting today! I was so impressed when he took my vision of what I wanted in an outdoor area here in central Oregon, did some research, and came up with a Sunset Magazine Inspired sectional just for me!

making an Outdoor Sectional!

I’m a lucky girl!

Welcome, Paul!

Hi, I’m Paul, the original reluctant entertainer. Unlike Sandy when we first got married, I didn’t want to entertain. I mean, I hated it. But I saw how much Sandy enjoyed it and said to myself, “At least try.” So I did. I even went to the library and picked up a book on how to keep a conversation going as a host.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

Now I’m glad I came out of my shell and I actually enjoy having people over, with Sandy’s help of course.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

Outdoor Sectional Furniture

Part of having people over is having a place to sit and relax. (Above, our old back yard with the sectional that we left 5 years ago for the “new” owners:)

Since moving here, we found that certain parts of our home just didn’t have the right feel in part because we didn’t have the right furniture. (Take a peek at the Pottery Barn Stumps that we’ve made with wood from our back yard.)

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

So we started hunting for some, but found that most pieces were just too big for our back patio.

I decided to build a sectional, something I enjoy doing when I have the time because for some reason working with my hands calms my mind and makes me feel better. 

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

We saw this popular sectional in Sunset magazine and we both really liked it (above). But I saw pretty quickly that it was too big for our area, so I modified it. The photo didn’t come with a “cut list,” a list of wood cut to the right length. But even I could figure out that bench area was comprised of about 36 inches, as the back was around 24 inches. Too big. Time to modify.

We started with the right cushions, which we found on sale at Target. [LINKS BELOW]

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

L Shaped Couch

Then I built the 2-part frame to accommodate the cushions. I started making the frame with 2x4s, but then figured pretty quickly that this would be a beast to bring upstairs, even for my two big, strong sons. So I ripped the 2x4s in half, and we’re really happy with the result: great support and much less weight. It helped that the frame would be covered with 1×12 cedar planks.

One more modification. See how the Sunset magazine pic has a straight back? They’re easier to build that way, but not as comfortable.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

So I angled it back by measuring the back of our indoor sofa. I also cut the seat part of the sectional down as well, to around 26 inches instead of the original 36 inches.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

It took more than a month for me to find affordable 1×12 cedar planks, but Haggis and I found them.

how to make DIY Sunset Magazine Inspired Outdoor Sectional

I put most of the cedar planks on while working on the driveway, but not all of them, in order to cut down on the weight (the wood was still pretty wet). Then once we got it upstairs, I attached the blanks to the back, which was pretty easy.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

Screws versus nails

Since I’m not a woodworker, I prefer to use screws, which is an ongoing joke with my father-in-law, a custom home builder. You know, one of those guys who can build a mall with a pocket knife. He uses nails because he knows what he’s doing the first time. I feel my way through a project, so screws give me the ability to take things apart and build it even better next time. These screws don’t require pre-drilling. They are a little more expensive, but they’re amazing. 

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

Buy the cushions today

  • Solid-color seat cushion adds comfort and style to your outdoor decor
  • Made with DuraSeason Fabric™ that resists fading, repels water and is easy to clean
  • Thick outdoor seat cushion is designed to provide extra support in deep-set chairs

You can buy the DEEP SEAT CUSHIONS >> CHARCOAL Deep Seat Cushions today!

You can buy the DEEP SEAT BACK PILLOW CUSHIONS >> CHARCOAL BACK Deep Seat Cushions today!

There are also mistakes. But the great thing for someone like me and you is that today’s rustic look allows for imperfections.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

The eye isn’t drawn to them they way it is drawn to other styles of furniture.

Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

People love it. They lounge on it, and like how each end has a built-in end table. They even nap on it when they get the chance.

Let us know if you have any questions about our Sunset Magazine Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional!

Oh, and want to make your own DIY tabletop fire bowl?

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