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10 Clever and Creative DIY Outdoor Sectionals (With Pictures)

wooden outdoor sofa with white cushions

If you’re looking to add more seating space to your outdoor area, you’re probably thinking about all the possible ways to include the extra seating. While it may seem tempting to purchase a sectional or another outdoor area sitting piece, you might want to consider building the sectional yourself.

There are a lot of clever, creative DIY outdoor sectional plans that you can make at home. Some of the plans will work for beginners, while some need more experienced DIYers. Luckily, there’s an option for everyone, so you should check out some of the plans on our list, get the required tools and materials, and get to work!

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The 10 Clever and Creative DIY Outdoor Sectionals

1. One Arm Outdoor Sectional Sofa

diy one arm 2x4 outdoor sofa sectional piece
Image By: Ana White
Materials: Wood boards, glue, exterior decking screws
Tools: Drill, saw
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you’re looking for an easy but fun project that will allow you to seat more people outdoors, you should check out the plan for this one-arm outdoor sectional sofa. What makes this project so appealing is that the finished product looks stunning, while the project is straightforward and won’t take forever to finish. You’ll need some basic tools and as long as you’re somewhat handy, you’ll be able to make this sectional without issues.

2. Modern DIY Outdoors Sectional

diy outdoor sectional _ matching coffee table
Image By: Raf And Erica
Materials: Wood boards, deck screws, wood stain, outdoor poly spray
Tools: Miter saw, drill, measuring tape, speed square, Kreg jig, power sander
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you’re looking for a challenging outdoor sectional plan that will look beautiful once done, you should consider building this modern DIY outdoor sectional. It requires a bit more skill and more tools, so beginner DIYers might need some help to pull it off. However, the finishing piece is comfortable and can seat multiple people, so you won’t have to worry about missing seating space anymore. Also, this outdoor sectional plan comes with a plan for a matching table, so you could also consider that as your new project once you finish the sectional.

3. DIY Pallet Outdoor Sectional

diy pallet furniture patio sectional
Image Credit: Angela East
Materials: Palettes, nails, planks, paint, sealer
Tools: Hammer, miter saw, measurer, drill, paintbrush
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This DIY Pallet Outdoor Sectional plan is an excellent option for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune to make their outdoor space beautiful. You’ll need some basic tools, and as this sectional is made out of palettes, you’ll spend little money on building it. Typically, you can find old pallets which will work perfectly for this project. It’s moderately difficult, and while there’s some cutting, the whole making process is straightforward. Once you finish, you can paint the sectional and add cushions of your liking to increase its aesthetic appeal.

4. Magazine-Inspired DIY Outdoor Sectional

diy sunset magazine inspired outdoor sectional
Image Credit: Reluctant Entertainer
Materials: Wood boards, planks, screws, cushions, paint, seal
Tools: Miter saw, paintbrush
Difficulty Level: Easy

If you want your outdoor space to look like it belongs in a magazine, you can make this magazine-inspired DIY outdoor sectional. It doesn’t require a lot of tools, so even if you’re not a woodworker, or you’re a beginner DIYer, you shouldn’t have problems building this sectional. After you finish the base, you can add colorful cushions to make your sectional stand out and increase comfort. While you can follow the plan entirely, you can also change measurements if this fit is too small or large for your outdoor space, which is convenient.

5. L-shaped Outdoor DIY Sectional

diy outdoor sectional couch
Image Credit: The Vanderveen House
Materials: Reclaimed wood fir, deck spindles, deck boards, deck screws, glue
Tools: Miter saw, palm sander, paper, pocket hole jig, clamp, drill, tape measure, square
Difficulty Level: Hard

While this L-shaped outdoor DIY sectional plan is one of the harder plans on our list, it’s truly worth the effort. This project requires advanced tools and a lot of materials, but the finished sectional will be comfortable and durable. Once you finish this plan, you’ll be able to comfortably sit multiple people in your patio or backyard, which will add value to your home and make your outdoor area more entertaining.

6. Cedar Plank Outdoor DIY Sectional

diy outdoor sectional
Image Credit: Gray House Studio
Materials: Cedar planks, bench cushions, finishing nails, wood glue
Tools: Miter saw, table saw, drill, Kreg jig, nail gun, clamp, framing square
Difficulty Level: Hard

This cedar plank DIY outdoor sectional is perfect for anyone looking to add more comfort and seating space to their outdoor area. This project can turn out somewhat pricey, but it’s worth the money as it will make your outdoor space beautiful for a long time. Unlike some more straightforward projects, this plan requires you to have experience in woodworking, so it might not be the best option for DIY newbies. However, if you have some DIY skills, it’s definitely a project you should try out.

7. Functional Outdoor Patio DIY Sectional

diy outdoor patio sectional
Image Credit: Chasing Linen
Materials: Cedar boards, nails, stain, sealer, cushions
Tools: Drill, sander, paintbrush
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you want to make your outdoor patio more modern and practical, this patio sectional plan should be your next project. This plan doesn’t provide much detail about the building process, which may complicate things, but it should be straightforward to build. You’ll need basic tools and materials, and you can customize the finishing look by choosing attractive cushions to add warmth to the space.

8. Simple and Modern Outdoor DIY Sectional

diy simple modern outdoor sectional - armless piece with corner end option
Image Credit: Ana White
Materials: Wood planks, self-tapping wood screws
Tools: Drill, circular saw, sander, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Easy

This simple and modern outdoor DIY sectional is a perfect project for new DIYers or DIYers who want to make a beautiful sectional quickly. You won’t need any advanced tools, so a drill, saw, and sander is enough to finish the project. Once you build the base, you can attach cushions to make the seating comfier and increase the overall appeal of your new sectional.

9. Salvaged Wood DIY Outdoor Sectional

diy patio sectional
Image Credit: My Happy Simple Living
Materials: Reclaimed lumber, nails
Tools: Circular saw, miter saw, drill
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This salvaged wood DIY outdoor sectional looks modern yet rustic, so the overall aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space will drastically increase once you build it. While the sectional may not appear as comfortable as some of the other sectionals as it doesn’t have cushions, it’s supposed to be pretty comfy. Of course, you can always add pillows, cushions, and other decorations once you finish the project. You’ll need moderate skills to build this sectional, but even beginner DIYers shouldn’t be afraid to try this plan.

10. Cedar L-shaped Built-in Outdoor Sectional DIY

diy plans for a modern outdoor sectional
Image Credit: Realcedar
Materials: Cedar boards, screws, nails
Tools: Miter saw, circular saw, drill, sander
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Last but not least, we have a plan for this stunning cedar l-shaped built-in outdoor sectional. One of the best things about this plan is that it’s simple and straightforward. As long as you can follow the instructions, you’ll be able to build it in no time, regardless of your skills. You won’t need a bunch of materials and tools, and the project should be fairly inexpensive. Once done, you can choose the cushions and pillows to make the sectional more beautiful.

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Building an outdoor sectional can sometimes be challenging, but it’s definitely not impossible. Some outdoor sectional plans are simpler, while others are harder, meaning there’s a plan for everyone, you just have to find the one that works for you.

Luckily, as long as you’re willing to put in the effort to build the sectional, any of the plans from this list will look stunning in your outdoor area while increasing the seating space and overall comfort.

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There’s no need to spend tons of money to increase the seating space in your outdoor area and make it more inviting. All you need to do is pick out a plan, pull your sleeves and start building. The plans are always there if you need a reminder of a particular building step, so you shouldn’t have problems executing any of these plans.

Featured Image Credit: Keegan Checks, Pexels


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