Amp up your yard’s wow-factor with cool backyard furniture. The best part is, most of these DIY projects use upcycled materials, saving you a few bucks!
Backyard Furniture For A More Lounge-Friendly Yard
Dave and I love backyard furniture pieces made of upcycled materials. We tend to be pretty sentimental when it comes to our things so we’re not big fans of throwing things away. In line with this, here are a few backyard furniture projects you can make from materials you probably already have at home.
1. Upcycled Outdoor Table
Have a broken wooden gate at your disposal? Disassemble the wooden pieces and turn it into an upcycled outdoor table.
Dave’s tip: If the wood to be used is pretty old, it may be better to saw the palings off first. That way, you reduce any chances of splitting the wood.
2. Concrete Side Table
I’ve always dreamed of having a concrete side table, however, found the ones in stores to be too expensive. Fortunately, Dave offered to DIY one from scratch using leftover wood boards from a previous project.
Dave’s tip: Use a concrete mix instead of pure concrete for this DIY project, as the former won’t make the table as heavy.
This macrame chair is the latest addition to our backyard. It’s the perfect lounge chair for Spring, especially if I have a cool drink in hand. When making a macrame chair, remember to crochet the cords tightly. This will help make a more sturdy seat.
4. Wine Barrel Water Fountain
I just love how Dave never seems to run out of projects for my growing wine bottle collection! We didn’t spend as much on this project as the wine barrel was actually donated to us by my favorite wine store — I guess you could say we’re regulars.
Dave’s tip: It’s important to set the fountain on a leveled surface. Doing so will ensure the water cascades all around the edges and not just in one area.
5. Hammock Chair
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6. Rolling Cooler Ottoman
The main materials you’ll need to make a rolling cooling ottoman are a plain Styrofoam cooler and some plywood. Make a box and lid from the plywood. Then, ensure it’s big enough to fit the Styrofoam cooler inside. Finally, layer on some paint and attach casters at the bottom.
Dave’s tip: For easier handling, you can screw handles on the cooler as well.
7. Outdoor Couch
Add an outdoor couch to your backyard to make the area more lounge-friendly — perfect for get-togethers. This tutorial will have you finished within 4 hours or less!
Dave’s tip: Depending on your current location and weather conditions, it may be best to leave the wood stain to dry overnight before placing your pillows in.
All you’ll need to make these mason jar lanterns are wire, a few mason jars, a pair of pliers, gravel, and tea candles. By the way, be sure to twist the wire tightly around the loops. Doing so will ensure your jars won’t fall to the ground.
9. Log Lounger
This cool log lounger will be a favorite of your friends and neighbors. To save a few more extra bucks, head to a landscaping company specializing in reclaimed landscaping waste to buy your logs from.
Dave’s tip: You can use shorter and cheaper lag screws by drilling into the logs with a large drill bit.
10. Day Bed
Place a corner day bed in your backyard to keep the family outdoors on a sunny day.
Dave’s tip: Save your screws by using a nail gun to create the frame for the day bed.
11. Ladder Planter
Saving up on your backyard’s floor space? No worries, this ladder planter won’t be a burden. Did I mention a vertical planter such as this one helps make a small space look bigger too?
12. Outdoor Bench
This project is great because it allows you to change the colors of the bench whenever you’re in the mood for something new.
Tip: Give yourself an easier time by painting the pallets in different colors before placing them on the bench frame.
13. Tire Coffee Table
Turn your old tires into a coffee table. Just don’t forget to clean them first before handling. Once dried, spray some paint on the tires and finish off by placing your glass top.
14. Simple Hammock
Would you believe this simple hammock was made from a beach towel? It’s such an ingenious hack and a great way to use those extra beach towels from last summer.
Tip: If you don’t have any leather strappings, you can opt to use canvas instead.
15. Glass Top Pallet Table
Dave’s a whiz when it comes to making tables, so he made a glass top pallet table to place in our backyard. For the glass top, he recommends using a tempered glass for added safety, as it’s stronger than regular glass.
16. Tiled Bar
This tiled bar features a shelf at the back where all the bottles and garnishes can be stored. Why not DIY one in time for your next weekend party?
Dave’s tip: Don’t forget to place grout sealer once the grout has cured.
17. Kids’ Picnic Table
Give your kids a picnic table suited for their size.
Dave’s tip: Keep a speed square by your side for this project. You’ll need it to check if all the angles are right.
18. Pallet Furniture Set
This pallet furniture set is one way to keep your backyard furniture uniform in design. By the way, don’t forget to put wheels on the legs of the table to make it easier to change positions on your patio.
Dave’s tip: When choosing which piece to build first, always go for the one that will use up more wood. You never know, your leftover wood pallets might just be enough to make the remaining furniture pieces.
19. Mosaic Tile Table
Make an ode to Gaudi with this mosaic tile table. In a hurry? No worries, you can simply grab a tile blend at your local hardware store instead.
Dave’s tip: You can use either tile or reclaimed wood for the top of your table.
20. Cinder Block Bench
This cinder block bench gives a good dose of industrial design to a backyard. Since the bench will be placed outdoors, don’t forget to coat it with a layer of water seal to help withstand the elements.
Dave’s tip: Make the bench more sturdy by using a heavy duty construction adhesive such as Liquid Nails.
21. Patio Cooler Stand
Dave’s a stickler for having a cooler full of drinks during a barbecue so he built a patio cooler stand from scratch. By the way, don’t forget to include a little bottle opener on the side. Your guests will appreciate it!
Learn how to take care of your backyard furniture by pressing play on the video below:
I sure hope these backyard furniture pieces give you enough inspiration to start your DIY projects! After all, not only will it make you more crafty, but you’ll also get to save loads of bucks making your own furniture!
Which backyard furniture pieces did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.
Looking for more backyard projects? Check out these easy DIYs to make with your family!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in April 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.