This step by step diy project is about outdoor loveseat plans. I designed this loveseat so you can choose between several options when building outdoor furniture. Therefore, you have another options, such as a wider sofa or you could make sectional patio furniture. You only need basic tools and skills to build this love seat, but you will also save a significant amount of money. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Outdoor Loveseat Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 23 1/2″ lon0, 1 piece – 33″ long, 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 30″ long 2xSIDE
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long CLEATS
- D – 9 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24″ long SUPPORTS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 48″ long, 8 pieces – 18″ long BACKREST
- 2 piece of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
- 200 pieces of 2 1/2″ pocket screws
- 100 pieces of 1 1/4″ pocket screws
- 2″ brad nails
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
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How to build a loveseat bench
The first step of the project is to assemble the sides of the outdoor loveseat. Use 2×2 lumber for the legs, 2×6 lumber for the supports and 2×2 lumber for the armrests. Drill pocket holes as shown in the diagram. Leave no gaps between the components and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.
Align the edges making sure they are flush and check if the corners are right-angled. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result. This project is designed for 24″x24″ cushions, so you might want to make adjustments if you want to suit your needs.
Build the front and the back supports from 2×6 lumber. Cut the components at 48 degrees and drill pocket holes at both ends, as shown in the free plans. Align the edges flush, make sure the corners are square and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly together. Add waterproof glue to the joints to make sure they are rigid.
Continue the project by attaching the backrest support to the back of the outdoor sofa. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the support and secure it to the armrests with 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Fit 2×4 cleats to the frame of the loveseat. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the cleats are horizontal and check if the corners are square.
Fit 1×4 slats to the cleats. Place a 2″ wood block between the slats so you get even gaps between the supports. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the supports and secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the surface is perfectly plane.
Continue the project by assembling the backrest for the loveseat. Cut the components from 1×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical supports. Align everything with attention and insert 1 1/4″ screws to secure the backrest together tightly. Add glue to the joints for a tighter bond.
Fit the backrest to the frame of the loveseat, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the backrest and secure it to the framing with 2″ screws. countersink the head of the screws, so you can fill them with putty, later on.
One of the last steps of the project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, drill the holes with plugs and the dents with wood filler. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Remove the residues with a damp cloth before apply a few coats of stain. Last but not least, seal the finish with a few coats of spar varnish, so you protect the components from the elements, especially if you are going to place the loveseat outside.
After assembling the loveseat and taking care of the finishing touches, all you are left to do is fit the cushions into place. I strongly recommend you to buy the cushions first, so you can make adjustments to my plans so they can suit your needs and tastes.
This loveseat would look best on a deck or backyard patio. It is sturdy and very inexpensive to build and all you need are a few tools and some cuts. n addition, the modern design with sharp and straight lines can match the design of any room or backyard. If you build this, I would love to see your project.
This woodworking project was about outdoor loveseat plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.