Summer is such a wonderful time. The weather is perfect for spending time outdoors with family and friends, which led to me wondering about backyard furniture projects. I love spending time in my backyard and I wanted to share some amazingly creative backyard furniture projects with you that will make you want to spend loads of time outdoors, too. From simple chairs and benches to rugs, bar carts, and even furniture for the kids, we’re going to be looking at some wonderful DIY backyard furniture projects that you can easily build for summer.
Summer really is my favorite time of year. When I’m not vacationing, I spend a lot of time outside. The fresh air and the fragrance from my summer flowers are just my favorite things ever. Speaking of summer gardens, you really should check out these 40 space saving small garden ideas if you have little space but like a lot of greenery in your backyard. There are wonderful ways to plant flowers and even veggies in space saving designs.
Now, back to our summer furniture collection. I know you want to spend time outdoors and even if you don’t have a lot of space available for furniture, there are ways to dress up your outdoor living spaces. And if you really want some rest and relaxation in the backyard, take a look at these 10 DIY garden swings that you can build. They’re easy and will go beautifully with the furniture on this list. Whether you’re looking for an armchair to sit on the porch or a DIY hammock, you’re sure to find the perfect backyard furniture in this list.
What I really love about these projects is that many of them use repurposing. You know how much I love to repurpose and many of these projects are made with things that you may otherwise throw out or never use again. That’s what so great about reuse. You give new life to old things and in this case, you get some wonderful backyard furniture to boot. So, let’s take a look at all of the backyard furnishings that you can build. You may even want to do a few of these before the weather really warms up – then you’ll have the backyard paradise you’ve always dreamed of having and you may never want to go inside again!
21. DIY Cloth Hammock Chair
22. $40 DIY Hammock Stand
A hammock stand can seriously set you back a couple hundred bucks. Instead of buying one, just DIY one, which you can easily do for around $40 or less. Hammock stands are great if you don’t have trees that you can hang your hammock from. Once you get this built you just need to add your hammock, which you can also DIY out of rope, fabric, or any number of other materials.
23. Repurposed Steel Drum Patio Furniture
Repurposed steel drums can be used to create beautiful and unique patio furniture. You can paint the drums, which will keep them from rusting. Then add cushions to make them comfortable and you’re all set. You can find steel drums to use in a number of places and you can use smaller drums for chairs and tables. This entire look is very vintage and perfect for any backyard or deck.
24. Upcycled Plywood Love Seat
Plywood is perfect for creating furniture, especially lightweight furniture like you would use in the backyard. This gorgeous little love seat is on Etsy and would be beautiful on the deck. Just add a couple of cushions to make the seat more comfortable and you’re all set. You could also build it yourself if you prefer – just cut the plywood and attach with small nails and wood glue.
25. Repurposed Log Lounger
You know all those logs that you have left over from winter? You can put them to good use by making a modern lounger. You’ll need to lay out the pattern with your logs and then use screws to hold them all securely in place. When finished, this is a great looking lounger and would be wonderful for those summer afternoon naps! If you don’t have leftover logs, just grab a chainsaw and make your own.
26. Upcycled Tire Chairs
I love projects that use old tires and this one is certainly no exception. You use old tires for the seats themselves, adding cushions to make them comfortable, and the backs of the chairs are made from pieces of tire rim with webbing. These are so unique and the perfect way to use up those old tires and save them from going to the landfill. Some sticks, metal rods, or thick dowels serve as legs.
27. Easy DIY Outdoor Pallet Table
Here’s another wonderful repurposed pallet project – a dining table. You can make this as big or as small as you like and it’s a good way to use up some of those pallets you have lying around. This is a pretty simple table to make and it won’t take you much time to get it finished. Leave the pallets as they are or you can even stain or paint them after you’ve finished the table if you want.
28. Pallet Table With A Hidden Twist
Here’s another great pallet table, one that’s large enough to seat the entire family. This one however, has a bit of a twist. There’s a tiny little hammock hanging under it! If you want a table but also need a place for the little ones to play or relax and read, this is a wonderful project. The best part is you can build the entire thing for around $40 – less if you already have a few pallets on hand.
29. Gorgeous Adirondack Chairs
I’m a huge fan of Adirondack chairs. These are probably the most comfortable things ever and the design is really gorgeous. If you’ve ever wanted to add some great relaxation to your backyard, I strongly suggest an Adirondack chair or two. You can get these redwood Adirondack chairs on Etsy for around $400 or take a weekend or so and build them yourself. You’ll love relaxing in them!
30. Vintage Milk Jug Side Table
Vintage milk jugs are great for a number of DIY projects. This side table idea may just be my favorite. Not only are these easy to make, they give you that great rustic farmhouse look. You can find milk jugs at most flea markets and thrift stores. Just clean them up and paint them and then add a nice wooden round for the top. Easy and they’re perfect for sitting beside all those repurposed pallet furnishings.
31. DIY Backyard Daybed With Canopy
This beautiful daybed would be perfect for laying out and staring at the stars at night, or for reading and relaxing during the daytime. You can even add mesh to the canopy to ward off those pesky mosquitos and other bugs. It’s simple to make and perfect for the porch or deck or just put it right out in the yard! The skill level is beginner so you’ll be able to complete it in a weekend no matter what your DIY skills.
32. Easy Side Table Turned Outdoor Buffet
You really need this outdoor buffet in your life, especially if you like to spend time at the pool (if you’re lucky enough to have a pool) or cooking out. It’s big enough to hold all of your essentials and it’s a repurpose project so it’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s a pretty easy project, too and one that you can complete in just a few hours and that’s even giving time for the paint to dry!
33. Classic Octagonal Picnic Table
I love a good picnic table and especially one that’s rounded. This classic octagonal shaped picnic table is a fairly easy build even if you don’t typically build your own furniture. The pattern is available on Etsy for less than $10 and it’s pretty foolproof. You can easily get this one done in a weekend and you have so many options when it comes to the type of wood that you want to use.
34. Repurposed Trampoline Teepee Bed
An old trampoline repurposed into a teepee bed may be the greatest thing ever. This project looks complicated but it’s really simple. You’ll need to build a base to hold the trampoline bed so that it floats and the trampoline serves as the actual bed section. Material over it looks like a traditional Indian teepee. This is certain to get those little ones to nap on summer days.
35. Repurposed Pallet Rolling Bed
This day bed rolls and it is made from old pallets so it’s doubly wonderful. You’ll need quite a few pallets to make this one and some wheels if you want it to roll. You will also want to add some nice cushioning or even an old mattress to make it comfortable. It’s a pretty easy build and would be perfect for the deck – imagine napping here in the summertime or even sleeping here out under the stars!
36. DIY Outdoor Kitchen
How about instead of just one piece of furniture, you build an entire outdoor kitchen? If you spend quite a bit of time outdoors during the summer months, this outdoor kitchen is a must. You can save energy by cooking here instead of indoors and let’s face it, cooking outside is so much more fun, right? Building an outdoor kitchen is much easier – and much less expensive – than you may think.
37. Recycled Coffee Table Garden Shelves
An old broken coffee table doesn’t have to be taken to the dump. Instead, cut it into two sections and make yourself these amazing garden shelves. These would be great to attach to the side of the house on the deck for holding grilling supplies or add them to your fence or garden area for potted plants or gardening tools. They’re easy and so unique!
38. Easy DIY Deck Furniture
Made from wood, this deck furniture is a must if you like entertaining outdoors during the warmer months. The pattern is available on Etsy for $20 and you won’ spend much more than that on the materials to make these furniture pieces. The pattern includes table and chairs and even a neat rolling cart to hold drinks, food, or whatever else you need. Add canvas for the chair backing and a nice umbrella and you’ve got a high dollar deck set for much less than it costs to buy it outright.
39. DIY Recycled Rug Ottoman
Don’t throw out those old rugs – recycle them into amazing ottomans for your backyard! I love this repurposing idea and it’s a really easy project. Plus, you get a wonderful ottoman to put your feet up when you’re relaxing outdoors or extra seating if you need it. This one takes a bit of sewing but it’s nothing hard -= even beginning seamstresses can have it done in just a couple of hours.
40. Recycled Tire Coffee Table
This recycled tire coffee table is the perfect complement to your outdoor furniture. It’s also a great way to keep those old tires out of the landfill. You’ll just need to paint two or three tires – however tall you want the table – and then add a round glass or wood top. It’s a really easy project and it’s so creative!