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!
61. Easy DIY Tree Bench
62. Great Wood Deck Cooler
If you’re planning to spend a bit of time outdoors this summer, you need a great cooler, right? This wooden deck cooler is great – it has loads of room for all sorts of cold drinks and it’s pretty easy to make. It also looks really great and has a bit of storage underneath so you can keep cups or anything else you need handy. You use an old cooler for the actual cooler part so if you have one that’s seen better days, upcycle it into this great standing cooler.
63. Easy DIY Log Table
This little table is so easy anyone can build it – You just tie a few logs together and add a top. How easy is that? Well, you will need to ensure that your logs are the same length so some sawing and sanding may be required. Once they’re all uniform, just add a top of your choice, and use zip ties or something similar to keep the logs together. Or skip the top and just use the top of your logs for the tabletop.
64. Upcycled Crate Bench
An upcycled wooden crate makes a wonderful bench for your backyard or patio. Just make sure that the crate is sturdy – not rotted or otherwise falling apart – and add a nice cushion to the top. You can do this with crates of all shapes and sizes and have a nice little collection of wooden furniture for the yard.
65. DIY Outdoor Movie Theater Seats
What a wonderful summer idea! You can turn your backyard into a movie theater with these DIY seats and enjoy some time under the stars watching your favorite movie from a large sheet and a projector. The seats themselves are pretty easy to make and really comfortable to sit in. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend some quality time with friends and family, this is definitely it.
66. $45 Adirondack Patio Set
You can build this great patio set, complete with Adirondack lounge chairs, for around $45. That includes the lounging chairs and the little table in the center. What a wonderful build and it’s so cheap! I love the way the chairs offer their own footstools and for $45 you can’t buy even one chair like this – probably not even the table.
67. DIY Backyard Fold Down Bar
If you don’t have room for an entire bar with stools, why not build a fold down bar right on the side of your house or deck? This is a really easy project and it looks so great. It will also come in really handy for summer entertaining, and you could alter the plans to make it larger if you need more room for storing your cocktail supplies.
68. Concrete Side Table
This concrete side table is a quick and easy build and would be perfect beside a pallet couch or a bench on the back porch. It’s the perfect size for holding a cold glass of lemonade and maybe a book or even a radio if you like listening to music while you relax. You make the table from wood and form a concrete top and the entire project can be done in an afternoon.
69. DIY X Brace Side Table
Here’s another great little side table with a concrete top. This one can be made from scrap wood that you have on hand or from small wooden scraps from your local lumber yard or home improvement store. You built the X brace bottom which offers great support for the concrete top – although you could top this with wood as well if you prefer that over concrete.
70. Upcycled Cast Iron Bathtub Sofa
I love upcycling projects and this cast iron bathtub sofa is definitely one of my favorites. If you have an old cast iron bathtub – or see one in a thrift store or yard sale – you can easily turn it into an amazing backyard sofa with just a bit of work. You’ll need to cut away an opening on one side and then just add cushions. Be sure that you file down the edges so that they aren’t sharp. Overall, this is a pretty easy and absolutely beautiful project for summer.
71. Easy DIY Backyard Tire Swing
So technically a tire swing is not furniture, but you do sit on it so it definitely belongs in this list. This is an easy alternative to the tire swings from yesteryear – you know, the ones that would get you all wet whenever it rained because they stored water. This one lays flat as opposed to being vertical and is held up by strong ropes on more than one side, so it’s a bit safer than the ones you grew up using. It’s also a beautiful addition to any backyard.
72. Wine Barrel Side Tables
An old wine barrel can give you loads of ideas for backyard furniture and décor. Take these wine barrel half side tables for instance. They’re really easy to make and offer such a great rustic look. Plus, you can get two side tables from just one barrel. Just cut the barrel in half, making sure that you get even sides
when you cut and that’s all there is to it. You’ll have two adorable little side tables that will only take you about half an hour to build.
73. Upcycled Coffee Table Bench
An old coffee table and some weaving give you the perfect bench for your backyard seating needs. You’ll need a glass top table that has removable glass – this way you get the frame that you need for the weaving. If you’ve never woven before don’t worry. This is a really easy project and you can incorporate as many or as few different colors as you want so you can perfectly match your existing backyard décor.
74. Laced Pallet Hanging Chair
Pallet strips and some intricate work could net you this amazing pallet hanging chair. The pallet strips are used to make the chair and you simply lace them together with paracord. It looks like a bamboo chair and has so much give when you sit in it – it is sure to be the most comfortable piece of furniture in your backyard, and it’s a really easy chair to make.
75. Outdoor Movie Screen
Remember those great outdoor movie chairs? Well, here’s the screen that you need to go with them. This is a wonderful summer evening idea and so very easy to build. You’ll need some sort of a projector in order to source your movies, but the screen itself is really simple. Just a large white sheet or white canvas and maybe some velvet drapes to decorate the sides are all you need and you can plan summer evening movie nights all season long!
76. Cinder Block Planter Bar
Okay, if you need a bar and you also want some great succulents around the back deck, this cinder block planter bar is perfect. There are little planters under it for decorating your back deck with lovely greenery and the top is a bar or high table, whatever you need it for. This is such a unique idea and an easy one to recreate. It gives you loads of planting space and is just a beautiful project overall.
77. DIY Garden Arbor Swing
This DIY garden arbor swing is definitely something that you want in the backyard. It’s not too difficult to build and it gives you a lovely backyard swing for relaxing on those summer evenings. This is just a beautiful project and gives you so many options – paint it white and distress it, stain it a nice rich color, or leave it all natural with just a top coat to protect against the weather.
78. Quick And Easy Arbor Bench
If you prefer a bench to a swing, this DIY arbor bench is perfect and it’s a quick and easy build. Imagine this sitting by your flower garden just beckoning you to sit and relax a while. You could also build planters on the sides to house your favorite summer blooms. This garden bench won’t take you more than an evening or two to build and will quickly become your favorite backyard furniture piece.
79. DIY Tile Patio Table
The tile top of this table is breathtaking and when you combine it with the white paint, it’s the perfect outdoor table if you want something to help decorate the backyard a bit. This is such a wonderful project and you can have it completed in a weekend – with time leftover to sit and enjoy it. You’ll build the table first, from scratch, and then add sheets of tile which you can normally find at Lowe’s for just a few dollars each. Such an easy project that makes such a dramatic statement piece for your backyard!
80. Large Wooden Spool Umbrella Table
Instead of spending a couple hundred dollars on an umbrella table, just make one with an old wooden spool. You’ll need a relatively large spool for this but the great thing is, there’s really no work involved in it. Unless you want to paint or stain it, the spool makes a great table with nothing needed. You can even put your umbrella in the center hole and it should hold it perfectly depending on the size of the handle. This is the fastest and easiest outdoor table you could build and it’s perfect for keeping the sun off you while you relax.