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!
41. Galvanized Bucket Turned Coffee Table
42. DIY Repurposed Crate Storage Table
A wooden crate is perfect for making outdoor furniture. Not only do wooden crates have that great rustic look but they are really flexible. You can use an old crate to make a lovely side table for your deck that offers extra storage. If you have a pool, this is a great place to store pool toys or even pool maintenance supplies. Add wheels and you have mobile storage that you can take wherever you need it.
43. Handmade Storage Box And Bench
This great DIY storage box doubles as a bench so it not only gives you loads of room to keep things organized; it adds seating when you need it as well. It’s a pretty large storage chest and would be perfect for keeping outdoor toys organized or pool supplies in place. You could also use it for keeping your grilling and picnic supplies on hand – the possibilities are endless!
44. DIY See Through Pallet Table
I love pallet projects and I especially love this glass top pallet table. This is perfect for adding charm and personality to your back deck and it’s pretty easy to build. It has a strip of tempered glass on top to give it a great look – and it’s not nearly as hard to build or as expensive as you may think. If you have pallets on hand, you can easily have this built for less than $50.
45. Easy DIY Hammock
So remember that hammock stand? Here’s a great hammock to go with it – or you could hang this from two trees if you have them close enough together. It’s made from a cotton beach towel, which makes it really soft and comfy and you will also need rope for hanging and a few other supplies. If you’ve ever wanted to own your own hammock but just couldn’t see spending so much to buy one – here’s your DIY.
46. Repurposed Door Outdoor Dining Table
An old wooden door makes a wonderful outdoor dining table. This is a really creative idea and gives you a dining table large enough to feed your family and a few neighbors, too. If you don’t have an old door, you can get them at thrift stores or surplus stores for just a few dollars each. Just paint the door whatever color you want, add legs and sit your chairs up.
47. Upcycled Pallet Bar
If you have a deck or decking around your back porch, this upcycled pallet bar is perfect. You can build it right into the decking that you already have so it’s really sturdy. It’ also pretty big and can hold food when you eat outside or grilling supplies while you’re cooking. It doubles as an eating table if you need it or you can use it for holding your potted plants to keep them off the ground.
48. DIY Succulent Planter Pallet Table
This project not only gives you a beautiful pallet table for eating outside, it also gives you a wonderful place to display those gorgeous succulents when you plant them. I love the idea of having plants right there in front of me when I’m eating. It makes everything seem so special and this is a really simple planter/table to build. You’ll need a few pallets – if you don’t have any on hand, check with your local stores.
49. Repurposed Flower Pot Table
This flower pot table literally takes two terra cotta pots and puts them together to make a wonderful side table. I’m thinking you could use those ceramic planters from the Dollar Store and make this one for under $10. You could do any number of sizes, shapes and colors, too. A metal pizza pan makes the top but you could use wood if you prefer and they’re all held together with strong glue.
50. DIY Outdoor Sectional Sofa
If you have room for a large sofa, this DIY sectional is perfect for all of your outdoor seating needs. It has room for so many people and it’s a relatively easy build. You can use repurposed pallets to make it even easier or if you don’t have any pallets on hand, you can use wood from your local home improvement store. These things sell for hundreds of dollars but you can build this one for $100 or less.
51. $25 DIY Adirondack Chair
You can make these amazing little Adirondack styled chairs for around $25 each depending on what materials you may already have on hand. They have that lovely high back which is really comfortable and the signature of Adirondack chairs. Plus, they have cup holders build right into the arms! These are so simple to build and so very inexpensive.
52. Simple Reclining Outdoor Lounge
Everyone needs a reclining lounge for summer and this one is super easy to build. It takes a bit of wood and some time but overall it’s really easy. The back of the lounge reclines all the way down so you can use it for sunning or sit it up when you want to chat with friends and family – build at least two of these so you have plenty for everyone.
53. Repurposed Fencing Bench
If you’re planning to redo your fence, you can use that old fence wood to build this amazing bench for your backyard. The best projects are the ones that don’t cost anything, right? You can make this for free if you have the fence wood on hand and it’s a really neat little bench. It’s perfect for the back deck or the front porch – wherever you want to put it.
54. Easy DIY Rope Ottoman
When you’re sitting outside, you really want a nice comfy chair and maybe something to put your feet up on. This DIY rope ottoman is perfect for holding your feet while you relax. It’s made from an upcycled tire- and it doesn’t even have to be a good tire – and you just add a round of plywood for the top and then cover the entire thing in rope. It’s a really attractive and fun ottoman that you can make in about an hour or so.
55. Repurposed Spool Side Table
and it won’t take you long to complete it. Just polish it up, maybe stain or distress it a bit, and then cover the inside with rope. This would look lovely in an outdoor patio set that has a rope ottoman.
56. DIY Two Toned Rope Hammock
Here’s another great DIY hammock project. This one uses ropes to create the hammock bed and it’s a pretty simple project. You use hammock rope and sailing rope in a contrasting color to create a beautifully colored hammock that is also very comfortable and relaxing. You can mount this one indoors or out on the porch for a wonderful place to relax and unwind this summer.
57. DIY Patio Lounge Table With Umbrella
Patio tables that hold umbrellas are not cheap – well at least not unless you make them yourself. This is a great project idea for making your own patio table that has a slot for your patio umbrella and you make it from repurposed furniture. Once you get it all put together, you can paint it however you like and then just add your big umbrella.
58. DIY Multi-Function Outdoor Table
This coffee table has a pull out function that opens up loads of storage. Imagine everything you could keep in here! Not only that, but you can make this from recycled pallets which makes it that much better. The top of the table slides in both directions to show off the storage area and it’s a really simple build if you have the materials on hand.
59. Swings Around A Campfire
This is my favorite thing ever! Who wouldn’t love these swings around a campfire? You can build this so easily you won’t believe it and when it’s finished, you get seating for up to 10 people or more – depending on how many people you want in each porch swing. Plus, the swings are grouped around a fire pit, which is also really easy to build. If you just choose one backyard summer project this year, I highly recommend this one!
60. Round Upcycled Pallet Table With Adjoining Seats
This round version of a picnic table is really neat and it has seats that are attached. You can use those old pallets to make it or buy boards at your local home improvement store. It doesn’t take much and the round design is really unique. It’s a pretty simple build too and one that you could make longer if you needed to.