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DIY Outdoor Couch Built From 2x4s | Restoration Hardware Knockoff

DIY Outdoor Couch Built From 2x4s | Restoration Hardware Knockoff



hi my name is Megan and welcome back to my channel today I'm going to share with you how I built this extra-long outdoor couch so I found the plans for this couch on the ryobi nation website and the plans were for a 79 inch couch and I wanted something much longer for my balcony we got rid of our old patio furniture which is too bulky and you decided that we just wanted one long couch out here and that 79 inches was going to be a little shorter than what we wanted and we found online to look for something that we could just buy and put out here we were looking at spending a couple thousand dollars for we wanted either for Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn and so building this it only costs forty four dollars in wood I found the cushions on IKEA they were $25 for a broad mission and $15 for the fat cushion I believe they're 24 by 24 and I made this couch Pandora modify the plans for this cup with intentions to find these Christians knowing that I was going to be fitting for the 24 inch wide cushion onto the couch I also found the pillows for this couch and Target and I think they say well I bought them today so they definitely still have them and they were the best quality pillows that they had I did everything else but really pasta you want something that I would actually want to like lay against and kneel on my skin and these are kind of like a crock material so really nice the only other piece of equipment that we had to buy was a fresh you didn't have that and that's definitely what something that you will need in order to make the pocket holes which combines the back knees to this couch and we ended up using it to make supports that were not inclusion we saved a lot of money during this project you just modified lengths on the plans and it was really together I think anybody can do this within a weekend and I'm gonna show you how to do that I'm gonna put a link down below in the description box to the original plans that I used for this project and what I will include in this video is how I modified those plans to fit four cushions and to end up at 103 inches long the first thing you're gonna need to get for this project are eleven and two by fours and we got them at 10 feet long and they were two dollars and forty four cents 18 other items that we use for this project were two and a half inch long exterior wood screws two and a half inch pocket hole screws a hand sander sandpaper a miter saw measuring tape a square drill and also a mini pocket hole jig nine of my two by fours are gonna be cut down to 96 inches so that's what I'm doing with my miter saw taking nine of my boards and I'm marking them at 96 inches and cutting off the excess the excess adds up to be 24 inches which is perfect because I need fourteen two by fours at 24 inches so I just need to take my tenth 2×4 and cut five more pieces at 24 inches and then with my eleventh 2×4 I'm gonna cut two pieces at 27 inches and three pieces at nine and one-eighth of an inch and these are the three support pieces that I added to the back of the couch that are not included in the original plans from Rio B nation make sure you sand all of your boards I just use a 220 grit just to get off that top layer of roughness and to smooth them out it didn't fix any knots or major holes and the boards but that's fine this is an outdoor couch I don't need the wood to be perfect I don't recommend skipping this step because you're going to be putting cushions on this couch and you want to make sure that you don't have anything major that's sticking out of the wood that could catch your cushions and possibly cause a rip or tear in them so what I'm doing here is I'm taking two of my 96 inch long two by fours laying them out and I'm putting six of my 24-inch two-by-fours in between and I'm gonna make sure that I evenly space these I'm gonna have two that sit flush with the ends and then the other four on the inside are gonna be evenly spaced from there on out they came out to be about nineteen point two inches between each board and then I went in with my two and a half inch exterior screws and every place that the 24 inch boards met that 96 inch board I screwed in two screws one on top and one on the bottom and I also use my square to make sure that I was keeping a perfect 90-degree angle between those boards and worked my way side-to-side and that seemed to help keep everything really square and really even as I worked next thing we did was we built the arms we have to 24 inch long pieces and then for the top it's our 27 inch long piece just a box to keep these in place but you can also use a wall as you can see we just used four screws to screw that top piece into those legs my measuring tape I went ahead and marked 13 inches on both sides of my legs and that's where I attach the top of this 24 inch board that's going to run between the two of them just screw these in with two screws on either side of both legs and then another 24 inch board is gonna lay right inside of there and it's gonna lay flat and flush against those three boards and I somehow lost footage of this but you're going to screw those in from the outside of those two legs as well you're gonna repeat these same steps to make your other arm so then because we had some stairs to come up we decided to attach our arms to the base of our couch on the balcony where the couch was going to live you're gonna screw from the inside of your frame into the bottom board on the arms at this point in the project you should have seven boards at ninety six inches left and you're going to attach six of them as the seat of the couch and the way that I space them was I used an extra board in between to create that little gap and because we modified these plans the last two boards are gonna butt up right next to each other and sit flush towards the back of the seat I secured these boards with two screws on either end and I also secured them at each joist in the middle this is probably the most complicated part of our project we've never used a Kreg jig before but we figured it out fairly quickly we are attaching our very last board it is our back support for our couch and we use pressure clamps to hold the Kreg jig in place and the drill bit that came with the Kreg jig to drill our pocket hole and once the hole was in place we used our two and a half inch pocket hole screws to screw that back piece into the arm and then we just did the same thing on the other side and then because maybe I don't know I just am a little bit of a perfectionist I went back through and I just seen it all of the edges I wanted everything to be a little more rounded than it was and I did miss a couple of stamps on some of the two-by-fours that I wanted to get rid of I could change anything about this project it would be that I would have stained all of my two-by-fours before I put the couch together but I didn't do that so it's kind of a pain in the butt to stain if you do plan to make this I recommend staining all of your wood and then putting your couch together for stain I used two different stains I used classic gray Fermin wax and I layered provincial over it and the classic gray kind of served as a little bit of a buffer between the wood and the provincial because as you can see the classic ray doesn't do much but the provincial on its own is really really dark and I wanted something just a little bit lighter than provincial and I had these two in the cabinet and I think it worked out perfectly I love this combination of stains they always keep an extra dry cloth and go back and I wipe down everywhere where I just stain it helps to really smooth the tone and texture of your stain the stain was dry I sealed the couch with a Minwax polycrylic I got it in a satin crystal clear finish and I did three coats in the last three cuts of wood at nine and one eighths of an inch are these little three posts that we added on at the very end we created four pocket holes of each one and attached it to the back board of the couch I do recommend this if you decide to do this project because it is longer than the original plans it just needs a little extra support to brace that back piece if you found this project helpful please leave me a comment and make sure you subscribe to my channel and I'll see you on my next project


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  2. Thanks so much for posting your fabulous couch! I just wanted to mention the link in the description to the original plans does not work. 🙁 thanks again.

  3. Thank you for a great project. I am going to do what you did right down to the same two finishes! They're perfect. I wanted to mention though that you can easily order "boat foam" cut to measure and get some outdoor fabric to your fancy and cover it like putting a pillow in a pillow case, really easy and cheaper and more durable than the IKEA cushions. But yours looks great too! Really impressive. About the length, I think yeah, adding a leg or two to the middle would not come amiss. You can sit five people on it without a problem, but you might not be able to sit five YEARS on it without it sagging a bit. I think if you add legs to the middle you won't regret it.

  4. This looks really good, just for next time using the pocket hole jig, always make your pocket holes on the face of the board into the end grain. Much stronger joint that way and much less chance of tear out. This is about a year old so you probably figured that out by now though. Very nice job!

  5. I have seen the Anna white project as well, but love yours! Thank you for the tip on staining the wood first!

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