DIY Patio Furniture Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Space

Like the rooms inside our homes, there are limitless ways to decorate a deck or patio, especially when you introduce homemade outdoor furniture. Putting a personal spin on your outside seating area is as easy as modifying a tree stump, upcycling a slab of concrete, or building with unused pallets. We found 13 easy-to-follow DIY patio furniture tutorials to inspire your backyard transformation.

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    DIY Timber Side Table

    Erin of Francois et Moi nailed the look of the iconic Backenzahn ("molar") stool for this DIY patio furniture knock-off, right down to its signature tapered legs. The outdoor table is made from one 6x96-inch chunk of solid outdoor-grade timber divided into four equal pieces with a circular saw. An affordable take on a contemporary classic, the wood side table adds a modern touch to a bohemian-chic patio.

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    DIY Pallet Daybed

    Jaime, coauthor of Pretty Prudent Home: Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home, wanted an outdoor couch for relaxing with friends, plus a place to nap outside with her daughter. So she designed a pallet daybed with pipe and flange arms to support the bolsters and casters to make it mobile. Of course, the key to a comfy outdoor daybed is pillows, and Jaime added plenty -- some purchased, some hand-sewn.

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    DIY Farmhouse Dining Table

    Emily of Table and Hearth had two must-haves in mind when designing an outdoor dining table, her first large-scale DIY. She wanted to use distressed wood that she found on the side of the road, and she wanted her DIY patio table to have a crossbar. After adding a sliding miter, a circular saw and drill, and a pocket hole kit to her toolbox, Emily was able to build a simple yet impressive farmhouse-style dining table for her rustic patio.

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    DIY Painted Bistro Set

    All it takes to personalize store-bought patio furniture is a few containers of paint. The rainbow hues of this DIY patio furniture makeover reflect the colorful personality of blogger Rachel of The Crafted Life, but you could take your painted bistro set in a more muted or more monochromatic direction. The key is to pick outdoor paint that can withstand the elements, and to start the job with a paint roller for a smooth, streak-free application.

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    DIY Patio Bar

    Do-it-yourself doesn't always mean starting from scratch. This patio bar, for example, was originally a potting bench before Cyndy of The Creativity Exchange made some transformative tweaks. To make it a functional piece of DIY patio furniture for serving beverages and appetizers, she added a standard towel bar and a bottle opener to the front, as well as three-sided channel trim under the top shelf to hang glasses.

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    DIY Outdoor Ottoman

    Kick back and relax with a DIY outdoor ottoman made from an old tire and colorful rope.

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    DIY Weatherproofed Side Table

    A tiny plywood table isn't necessarily the most exciting purchase you can make at a secondhand shop -- unless you're Carrie of Dream Green DIY. After giving the nondescript side table's straight legs some curvy flair, the crafty blogger covered it in deck and concrete resurfacer for a chic cement-like weatherproofed finish. 

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    DIY Patio Cushions

    Add a pop of (multi)color to your outdoor space with these no-sew outdoor pillows from Mark Montano. Rag rugs are a durable and practical choice for pillow covers; as long as you use the appropriate glue, they can be tossed into the washing machine as needed. Patio cushions and pillows are also inexpensive to make, so if they see a little too much action, they can be replaced easily.

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    DIY Hanging Garden Chair

    Send the kids to the playground because you'll want this fun porch swing all to yourself, especially when you have a good book to read and a cold glass of lemonade in hand. Designed to be hung from the ceiling of a covered patio, this DIY hanging lounge chair from Caitlin of The Merrythought is fashioned simply from oak dowels and a canvas drop cloth.

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    DIY Outdoor Rug

    After successfully updating a doormat, Haeley of Design Improvised set her sights -- and her spray paint -- on something bigger: an outdoor rug. When it comes to patio decor, a colorful patterned rug can instantly transform a space. Her striped design, inspired by an old CB2 rug, cost less than $40 and took only 3 hours to make.

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    DIY Rolling Tree Stump Table

    There's nothing wrong with sanding a tree stump, sticking it next to an outdoor sofa, and calling it a day. But if you want to take the nature-inspired surface to the next level, follow Krista of The Happy Housie's lead and attach casters to your tree stump table for mobility. Tree stumps are heavy, but the addition of wheels means you can easily move it around your patio or even push it inside during the winter.

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    DIY Painted Patio Umbrella

    Your backyard barbecue isn't complete without an oversize patio umbrella to shield you -- and your burger -- from the sizzling summer sun. Rather than selecting a store-bought pattern, why not create a custom design on a plain patio umbrella? Chelsea of Lovely Indeed updated her white umbrella with colorful horizontal strokes for a modern minimalist look.

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    DIY Concrete Side Table

    One of the benefits of homemade outdoor furniture is the ability to re-create high-end designs at a fraction of the price. Another is the opportunity to upcycle unused material. This DIY side table, for example, started off as an unwanted concrete test slab for a kitchen countertop project until Kristen of Storefront Life saw its potential as part of a Restoration Hardware knock-off.

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    Quick Patio Pick-Me-Ups

    Spending some quality time in the great outdoors is often a cure for whatever ails you (long hours at the office, a brutal commute, never-ending chores). Why not reciprocate the love that outdoor rooms show you with these ideas guaranteed to perk up a patio? We're betting they'll make you want to spend even more time outside!
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