Have you ever been little hesitant about making something, but then after you decided to give it a shot and see what happens, you were happily surprised with the results? That’s how I felt about this DIY outdoor sofa! I haven’t ever built outdoor furniture, but when I stumbled across these easy outdoor couch building plans from Ana White, I knew they’d be simple enough for me to try. Let me show you how to build a beautiful, rustic outdoor sofa out of 2x4s!

DIY Outdoor Furniture - How to make a sofa from 2x4s

DIY Outdoor Furniture - How to make a sofa from 2x4s

To begin this project, download this free PDF materials list, cut list and instructions by Ana White.

Next, pick up your lumber. I used cedar 2x4s so that this sofa would weather well outside. You’ll also need deck screws, a drill, a cross-cut saw, stain (if desired), and brackets (if desired – I used these instead of pocket screws as called for in the plans).

DIY Outdoor Furniture - How to make a sofa from 2x4s

Next, follow the directions in the downloaded PDF to build your sofa. You can also watch Ana’s helpful video, below:

I stained my couch frame & seat slats with Minwax’s Ebony wood stain before I attached the seat slats to my sofa.

DIY Outdoor Furniture - How to make a sofa from 2x4s

Finish off your DIY outdoor sofa with some outdoor back & seat cushions (I found mine at Ikea online, or you could sew some) and some decorative throw pillows.

DIY Outdoor Furniture - How to make a sofa from 2x4s

Ain’t she a beaut?! I’m so proud of this simple little sofa and I love its rustic / industrial look! I’m planning to use it for a deck project for Brookfield Residential, and I can’t wait to show you the finished space soon.

Here’s a video on how I made this simple DIY outdoor sofa from 2x4s:

DIY Outdoor Furniture - How to make a sofa from 2x4s

If you’ve ever considered trying to build some furniture, this is a great piece to start with. Have fun!