Outdoor sectional couch

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Project by Ben Robinson posted 03-03-2010 01:36 PM 204255 views 90 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this outdoor sectional so my wife could take naps on the back porch while I go about my projects. The goal was to make something comfortable and modular with a clean, modern, almost industrial design. It also needed to seat a lot of people and stand up to the elements.

I didn’t have the budget for ipe wood, so I went with pressure-treated dimensional lumber. The main couch has an 8 foot seating area and the side bench is 4 feet wide. The back rest on the side bench is an extension of the main couch’s arm rest. It seats 5 adults comfortably when pushed into an “L” and 7 when separated.

I’m hesitant to post this, because there is such fine work here on lumberjocks. Please go easy on me … I realize this isn’t the most awesome display of craftsmanship. I’m just getting started and don’t have too many tools yet.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 01:58 PM

The cushions actually look comfortable. What type of wood did you use for them!!!!

Great job. LOoks like a great place to hang out with friends!

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 02:10 PM

Ben, this is a pretty nice addition to your deck. The bench is solid and well built and just begs to be used.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 03:34 PM

Don’t be ashamed of posting anything on here, everyone’s projects, materials, and budgets are all different.

Take pride in everything you build, and if the boss like’s it, then I’d say you did a fine job!

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 03:55 PM

Looks like a great place to hang out with friends. Good job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 04:04 PM

Very nice work! You should be proud.

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 05:33 PM

this is very cool

-- hrvoje

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 06:02 PM


Most of us are not juried artists. Thru the years my Shopsmith has been used for home improvement projects more than anything else. I just finished a built-in bookcase for our kitchen – simple and nothing to brag about, but the wifes happy!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 10:17 PM

Thank you for the kind words everyone … it really means a lot to me. Like I told my neighbors, “I’m not building a piano here. I’m building something for people to relax on (and possibly fall asleep).”

I’m planning on making more versions of this design, using 4×4 instead of 4×6 on the ends. If I get someone with the budget, I really want to make it with ipe wood. On the next version, I’ll be lowering the back slightly and possibly trying some different joinery techniques.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#10 posted 03-04-2010 12:39 AM

It may be simple joinery but the design is top notch. It functional, sylish, durable, easy to customise and fairly easy to build. I love it.

-- John

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#11 posted 03-25-2010 12:07 AM

Hey Ben, this sectional is great! My husband rebuilt our deck last summer (needs to finish it this summer) and really liked the sectional you built when I showed it to him! He would like to do something similar on our deck I personally think it would be a great place for me to lounge.

He was wondering if you could provide a little more details on how you built this.

-- Project Widow

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#12 posted 04-15-2010 07:23 AM

Glad you like it, PW. It’s constructed from 4×6 on the ends, 2×4 to frame the seating area and 1×8 for the seat and back. The rectangular ends of the couch are 3’ deep and 2’ tall.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#13 posted 04-15-2010 05:08 PM

Very nice. I felt the same way about posting things when i first joined. People here are very encouraging and motivating. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing good things from you.


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#14 posted 04-15-2010 05:16 PM

Elegance in simplicity. Well done. I’m fav’ing this as our deck needs something similar. We currently only have 2 cast iron chairs and a cast table. Not very comfy and have threatened to collapse under my weight lol.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#15 posted 05-14-2010 06:24 AM

very clean nice deign

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