Monday, August 5, 2013

DIY Outdoor Seating

We finally finished our outdoor seating! Here's the before and after photo.

When I first learned about this awesome cinderblock and wood outdoor seating on Curbly,
I was so amazed at how simple and ingenious this design was.
I instantly had to give it a try! The step by step tutorial can be found here at Kaylas Basement.


What you will need:

12 cinderblocks (6 for each side)
4 pieces of  4" x 4" x 10 ft. lumber
concrete adhesive

How to:

*Tip: Make sure the ground is level before setting everything in place.

1. Start with one side.
    Set 4 cinderblocks vertically, and 2 that go on top horizontally.
    Allow approximately 8 - 9 ft. of distance before setting the next side of cinderblocks.

2. Feed the wood through one side to the other. Make sure you have at least 6 inches sticking
    out on both sides. If you want smaller seating, you may always trim the excess wood.

3. Once you are happy with the placement and size of the seating, temporarily remove the wood beams.
    Use the concrete adhesive to set the cinderblocks in place.

4. After the concrete adhesive has dried, feed the wood beams through the top holes of the cinderblocks.
We decided to paint the blocks to give it a bit of color.

We used Behr Paint in Island Oasis HDC-MD-09 for the cinderblocks.
We used about 2 small containers of the sample sizes in this color, available at Home Depot.
This amount will cover the outer sides of the cinderblocks only.

You can easily buy a cushion and be done with it at this point.
I recommend the "deep seating" cushion for this width, approx. 32".
They are available for purchase at such places like World Market, however, a cushion this size will easily cost you $200 or more, for the insert cushion plus the cover. I recycled a mattress pad (used for camping) that I found, cut the cushions to size, then covered it in leftover fabric from curtains I trimmed for the kids room.The curtain fabric was from Ikea, and it is just as durable as fabric sold for outdoor use.
I also covered four pillows in the same material.

I hope you have fun creating your own outdoor seating!