The fall season brings to the mind of every individual some specific thoughts. These thoughts include; cozy sweaters, bonfire made with patio, tea lattes. Trying to fix this constraint in summer, the idea of putting together a piece of comfortable patio furniture will cross your mind. What a better arrangement than a piece of outdoor sectional patio furniture! A patio furniture costs at least $2000-$3000. This price range is outrageous, and at WickerPark, we believe the best way to prevent spending this much on a piece of outdoor sectional patio furniture is by learning how to build the patio furniture yourself.
Building An Outdoor Sectional Patio Furniture
There are some tools needed for constructing this patio furniture, and in Inorder for you to build a perfect outdoor sectional patio furniture, you need to have these tools in place. These tools include;
Not all types of saws can handle outdoor sectional patio furniture; a compound miter saw is useful for this kind of job.
- Compact drill
It would help if you had a compact drill to drive nails into the wood neatly. They are easily accessible and found in any woodwork store.
- Impact drill
An impact drill serves almost the same function as a compact drill, only that the impact drill is more comfortable to move around.
- Measuring tape
There is a need to take the measurements of planks have at every instance. The measuring tape helps carry out this measuring function.
The angles of the woods also need to be monitored. The square helps measure the slopes of these woods.
- Decking screws
A specific kind of screw known as the decking screw is useful in building this furniture.
- Pocket hole screws
The pocket hole screws are another type of screw needed to make tight joints.
The pencil helps to make outlines on the wood. You need high-grade pencils for this kind of job.
- Wood glue
Wood glue also helps strengthen firmness at wood joints. Not just any kind of wood glue; only quality ones do great jobs.
The chalk can be useful alongside pencils to draw outlines on woods that need cutting.
Having gotten all the tools enumerated above, you can then proceed to build the furniture. Depending on how large you want the furniture to look, you should cut the planks into sizes first and foremost.
Before cutting, always make sure you take measurements twice to avoid unnecessary errors. Specifically, you should use the miter saw to make these cuts. After cutting the planks into sizes, you will then use the chalks to label every piece. The chalks are necessary to prevent the pieces you cut from mixing up with the fresh planks. If you decide not to use the chalks, you might end up remeasuring new planks because you will not be able to locate some of the pieces you’ve cut before.
After cutting the planks to sizes and labeling them, you can now start to lay them depending on the kind of furniture you intend to build. Before assembling the planks, you can decide to predrill the holes. Pedrilling holes make it easier to fasten screws into the wood.
However, predrilling is an optional move, and it doesn’t have any adverse effect if you decide not to do it. To feel more comfortable while driving in screws, you could choose to use an impact driver. You can decide to start assembling the planks anyhow you please, but you should start from the seat frame. Making the seat frame is very easy, and it doesn’t take much time at all. In as much as you maintain a uniform measurement for the planks and all planks have the square-end shape, you will most likely not have a wobbly couch. After building the seat frame:
- Start assembling the hand, make the two hands are of equal size and shape.
- After confirming the hand’s dimensions, attach the hands to the seat frames with screws and wood glues if necessary.
- Make sure the seat frame and hand arrangement are square and level.
The final part is the back! You will need a Kreg jig for the back construction, and it’s only during the back construction that you can use the pocket screws. After assembling the planks of similar shapes and sizes, attach the back to the seat frame and hands setup using the pocket screws and wood adhesives. That’s all it takes to build outdoor sectional furniture (couch).
You can decide to beautify the furniture with seat cushions, outdoor pillows. Examples of seat cushions you can use to decorate the furniture include;
- Deep seat cushions
- Bench cushions
- Wicker cushions
- Rocking chair cushions, etc.
Building Tips That Can Help
If you decide to try constructing your outdoor sectional furniture yourself, here are some tips that could help;
- Safety first
At WickerPark, we consider safety very important. You are to make use of safety gear. Some of these include; safety boots, eyeglasses, gloves.
- Always read through the manuals for equipment thoroughly before putting them to use.
- Make sure all tools are readily available, don’t try substituting tools’ functions.
- Measure twice and cut once! This tip prevents unnecessary errors and delays in construction.
- Always have extra screws. Make sure you don’t run out of screws, as this might damage the plank.
- Ensure that you have a plan before venturing into construction. This plan will serve as a guide during construction.
We at WickerPark would be delighted if this article helps you plan your outdoor sectional furniture construction.