14 DIY Outdoor Furniture and Decor Ideas

Save a bundle on your outdoor space with these clever ideas for affordable decor and DIY outdoor furniture you can make yourself.

July 01, 2020

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Tackle an Outdoor Furniture Project

Whether you want to transform an old piece of furniture into an outdoor bar or turn a shipping pallet into useful outdoor seating, these DIY outdoor furniture projects can be perfect weekend activities to help you save money and retool your outdoor space.

MAKE IT: DIY Potting Bench

DIY Outdoor Storage Bench

Add extra seating to your patio or deck with this DIY outdoor bench featuring beautiful fretwork panels and hidden storage under the seat. Using minimal tools and a few supplies from the home improvement store, you can build this stunning storage bench in one weekend.

MAKE IT: How to Build an Outdoor Bench With Storage

Outdoor Daybed DIY

Easy to build and inexpensive, this daybed will provide the perfect spot to read or nap in your backyard retreat.

MAKE IT: Easy DIY Hanging Daybed

A Fun Outdoor Activity Table

Use this cheerful outdoor play bench for a sand and water table or any other types of activities for hours of outdoor fun.

MAKE IT: Kids' Multipurpose Play Bench

Turn a Tree Stump Into an Outdoor Table

Turn a tree stump into an attractive sculptural oversized planter with midcentury paperclip-style legs.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Planter Out of a Recycled Tree Stump

DIY PVC Pipe Privacy Screen

Can’t hang curtains from your deck or patio? Get the look by making this portable privacy screen with PVC tubing and simple, inexpensive bedsheets. You can use any color sheets for this customizable project to complement your other outdoor decor.

MAKE IT: How to Make an Outdoor Privacy Screen From PVC Pipe

DIY Repurposed Outdoor Potting Bench Buffet Station

Before you kick that old dresser or vanity to the curb, consider upcycling it into a vibrant multifunctional piece of outdoor furniture with storage galore!

MAKE IT: Transform a Dresser Into a Potting Bench + Buffet Station

Turn a Drab Outdoor Rug Into a Geometric Showpiece

Give a drab gray rug the color treatment with paint samples and tape. With a few colors or a lot of colors, this pattern offers infinite ways to add a punch to your patio.

MAKE IT: How to Add a Colorful, Geometric Pattern to a Basic Outdoor Rug

Make a Modern Planter Bench

Add some sophistication to your garden or patio with this modern planter bench that provides both seating and a space for some gorgeous plants.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Chic, Modern Planter Bench

DIY Plant and Privacy Wall

Even if you have a small deck or patio, you can still enjoy lots of lush greenery. Take advantage of vertical space by hanging potted plants from this DIY living wall. As the plants grow, they’ll also provide privacy for your outdoor living area.

MAKE IT: How to Build an Outdoor Plant and Privacy Wall

Make an Outdoor Movie Screen

Transform your backyard into an open-air movie theater with this easy DIY screen made from PVC pipes and a white sheet.

MAKE IT: How to Make an Easy DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Chic Outdoor Seating for Less

Use wooden pallets to build a sturdy seat for your deck. Colorful cushions and paint brighten the look.

MAKE IT: 8 DIY Shipping Pallet Projects for Your Outdoor Space

Upcycle a Hutch Into an Outdoor Bar and Buffet

Have an old hutch or cabinet at home that’s just collecting dust? Turn it into a beverage and food station for your outdoor entertaining area. Add a mini fridge and wine glass racks, and you’ll have yourself a multifunctional piece of furniture for serving and storage in no time.

MAKE IT: Upcycle a Hutch Into an Outdoor Bar and Buffet

Turn a Door Into a Porch Swing

A porch swing doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This simple DIY porch swing project uses basic 2x4s and an old door.

MAKE IT: How to Build a Porch Swing Out of a Door

Transform a Vintage Piece Into a Planter and Storage Setup

This antique shaving stand finds new life as a planter and welcoming station on this front porch. Lined with plants and other decor, it make a fun entry greeting for visitors.

MAKE IT: Make a Front-Porch Planter From Repurposed Furniture

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