Outdoor Living

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  • Where are the measurements for the cuts?
    By aubriee, on June 3, 2016

  • Also where did you get the fabulous cushions for the sectional? Love them!
    By aubriee, on June 3, 2016
    • Did anyone ever answer this question?
      By angalexava, on February 17, 2017

  • Thanks for adding the download with the measurements.
    By aubriee, on June 4, 2016
    • I can't find the measurements. Where did you find them?
      By Nancybo, on June 4, 2016

  • I'm soooo looking forward to my first build. Thanks for making this so easy. For those of you looking for the measurements up at the top is a link. Right Below "Outdoor Coffee Table" is the link.
    By crozzby, on June 21, 2016

  • There is a link to the plans with measurements above the Steps section. Love this project!
    By _Stephanie_, on June 24, 2016

  • Why would you stain before making your cuts!?!?!?! Now you have to get the stain out again!
    By Spookypook, on June 26, 2016

  • Hi, Where are the cushions from? Love them!!!!
    By angalexava, on February 17, 2017
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  • I absolutely love these and I like that they don't have legs..great build Shanty Sisters :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on June 7, 2015

  • Love these! Guess they can go on my to do list.
    By bknurs32, on June 12, 2015
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  • Hi Ana! Love this sectional. We are going to make it and sew our own cushions. What size are your back cushions? Trying to figure out the ideal height of the back cushions. Was thinking maybe 15" high. What do you think would be ideal?
    By stabuks, on June 8, 2015

  • nice job. enjoy your sectional
    By maga, on June 29, 2015

  • nice job. enjoy your sectional
    By maga, on June 29, 2015

  • Where did you find the cushions?
    By clcoup, on June 29, 2015

  • After building this project, I've noticed the following points: There is one piece of wood missing from the cut list. I had a couple of extra 2x4's so wasn't that put out by it, but others may be affected. This plan is designed to coordinate with the Outdoor Sofa, but the plans are subtly different - the Outdoor Sofa does not have the back supports included (the wood that is placed on edge under the two arm rests and back), so if building both pieces, you'll want to allow for the extra stock necessary to include those three extra pieces. In order to build both pieces, I purchased thirty 8' 2x4's, knowing that I would have lots of offcuts remaining. I intend to use these offcuts to build a coffee table/footrest that will accommodate the last seat cushion (since I purchased seven 2pc cushions to fill in all the sections of back rest), and also frame a water table for my child. I purchased these: http://www.lowes.ca/outdoor-cushions/garden-treasures-blue-flame-stitch-2-piece-deep-seating-patio-chair-cushion_g2384797.html
    By woodchip, on July 2, 2015

  • It looks very nice but what would make it better is if all exposed edges were rounded over with a router and the back had an angle to it. Yours looks nice and comfortable.
    By Newbiewoodman, on September 9, 2015

  • Where did you get your cushions from?
    By Jnmartin, on April 25, 2016

  • How many 2x4's are needed to purchase for both pieces, the couch and sectional part?
    By Warden5, on April 27, 2016

  • Will you please email me a copy of the sectional sofa plans. the measurements are not clear on the diagrams
    By mwtrdh, on April 28, 2016
    • or can you attach a link so that i can print it?
      By mwtrdh, on April 28, 2016

  • How many 2x4 are needed for both projects?
    By Slim Pickens, on May 28, 2016

  • How many 2x4's are needed to do both sofas? And are there plans for the other sofa? Please help!!!
    By Doubleh, on June 1, 2016

  • Hi I never worked with imperial measure... can you make it with metric measures? great job great project of yours congrats...i love it
    By fraque, on June 2, 2016

  • Do you recommend pre drilling a "guiding holes" for the screws, or can i skip it when using these type of screws you menttiom (exterior decking screws) Thanks!
    By gold76, on July 3, 2016

  • that was a waste of paper and ink will not let me print
    By luckydoglj_126876, on September 22, 2016

  • Do you recommend predrilling guide holes or simply use these deck screws straight?
    By gold76, on April 3, 2017

  • It is not allowing me to print out all the steps. Can you send me a link with all of the steps?
    By kmangrich, on June 2, 2017

  • Great project, I'm in the process of building one :) There's on piece missing from the list. It is (1) 2*4 @ 28"
    By salkhudri, on June 18, 2017

  • Unable to see the page or the plans. Is there a way to fix this? I'm very interested in trying to make this amazing sectional.
    By kioko_1992, on February 11, 2018
    • To the right of the picture above click on the link to the outdoor couch
      By gsnpbc, on May 29, 2018

  • How do you prevent it from rotting, termite... and other damages might be caused by weather and bugs since it stays outside? 
    By Kevin-Nguyen, on June 1, 2018

  • You can make this entire project using 2x4x8 if you make it exactly 2 inches smaller from front to back, which only makes 2 differences in cuts, instead of 25 1/2 they become 23 1/2, and instead of 28 1/2, they become 26 1/2, everything else remains the same, but you can use exclusively 2x4x8's with a total quantity of (21) 8 footers!  Cuts the cost nearly in half and allows for more choices for straighter and more perfect boards. In case this helps anyone! 
    By smkirk8588, on June 24, 2018

  • Ana,
    My 5 years old daughter is a great fan of yours. Thanks for inspiring her and everyone.

    Love and respect from Tampa, FL.
    By Rakesh Kumar Gupta, on May 11, 2019
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