Exterior Spaces

Exterior Spaces

Exterior Spaces



  • 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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  • This is AWESOME! Every kid's dream!
    By karen_atlanta, on June 1, 2015

  • Hours of fun and imaginative play ... a play set extraordinaire.
    By janicehintze, on June 3, 2015

  • What was the approximate price for all materials used?
    By BAMAWATERFOWL, on June 19, 2015

  • @bamawaterfowl I spent about $1300, all of the materials came from Home Depot.
    By Her Tool Belt, on July 10, 2015

  • The materials list doesn't specify, but is the lumber pressure treated? Or are you relying on the paint to withstand the weather? If so, how's your current play structure holding up? Also, it looks awesome! Great job!
    By Brian5177, on February 21, 2017

  • This thing is amazing! So I have a question, what exactly are the optional pieces for and what do you lose of you chose not to do the optional steps? I am referring to what is in the PDF not below. Thanks
    By mgomon, on August 9, 2017

  • you did a great job. i think we are going to replicate this for our kids.
    By Team Saefkow, on February 9, 2018

  • i just noticed your blueprints are not working :( can this be fixed?
    By Team Saefkow, on February 9, 2018
    • @Team Saefkow they have been fixed. Thanks for letting us know!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018
    • the link is gone :( and i cant get the picture for the material list to load. keeps saying error.
      By Team Saefkow, on February 11, 2018
    • Can you not see where it says "View Project PDF" under the project description?
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 12, 2018
    • im sorry it was my browser, was not letting me open the PDF. thanks for replying to quickly.
      By Team Saefkow, on February 13, 2018
    • Glad you got it figured out!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 13, 2018

  • I want to add that I did this nearly the same as pictured above and I am not a carpenter, just handy :-) It came out awesome! I'd post pics but not allowed with comments.
    By mgomon, on February 9, 2018
    • Awesome! You can always upload your own project if you'd like to show the RYOBI Nation community!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018

  • Help me out here...I am not seeing where all 11 4x4s will be used?  I am only counting 6.  I am having my fence put in and was hoping to have them actually set the posts into the ground to make it extra sturdy.  Is that overkill?
    By EbbaRobb, on April 24, 2018
    • Even though it's two years too late, to clarify for anyone else who may have the same question - the materials list includes what's needed for the playhouse AND swing set:  6 4x4x8s are used for the clubhouse/playhouse, 4 4x4x8s and 1 4x4x10 are used for the swing set.
      By krashtd78, on May 31, 2020

  • Does anyone know the height of the entire set? Ground to peak. Trying to find a set that is 10ft tall or less because of a crazy HOA rule.
    By Ddrake0005, on July 6, 2018

  • Thanks for sharing the design, I am putting the finishing touches on one in my back yard.  I had one lesson learned to add and a couple of mods that went well.  For the lesson learned, be mindful of your carriage bolt placement. A few steps after making the frame you will need to install the floor.  Four of my bolts partially interfered with the floor boards, I ended up notching the floor boards.  Other than that, you can add an additional 2X4 to the floor, it helps keep rain out of the bottom.  At the kids request, I added a floor to the bottom and enclosed the rear of the structure with a wall.  Finally, I opted for a corrugated metal roof.
    By DoctorNoGo, on September 30, 2018

  • Can you tell me where you bought the 1 hour DIY swing kit?
    By user_richter_1286755, on November 8, 2019
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  • This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks so much Anna White.
    By Betsyj59, on April 13, 2015

  • its GREAT for small space but got whst u neef
    By MISSDEE, on April 28, 2015

  • Made this as part of my wife's mother's day gift. Sanded all the corners and added a nice stain. Came out beautiful. Thank you.
    By rudyalvarado7, on May 13, 2015

  • Отлично!!!!!!!!!!
    By Vladimir, on August 23, 2015

  • on my 2Do list now ... tysm
    By uWishuCould, on October 5, 2015

  • Starting this build next week, I am making it as a christmas gift for my Mother whom loves gardening. I am thinking maybe using Cedar? Any recommendations as it will be kept outdoors all the time.
    By Mike Mercer, on November 15, 2015

  • I am assuming all these measurements are in inches?
    By Mike Mercer, on November 19, 2015

  • It looks like the tool bench my dad built for me when I was 4. Except the back has pegboard and the bottom shelf has plywood on the bottom of the 2*4's so it makes a scrap wood storage shelf with the 2*4 lip around it. I still have it if you want a photo. (I am 11 now) We have the same initials Anna. A&W like the rootbeer. I have an A&W shirt for that reason. (I don't really like the rootbeer, but fun to have a shirt with my initials on it.
    By Tech-nic-Allie, on December 4, 2016

  • Thanks for the plans Ana.
    By rick.norris, on August 7, 2017

  • Where can I get the plans for this item?
    By sthorne1221, on February 14, 2018
    • I found the step-by-step instructions. However, there apparently is no way to print it out, am I correct?
      By sthorne1221, on February 14, 2018
    • Correct, it is not a downloadable file but can be viewed from the screen. However, if you have a MacBook you could always take a screenshot of the instructions and print that screenshot picture.
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 14, 2018

  • I know this video is 3 years old, but is there a reason why there is no audio? I tested to see if earphones weren't working, but that is not the case and my volume is up to max level.
    By Janaseven7, on April 1, 2018
    • Nevermind, I fou d the video and watch directly on youtube instead of on the ryobi website.
      By Janaseven7, on April 1, 2018
    • Sorry you had trouble and glad you found the solution!
      By RYOBI NATION, on April 13, 2018

  • My son is building this potting bench for me. Id like to know where i can get hooks like the ones in the project. 
    By Wongnmbr, on April 22, 2018

  • was a fun first project for me!
    By dmtuck55, on April 27, 2018

  • Where can you get the measurements for this project? 

    By OverboardHud, on May 7, 2018

  • This was a great one day project! Thanks Anna.
    By Phishlips81, on May 12, 2018

  • This bench turned out great.  I modified the dimensions slightly to fit on my deck.  It is 33" wide x ~18" deep.  It doubles as the platform for my bird feeders.  Is there a way to post pictures?  Thank you Ana White.
    By edspyhill09, on July 1, 2018 (edited)
    • You can upload a new project showing how yours turned out! We would love to see!
      By RYOBI NATION, on July 17, 2018

  • Where do you find the cut list and all the other information on how to do this. Can;t find it anyhere.  let me know
    By Penquin17742, on January 25, 2020

  • I made this potting bench for my wife and gave it to her as a gift for Valentine's she loved it. Plus I also made two short stools so she can sit on while in the garden.
    By The Texan palletteer , on February 14, 2020

  • Thanks for the details on how to. very very helpful

    By soutrnatl_17150, on May 21, 2020

  • I have never used a circular saw before. You make this look so easy. I just need a circular saw lesson, first. My husband has me scared to death of this equipment. I want to see if my local Home Depot offers some sort of training or hands on instruction, then next time he leaves town I'm going for it. You'd think after 40 years he'd know better than to tell me "No". It's true what they say about old dogs, I guess. I can't wait for him to travel..lol.
    By user_teeters_1783159, on April 19, 2021
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  • What a great beginner project for me to build, thanks for the plans :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on April 1, 2015

  • I love it! I will be making 3!
    By Tcbucket, on April 1, 2015

  • very nice
    By mrlou, on May 30, 2015

  • Very nice. Just what I needed to see.
    By TCam, on June 15, 2016

  • Very nice wanting to make 3 trying to find the wood lath bundle 
    By Squid1957, on September 14, 2018

  • I think your instructions were great.  I think I'll try it but I don't know what an  Airstrike brad nailer is
    By user_blum_2008942, on August 24, 2021
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  • Quantities of 4x4 are reversed. Should be 8 @ 14-1/2", 4 @ 36"
    By Cbsklar, on May 8, 2015

  • I love this bench, I'm making one this weekend. Thanks for sharing!
    By DIY-Lifer, on July 22, 2015

  • I like the simplicity and beauty of this bench. Very versatile piece that can be used as a bench, table, or prop to display outdoor decorations. I plan to make this bench for my front patio area this spring.
    By djholmes, on February 3, 2016

  • I have a Kreg R3 jig. Can you tell me what the setting should be for the 4x4s? Both the stop collar and jig slides. Sorry to ask questions but this will be my first time using a pocket jig.
    By ghartman1957, on October 1, 2016
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  • Looks great. I'm going to give it a try over the winter, but I'll use more affordable pine, and I'll need to cut it down to fit where I need it.
    By Ajhall5136, on December 20, 2017
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