Everybody’s thinking about how they’re going to furnish their outdoor rooms right now. The sales are everywhere! Why buy expensive furniture when you can create a stylish custom outdoor couch out of concrete blocks and treated lumber? It’s an easy and inexpensive DIY project you can do in an afternoon and enjoy all summer long!
Why Didn’t I Do This Sooner?
If you constantly worry what harsh weather is doing to your new lawn furniture, maybe you should look into more sturdy options. A super cute couch made from concrete blocks and pressure treated boards is virtually maintenance free. This project is so simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Here’s what you need:
(4) 4 x 4 x 12 pieces of pressure treated wood
(12) Concrete blocks (Pre-painted or natural)
(1) Tube Concrete Adhesive
Find the Right Design for You
Lay out how you want your couch to look. Move your blocks around until you find a design you like. Build it with or without a back or arms. Consider pre-painting the blocks and the ends of the wood if you want a finished look. Painting before construction is quicker.
6 Steps for Building a Concrete Block Bench:
- Create two stacks of blocks – Decide how high you want your couch; you may need to bury your first row of blocks into the dirt to lower it to the right height.
- Row 1 – Stand three blocks on their end, holes to the center.
- Row 2 – Lay two blocks on their sides, holes to the center.
- Row 3 – Stand one block on end, holes to the center, to form back.
- Slide (3) wood poles through the blocks on the second row to form the seat.
- Slide (1) wood pole through the blocks on the third row to create the back.
Concrete Adhesive Locks Blocks in Place
Once you have found the design you want, disassemble your practice layout and start again. This time apply concrete adhesive in between the layers of blocks to hold them in place. Allow the couch to dry overnight before attempting to sit on it. You can also bond the wood to the concrete if you want to restrict them from moving.
Have Fun Decorating Your Couch
With your concrete couch complete, it’s time to decorate. Add long cushions to the seat and back. Keep them in place by attaching a strip of Velcro to the poles and the pillows. Tying the pads to the wood poles also works. You can decorate as little or as much as you’d like. Apply decorative tiles to the seat and back to give the couch a Mediterranean feel.
Endless Design Possibilities with Concrete Blocks
Place the couch up against a wall or use them as stand-alone pieces. The possibilities are endless. Concrete blocks can be used to build chairs, picnic tables or potting benches. You only have to cut the wood down to size and away you go.
Great Looking and Weather-proof
These inexpensive creations are perfect for any garden. They stand up to harsh weather and look great. No need to worry about expensive furniture any longer. Focus on important things like finding the perfect pillows for your new couch!
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