What you can do about Building your Outdoor Sectional？
When building your own sectional, you can start from scratch which involves building the entire frame and having the main seating upholstered or having some mesh sewn depending on your desire. You can also form an outdoor sectional by using existing and unused furniture items. Thus, you can use some of your furniture pieces that are in good condition and just add some parts that you can buy in department stores. You can also find some from thrift shops, second-hand stores, or those in your garage that has been stored for a long time. This option is for those who do not want to do a lot of carpentry work. But if you are keen on designing and personalizing your own modified outdoor sectional dining set or couch design.
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There are three most common types of materials used in outdoor seating furniture pieces: hardwood, HDPE plastic, and wicker or resin wicker. HDPE plastic and wicker are manufactured materials that cannot deliver your dreams of building an outdoor sectional set by yourself unless there are wickers sold by the meter.
HDPE plastic-made furniture sets are formed through manufacturing following a design. The edges, corners, and curves are only produced and structured by machines because these are molded. Meanwhile, the chance of building your own wicker outdoor sectional set is still possible. You only need to pick the right kind of framing (could be wood or steel lengths) and the screws and bolts.
Building with raw materials
If you are building from scratch, you need to have the proper tools, equipment, and accessories to execute the steps in building your own sectional. You first need the following materials:
- Two Pallets
- Four 4x4 wood posts
- 6 2x4 wood boards
- Deck screws
- Upholstered or foam with fabric covers and pillows.
For the tools and equipment:
- Circular Saw
- Measuring Tape
- Safety Glasses
- First and foremost, you need to have a plan or guide that reflects the shape, the orientation of the sectional (direction of the lengths), dimensions (height, depth, width, etc.), and labeled parts of the sectional (overall design including colors, accessories, material specifications.) this is recommended to be in the 3D or isometric, orthographic plan, and elevation drawings (front, rear, sides).
- Start building with the foot or base. Having a standing or stand-along structure will allow you to continue with building the rest of the framing. Use 4x4 wood posts as the legs of the sectional seat. Cut the posts to your desired height, then screw the edges and corners to the center of the pallet sections. Add these posts to the four corners of the main sectional and to the two edges of the extended L-shape. Then, add a post between each of the bays of these posts. Also, add a post to the corner where the L-shape meets.
- Cut some pallets using a circular saw into equal sections. Cut 2x4 wood boards into two equal lengths. Attach two boards to the bottom of each pallet section (one on each side), perpendicular to the post, to help reinforce and stabilize the seat.
- Next, proceed with the backrest and the armrest. For the backrests, cut two boards to the length of the pallets. Attach these boards parallel to each other, to the top of the posts at the back of the seat.
- Cut two or more 2x4 wood boards to the desired length of the arms. Attach these boards to the posts at the front of the seat, perpendicular to the backrest.
- Sand and paint or stain the wood according to your desired finishing and let it dry completely. Another choice is to coat the wooden framing. For wickers, attach the wicker materials to the framing using the right kind of screws.
- For the final touches, add cushions or pillows to each of the pallet sections. You can mix and match patterns and colors for unique styles.
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Some Tips for Building Your Own Sectional with Ready-made Materials
If you have a love seat or similar kinds of furniture without a backrest and armrest, this piece is the best choice to extend the main sofa set.
You can pick a small-sized sofa set and add a wooden or wicker framing on its outer side to make it resistant to various weather and outdoor conditions. Along with the building of the framing, you can extend it creating the "L-shape" and build a little shed or roof extending the backrest to make the user protected from the sun's heat.
Sectionals or dividers are very versatile and functional architectural and design elements in a home or any property space. These are ultimately effective in separating spaces while does not obstruct the size of the patio or poolside, maintaining its large visual appearance and the circulation of air. These are great alternative furniture choices for coffee tables, benches, and concrete seats which will surely give more decorative aspects if you pick the right material and style that is appropriate for your theme and requirement. Sectionals can be for lounging, dining, or sunbathing.