You can’t possibly relax in your backyard in the evening if you don’t have chairs to sit on. Surely ready-made rattan chairs look nice, but why don’t you try your hand at making your own garden furniture?
Meet Mr. Simplicity! Just fit together two long wooden boards and get yourself a sturdy chair. Pieces of furniture like this were known back in times of ancient Rome, and a typical Viking could have made such a chair with his eyes closed. Here you will find a comprehensive step-by-step guide: all you have to do is follow it.
Picket Fence Chair
This blogger had really done his homework before he started making an elegant wooden chair for a garden. Having compared prices for various types of wood, he decided on cedar picket fencing. 11 boards cost him less than $25: in other words, he got this chair for nothing. Follow his lead, and you won’t get lost.
Cable Reel Chair
If you happen to own a large wooden cable reel, you can turn it into an excellent rocking chair ideal for reading and relaxing. You will need a metal pipe to make the structure strong enough to support your weight, and your work on the project is not going to be too easy. Anyway, the end result will be well worth the effort: not only does the chair rock, it looks absolutely stunning as well!
PVC Pipe Toddler Chair
Who said that when making garden furniture you should only stick to wood? This job involves buying a 3/4″ PVC Pipe, cutting it according to these instructions and assembling small pipes together using PVC elbow pieces. Spray-paint the chair, and attach a long piece of sturdy fabric. Now your little one has a comfortable chair to rest in between playing on the swing and jumping up and down on the trampoline.
Plastic Fruit Crate Armchair
Did you know that a plastic fruit crate makes a comfortable armchair? Just cut one of the fronts and secure your piece of furniture to a wooden stump with four or more screws. You will also need some blankets and pillows: they will serve as padding.
Old Tire Ottoman
Cut a circle out of a wooden board (make sure it has the same diameter as your old tire), smooth it with sandpaper and paint on both sides. Now paint the tire, and place the wooden circle inside it. Place a cushion over the circle: congratulations on making a lovely ottoman!
Another Old Tire Ottoman
This Polish blogger is one of those tough guys who believe that when it comes to style, you can get much farther with an old tire and a hot glue gun than you can with an old tire alone. First, you will need to cut two large MDF circles and screw them to the tire. Then you should glue one end of a thick sisal cord to the center of the upper circle and gradually cover the entire tire with the rope. Apply two coats of concentrated brush sealer to protect the ottoman from moisture. Drying might take up to two weeks, so you will have to wait a little before actually using this ottoman in your garden.