DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Drink Coolers and Umbrella

Article Posted By: Jenna LaFevor

DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Drink Coolers and Umbrella

This DIY outdoor sectional is the most well-equipped patio furniture piece you’re going to find. Not only does it have plenty of seating, but it also has a stand for an outdoor umbrella, and, get this… built-in drink coolers!

This project comes to us from Jenna LaFevor of the DIY blog Rain on a Tin Roof. Follow her expert instructions to build this cleverly designed outdoor sectional for your own patio.

DIY Outdoor Sectional

My husband and I recently added on a patio to our screened-in porch. We were so excited to have an extra extension of our outdoor living space, but after the patio was completed, we were like, “What are we going to put on it?” All of current outdoor furniture was in use on our porch and deck. Enter a DIY outdoor sectional. I have to give my husband mad props for this build. I tossed the idea out to him, but he ran with it and came up with all the extra little details like the built-in coolers and umbrella that make this outdoor sectional awesome and super functional.

Materials

Cut List for Benches

  • 4 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 35-in.
  • 4 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 25½-in.
  • 4 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 40-in.
  • 4 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 22-in.
  • 2 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 17-in.
  • 14 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 43-in.
  • 4 — deck boards, cut to 19½-in.

Cut List for Table

  • 4 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 25½-in.
  • 2 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 20-in.
  • 2 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 23½-in
  • 4 — deck boards, cut to 23½-in.
  • 2 — 2-in. x 4-in. x 20-in.

How to Make the Bench (Repeat for the Second Bench)

Step 1

Using a measuring tape, mark 17 inches on two of the 35-in. 2 x 4’s and on two of the 25½-in. 2 x 4’s.


Step 2

Attach a 40-in. 2 x 4 to a 22-in. 2 x 4 at the rear corners.


Step 3

Attach one of the 35-in. 2 x 4’s to the 40-in. 2 x 4 at 17 inches high where you marked it with a measuring tape. Repeat on the other side with the remaining 35-in. long 2 x 4.

Building one of the benches for a DIY outdoor sectional


Step 4

Measure 5½ in. or one deck board’s width onto the 22 in. 2 x 4 pieces and mark.

Attach these to the 25½ in. 2 x 4 to create the front legs.

Repeat on both sides.

Building one of the benches for a DIY outdoor sectional


Step 5

Attach the second 40-in. 2 x 4 across the front at 17 inches high.

Building one of the benches for a DIY outdoor sectional


Step 6

Begin attaching the 43-in. deck boards along the bench bottom at the front of the 2 x 4 as shown below.

Building the benches for a DIY outdoor sectional


Step 7

Notch out the deck boards on the seat as needed. Mark with a pencil and use a jigsaw to notch them as shown below.

Building the benches for a DIY outdoor sectional

Using a jigsaw in a DIY outdoor sectional project


Step 8

Flip the bench over and attach a 17-in. 2 x 4 in the middle of seat bottom as added support.

Building the benches in a DIY outdoor sectional project


Step 9

Attach a 43-in. deck board across the front of the bench from 2 x 4 to 2 x 4.


Step 10

Starting at the bottom of the seat back, begin attaching 3 – 43-in. deck boards vertically up the seat back.


Step 11

Attach the 19½-in. deck boards onto the front 25½-in. 2 x 4 with wood screws as the arm rests. Attach from the back of the bench with screws as well.


Step 12

To make the cut-outs for the small galvanized bucket drink holders, trace a circle with a quart-sized paint can. Use a drill bit to start a hole and cut out the circle with a jigsaw as shown below.

Using a paint can to trace circles for cutouts in a DIY outdoor sectional

Cutting a hole to hold a built-in cooler in a DIY outdoor sectional

Cutting a hole to hold an ice bucket in a DIY outdoor sectional

Repeat steps above for the second bench.


How To Make the Table

Step 1

Using two 20-in. 2 x 4’s and two 23½-in. 2 x 4’s, make a box and screw together.


Step 2

Attach the 25½-in. tall 2 x 4 legs in the corners of the box.


Step 3

Attach 20-in. 2 x 4 braces on the inside of the box as shown below.

Making the Corner Table of the Outdoor Sectional

Making the Corner Table of the Outdoor Sectional


Step 4

Attach four 23½-in. deck boards across the top of the box to make the tabletop.


Step 5

Turn the large galvanized bucket upside down in the middle of the table and trace the top with a pencil. Using a jig saw, cut slightly inside the circle, being sure not to cut the 2 x 4 braces underneath your tabletop.

After you have cut the circle out, use a couple of screws to attach the end of the cut deck boards to the inside bracing under the tabletop.


Step 6

In the back corner of the table, drill out a hole the size of the circumference of your umbrella pole.

Arrange the benches on either side of the table.

DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Drink Coolers and Umbrella

Top the benches off with outdoor cushions of your choice and the table with an outdoor umbrella. We opted for a black, white and green color scheme with black and white striped cushions and a Hunter Green beach umbrella.

DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Drink Coolers and Umbrella

Fill up the buckets with ice and drinks…

DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Drink Coolers and Umbrella

And enjoy the sweet summertime….

DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Drink Coolers and Umbrella

DIY Outdoor Sectional with Built-In Drink Coolers and Umbrella

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