DIY: Outdoor seating


Autumn is around the corner and it’s probably my favorite season. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit outdoors at twilight and just chill? I want to share this outdoor seating project my sister did in one weekend. It’s quite simple, plus it’s cute and functional!

• Cushions: $120 for 4 (Target – “Outdoor Threshold Deep Seating Cushion”)
• Pillows: approx. $50 for 5 (Target/Ikea)
• Side pillows: (optional) $10 each… came from another chair
• All-purpose construction glue: $5 (Home Depot)
• 4×4 lumber (8′ long): approx. $30 for 3 (Home Depot)
• Cinder blocks: $15 for 8
• Paint: $30, sister used 2 shades (optional, but adds a nice touch and makes the cinder blocks look less like cinder blocks)

There really isn’t any construction. Once you buy the materials, it’s basically assembling everything together. Total length is approximately 103 inches.

If you choose to paint the cinder blocks and lumber, do this first. Give it a few hours to dry. Then assemble the cinder blocks in a way that the middle row has 3 openings. When you have it the way you want, use the construction glue to hold it together.


The ends of your cinder blocks will be holding the 4x4s like this. Note how the front of one of the 4x4s is painted? It gives it a more finished look.


The cushions used are fairly thick. If you’re using a thinner cushion, you can add a thin piece of plywood atop the 4x4s…so you don’t feel like your butt will fall thru :)

It’s going to look a little naked… But once you add the cushions and pillows, it all comes together. Add more accessories to make it your own. Fill those little cinder block openings with candles, rocks, etc. Add a throw if you like.


Nifty project you did there, little sister! Great job!!

Some suggestions:

• If you don’t have a wall, leave out the pillows and this can be a cushioned bench instead.

• You can make it shorter than this. Have the store cut your lumber to the length desired.

  • For estimation, the total length with 4 cushions is about 103 inches (8 1/2 feet).
  • 3 cushions used is approx 6 1/2 feet.
  • 2 cushions used is approx 4 1/2 feet.

There you have it. An easy weekend project. Thanks little sister for doing this so I can share!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. Do something that makes you happy and visit some fellow bloggers below.

24 Responses

  • Wow I’m really inspired by this! I’ve always thought outdoor seating is so inviting and this is so affordable and practical. I only wish there’s storage for the cushions during off seasons for us. But this idea definitely gets my clever and functional awards!

    • Thanks Erika. I’ll let my sis know you like it. It’s very simple, but I think it makes a difference to paint the cinder blocks. :)

  • Sooo Cool & Elegant!! I love this idea & cinder blocks never looked so good :) Michelle

    • Hi Michelle, I did my share of “furniture” and cinder blocks and it didn’t look this nice either. Paint makes a big difference! I’ll let my sister know you like it. Thanks for visiting!! :) Dai

  • Great idea! We have been wanting to do a pallet sofa but scoring pallets proves harder. I might try this instead but I was wondering how strong the cinder blocks? I mean do they move around when people are seating?

    • Hi Nihal, Thanks for your question. The cinder blocks don’t move around. They stay in place because construction glue was used. :) Edit to add: If you don’t want to shift when ppl are sitting, you can use construction glue.

  • Great ! I was wondering how strong the cinder blocks? I mean do they move around when people are seating? v

  • I made mine this weekend! So excited. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • wonderful way to make some seating for your backyard or small area…

  • Is it comfortable?

  • This is phenomenal!!! I’m taking part in the ORC!! And I think this fits the bill!!! Thanks!!

  • Do you know how much paint was used to paint everything? Have my blocks and 4×4’s ready to put together. My space is small so it will a smaller version of this one! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Do you have to glue the blocks together and/or the 4X4s yo the blocks to prevent them from shifting? What if I want to disassemble it at some later date?

    • The cinder blocks were glued together to make it from shifting. I would think once glued, it’d be hard to disassemble…you can test it before you glue. Cinder blocks are pretty inexpensive if you have to repurchase.

  • What size are the cinder blocks?

    • cinder blocks are 7.5″ on the narrow side and 15″ on the long side. There are two kinds (same dimension) one with a slit in between the two square openings – they are made that way to be broken in half easily when the mason needs to cut a block in half (they can usually do it with just a hammer and chisel) and the face of those with the slit is flat – the ones without the slit in the middle of the two square openings usually don’t have a flat edge -

  • What kind of paint did you use?

    • My sister used regular paint that you would use for paint I believe. I’ll check with her, if it’s something else I will reply again.

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