DIY: Outdoor Sofa

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DIY: Outdoor Sofa
Breeze blocks aren't just for walls any more! (concrete block wall image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Breeze blocks might not be the first material that comes to mind when you think about making your own outdoor sofa, but they can be used to make a quirky piece of furniture. These blocks, readily available cheaply from your local home store, are heavy so be careful if you're using them on a raised patio. The holes in them make fun individual icy drink holders.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 26 Full breeze blocks
  • 8 Half breeze blocks
  • Landscape block adhesive
  • Four ice pop sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pillows and cushions

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make the base of the sofa. Lay four full blocks end to end with their holes facing up. Lay a second layer behind, staggering the joints and using the half blocks to fill in the sides. Add a second layer, facing the holes outward to give space for displaying collectibles if desired. Stagger the joints again and use half blocks to fill in the sides. The bottom layer will use seven full blocks and two half blocks and the top layer will use nine full blocks and six half blocks.

  2. 2

    Add arms to your sofa by using adhesive to attach a breeze block to the front edge of each end of your base like the arms of a traditional couch with their holes facing up. Arrange two ice pop sticks on the front end of each breeze block, avoiding adhesive in these areas. When the adhesive has set, remove the sticks. This will allow for water drainage if you choose to fill the front holes with ice to hold drinks.

  3. 3

    Build a back for the sofa by using adhesive to attach a row of four full breeze blocks, holes up, along between the arms on the back edge of the base. Attack a second layer the same way.

  4. 4

    Arrange pillows and cushions on the seat and back of the sofa for comfort. The holes showing around the base can be filled with pretty shells or stones. Small vases can be slipped into the holes along the back of the sofa and filled with flowers.

Tips and warnings

  • Breeze blocks weigh about 18.1 Kilogram each, so be careful if you are building on a raised patio that it can hold the weight.

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